Dusty Rose

I've heard it's a fashion faux pas to wear brown and black together, but this color combination is one of my favorites. I always wonder who creates these silly "fashion rules" anyways. Regardless of the import of this fashion bylaw, I still hear a little voice in the back of my head that reminds me of all of the "do's" and "don'ts" of the season. Throwing all caution to the wind, I wore my fanciest dusty rose floral fastener and my 1940s doctor bag out on Saturday. The magnifying glass necklace holds sentimental value as it was my grandmothers. She wore the necklace daily, and she would use it to read newspaper articles and books. I can still remember her crouched over the Sunday morning paper with the magnifying glass in hand, carefully reciting the daily news to whomever would listen.
Dress: 1990s Vintage
Lace Slip: UO
Floral Fastener: 1950s Vintage
Doctor Bag: 1940s Vintage
Shoes: Vintage Neiman Marcus
Blazer: Vintage
Magnifying Glass: Grandmothers/1940s Vintage
Listening to: My Baby Just Cares for Me/ Nina Simone
dusty rose
Photos by  Ms. Murry


Chaucee :

I think that used to be the case (with the rule of black and brown) but now fashion has become so much more personal (I think largely due to fashion blogs) so its kind of faded out of existence.

Also, I really like what you are wearing in your hair and that bag is wonderful!

Десислава Валентинова :

So beautiful pictures and soooo beautiful look!! <3


Chloe Trayner :

This is a beautiful outfit, the floral fascinator works perfectly and I love brown and black together, who cares about fashion rules anyway!

Kitsune-kun :

black and brown is the best ever! I've never been a believer in that rule....well not many others actually....I used to be known as the girl who wears skirts over pants in high school...LOVE your gorgeous little flower cap! adorable!

Lydia :

Your headpiece is absolutely gorgeous. Fashion rules are so old-fashioned, it's ridiculous, and no one should follow them anymore. I don't have one single rule I adhere to.

JennaStevie :

I used to not know how to mix my black and browns, it's still something I dont do a ton(but only because I dont have a lot of brown). I love the way you mixed yours, that dress is gorgeous. And your little flower hair thing is gorgeous, the perfect touch

Arielle :

I think black and brown go great together! I love your necklace :)


Jenni :

I love black and brown together, and this outfit is no exception. You look great!

Vanessa, Take only Memories :

I'm with you on this one. The brown and black looks great together here!
And the headpeice is absolutely fabulous!

Amber :

fashion rules were made to be broken. This color combo works so nicely together and I just adore your headpiece.

Jo :

I love brown and black together! <3 Your grandmother's necklace is so beautiful too! You can truly see that it is vintage!

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SomeoneLikeYou :

Lovely as always Miss. Jenny :) You just always have the loveliest vintage head pieces that I'm in total awe over! xx

dear winsome :

black and brown are so perfect together..two of my favorite colors! i love the doctors bag and the necklace from your grandmother is so pretty, she sounds awesome! my vintage magnifying glass necklace is one of my favorite pieces!


This is a beautiful outfit! I love the lace peeking through the dress.

Annebeth :

every single fashion rule is BS in my mind, SO old fashioned in a bad way. You look lovely! And leggings ARE pants! :D

Matthew :

This may be my favorite outfit of yours. I love the rose fastener, and I am so glad that you bought it last week. Although every outfit of yours is my favorite.

Rae Veda :

You look so cute. I love your brown jacket. xo, rv


Justalazymorning :

thanks for the comment on my blog!
i really love this outfit, so romantic!

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage :

Loveliest brown & black ever, such a ladylike look.

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Kellie W. :

I've never understood all those fashion rules, either. Brown and blue look brilliant together, so why not wear them? And I love your necklace!

elanor, :

i think these shades all look so lovely together. & i think brown and black are great so who cares. :) such a pretty floral fastener! xx

Courtney :

I love the blazer. I've been looking for something similar.

Monique :

That magnifying glass is awesome and what a sweet story so great it was past down to you. Yes, I never wore black and brown together until this year and quite love the combo. I love your dress with the lace peaking underneath. The baby doll cut is so cute too.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys :

Greed, black and brown is a great combinations... and I love your hairpiece too. Perfect for a night on the town!

Jamie Rose :

I like to wear brown and black together too! I think it can look super classy if done in the right way. Which I guess means not too many different shades in one outfit? I don't know.
Also your fascinator is really cool too!

Caitlin :

LOVE that magnifying glass necklace.

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) :

I wear black & brown all the time, mainly because I love natural leather accessories. Since I started wearing exclusively vintage/secondhand and stopped wearing pants, I have ignored the seasonal dressing too-- I just layer up my spring and summer dresses to wear in the winter.

The pink fascinator is so pretty against your dark hair!

Marisa Noelle :

How incredibly lovely is your grandmother's necklace!! I always find that the pieces I've inherited from my grandmother are the most beautiful, not to mention the most cherished. You look so put together and gorgeous and that fascinator is too pretty for words!! I'm so glad I saw this because I have a black velvet one shaped exactly like yours and couldn't figure out how to wear it on my head.

out of order :

Ya know, I used to hate it but now I think it can look just as good as any "color" pair and you rock it perfectly


Bethany Kellen of bunnypicnic :

i've been thinking about the black and brown rule lately too. i've been wearing them together a lot and whenever i bring it up no one seems to remember it.

anyway. i love this look.

Meanz Chan (Koi Story) :

Jenny, that fastener is beautiful, and that fashion rule is lame. Black and brown can look amazing and you prove it here!