I've been mixing my neutrals for a long time. In high school, one of my favorite outfits was a gray t-shirt with this really awesome pair of flared khakis. I looked so dope. My mom would try to tell me I clashed but I was like, "Nope, I'm pretty sure I don't." (Actually, I probably said, "NUH-UH!" because that's the kind of articulate teenager I was.)
Anyway, I think neutrals are meant to be friends. You can throw all of them into the same room, so why shouldn't you be able to wear them together? A friend texted me the other day asking about the specific combination of black and brown, which I wear all the time, so I thought I'd use that as an example.
See how pretty?! Like anything else when it comes to clothes, there are some things to keep in mind so it doesn't look like you used a dart board to pick your outfit.
>> Find an item that has both black and brown. This is the easiest way to bring the allegedly clash-y colors together. Leopard print is a great option for this, or if animal print isn't your thing, try looking for a purse with two-tone leather.
>> Stick with neutrals. I would stay away from bright colors in an outfit like this, because having a head-to-toe neutral look will keep people from thinking you just grabbed the wrong pants.
>> Avoid espresso and chocolate. Not the foods! Just the shades. The darker you get with your browns, the trickier it will be to make them work with black. Going with medium to light colors, like camel or cognac, will create more contrast and make the look more intentional.
Do you wear black and brown together? What about other neutrals, like gray and navy? (I wrote "gravy" the first time.) Who else wants that blouse?