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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I'm trying to revamp my wardrobe and add some more style to it with what I have financially. Forgive my ignorance, this is a somewhat brand new thing for me to be doing. I wanted to get a peacoat for the winter, but I can't decide what shoes to invest in. I'm getting a black peacoat, since black can be worn with anything. I see a lot of men get black or brown leather boots, but I was wondering if a simple pair of brown or black leather loafers would do the outfit justice? (I live in Arizona, in the winter it gets cold but not freezing.) If so, what color would look best in your opinion? I am a college-aged male.

Thanks a lot for your time and help.

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by Alscott - 11/7/13 at 2:43pm
post #2 of 13
"I'm getting a black peacoat, since black can be worn with anything." I disagree; as is the case with suits, I find that a navy or charcoal peacoat is more versatile than a black one. Of course it depends on the person and his/her visual tastes, but I think black and brown look horrible together. There's a reason no one wears brown shoes with a tuxedo. On the other hand, black and brown both work with navy and charcoal.

The peacoat is one of the staples of traditional American collegiate wear, and one of its defining characteristics is its versatility IMHO. So the better question would be "what doesn't go with a peacoat?" I've worn anything from Nike Dunks to Bean Boots to tassel loafers to suede double monks with my navy peacoat. I'd say anything works, as long as it's not too formal (since a peacoat, after all, is an informal coat), but one suggestion would be a chukka/desert boot.

However, regarding your boat shoes, isn't wintertime a little cold for that? I don't know about what region you go to school in, but wearing boat shoes sockless with a peacoat is sort of like wearing a shearling bomber with shorts...

Just my two cents (from a fellow college-aged male).
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

My apologies, I should have mentioned I live in Arizona. In the evening it gets 50's and 40's cold, but it never snows. I have edited my original post. And thank you for your suggestions, I'm really inexperienced with this. Perhaps I'll reconsider the color of the coat.

post #4 of 13
Slip-ons (or virtual slip-ons) are inconsistent with anything heavier than lightweight outerwear.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by swaggerisaliability View Post

"I'm getting a black peacoat, since black can be worn with anything." I disagree; as is the case with suits, I find that a navy or charcoal peacoat is more versatile than a black one. Of course it depends on the person and his/her visual tastes, but I think black and brown look horrible together. There's a reason no one wears brown shoes with a tuxedo. On the other hand, black and brown both work with navy and charcoal.

The peacoat is one of the staples of traditional American collegiate wear, and one of its defining characteristics is its versatility IMHO. So the better question would be "what doesn't go with a peacoat?" I've worn anything from Nike Dunks to Bean Boots to tassel loafers to suede double monks with my navy peacoat. I'd say anything works, as long as it's not too formal (since a peacoat, after all, is an informal coat), but one suggestion would be a chukka/desert boot.

However, regarding your boat shoes, isn't wintertime a little cold for that? I don't know about what region you go to school in, but wearing boat shoes sockless with a peacoat is sort of like wearing a shearling bomber with shorts...

Just my two cents (from a fellow college-aged male).

I honestly think this is nit picky when it does to outerwear. I tend to think colour combinations can be less perfect between outerwear and the rest of your ensemble, with not much consequence. If you want to be perfect, yeah you will need multiple colours of outerwear, but we are talking ore about looking good, and being practical.

I think black and brown look good together, and would never pair black and navy garments. Shoes and belts, yes but I would not wear a black tie with a navy suit, for example. I would, howeve, wear my black trench coat, or car coat, over a navy suit. The car coat would not be my first choice, but it would depend where I was going, as that is my warmest coat, and sometimes I just want a shorter coat for practical reasons. It was a gift and i probably would have bought myself charcoal, but dont object to black at all. But, I think blue trousers with a black jacket, and vice versa, are pretty awful looks, in general.

the reason no one were brown shoes with a tuxedo is more that this ruins the monochromatic scheme, and therefore the entire concept, of the tuxedo. Brown shoes with a black suit looks good to me. Charcoal is I think, the most versatile colour. Your first suit should be navy, but if it's your only suit, it should be charcoal. I have a mid calf length charcoal overcoat, with a turndown collar, and it goes with absolutely everything. For many years it was my only coat, and I would wear it with jeans and casual shoes and it was sharp, but I can also now wear it with morning dress or black tie.
post #6 of 13
Welcome to Styleforum Alscott.
Wore my peacoat today as a matter of fact, with an old pair of these:


(Cole Haan)

With your climate, a nice pair of suede boots are also an option. It is just my personal preference but I almost always wear boots of some kind with my peacoat.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post

I honestly think this is nit picky when it does to outerwear. I tend to think colour combinations can be less perfect between outerwear and the rest of your ensemble, with not much consequence. If you want to be perfect, yeah you will need multiple colours of outerwear, but we are talking ore about looking good, and being practical.

I think black and brown look good together, and would never pair black and navy garments. Shoes and belts, yes but I would not wear a black tie with a navy suit, for example. I would, howeve, wear my black trench coat, or car coat, over a navy suit. The car coat would not be my first choice, but it would depend where I was going, as that is my warmest coat, and sometimes I just want a shorter coat for practical reasons. It was a gift and i probably would have bought myself charcoal, but dont object to black at all. But, I think blue trousers with a black jacket, and vice versa, are pretty awful looks, in general.

the reason no one were brown shoes with a tuxedo is more that this ruins the monochromatic scheme, and therefore the entire concept, of the tuxedo. Brown shoes with a black suit looks good to me. Charcoal is I think, the most versatile colour. Your first suit should be navy, but if it's your only suit, it should be charcoal. I have a mid calf length charcoal overcoat, with a turndown collar, and it goes with absolutely everything. For many years it was my only coat, and I would wear it with jeans and casual shoes and it was sharp, but I can also now wear it with morning dress or black tie.

To each his own. I have a navy peacoat, and, like your charcoal overcoat, it also goes with everything.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by swaggerisaliability View Post

To each his own. I have a navy peacoat, and, like your charcoal overcoat, it also goes with everything.

Yes completely a matter of taste. I was thinking, after reading this thread, that a navy pea coat is exactly what I'm missing.
post #9 of 13
My peacoat is navy. If navy did not exist, my second choice would be charcoal grey. If charcoal greay did not exist, I would not purchase a peacoat.
post #10 of 13
Loafers are not consistent with the adverse weather you describe
post #11 of 13
I grew up in Tucson, so I know the winter weather in parts of Arizona and I like the chukka boot suggestion, but try to find something without a leather sole. I wear chukka boots with Dainite soles in rain and slush because leather soles are deadly-slick.

Although "the rules" forbid wearing black and brown together and it wouldn't be my first choice, I think a black coat and brown shoes wouldn't be tragic because shoes and a coat aren't right next to each other. I made the choice to buy a charcoal gray peacoat rather than navy or black, so my color preference in peacoats is clear. Charcoal gray can be worn with any other color.
post #12 of 13
Navy>Black
post #13 of 13

Sorry to bump a month old thread, but I just purchased a black peacoat (for the life of me I couldn't find a non-zippered gray or charcoal one, and I don't like the internal zipper) and am in Arizona like the OP.  I am going to get some black chukka's, but was wondering if you'd pair darker gray ones, or even go as bold as to get colored ones (blue, red, etc.) and match those with your scarf or shirt?

 

Probably going to wear primarily darker blue or even dark navy jeans (almost black), but possibly some chinos with the coat and a collared shirt underneath.  Is a t-shirt too tacky to wear underneath it too?  Say if you're wearing it out Saturday night, not necessarily anything you need to be dressed up to attend/do if you removed your coat.

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