Boat Neck Sweater + Lace-up Flats

I just got back from Florida on Monday and had a serious wake up call.  What is this weather?  How dare it be cold in January.  Nevertheless, I am extremely grateful to have been able to spend time with my family.  I had the best time and miss them so much already.  I will be posting more pictures from vacation within the next week so you can look forward to that.  :)

Boat Neck Sweater (on sale!)| Black Jeans (old; similar) | Lace-up Flats | Gold Stud Earrings

These pictures were obviously taken before I went on vacation.  I don't think I would have been able to stand this cold in just a sweater.  But then again, I did do it before.  The things we do for our blog photos!  Lately, I've been loving anything ribbed or off the shoulder.  How lucky of me to find them together in one sweater?  And in this pretty chocolate brown! 

Wearing vertical stripes is a pretty common way to make your body appear slimmer.  But did you know that a ribbed top or even a dress can have the same effect?  Just in a more subtle way.  I'm telling you, in the last month I've bought this ribbed gray sweater and a ribbed black dress (similar here!) and I am totally obsessed.  Oh, and how can I forget this ribbed dress that I wore back in May?

So I know that a lot of you still follow those old school "fashion rules" like "don't wear white after labor day" but it's time to let that go.  Wearing black and brown is another fashion no no but really, how great do they look together?  It's 2016!  Time to throw those rules out the window!

Whats your take on wearing black and brown together?