Fall Color Trend to Try: Chocolate Brown

We’re continuing with our fall color trend series today, and it’s all about the trending color chocolate brown! I love how this warm, rich hue adds a touch of sophistication to any outfit.

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It’s not like earth tones and shades of brown are unusual colors to wear in the fall, but this year they seem to be everywhere, and the one I’m seeing most is chocolate brown. This is a versatile color that looks great on most skin tones and can be easily incorporated into your fall wardrobe.

An easy way to wear chocolate brown is in your sweaters and tops. A cozy sweater in this shade is perfect for a casual autumnal vibe. For a more polished look, try a fitted top in chocolate brown tucked into a midi skirt with knee-high boots, and you’ll be right on trend.

sweater (S) // jeans (30) // flats (8) // bag

I love how chocolate brown pairs with all shades of denim, but another fun way to wear this color is with chocolate brown bottoms like these corduroy flares or these trousers. Monochromatic outfits are very much on trend right now, as well.

My favorite way to incorporate chocolate brown into your wardrobe is through my accessories. A quality belt or handbag in this shade is a great investment piece.

sweater (S) // cords (29) // clogs (8) // bag // coat (S)

And let’s not forget about shoes. A pair of boots or clogs, or even heels in chocolate brown is a great addition to any fall wardrobe that you can wear for years to come.

When it comes to pairing chocolate brown with other colors, there are plenty of options. It pairs well with other fall colors such as burgundy, mustard, and olive green. You can also pair chocolate brown with neutrals like black, white, and gray for a more understated look.

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22 thoughts on “Fall Color Trend to Try: Chocolate Brown

  1. I’m loving that chocolate is back. I’m always trying to increase this color in my wardrobe but usually when it’s not tending and very hard to find great pieces.

  2. I am so glad chocolate brown is making a comeback — for a few years it was hard to find this deep brown color ! Do you think the rise on the Gap Factory cords is over 11 inches ?

    1. I bought the GF cords and they were too big. I recommend going down a size. I usually wear 4 in Gap denim shorts, but I needed a 2 in these cords. I would have re-ordered in the smaller size but the rise went past my belly button. It was much too high so I returned them.

  3. I love chocolate brown too, but am a bit confused. Your post started out with chocolate, but went to cognac in your corduroy, clogs and bucket bag. Are you thinking that color is trending also? Thanks

    1. I was thinking the other shades looked more like milk chocolate than cognac, haha! But yes, all shades of brown are trending. I didn’t stick with the deepest, darkest chocolate brown in the roundup.

  4. I enjoyed this post. I’ve always avoided wearing brown as it washed me out or was too yellow or orange. I wear bright or rich jewel tones but I think the rich brown is worth a try. I’m glad to see the brown belts and shoes especially.

    1. I also wear bright jewel colors with cool undertones. Is there a trick to determining if a brown has cool or warm undertones?

      1. I’m not very good at determining that, and I don’t get too hung up on it. When it comes to colors, if I like it, I wear it, even if it’s not my best color. But I feel like the darker browns lean more towards the cool side, for some reason.

  5. I’m also digging this rich color – it doesn’t come around that often! I’ve been a cabi stylist for 11 years and there have only been a few falls in my recollection where we featured the color! So…ladies, grab it while it’s here! I just ordered joggers and a hoodie from Lululemon in this yummy color! Hoping I love it! Thanks for all the great suggestions here, Jo-Lynne! xo

  6. Isn’t it interesting how when colors are not trending, they can disappear? It’s been years since there were many tops in a rich chocolate brown available. Dark greens seem to do the same, though not to the degree of browns. I tend to buy several tops when a color that isn’t always around becomes available. I have ordered several brown tops in the last month that I returned recently though because they were too washed out. The tops were pretty, but not dark/rich enough for my pale skin, freckles, and red hair. I just ordered the Frame tee!

  7. I’m like you, I know my colors I look best on me (cool tones), but when Fall hits, I cheat and do some of the Fall colors. BUT…..since I let my hair go grey, all that has changed for me. I no longer like the Fall colors with my grey hair and am trying to stick with cool tones this Fall, like the right green, burgundy etc. I’m liking lighter greys and blacks again. I love this deep chocolate brown, but am going to have to pass now.

    1. Kathy, I tried to go gray 5 years ago but I went back to color because I am warm toned and olive. My fall colors didn’t look good on me. I missed them and had to color my hair again. I get it why some older women keep coloring their hair. The colors you wear make a difference. I think blue eyed or fair skinned people look real good with gray or white hair. That’s just my opinion.

      1. Terri….. you are right. I’m fair skinned and blue eyed. I didn’t plan to stop dying my hair at age 61 but I was tired of the chemicals on my head and I got migraines for at least two days after each color treatment, so I made the decision. It’s hard at times, but I’m trying to embrace it. At least my hair is short and the transition was easy and fast. I’d like if it would lighten more. I too will miss the Fall colors. I understand you going back for your skin tone etc.

  8. I’m glad chocolate brown is back. For years it’s been hard to find especially with shoes. Everything was cognac. I like both colors. Thanks for the links. I especially like the Gap sweater.

  9. Hi, JoLynne! I’m ready to get some clogs for the fall, but is it okay to wear them with socks when the weather gets colder, or should I just switch to boots at that point? If socks would be okay, what socks would you recommend?

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