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39 Ways With Chocolate Brown

Few colours are as chic or as luxuriant as velvety chocolate brown.

Back in the late nineties, chocolate brown was everywhere: in our make-up palettes; on our plush velvety cord trousers; adorning our sweeping long coats; and the only colour for our de rigueur knee-high boots. In a world saturated with platform trainers, Union Jack dresses and bucket hats, it was a breath of chic air that shook off the grunge and beer-soaked Britpop that had preceded it – and felt, well, grown-up.

And, since all fashion is in a never-ending cycle, so it has come around again – and we’re just as in love with brown more than two decades on, its soft, rich tones every bit as inviting and luxurious as we remember. Here, then, are just a few coveted items that we think are as sweet (and chic) as chocolate.

By Nancy Alsop
November 2020

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Boden

Kristin Pleated Skirt, £120

H&M

Pile-Lined Jacket, £59.99

Vince

Turtleneck Satin Maxi Dress, £345

Anne Marie O’Sullivan

Ulster Potato Basket, £460

Bobbi Brown

Modern Symphony Eyeshadow Palette, £36.50

JW Anderson

Asymmetric Two-Tone Mélange Merino Wool Turtleneck Dress, £630

Skandium

Mus Plant Pot, £19

Wolf & Badger

Suede Leather Poncho With Alpaca Blend Hand Knitted Collar, £430

Acne Studios

Kinbar Brushed Longline Cardigan, £450

Labour & Wait

Enamel Bread Bin Brown, £85

Arket

Pile Shirt, £79

H&M

Shirt Jacket, £39.99

Cabbages & Roses

Half Circle Skirt in Brown Corduroy, £260

Labour & Wait

Guernsey Sweater Brown, £125

Pain de Sucre

Mina swimsuit, €98

Raf Simons

Curb Chain Faux Fur Collar, £430

Ian McIntyre

Brown Betty Ceramic Teapot, £50

Russell & Bromley

Collide Luxury Shoulder Bag, £3454

Cabbages & Roses

Kilty Coat In Brown Corduroy, £575

Russell & Bromley

Huggy Faux-Wool Lined Boot, £225

Off On Clothing

Linen Pleated Skirt Dress, €104

Pentreath & Hall

Alphabet Brush Pot, £40

Cutter Brooks

Indian Blockprint Cotton Mask, £25

Toast

Muehlbauer Cloche Hat, £145

Cos

Cocoon Scuba Sweatshirt, £69

The Conran Shop

PIPER 103 Sofa High Back Rust & Brown, £7,295

Brora

Cotton Velvet Jeans, £149

Plumo

Woven Leather Backpack, £149

Zara

Soft-Touch Ribbed Top, £12.99

Anthropologie

Sallie Sunglasses, £60

Bill Amberg

Hunter Rucksack Brown, £550

AG Hendy

ECKO AD-65 Radio, £1,850

Toast

Needlecord Shirt Dress, £170

Wolf And Badger

Chocolate Brown Tencel Gathered Seams Dress, £75

Maude Made

Georgia Dress in Medieval, £70

Newgate World

The Wimbledon, £130

Marks & Spencer

Corduroy Straight Leg Trousers, £22.50

Cos

Recycled Polyester Performance Parka, £125

Nancy Alsop

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