Sister Style: Back To Black

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Emma's Wearing: dress/ASOS, shoes c/o ModCloth, necklace c/o House of Harlow 1960 via ShopBop and sunnies c/o BonLook.Sister Style on A Beautiful Mess Blog      Sister Style on A Beautiful Mess Blog      Sister Style on A Beautiful Mess Blog      Sister Style on A Beautiful Mess Blog            Sister Style on A Beautiful Mess Blog            Elsie's Wearing: Hat/H&M, Sunnies c/o Tumbleweeds, Top/Express, Skirt and Bracelets/F21, Clogs c/o Sweedish Hasbeens. 

xoxo! Emma + Elsie

  • Nope, definitely not afraid to wear black and brown together. In fact I’m wearing a brown shirt with a black & white sweatshirt and black flip-flops right now!

  • I believe in All Black Everything when it comes to wardrobe.

    Brittanny //

  • Such fun pictures, even on a gloomy day!!


  • I can relate. If I haven’t started reading blogs I won’t wear black and brown together. I usually do blue and brown before. Haha! Anyway, nice outfits!

  • Black and denim have been my longterm basic go-to colors. However, I love brown and dark blue, and I have no problem wearing them with black. I think brown warms the look up when you wear it with black.

  • Lovely photos! I was totally worried about the color mix match thing when I was younger, but now I dont care and wear what I love!

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  • Black is my favorite color and used to be the only thing I would wear. I’ve branched out and wear a lot more color now though! Black is still always a safe one for me.


  • Loved the dress!

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  • Elsie, you look goth-mazing. 😀 Sometimes all black is just what the day calls for (but rarely in the summertime)! I LOVE black and brown together and do it purposely a lot 🙂

    xo Ashley

  • I love black & brown together! especially with some white or cream mixed in. It’s such a cozy combination…it was my favorite color pallet to wear this past winter.

  • I want all of your outfits! You two really have awesome fashion sense. You’re not like many who puts on a lot of accessories and stuff here and there but the way you dress really catches attention. Simple but eye-grabbing. I really like it. 🙂

  • The setting and weather works so perfectly with these outfits! You girls both look gorgeous!

  • Elsie you are seriously killing it. Those are the cutest Hasbeen’s I’ve seen. Which style are they?

  • Another gorgeous set of photos! Emma-love the black and gold!

    I am still against the black and brown together. I just can’t get over it….it looks like you got dressed in the dark and thought you grabbed a matching piece!

  • Oh I’m completely over not mixing black and brown.
    I mix the two often, but I will say at more conservative events, I will try to stick to one or the other.

  • You two are adorable! I actually like medium to light brown and tan colored leather with black — especially if the browns are something natural like wiod or leather. Love it actually. I’m not sold on chocolate brown And black though.

  • I mostly wear gray (seriously, like all gray!) but I feel really put together when I wear black!

  • I love wearing black and brown together! You just have to wear it like you mean it!! I also throw in some gray as well to make it extra interesting! 🙂 Love your outfits!

  • love wearing all black! love the dress with the crosses on it!


  • Black basics with brown accessories are my go-to! I think it tones down the black and makes it look more casual, versus pairing all black items together, which can look formal fast!

  • I love black and I wear it with brown boots all the time. Once when an older lady at work pointed out that I am not matching when wearing predominantly black/grey outfit with brown boots(pretty rude, I’d say), I told her this is the latest trend, to not match 😉

  • Very nice!!! I love your sunglasses.

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  • I love black, its the easiest thing to wear on lazy days 🙂 But I do like to add a pop of colour so its more interesting!

  • im obsessing over the wooden sunnies!

    – Janine

  • I love black and brown. I love LBDs…and I pair a brown cotton spaghetti strap top with a black swingy gauzy type skirt so I guess its fine separate or together:)….Those wooden round sunglasses are just screaming at me lol—all cute looks here I must say!

  • Black is classic.. and it always will be! perfect colour! You two look very pretty! and love both of yours shades! 🙂

  • I have to admit that black in clothes is one of my favourite colours (generally I’m a big fan of colours!). I find that it makes my accessories look more bright, more vivid! And it feels safe, I feel calm when I’m in black (especially in winter. And I don’t care if something is “no-no” (except the combination of black and navy blue). If I feel that a combination feels fine, then it’s fine for me. (love Emma’s dress!!!!) xoxo from Greece

  • LOVE it! I absolutely love wearing black and this is just gorg! People who wear black lead colourful lives..

  • I have that exact same skirt! Love it! I also have the same hat, but in brown. I wonder if I can copy this look while also doing the dreaded black-brown mix. LOL.

  • Both are really great outfits! I love your photos 🙂


  • Steph, Hi! Yes- we usually photograph each other when we do sister style photos. 🙂 In photoshop I used Formula Actions to edit these photos. XOXO!

  • You guys are adorable!! I love the backdrop, and black is such a daring color to wear in the summer 🙂


  • love both of your outfits, super cute!

  • Black is a bit of a go-to for me, I’ve gotta admit. Although I have virtually NO brown in my wardrobe – grey is my staple neutral instead!

  • Love those sunglasses, Elsie!

    I don’t mind the brown belt with black, but I am iffy on brown shoes with black–it really depends on the show. I’m also weird about brown tops with black bottoms, unless it’s done right.

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  • Super inspired by your look Elsie!

    xo Jennifer

  • Those tumblweeds sunglasses are lovely, I hadn’t seen them with full circle lenses!! I love how happy Elsie looks in the first picture.
    xx Abby

  • I’m a huge fan of black when it comes to my wardrobe so I am loving this Sister Style. And I am obsessed with Elsie’s sunglasses–so cute! Thanks for sharing, as always. xx

  • Haha this post made me crack up because my friend was complaining the other day about how I never wear patterns. I typically stick with grey, blue or black. But it’s only because I suck at pairing outfits! I’m working on it! 🙂

  • Love your photography in this post! Did you use any photoshop or use each other as the photographers? Have a good weekend <33

  • LOVE black. Always classy. I’ve got dark hair so I love wearing earthy tones. But black can be difficult to do in the summer. You gals can definitely rock it!

  • You gals look incredible! Also,Emma I really like love your necklace – so cute!


  • I love how you ladies always seem so humble. Never too cool to make a dorky face…Elsie.

  • Im SO in love with both your outfits!! I have to wear black for work so i’m always finding different ways to wear an outfit adding accessories. My style out of work is pretty lace dresses, pastel colours and vintage dresses. Black never gets old though. Its timeless as they say 🙂

    Lulu xx

  • You girls look so pretty all the time. I love your look Elsie, cute but sexy, that skirt is beautiful!

    You make me question whether I should dye my hair blonde or not, I love your dark hair!

  • i like the both, but i prefer the first!!!! I like the hair, beautiful!! kiss

  • Ladies! I am totally loving you both in edgier looks. Those sunnies are too cute.

  • Black and brown, and even Black and navy are things I still can’t get out of my head not to do. I don’t know why or who ingrained them there but every time I try to experiment and mix these colors into an outfit it just never looks right to me!

  • hi! I love the swedish shoes. very nice and comfy!

  • How lovely!


  • Love this setting:) the fields..
    Also Elsie’s glasses!!!! <3

  • Lovely, really liking Elsie’s Swedish Hasbeens, I wish I found them comfortable!
    I don’t really wear blank often, I love brights and interesting prints too much!

  • Black is definitely the new black. You gals obviously know what I mean. There’s just something so simple and classy about wearing black. You can’t go wrong!

  • Oh my goodness I LOVE your outfits. Emma your dress is AMAZING. As are your sunnies and hair style. Elsie I love your skirt, hat, sunnies, and shoes.

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • I Love the sharp monochromatic looks juxtaposed against the natural setting. So pretty!

    <3 dani

  • lovely as usual! emma- love that braid! and elsie the sunglasses and the leather skirt! thanks for sharing this! xx. gigi.

  • I have a floppy hat just like that somewhere. You’ve inspired me to dig it up and incorporate it my wardrobe more. Such cute outfits! Love the casual braid 🙂

  • Love this! both of your sunnies are so cute. Makes me want some…

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  • Wearing black is so easy, I love it as well. As long as I don’t come across as gothic. Haha. 🙂

    Elsie, your hat is beyond perfect!

  • ooo i used to have shoes like that back in the day. love to see them back around.

  • Love the cross print dress, it’s awesome! The floppy hat is awesome too!


  • Love your outfits! So nice to just wear black sometimes 🙂

    Carina xx

  • I love the pictures! I don’t know anything about photography but for some reason these seem different to me. Looks like you were having fun. I love the contrast of the dark outfits against the amazing backdrop you chose!

  • Elsie I love your sunglasses! The retro icone look that it gaves you is amazing, you are gorgeous!

  • i love black, especially as we draw an end to summer. it looks great on everyone! really great looks!

  • LOVE your skirt Elsie! So feminine yet edgy.


  • I totally understand you, girls! Black is so easy to wear, it goes with anything!! 🙂
    I love Emma’s dress (such a gorgeous print) and Elsie’s hat! you both were able to pull off amazing outfits!

  • Black is the easiest colour to wear- it suits everyone!!

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  • Although I don´t wear completely black very seldom I like it since a longer time to match black and brown! You did this match perfekt – like the outfits

  • Gorgeous girlies 🙂 Loving Emma’s dress and lip colour, and Elsie’s shoes x

  • Beautiful pictures! I “belong” to those who doesn’t own a single piece of black clothing (apart from socks…). Very often I look like a giant colour palette, but I love love love colours and made it like a small statement when I was 15 to not wear black. I’m now 26 and have succeeded very well in not wearing anything black ;o)

  • I agree, black matches with everything. I find it kind of annoying when people tell me navy and black can not go together. But I guess it’s just all about personal taste!

  • Elsie’s hat is GORGEOUS!! you girls always get it spot on 😀

  • Black is always my go-to…it’s what I’m most comfortable in!

  • haha I wear brown and black together all the time (except by all the time I mean when I’m not wearing a billion other colors on my body).

  • LOVE black. And really love black and white in the summer. Nice pictures girls.

  • You both look wonderful! I love Emma’s hair, and Elsie’s outfit is just gorgeous! xxx

  • I’m loving Elsie’s shoes and Emma’s shades!!! i wonder what life would be with a sister… you two make it look so much fun!

  • I prefer brown or navy blue, not black. I`m pale and I just don`t look good in black. But I love Emma`s style here! Just perfect! Dress, sandals, necklace, hair… everything! Love it!

  • You guys make black look fun. I don’t ever wear black tops or anythiing that goes near my face. I’m already super pale and black makes me look even ghostlier (is that a word?). But the dress is super fun!

  • I don’t know which outfit I like more aaargh I don’t know! Both outfits are amazing! xx

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  • It drives me crazy when people say you can’t wear black and brown…you totally can! I do it all the time!

  • I wear a lot…maybe even too much black on a weekly basis. What a fun way to jazz it up!

  • I don’t really like wearing black because I’m so pale it makes me look plain sick… But I’ll admit I’m jealous of you girls because you definitely rock the black! I tend to avoid black and brown because both are “basics” to me, but maybe one day…

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