brown? or tan? i think the light brown/tan looks fine...but yea no darker browns
Interesting, I have the opposite view. I wear black jeans and dark brown boots occasionally and like it. I wouldn't wear light brown shoes and black pants however. This is yet another situation where you have to see the exact pants/shoes combo to pass judgment. Rigid rules don't help. If they did, someone could just print out a list of the rules off the internet and instantly be well dressed. It just doesn't work that way. I think we can all agree on that. EDIT: holy crap I just realized how old this thread is.
you can pull it off easily, and i think it's a great look, just be sure to wear a brown belt (this should be obvious). contrast socks. i personally think a lighter tone brown looks very good with black.
it's also an interesting change of pace. the black/black deal is timeless and all that but can be boring as well.
I think the ONLY way to pull this off is that; if the shoes are brown wear a brown-belt (as close to the shoe hue if possible), a brown/ beige-toned shirt - and tie if appropriate. my 2 cents.
also wrong! you really don't want to get too "earthy" with it. a refreshing light blue looks great. white too. really anything neutral is going to look great. i dont know what 1/2 the people in this thread are talking about honestly. are we dressing for a funeral or something?
Only way I can imagine it working is in a sprezzatura sort of way, like something from Satorialist. My guess is it can come off only one of two ways. Either you look like you don't know how to dress, or you look like you're trying too hard.