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Brown Cropped Pants Outfits for Warm Fall Weather

It's so helpful to have at least a few warm weather items that give you an autumnal vibe for the summer-to-fall transition season. Of course, depending on your climate, it may remain warm rather far into (or the entirety of!) fall. But even those of us who live in a place where we full well know that Winter Is Coming need to deal with that gap between the start of September and the arrival of fall weather.


I recently discussed how I use color to transition to the new season despite the weather and shared a few outfits where I used a mix of summer and fall for late summer outfits. Today I want to highlight a particular piece in my wardrobe that is a summer-to-fall transition champ!


I purchased these lightweight brown capri pants (which are indeed very wrinkled in this photo!) on sale for $9.76 from Christopher & Banks in September 2020. While retailers were making room for true fall merchandise, I was able to snag a perfect item for September weather.

I wore these brown capri pants twice last week! Outfit #1 is a WFH look that has two other CJ Banks items as well: a floral/bird print top with 3/4 sleeves (as shown in this bird print outfit round-up) and a sandstone coral knit jacket. Although there is no brown in the print, brown is just a darker version of the beige that's there, so it feels cohesive enough. I used my common trick of adding my brown leather flats and brown leather earrings to the outfit to make for 3 bits of brown.

Outfit #1: OOTD 9/8/22

This tan ombré scarf made a showing in my 3 summer pants post in an OOTD from late July. It's just a great color and weight for the latter parts of summer and early parts of fall. A statement scarf can also be a great "third piece" when it's warm enough to take off your outer layer (as I did around lunch time with this outfit) or in place of an outer layer.

I also wore the same DIY bracelet stack as I did in the late July outfit with this scarf. One of my favorite things about these bracelet sets is that I can mix and match the individual pieces to my heart's content, but I can also just grab an entire set that I designed to wear together. For an outfit based on brown, sandstone, beige, and gold, this set was an easy choice.

Two days later, I wore this weekend look (though coincidentally, I was also WFH on a project with a tough deadline that day). Once again, brown is not present in the floral shirt's print, but I can more readily wear brown with random things than I can black. I don't know whether this is due to my personal coloring working more easily with brown or something about the starkness of black or what. In any case, I thought wearing the brown capris + brown flats would be a nice way to bring this spring-colored floral shirt into fall.

Outfit #2: 9/10/22

I wore a green-teal knit tank underneath to bring out the darkest color in the shirt's print. My layered necklace included a gold/pearl/seed bead necklace, a gold/crystal tennis necklace from my mom (which is on trend this year so wear 'em if you've got 'em), my familiar DIY paperclip chain + Zork lantern necklace, the ubiquitous brown/rose gold sloth (hiding a bit), and the simple gold tassel necklace I've worn 72 times since December 2014 because it's so often just the right piece to add a vertical element.

My bracelet set is 2 DIY paper bead bracelets, 2 DIY stone bead bracelets, and a gold bracelet from Amazon. I created this set specifically to contain a nice array of fall colors (e.g., gold, rust, brown, sage, dark green) to coordinate with outfits in these warmer hues.

This weekend outfit from last June (i.e., spring-to-summer transition in St Paul) would also work well for late summer/early fall. I started with this Art Deco print silk scarf because I wanted to experiment with combining black (top) and brown (capri pants) in an outfit. Then I used the road map styling technique to select a sky blue cardigan and gold flats. For a more traditional fall color scheme, I could simply substitute a teal cardigan for the blue (you can see the teal in the scarf at the upper left of the photo...yes, I tied the scarf so that the light blue was front and center in this blue cardigan version).

Would you be at all surprised to learn that I designed this DIY bracelet set to coordinate with this outfit? I really liked the idea of an all-neutral set in shades of brown, black, and gold. I had not initially considered wearing the mixed metal spacer bracelet (the center one) with this set, but I LOVE how it works! Now it's officially a member of the set.

Because it's September, I pulled 3 other September OOTD featuring these brown capris from my outfit archives. One thing you'll notice is that I wear the brown leather flats with them in each outfit. While I enjoy mixing and matching my items to create different outfits, that doesn't mean I have to start completely from scratch each time. When you've identified pieces that work very well together (for example, a Pleasing Pairing or a beauty bundle/accessory set), it just makes sense to use them as building blocks for your outfit. In this case, I love how the two items share that deep, cool brown color, and it's nice that the pointy-toed flats add a visually elongating element to the leg line to help offset the cropped pants.

The linen Lands End top that's my summer stand-alone favorite
Teal with rust & brown for the win
An all-neutral outfit gets interest from texture and print

And if you like brown, there's no reason not to experiment with a monochromatic outfit! Here J52 demonstrates a sleek version of head-to-toe brown with pops of pink. Just gorgeous! Note how the rich brown tones bring out her chocolate eyes.

Brown Polish rabbit

Do you have a September dressing strategy? Do you wear brown? Do you wear brown and black together?


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14 Comments


awayfromblue
Sep 18, 2022

They are such great pants on you and I like all the colours you've worn them with! I really don't have a lot of brown in my wardrobe, I need to make more of an effort to wear the few pieces I have more often - as you've shown here it's a great neutral! I think that the length is good for those in-between seasons too :)


Thanks for joining the Weekday Wear link up. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Sep 19, 2022
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Thanks, Mica! I think the brown leather flats are what revitalized my interest in brown because I love the shoes so much and started noticing brown items that would match. Brown is SO versatile, it's too bad it's not as common as black.

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carolbenton
Sep 17, 2022

Yes - the brown capri pants are ideal for transitioning from summer to fall. They complement all of the colors in the autumn palette (rust, teal, etc.). Mr. Brown Polish Rabbit is quite a handsome fellow -- what a beautiful coat. I think he approves of your brown capris, too.

Thank you for participating in Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 33.

Carol

www.scribblingboomer.com

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Sep 18, 2022
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The brown Polish rabbit does wear it best, but I'm glad my mere human efforts weren't too shabby in comparison :D Thanks for hosting the link-up, Carol, and for your comment!

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Jacqui Berry
Jacqui Berry
Sep 15, 2022

I love the chocolate trousers, what a fab style. Thanks for adding to my linkup party. Jacqui x

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Sep 16, 2022
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Thanks for your comment, Jacqui, and for hosting the link up!

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Di Cook
Di Cook
Sep 13, 2022

I enjoy your blog very much, you provide a lot of great inspiration! Your bunny in head to toe monochrome chocolate brown is so cute, and made me laugh! Dressing for the seasonal change is always a challenge here in Maryland. We have four distinct seasons but never know quite when that big temperature change will hit!

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Sep 13, 2022
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Thanks so much for your kind comment, Di! The four seasons + mystery temp transitions makes it tough to plan...and if you try to do any closet switch-around at the change of seasons.

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Suzy Turner
Suzy Turner
Sep 13, 2022

I love wearing brown, although I don't have much of it, to be honest! When I do wear it, one of my favourite colours to go with it is a rich teal. The combination is beautiful. I love how you've styled your brown capri pants in each look - you've got the colours perfectly! Love the rabbit's 'look' lol!

Hugs

Suzy xx

The Grey Brunette

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Sep 13, 2022
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Thanks, Suzy! It's an unappreciated color for sure...but rabbits know how to style it right every time ;)

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