The transition from a bright, sunny autumn to a chilly, frosty winter has begun, and we’re already noticing a tonal shift. Where lime greens, Barbie pinks and cerulean blues have dominated our warm weather wardrobes, new-in pages are seeing those classic September hues take their place: think warm terracottas, earthy reds and deep browns.
Brown has long been a quiet staple of the autumn/winter palette, but since early last year, it’s become something of a talking point. We associate this rich neutral with ’90s minimalism, a revived aesthetic that has had a huge impact on the past two years of fashion. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Tyra Banks and Mariah Carey made chocolate brown a defining shade of the ’90s, and with a love of all things nostalgic characterising recent catwalks, this particular colour has been wholly embraced by today’s trendsetters, too.
With this in mind, we eagle-eyed fashion editors have spied a micro-trend emerging among the Parisian style set. Brown trousers. Having recognised the versatility of this classic hue, French influencers are pairing it with everything from tailoring to cosy knitwear. There’s something about it that makes an outfit feel instantly more expensive, not to mention winter-appropriate.
See for yourself—we’ve rounded up five chic brown trouser outfits, sourced from Gallic girls who know a thing or two about style. And if you (like us) can’t wait to try out these looks, you’ll find the pieces you need to recreate them below. Ready, steady, scroll…
Style Notes: With winter well and truly here, it’s time to start thinking about knitwear. A chunky cream cardigan will add a dose of cosiness to all your outfits, and achieve a fun juxtaposition with brown tailored trousers.
Sézane’s knitwear impresses us every single season.
Meet your new everyday bag.
One of the best pair of wide-leg trousers out there. Fact.
Style Notes: You’ll find us relying on trench coats as soon as the weather turns. This French staple looks great with all kinds of trousers, but I love how Franny has modernised it with a tan leather pair.
You won’t be sorry you invested in this classic buy.
The beauty of leather basket bags is that you can carry them into the cooler months.
Wear with dresses, jeans, skirts and trousers.
Style Notes: It might be cold out there, but I still plan on getting plenty of wear out of my tank tops thanks to some clever layering tricks. This form-fitting basic works well with ultra-wide-leg trousers, as demonstrated by Grace. Just add a coat or blazer, or better yet, some cosy shearling, and you’re ready to go.
This angular shape is very 2023, but the tortoiseshell gives it a vintage feel.
You can style this colour with everything.
The puddling here is divine.
Style Notes: On lazy days, you can’t beat sweatpants. Tap into this trend with a rich brown iteration, and make it feel edgier with a relaxed-fit biker jacket and fashion sneakers.
I can see this one selling out at lightning speed.
An essential for downtime days.
2023 is the year of New Balance trainers.
Style Notes: When in doubt, toss on a blazer. Navy complements all shades of brown—the two work in tandem to create a dreamy autumn palette. Opt for a cropped leg to show off your favourite boots.
Use this to smarten up your simple everyday looks.
Parisians love their silky camis.
Yep, we had to give the Mason pant another shout-out.
The heel on these boots is low enough that you can comfortably wear them all day.