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post #1 of 21
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Need aid in my confidence. Wearing a charcoal suit with a subtle brown and blue windowpane. Decided to try brown shoes with it. Just a few moments ago, i was told (by a female nonetheless) that my shoes should be black as "the buttons on your suit are black." I can wear brown with charcoal right??
post #2 of 21
Yes.
post #3 of 21
I think your female friend is confused. I have a navy blue suit with navy blue buttons. By her logic, I would have to wear navy colored shoes (and never mind what sort of monstrosities you'd have to come up with to wear with a traditional navy blazer). Regards, Jeff
post #4 of 21
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I think your female friend is confused.  I have a navy blue suit with navy blue buttons.  By her logic, I would have to wear navy colored shoes (and never mind what sort of monstrosities you'd have to come up with to wear with a traditional navy blazer). Regards, Jeff
as always, logic wins out. thanks (huge sigh of relief) actually with all the papers coming up, i think that would be the least of my troubles. btw, the word "friend" may be inappropriate, as my friends i just ignore sartorially
post #5 of 21
You're good to go. Honestly, for what it's worth, anyone who spends time worrying whether his shoes match the buttons on their suit has too much time on his hands.
post #6 of 21
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Honestly, for what it's worth, anyone who spends time worrying whether his shoes match the buttons on their suit has too much time on his hands.
There's always discussion that you can match the color of a sportcoat's buttons to odd trousers. Maybe that's the source of this confusion.
post #7 of 21
Just tell her; "Brown is the new black". Never tell a woman she's wrong.
post #8 of 21
That sort of sartorial micromanagement is likely to ruin someone's posture, considering the rod one would need entrenched in one's...area to properly adhere to it. And that's never good for a suit.
post #9 of 21
I think your friend is right.  That's why I have four sets of buttons for each suit -- dark brown, black, medium brown, and cordovan -- and always keep silk thread and a needle in my pocket.  Sometimes I'll wear brown shoes to work but switch to black for an evening event, and this will require me to shank on a couple of new buttons on the jacket, as well as a couple of buttons on the back pocket of the pants.  I normally don't concern myself with any buttons on the interior of the coat, or with braces buttons, as these are out of sight.   What I've been having a lot of trouble with is finding buttons that perfectly match the antiquing job on my Edward Green shoes.  So I refuse to wear the shoes until I find a perfect dark oak antique button.   Incidentally, this is one reason why I despise three piece suits -- it just gets too difficult to constantly change the buttons on both the coat and the vest.
post #10 of 21
johnnynorman3, who changes the buttons for you?
post #11 of 21
I have a tailor that is constantly on call. I can shank a button myself but can't be bothered by this chore -- it takes enough time trying to find the right buttons.
post #12 of 21
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I think your friend is right.  That's why I have four sets of buttons for each suit -- dark brown, black, medium brown, and cordovan -- and always keep silk thread and a needle in my pocket.  Sometimes I'll wear brown shoes to work but switch to black for an evening event, and this will require me to shank on a couple of new buttons on the jacket, as well as a couple of buttons on the back pocket of the pants.  I normally don't concern myself with any buttons on the interior of the coat, or with braces buttons, as these are out of sight.   What I've been having a lot of trouble with is finding buttons that perfectly match the antiquing job on my Edward Green shoes.  So I refuse to wear the shoes until I find a perfect dark oak antique button.   Incidentally, this is one reason why I despise three piece suits -- it just gets too difficult to constantly change the buttons on both the coat and the vest.
Interesting.  I have taken pstoller's advice (given in the context of watch bands, but it applies here too), and gotten sage green buttons on all my suits.  Matches nothing, but coordinates with everything.
post #13 of 21
I'm only kidding of course.
post #14 of 21
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Need aid in my confidence. Wearing a charcoal suit with a subtle brown and blue windowpane. Decided to try brown shoes with it. Just a few moments ago, i was told (by a female nonetheless) that my shoes should be black as "the buttons on your suit are black." I can wear brown with charcoal right??
I would say your female friend is idiotic at best and a complete moron at worst.  What guy has the time to coordinate his shoes with the freakin buttons on his suit.  A man that is truly stylish will look like he didn't give two thoughts to the ensemble he wears.  It should natural to the eye, nothing outdoing the other.  She may know women's fashion but nothing about a man's style.  Men have bigger and better things to do.  But, after you read this, you must burn it because a woman is never wrong.   BTW, johnnynorman3 is truly a riot but I must confess. An on-call 24/7 tailor is a great thing to have.  
post #15 of 21
JN3, I use the same tailor. He actually sources the buttons for me. I guess he just values my patronage more. Sucker.
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