Here's How To Style Unconventional Color Combinations This Winter

There are thousands of unwritten “rules” in fashion — don’t wear white after Labor Day, no socks with sandals, and never mix black and brown. However, with immediate access to the world of social media, the fashion industry is changing rapidly. Influencers, stylists, designers, and celebrities are debunking many of these traditional fashion rules. Through Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest, a trend can be popularized in a matter of seconds, as opposed to the previous months it may have taken to infiltrate its way into society. By posting their outfits, these public figures are giving us blueprints for styling these stereotypically frowned-upon color combos, including black and brown, navy and black, red and pink, and orange and pink. 

Are you still in disbelief that orange and pink can look good together in the same outfit? College Fashionista has detailed a few looks that may just change your mind about these “unruling” color combos. 

Black and Brown

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Natasha Ndlovu – When pairing black and brown together the line between fashionable and uncoordinated comes into play with the shade of brown. This light brown corset on Natasha Ndlovu pairs with a black satin midi skirt for a simple yet stylish look.

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LPA Maddalena Corset


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ASOS New Look Satin Bias Midi Skirt


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Sissy Chacon – Another stylish way to mix black and brown together is to play with materials. Sissy Chacon styles a basic pair of black trousers with a brown leather trench coat for the perfect Fall look.

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Elie Tahari Vegan Leather Trench Coat


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Cider Solid Stitch Straight Leg Trousers


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Madden Girl While Square Toe Booties


Navy and Black

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Acquired Style – Brigette Pheloung of Acquired Styles proves to us that black and navy make the sleekest, chicest color combo. She pairs this short suit set from Abercrombie with a black crop top, black boots, and a black bag.

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Bardot Pinstripe Blazer


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Bardot Pinstripe Wide Leg Pant


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Steve Madden Ally Black Leather Boot


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Olivia Manni – Spice up a black shirt with a pair of dark wash denim; it adds the perfect contrast. Olivia Manni gives us the best errand-running, casual brunch date outfit with this black shirt and trench with dark blue straight-leg jeans.

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Zara Faux Suede Coat


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Cotton:On Stretch Wide Leg Jean


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Wilfred Free Geneva Scarf


Red and Pink

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Caroline Vazzana – Her caption on this picture says it all: “I always love a pink & red moment.” Caroline Vazzana is the queen of colorful ensembles which she proves through this beautifully pink and red printed Cynthia Rowley maxi dress she wore this September to New York Fashion Week.

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ASOS Never Fully Dressed Colorblock Maxi Dress


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Topshop Long Sleeve Maxi Dress


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Topshop Contrast Lace Colorblock Dress


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Matilda Djerf – With this outfit, Matilda Djerf shows us how to add a pop of color to an outfit through accessorizing. She pairs a hot pink midi dress with red kitten heels for the most subtle yet fashionable combination of the two colors.

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Djerf Avenue Dream Dress Midi


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Lulus Red Satin Heel


Orange and Pink

Sarah Jessica Parker – Carrie Bradshaw is the queen of fashion, and the Sex and the City reboot, And Just Like That, has not disappointed with her looks. Here, Bradshaw has paired an extravagant orange gown with a pair of silky hot pink gloves. This outfit is guaranteed to get you so many compliments.

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Baobab Ribera Maxi Dress


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Wolf and Badger Cupid Gloves


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Sam Edelman Harriett Heels


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Hailey Lidow – While this outfit is a little on the funky side, Haile Lidow shows us once again that an orange and pink outfit works. She wears an orange and pink printed dress, then pulls out those two shades through her accessories like the tights or trench coat.

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Show Me Your Mumu Daphne Floral Print Mesh Turtleneck Dress


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Pink Oversized Longline Coat


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Schutz Lou Sling Suede Pump


Next time you go to pick out an outfit, try pairing your white pants with a chunky oatmeal sweater in December, sporting a pair of Mary Jane sandals with some lettuce hem socks, and definitely wearing your black with your brown.

Featured image via @marianaplatag. Design by Her Campus Media/Nechama Lock of Unsplash.