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A Fall Color Trend (Brown) I’m Embracing Hard Right Now

Oh, she’s performing her “I’m so cozy” look for you… We all saw it coming. It was on the runways four years ago but it took me a while to integrate this “OH SO VERY ’90S” color into my personal wardrobe in a way that felt “me”. Sure, I’ve always worn camel, caramel, brown leather, etc, but today in 2023, is the year where apparently I’m really into brown. So I snuggled up and posed around the house in some new things that I LOVE.

Quarter-Zip Fleece | Leggings

That quarter-zip fleece is a really good color and cut. Not all browns are created equal and I think a lot of it has to do with the texture of the fabric within the brown family. This is nubby and cozy and has side zippers as well as the front satin-y detail. Also, the leggings are my hands down favorite for both workouts and around the house (I wear a medium and they are even very comfy for the bloated days of the month – they don’t cut in at all and have a really wide and soft waistband). These will forever be on my “favorites” list.

Cardigan (similar) | Button-Up Shirt | Pull-On Barrel Jeans | Kitten-Heel Boots | Fanny Bag

I recently bought this striped button-up which I’ve worn a lot because it’s so good to layer under thicker sweaters. Many poplin or cotton shirts can be too stiff to layer under anything that is fitted (they bunch in the armpits and wrists), but this one is satin-y (polyester probably) and is super thin so it layers and drapes really easily. I’ve had that cardigan for years but those are my new barrel pants that I love (and they are thick and good for fall).

The whole barrel pant + kitten heel is pretty darn good if you ask me.

Half-Zip Pullover Sweater | Jeans

This cardigan MIGHT be more burnt orange than brown, but I’m still including it. It is a bit long (and I have a short torso) so I give it a little tuck. Good front pockets and Iquarter zip.

And yes, you are getting more and more peeks into our bedroom which we are finally shooting next week (we’ve been waiting on a partnership and then I added more window treatments and am moving the lamps around). Stay tuned…

Cape | Beanie | Cable-Knit V-Neck Crop Sweater | Over-The-Knee Boots

UGH. This cape is ridiculously good. It’s gingham wool, totally timeless, and extremely high quality. It’s a lot of fabric so for me, I’d wear it more with heels than sneakers, but I might make up a work lunch or trip to NYC with someone just to wear it.

It’s splurgy but I feel like it’s one of those pieces that will be in FOREVER. It makes such a statement in a really classic way. The details are so good. And those are my favorite over-the-knee boots (they come in blue suede which I secretly wish I had bought instead, but the brown suede is probably more classic). And this new chunkie beanie that I proceeded to lose out of my pocket on a pitch-black nighttime walk with the pups (I’ve already repurchased because the chunkiness is so good).

Half-Zip Puller | High-Rise Leggings | Socks | Slippers

I had a social partnership with Varley so I got to try on a bunch of their pieces (they were new to me) and I LOVED THEM. They are a more high-end Madewell meets Vuori – luxe basics in extremely soft fabrics. I’ve worn this brown zippie and coffee-colored leggings many times since I got them. Again, the legging fabric is just SUPER SOFT (rivaling the before-mentioned Vuori butter pants I love).

My only note to give to the Varley team is less light neutral colors for the leggings – I hate looking naked on the bottom half nor will I buy light-colored leggings (probably because the pigs would ruin the calves immediately). But this chocolate brown is such a pretty color.

Hat (similar) | Belt Bag (similar) | Striped Shirt (similar) | Blazer | Jeans | Boots (similar)

Not my best post (or maybe best outfit) but I bought this jacket as part of this western suit that I was hoping to wear on a big shoot. The pants didn’t fit well on me, and If I’m being honest I thought that the jacket was overpriced, but I keep wearing it because the cut, style, and thickness are good for fall (it’s boxy enough in the armpits to layer over well).

Those wide legs from Mother have such good structure and I just read an article about how red is going to be all over our bodies next year (I’m ALL FOR THAT). It’s an old Wyeth hat that I’m just wearing again (My hope is that we are in a new hat era).

Beanie | Sweater | Jeans (unavailable) | Boots (similar)

This is the sweater that kicked it all off, actually – a nice color-blocked cropped and cozy guy. Same chunky beanie that I love (and have lost).

Skinny jeans I’ve had forever (they are SO GOOD and so stretchy, from Parker if you can track them down) and Equestrian boots from J. Crew three years ago, but these are similar.

Puffer Coat | Beanie | Boots (similar) | Jumpsuit

Part of my Varley partnership was also this chocolate brown slightly metallic puffer. I mean, for a puffer it is SO GOOD and feels incredibly lightweight and so soft.

I’m wearing a small here, but I ended up returning for an XS (Varley runs a little big, FYI) so in that brand I wear medium in tights (because I always like them not crazy tight) and then XS small in tops and coats (but in the brown zippy above I wore a small). Why is sizing so confusing these days online??

As you can see the alpacas and piggies are complementing my fall color palette – Bert might need a bang cut. Anyway, if you love wearing denim and blue as much as I do, this might be your call to incorporate a complementary fall color (brown) into the wardrobe. I’m finding it so easy to wear and it’s making me pretty darn happy.

*Photos by Kaitlin Green

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4 months ago

don’t think you meant to link here on the boots with the puffer coat? PS love brown

4 months ago
Reply to  AK
4 months ago

Cute! What about the jeans you did not link with the rust colored sweater? Can you provide details?

4 months ago

Love the pieces — especially paired with your beautiful house!

4 months ago

It is so much fun seeing what Emily is choosing now compared to what she was choosing when she was in LA a few years ago. Her LA wardrobe was very much a contributor to her brand: a creative professional ought to ooze imagination everywhere she went, to make her mark from the moment she entered the room, to be noticed and admired. The colors, volumes, cuts were meant to signal that this is someone who has it together, who navigates design with ease and flair. The clothes more on trend, pieces that were more risky and edgy, chosen to draw attention to the wearer. In these last few iterations, the theme is altogether different, calmer, quieter, cozy, an everyday look somewhat elevated. The cape is perhaps the bridge between the two Emilies. At the same time, these clothes do not draw attention to the wearer in the way the LA outfits did, signaling the shift inside her that Emily has been talking about for some time.

4 months ago
Reply to  sg5785

i love her personal evolution and also really (!) miss the fashion of the past… it was a lighthouse leading me to try new lewks.

4 months ago

DAMN you are SELLING that brown pullover!!! 😍

4 months ago
  • The striped shirt is not polyester, it’s much better:
  • “87% viscose/13% Lenzing™ Ecovero™ viscose.
  • Do Well: Made with Lenzing™ Ecovero™, a sustainable fabric created with natural fibers and a more eco-friendly process”

I’m liking some browns this fall too but a little warmer and more mid-tone than these dark chocolate colors which are a little too much for my coloring. Thanks for the inspo.

4 months ago

Like Emily, blue is my favorite color and I wear/have a LOT of it. I pair it with brown in the Fall/winter months when I need a break from black. But it’s not easy to find good shades of brown. I love a darker/espresso shade paired with blue or black so my favorite here is the first pullover. I also LOVE a cape! I live in Maine where we need warm pieces and I find capes to be a fun way to flex my style muscles and still be practical. I bought a couple of them (thrifted) from European and British companies that are also timeless and very well crafted. Seeing Emily’s cape here cape makes me feel more confident to get mine back out! I love this version of Emily’s fashion evolution. This is more in line with New England style so makes more sense for me.

4 months ago

I love brown and blue together, and it looks great on you. I’ve recently let go of a few older brown pieces, because I just don’t love it on me. This photo shoot makes me want to reassess, but I’m pretty certain it won’t work on me.