Black and brown are both neutrals, and since neutrals go with everything, black and brown can definitely be paired together. Remember, however, that they’re both muted tones, so make sure you incorporate another color or pattern into your look to avoid looking drab. Choose lighter shades of brown for more contrast. Think cognac, camel, and taupe instead of chocolate. With more contrast, it looks chic and intentional, not like you accidentally grabbed a brown top thinking it was black.