When spring arrives, it’s usually time to ditch your dark, heavy outerwear in favor of lighter, more colorful pieces. There’s some truth behind the famous line in The Devil Wears Prada: “Flowers? For the spring? Groundbreaking.” When it comes to celebrity style, that wardrobe change is always measurable. Last spring, for example, we saw stars like Cardi B, Dua Lipa and Selena Gomez don bright neon colors as soon as the weather warmed up. But this year, A-listers are shaking things up and adopting a more unexpected hue this season: they’ve taken autumnal shades of brown and given it a fresh, summery twist instead.
Although brown is neutral like black or navy, it’s notable that the stars are rejecting spring’s cheerful color palette and adopting a more stealthy approach to dressing. We’ve seen a handful of trendsetters tan from head to toe in a way that’s still super eye-catching. Just take Rihanna, who wore brown leather thigh-high boots with a matching shearling coat in late March. Earlier this month, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber both stepped out in two monochromatic brown outfits — Jenner in a Roberto Cavalli shearling jacket and leather skirt by 16Arlington, and Bieber in a leather bomber, turtleneck, and pants, all by KNWLS.
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Other stars have incorporated brown into their spring wardrobe in more subtle ways. Dua Lipa wore a patchwork brown leather bomber jacket, while Gabrielle Union opted for a long, sleek trench coat. Bella Hadid also wore a brown sweater vest over a classic white tee. You might think the hue is better suited for fall, but when you think about it, brown is a lot more upbeat than classic black—and it still functions as a staple that can be paired with just about anything. While black or navy basics can ground an outfit, a brown piece can elevate an ensemble and make it feel a lot more effortless. And considering that labels like Fendi, Hermès and Eckhaus Latta are all embracing the early tone on their spring catwalks, we’d say it’s safe to consider it the new key tone of the season. Sorry neon fans!
Below are more celebrities choosing to wear brown this spring.