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Milan Fall 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

There are certain fashion rules. Although most, like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster, are mainly myths. You don't have to avoid wearing white after Labor Day. Socks and sandals are totally acceptable. Your bag doesn't have to match your shoes. Perhaps most importantly, black and brown do go together.

Street style stars and celebs like Hailey Bieber are constantly combining the two seemingly opposite shades. But you don't have to have strong style credentials to prove that point. While it may seem intimidating, you can pair black and brown in one outfit. All you need to do is learn the tricks of this trade.

Which is why we looked through many, many street style images to put together a whole lot of inspo. You can ease your way into the philosophy or go for broke. We'll leave that decision up to you.

Here are the most fashion-forward ways to wear black and brown at the same time.

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Copenhagen Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

The easiest way to lean into the trend is to wear an all-black outfit but tote a dark brown bag.

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New York Spring 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Or use a brown belt to hold up your denim miniskirt. Then add a black cardigan and black boots.

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New York Spring 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Sometimes you luck out and find a piece of clothing already containing both hues. Put on a tan T-shirt under your two-tone jacket, then incorporate a black skirt and animal print pumps into the look.

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London Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Break up the pairing by adding a third color. A black sweater worn over a red top combined with dark denim and a light brown coat keeps things interesting.

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New York Spring 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

The black buttons on a trench skirt demand black boots. A white crop top up top is all you need.

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Paris Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Coordinate your camel-colored coat with your aviators with the latter also tying into your black top, leather pants and black shoes.

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Paris Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Play peekaboo by giving a glimpse of your black bra underneath a denim button-down that's partially open. A brown leather jacket and matching accessories make the look feel cohesive.

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Copenhagen Fall 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Teaming a partially black varsity jacket with tan cargos is a great way to embrace the combo. Add in a white T-shirt and pumps that complement the sleeves of your jacket.

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Copenhagen Fall 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Layer a brown leather coat over a patterned turtleneck and black leggings. Swap out the sandals for boots once the snow starts falling.

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London Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

An olive-leaning khaki dress will amplify any pair of black trousers. Work in a brown bag and complementary boots to wrap up the look.

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Copenhagen Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Balance out black wide-leg jeans with a slightly chunky dark brown shearling coat. Oversized aviators nod to the flight jacket vibe.

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London Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Toteme's scarf coat features white trim making it a good base. Style it with a black skirt and slouchy brown suede boots.

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London Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Take a tailored approach by sporting a black top tucked into stone trousers secured with a somewhat loose black belt. A furry tan coat and black boots nicely round out the look.

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London Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Topping off black pants with a sandy jacket is a cool and comfy outfit formula. Cap things off with black slides.

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Milan Fall 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

A draped brown leather jacket, a darker leather brown top and a high-waisted black leather pencil skirt complement each other nicely. Finish things off with black leather gloves, opaque tights and black pumps.

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Milan Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Introducing an awesome way to rock Mugler's daring black bodysuit. Simply slip an oversized chocolate leather blazer on top.

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Milan Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Amp up a basic black sweater with an oversized brown leather coat and the matching midi skirt. Black boots FTW.

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Milan Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Draw even more attention to a black cut-out dress by wearing a light tan skirt on top. An extremely light-colored jacket and white sandals further define the look.

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Milan Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Wear a white coat boasting brown accents with black pants and white boots. Brown bag optional.

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Milan Fall 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Flaunt a little skin by sporting a tan coat off your shoulders over a black strapless dress. Strappy black sandals work for now.

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Milan Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

A borderline gold blazer works well with a black skirt. White patterned tights, black shoes and a black clutch bring it all together.

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Paris Fall 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Look for a checked coat and coordinating bottoms. Style the pair with a black top and black boots for a cool office-appropriate ensemble.

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Paris Fall 2022. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Place a sleeveless trench over a black hoodie and textured black pants. Black boots ground the look.

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Paris Spring 2023. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

Take layering to the extreme with a black jacket on top of an off-white shirt on top of a white crop top. One of those khaki Miu Miu micro skirts, black tights, white socks and black combat boots complete the outfit.

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Paris Spring 2024. Courtesy of Launchmetrics Spotlight

The lapels of this cropped black leather jacket complement the collar of the white button-down. Khaki trousers held in place with a black belt and black boots make the look.

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