Originally Posted by swaggerisaliability
"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.