I attended a dinner at a posh hotel for my country's Chief Justice the other night along with a number of the firm's other lawyers. We were told to wear "business" attire, but advised to wear suits. When told to wear that, it actually means you can come in a blazer or sport coat, too. I borrowed a coat and came wearing chestnut wingtips and a pink dress shirt. I understand that black is precisely for dinner, if anywhere, by this forum's standards, but my country's wardrobe standards are three to four notches lower for every situation, since what I described would ordinarily mean tuxedos in the United States. I noted at least half the male lawyers present were wearing black loafers with suits or sport coats, with the only pair of plain black cap toes belonging to one of my firm's senior partners. I incidentally saw one guy come in polo shirt and sport coat, and the event's principal sponsor come in a short-sleeved shirt and chinos. Under these wardrobe standards, what do you think of me wearing my brown shoes to dinner events as I'm comfortable?