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brown shoes, black tie and belt with charcoal suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cdumas10, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. cdumas10

    cdumas10 Member

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    I just picked up my first suit. I'm just curious if it would look off to wear
    brown shoes, a black belt and tie with a dark charcoal suit? Shirt colour will very
    from white, pale blue and lavander.
    I've been thinking of getting a pair of dark brown lace up as it would look good
    with the suit however, I'm unsure if it will clash with a black belt and tie. Should
    I just stick with black lace ups?
     
  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    Stick with black.
     
  3. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    I just picked up my first suit. I'm just curious if it would look off to wear
    brown shoes, a black belt and tie with a dark charcoal suit? Shirt colour will very
    from white, pale blue and lavander.
    I've been thinking of getting a pair of dark brown lace up as it would look good
    with the suit however, I'm unsure if it will clash with a black belt and tie. Should
    I just stick with black lace ups?


    The belt should match the shoes. Brown shoes are good for non-conservative settings. However, for job interviews and conservative work environments (banking, law firm, etc.), I'd go with black shoes (and black belt).
     
  4. kuwisdelu

    kuwisdelu Senior member

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    Belt and shoes should match. If you go brown, I'd probably wear a more interesting tie. I'd probably wear a more interesting tie anyway.
     
  5. cdumas10

    cdumas10 Member

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    that's what I figured.
    Something just seems off about black shoes with the charcoal. I guess I'm just use to wearing
    black slacks.
     
  6. David K

    David K Active Member

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    I agree, the belt should match the shoes. My rule of thumb is that brown shoes go with black trousers and sport coats, but not vice versa.
     
  7. Pahreen

    Pahreen Well-Known Member

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    I agree, the belt should match the shoes. My rule of thumb is that brown shoes go with black trousers and sport coats, but not vice versa.
    I'm sorry, what?
     
  8. Tarmac

    Tarmac Senior member

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    wear a different color tie
     

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