Do you wear brown with navy or charcoal?

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  1. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    i'm trying very hard to wear brown with charcoal and midnight blue/navy and i do find that very difficult....

    Are you wearing tan or more darkish brown?
    If you do have some pics of combo ,thanks to post them...
     
  2. FlaneurNYC

    FlaneurNYC Senior member

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    Brown with gray or blue are classic combinations. I don't quite understand where you could go wrong. I'd take pictures of clothing I have that is actually brown and gray in its colorway, but my fall stuff is all in storage. Here are some pics from Paul Stewart.

    This suit is actually charcoal with a brown plaid:

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    Charcoal blue with brown/blue tie:

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    Tan looks good with this gray:

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    TheHoff Senior member

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    I think he meant shoes?

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    I do. Tan and lighter browns can be worn with navy/charcoal, but as much as I like the look, it draws an awful lot of attention to itself and is definitely very casual. Instead, I usually choose very dark browns to go with navy and dark gray. It's jaunty (hey, I just said jaunty!) without being flashy, and in America I'd wear it to any business situation save interviews and the most serious of meetings with higher-ups.
     
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    I do. Tan and lighter browns can be worn with navy/charcoal, but as much as I like the look, it draws an awful lot of attention to itself and is definitely very casual. Instead, I usually choose very dark browns to go with navy and dark gray. It's jaunty (hey, I just said jaunty!) without being flashy, and in America I'd wear it to any business situation save interviews and the most serious of meetings with higher-ups.

    I wear the same combinations: lighter browns with charcoal/navy in more casual situations; dark brown, sometimes almost black, in more traditional or businesslike situations. I guess this makes me "jaunty"![​IMG]
     
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    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    I love brown with navy. I love black with navy. Gray and brown mixed, make taupe. My favorite neutral. Experimenting with neutrals can create many intriguing, sometimes offbeat effects.
     
  7. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    I know the subject has been covered so many times but even if i do know my sartorial rules/trends ,i do struggle to get more adventorous in certain combinations...

    I know it is strange coming from somebody more inclined to the Italian style than the British one but the brown/tan combi is not growing on me...

    I tend to wear black shoes with charcoal and black suits and i refuse to try the brown with black suits as seen in Italy..
    I have also plum and burgundy/oxblood for my charcoal and navy...

    I have also asked to have a blue/violet shoes to be made for my navy suits but i do struggle with the tan /navy combo...

    i like it on others but do not fancy it on myself..Strange or quite common?
     
  8. NorCal_1

    NorCal_1 Senior member

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    the Sartorialist's blog has lots of examples

    but for me, I'd rather see chocolate brown suede shoes with it

    to wit

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    the Sartorialist's blog has lots of examples


    All examples of what to avoid for pain of death...
     
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    I love dark brown shoes with navy or charcoal. I don't see a problem here.
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    "Right off the boat" doesn't begin to describe how much these men look like hayseeds.
     
  12. NorCal_1

    NorCal_1 Senior member

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    "Right off the boat" doesn't begin to describe how much these men look like hayseeds.



    on the Satorialists site with the caption "Kiton Executives, Midtown".

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  13. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Tan and brown shoes often look great with navy and charcoal.
    Please post pictures of the combinations you're thinking about and see what the forum members think.
     
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    "Right off the boat" doesn't begin to describe how much these men look like hayseeds.

    Parenthetically, I think of "right off the boat" and "hayseeds" as denoting two very different kinds of lack of sophistication.

    I don't necessarily disagree with your assessment, but as you're more knowledgeable and articulate about such matters than I, I'd be interested in your take on precisely what about their outfits give this impression.
     
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    Yes, a darker brown goes great with charcoal.

    Yesterday I wore the Allen Edmonds Hampstead in chile (a medium dark reddish brown, woven balmoral) with dark grey (though not actually charcoal) slacks and a zegna rust colored business casual shirt.

    I'm not as fond of brown with Navy, especially medium or light browns as shown with the Kiton picture. the Kiton gentlemen on the left is almost there for me, but still too light a brown.
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