In the power-dressing game, you are unlikely to impress clients if you wear brown, but you will be seen as an equal by colleagues. Fawn is associated with professionalism, but without being intimidating and is therefore a good colour to wear if you want others to communicate freely with you – perhaps the colour to wear for an interview?
The first recorded use of brown as a colour name in English was in 1000.The term comes from the Old English brún, meaning any dusky or dark shade. The colour itself has been used in art since prehistoric times, found in cave paintings dating back over 17,000 years.
In the Middle Ages brown robes were worn by Franciscan monks as a sign of humility and poverty. Brown has been a popular colour for military uniforms since the late 18th century, largely because of its wide availability and low visibility.