what colors go well with tan
sweater: Anthropologie (another leopard-inspired idea, here), pants: Good American, booties: Caslon (similar ones here), earrings: similar here, ring 1: Aurate, ring 2: Aurate

Tan or camel clothing is a cornerstone of a scrumptious fall/winter wardrobe. Tan is a neutral. It’s versatile and truly timeless. Although nothing states sophistication like a tan luxe sweater or camel coat, it can be a tricky color to put next to the face for many skin tones, mine included. Most tan clothing is just too similar to most people’s skin color. This is what makes tan pants a great avenue for incorporating the color into your closet. Anytime a color doesn’t work next to your face, I always advise wearing it below the waist. Just make sure the tan color you choose is not too similar to your skin tone, otherwise it can look like you are pantless. Try to select a tan a few shades darker or lighter than your skin color. Now let’s talk about what colors to wear with your tan pants…


What Colors Go Well With Tan

Tan is a super versatile color because it’s a neutral, although a lighter tan can pair with more colors than a deep tan. For reference, the tan pants I am wearing are considered a deep tan color. Generally though, and in no particular order, here are all the colors that pair well with tan…

  1. Black
  2. Navy Blue
  3. Christmas Red
  4. Cream
  5. Sunny Yellow
  6. Blush
  7. Forest Green
  8. Deep Turquoise
  9. Chocolate Brown
  10. Burgundy (not shown on my graphic, sorry!)
  11. Charcoal Grey

what colors go well with tan

Colors Not To Wear With Tan

It depends on whether you have a light tan or a dark tan, like cognac, but generally, you want to skip overly light colors like optic white and lavender as well as colors too close to the color tan, like mustard. Here is a good list of what colors to avoid with tan:

  1. Bright White
  2. Lavender
  3. Mustard Yellow
  4. Bubble Gum Pink
  5. Light Grey
  6. Purple
  7. Indigo
  8. Orange
  9. Incredible Hulk Green

My Favorite Tan Pants

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From left to right: leopard sweater: Anthropologie (similar leopard idea here), pants: Good American, booties: Caslon (similar ones here), black sweater: Bloomingdale’s, pants: Lafayette 148 New York, mules: Kurt Geiger, sunglasses: Blenders, black body suit: other options here and here, pants: Good American, booties: similar ones here

For those feeling the TLDR. These are all of my favorite tan pants this season:

  1. Good American Good Waist Faux Suede Jeans
  2. Commando Faux Leather Leggings
  3. Lyssé High Waist Faux Suede Leggings
  4. Lafayette 148 New York Acclaimed Stretch Gramercy Pants (comes in several shades of tan and is available here, here, here & here)
  5. Lauren Ralph Lauren Skinny Ankle Leather Pants
  6. Lafayette 148 New York Greenwich Acclaimed Stretch Pants
  7. Vince Stitch Front Seam Leggings

For those who want to get into the details, my top pick for a year-round tan pant is by Vince. Vince came out with an impeccable pair of ankle-length, side zip pants in tan that stole my heart. I put these on as many clients as would let me. They call them front seam leggings, but that’s crazy. They are slim fit pants. Although like leggings, they do pair beautifully with longer tops. These pants are available at Vince and Amazon.

Commando’s Faux Leather Leggings are a great high-quality faux leather option. They are available at Saks 5th Avenue, Revolve, Amazon, Bloomingdale’s, and Zappos.

Lyseé makes an incredible faux suede tan legging. High quality with a great fit, these leggings look gorgeous with a long sweater and booties in winter. These are available at Nordstrom, Lyseé and Amazon.  (Check out all my chic, long sweater recommendations, here).

My curvier clients have been loving the side zip Lafayette 148 New York pant in the cappuccino color. It has a comfy, slimming fit for rounder hips and fuller thighs (pictured on me in the middle photo above, though my body type does not do these pants justice). Despite their stretch, these pants are made from a strong medium weight fabric that does not reveal cellulite and can masquerade as a structured pant — aka, they’re perfect for work, especially if you don’t like tucking in your shirt. A side zip pant is all about the untucked tops. Sizing note: These pants run large. I am wearing a size 2, but am usually a 4 or 6. They’re available at Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, and Lafayette 148.

Last, but certainly not least, in fact, these are my personal favorite: Good American’s faux suede tan jean. They are wonderfully comfortable, insanely flattering, and fit beautifully. These are the tan pants I am wearing in the photos with the leopard sweater and bodysuit.

Bodysuit and Lafayette 148 Photos by Dayley Photography

My blog posts are my honest and personal opinion. Sometimes my content includes products sent from brands or PR firms. In this case, I was sent a sample from Blenders Eyewear. If I am sent something that is unimpressive or boring I don’t write about it. 

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earrings: Bloomingdale’s, sweater: Bloomingdale’s, pants: Lafayette 148 New York, flats: Kurt Geiger

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what colors go with tan
bodysuit: other options here and here, pants: Good American, booties: Caslon (similar ones here), sunglasses: Blenders, earrings: Gorjana

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