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post #1 of 13
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Hey all, I'm new to this board and I've lately become a lot more interested in clothes within the past few months or so. I've got a few questions that I've been wondering about...

1. Is it the general consensus that any color goes with denim? If so, why is that? Is it because of the fabric?
2. Navy and black do not go well together, but why can you wear a black t-shirt with dark denim jeans?
3. Can you wear brown boots/shoes with jeans as long as whatever shirt you're wearing isn't black?

Thanks for your help, as I am borderline retarded when it comes to clothes.
post #2 of 13
1. I'd say that any color goes with indigo denim. Why? hmm..my opinion is because indigo denim just comes off as a neutral palette with its texture playing a big role in its democracit-osity. Don't know if there's a scientific answer to it.

2. Navy and black not going together seems to be more of a Style Forum group-think more than anything else. I know plenty of sharp dressers who will only wear black shoes, for example, with navy suit/trousers. I think black can look just as good as brown with navy. The answer to #1 I guess would answer the black T/denim query.

3. I prefer brown shoes/boots with jeans, regardless of what color tshirt. and I'll wear a brown belt with denim with most every shoe, except if its a black leather shoe....but I'll do it with black All-Stars or any other black trainer.
post #3 of 13
1. More or less, unless it's a color very close to that of the denim itself.
2. Raw denim tends to have a sheen and texture to it that differentiates it from just about any other fabric
3. I don't see why you couldn't wear a brown shoes with a black top, really...
post #4 of 13
Do you mean you wear brown belts with black Chuck's or do you wear a black belt?
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mr Sola
Do you mean you wear brown belts with black Chuck's or do you wear a black belt?

I'll wear a brown belt with black chucks. Not like I plan it that way, but if the jeans I want to wear that day already has a brown belt and I wanna wear black chucks, I won't bother changing the belt as consciously as if I were wearing black leather shoes. If I am 'belting up' from no belt in my jeans, it'd end up being 50/50 between a black or brown belt. To me chucks can defy the 'rule' of matching belt/shoes. Maybe I'm wrong about that but I dont really give a flarp.
post #6 of 13
I think brown just looks so much better than black with Jeans. I think there is a natural look there, that compliments the denim well. I find my brown stuff, be it, belt, wallet, shoes, can look great worn in, however black if not in pristine condition seems unkept, and wrong.

All this said, a worn in belt, boots, and jeans is just such a comfortable and natural look. Thus, generally eliminating black with jeans for me. Does this make any sense at all?
post #7 of 13
I don't like to wear green with indigo denim, although I've seen many people pull it off quite well.

I prefer to use green as another reason to wear black/gray denim.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Get Smart
1. I'd say that any color goes with indigo denim. Why? hmm..my opinion is because indigo denim just comes off as a neutral palette with its texture playing a big role in its democracit-osity. Don't know if there's a scientific answer to it.

True. Denim by now is considered a neutral. The closest equivalent in traditional men's clothing would be gray, which pretty much everything goes with.

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2. Navy and black not going together seems to be more of a Style Forum group-think more than anything else. I know plenty of sharp dressers who will only wear black shoes, for example, with navy suit/trousers. I think black can look just as good as brown with navy. The answer to #1 I guess would answer the black T/denim query.

The navy and black "rule" really only applies to fabrics. If you wear a black t-shirt under a dark navy peacoat, you will quickly see why. My theory is that this is because in different lighting, either black or navy appears darker (absorbs more color) and thus they are competing for the job of being the "black point" in your color scheme. Depending on how dark the navy, it can also look like you dressed in the dark and thought you were matching two items together, and then once you got out in the light it's obvious they don't go together. This rule isn't just dogma, to me it is based in aesthetic sense.

According to the "rules" of style, black shoes have always been acceptable with navy clothing. I mean think about it - navy implies military, and the military has almost always worn black footwear and leather goods. (In dress uniforms anyway.)

Black fabric with denim has always been acceptable, for whatever reason. Based on the same aesthetic sense above, it doesn't clash the same way. Maybe it is because either the sheen of new indigo denim or the contrasting wear patterns of broken in denim disqualify that garment as acting as the black point, or at least set it off well enough from any black that it works.

However, I have seen where navy fabric close to dark indigo color can look really bad with a similar colored (solid colored, not broken in) pair of jeans. To be safe, try and pick your jeans to provide a little contrast to the other items you wear.

I avoid black shoes with denim for the most part, because they often don't look right to me. It's more of a judgment call than anything I can explain. I break this rule regularly, and I can't say why or when. Others have mentioned following this as a general rule as well.

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3. I prefer brown shoes/boots with jeans, regardless of what color tshirt. and I'll wear a brown belt with denim with most every shoe, except if its a black leather shoe....but I'll do it with black All-Stars or any other black trainer.

Same here, though I wouldn't wear a dressy-ish brown belt (as dressy as the EG brown belt) with black shoes, trainers or boots. Only a more casual brown belt, and my favorite one for that purpose has black edges anyway, so it is kind of universal.
post #9 of 13
Is a brown chelsea boot alright with charcoal or dark grey suit pants?
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by seen
Is a brown chelsea boot alright with charcoal or dark grey suit pants?
Definitely, IMO, assuming the pants are cut trim and a bit shorter than usual, and probably without cuffs. But that goes for any boot.
post #11 of 13
Black chucks are what is supposed to be worn with denim (dry), and the cuffs need to be large. I'm talking greater than 2in. I wear black frye boots with my jeans all the time. I think it looks good, maybe others don't, but I don't think bikers (and I'm talking grimey, not weekenders) could be wrong... and if they are I wouldn't want to tell them.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by rnrswitch
Black chucks are what is supposed to be worn with denim (dry), and the cuffs need to be large. I'm talking greater than 2in. I wear black frye boots with my jeans all the time. I think it looks good, maybe others don't, but I don't think bikers (and I'm talking grimey, not weekenders) could be wrong... and if they are I wouldn't want to tell them.
I was more talking about black dress type shoes or leather sneakers. I wear black Red Wings with my jeans every day I ride, which is about every day right now.
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 
Cool, thanks for the help guys
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