New pet peeve

As observed on campus: When did it become OK to wear brown shoes with an otherwise black-hued outfit? Seriously, over the last few months I’ve started seeing this with alarming and increasing frequency. And it’s a phenomenon contaminating both sexes: I see girls in black skirts with black tights and then brown boots; I see guys with a dark blue or black sweater, black pants, and then brown shoes. Aren’t there sort of basic rules of fashion, and isn’t black-and-brown-don’t-go-together one of them? I thought that was right up there with stripes and plaid.

This is not a generational thing, either. I see this among my colleagues as much as I do among the students. I’m baffled.

4 Responses to “New pet peeve”

  1. regan
    January 23rd, 2008 02:06

    I’ve noticed the same thing recently but not so much on regular folks; I tend to see it in fashion mags. I know we are allowed to throw “old” fashion rules out the door (white after Labor is acceptable) but the mixing of brown and black drives me absolutely crazy. And, oddly enough, it drives Jason crazy too. He will not leave the house in his black pants with brown shoes. Or the worst for him is a gray sweater with his brown belt. If I point it out before he leaves the house then he HAS to go change.

  2. erinmak
    January 23rd, 2008 20:46

    Trust me, some of the people I see wearing brown and black together don’t look like they’re gleaning this from fashion magazines. I mean, I guessed as much about the girls with knee-high brown boots and black skirts, but the guys wearing brown loafers with jeans and a black sweater?

  3. Erin
    January 31st, 2008 16:29

    I like brown and black together if it looks deliberate: brown top, black skirt, brown boots, fine. Otherwise you just look like you dressed in the dark. What I’m MUCH more concerned about, however, is the rise (heh) of the ankle-length jean. Seriously, everyone here in the midwest looks like they’re preparing for the flood. I realize it is snowing like the apocalypse lately, but is that not MORE reason to cover your ankles?

  4. sean
    February 3rd, 2008 21:51

    This is why I stick to jeans, t-shirts, and running shoes. I am so unfashionable that the fashionistas haven’t even made rules to cover me.

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