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Must you wear a burgundy belt if you wear burgundy shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cataan, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. cataan

    cataan Well-Known Member

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    Seems to me you'd have to but I'd like opinions. I don't have such a belt and am thinking of buying burgundy colored shoes.

    Thanks!
     
  2. anakin

    anakin Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. Brown doesn't cut it IMO.

    The way I see it is that a belt can last many years and is a safe investment in the sense that it is one less color you have to worry about matching with in the future.

    I just keep three colors: black, brown and burgundy. No white, merlot or anything silly.
     
  3. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Get a burgundy belt. Doesn't have to match exactly, but needs to be in the burgundy family in general.

    I think you need 4 basic colors of belts at a minimum.

    Tan, Brown, Black, Burgundy.

    With those four basics you can accomodate almost an endless variety of shoes.
     
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  4. Dewey

    Dewey Senior member

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    Depends on your burgundy and your brown. They can pair well enough, for sure.
     
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    cptjeff Senior member

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    I would agree with this. Burgundy is just a redder shade of brown- if your brown belt is red enough and your burgundy shoes aren't too red a shade, they pair fine. If your brown belt is low on the red and you have a pair of shoes that are pretty close to the red end of the spectrum, it could very well look pretty off.
     
  6. cataan

    cataan Well-Known Member

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    Here they are, gentlemen
     
  7. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    Brown would be OK save if you meet the Belt Taliban who will undoubtedly hang you with the thing.

    The vast number of people will not even notice,but having now asked here and benefited (?) by theoretical advice you will doubtless worry.
     
  8. jcarlson08

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    I think it depends on your outfit as well. A solid calfskin black or brown belt would look odd with burgundy shoes but there are other colors and styles that would work with more casual dress.

    Thinking about it, I'd venture to say that the reason a brown or black leather belt would look odd is because if a belt like that doesn't match your shoes, it's probably not going to match any other part of your outfit and will look out of place. But if you can find a belt that compliments some other piece you're wearing I think it would be fine.
     
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    You need eight - each of those above with nickel/silver and gold/brass trim to watch different watches and eyeglasses. MINIMUM.
     
  10. jmills

    jmills Senior member

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    I'm so glad I get my trousers with side tabs, because I am spared from these conundrums. [​IMG]
     
  11. Spurious

    Spurious Senior member

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    For a European, recommendations on a source for Burgundy belts?

    And second question, what about suede? Do you need a suede belt to match suede shoes?
     
  12. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    +1 to both comments.
    Additionally, with a sportcoat ensemble you can get away with the belt colour branching away from the shoes somewhat more than with a suit proper.
     
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  13. BaileyShanks

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    I think you need a non-suede belt to match suede shoes. Otherwise it gets matchy-matchy. Though a suede belt is nice to have.
     
  14. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    The buckle on your belt does not have to match your watch.
     
  15. Spurious

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    Isnt the purpose to be matchy-matchy?
     
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    I always buy a belt made out of the same leather as any non-black shoes I buy so that I have a perfectly matching belt. Most shoemakers sell belts, making it easier.
     
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    The more casual you get, the less matchy belt/shoes have to be. Since suede shoes are already pretty casual, you can be a bit more adventurous with the belt.
     
  18. Gdot

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    I prefer a textured/grained leather belt with suede shoes - more casual than a smooth calf leather belt - but not exactly matchy matchy to the suede either.

    Most here would tell you that exactly matching the shoes and belt is less sophisticated than having belt and shoes which are 'complementary'. However, IMO, if you are unsure of your choices you can't really go 'wrong' with a close match between the two.
     
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    Belt must match shoes which must match watch strap and briefcase. In both material and color.
     
  20. BaileyShanks

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    If you want to come across as someone who has a very studied look, it could be. I guess it all depends on the desired effect. Personally, I would choose a hard-finish leather or fabric (like surcingle) belt to complement my suede shoes rather than wearing the exact same finish. To me, suede with same color suede feels akin to a tie and matching pocket square.
     
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