- Aug 31, 2018
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well, charcoal is practically black, and black and brown do not mix, at least not in my book. I think it's considered one of them 'rules', but no matter that, I just find the combination jarring. but hey, I am the guy who one day found himself disliking the combination of black and navy, so you may take my statements with a pinch of salt.Is it really a bad thing to wear flannel trousers with oxfords? I mean, if you are the kind of person who would wear oxfords with something besides a suit in the first place. (Which might mean you are in the majority.)
With derbies, I think smooth calf would be fine with those flannels. And I don't see why you couldn't do brown shoes either, if you wanted to. (Though I do love me some nice black derbies.)
on the subject of oxfords with flannel trousers, or in a casual setting in general - as I said, this is relatively new development for me, and it stems from a pretty good article (need to find it...) from the forum archives about keeping coherence within country or city look. again, or at least for me, it's one of those things you learn and can't shake, but on the other hand I see this as progress of sorts, next step of sophistication. this is a process of learning, and this is where the forum comes in handy. I did wear derbies with suits to begin with, back in 2016-2017, when I was only just starting, and I will probably still wear them with my brown flannel suit, which is rather casual, but other than that, I'll stick with oxfords for the suit. in the same spirit, when I wear my charcoal grey flannel trousers with the aforementioned ill-advised black oxfords, as I do, for the lack of a better option, I can't stop being self-concious about this inconsistency in my look. granted, 95% of people I meet on the street will not have a clue, but it's striving for perfection, you know...
one personal exception to this personal view is a navy blazer with mid-grey flannel trousers, especially when worn with a French cuff shirt. I see this as formal informal wear, and think that a pair of brown oxfords is completely in keeping with the look.
I think I have my mind set on smooth calf now, the more I think about it, the more I like it.