Brown boots are fall, winter and spring fashion staples for both guys and girls. But with all of the shades of brown boots and the rainbow of denim colors on the market, it can be confusing to know how to pair the two. A few basic fashion principles can help.
Stay Away From Black Jeans
Although the editors at "GQ" say wearing black and brown together is becoming more acceptable, other fashion experts say the one exception is in the case of pairing black pants -- or denim -- with brown boots. It’s just never looks quite right, so don’t do it.
Match Your Shades
If your boots are a light tan or light brown color, pair them with an equally light pair of blue jeans. A light gray shade will look good, too. Chocolate-brown or cognac boots look best with a deep shade of indigo-blue denim. The exception to this rule is white jeans: Oprah’s style expert Adam Glassman says brown boots are an ideal way to take white or cream jeans from summer to fall.
Jeans are available in every color of the rainbow these days, from pastel pink to royal blue. In the springtime, jeans in khaki or light pastel colors including mint, peach, pink and yellow will look great with a pair of light-tan booties. For fall, maroon- or olive-colored jeans look hot with brown boots. But stay away from jeans in brights like red, blue or yellow: As fashion expert and NYC socialite Olivia Palermo notes on her blog, these look best with black boots.
Another big trend is patterned denim – in everything from florals to stars to acid wash -- and this can work well with brown boots, too, depending on the color of the pattern. For a great Western look, try pairing indigo-on-indigo patterned denim with a set of brown suede boots. Again, it’s best to follow the color principles outlined above when working with patterns.