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.
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.
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.