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04-11-2012, 08:33 AM #1
Black suit and brown shoes.. can it be done?
Alright so this seems to be a more popular debate between my friends and me and I was wondering what your thoughts were on this topic. Now the rule of thumb is black shoes with a black suit, ALWAYS. No exceptions. However, I personally really like the look of a black suit with some brown shoes and a matching color belt. I was wondering what all of your opinions are on the subject. I have never done this but I have often thought about it. I would never do it in a work or true "formal" environment, only in a more casual setting maybe some place where I didn't even have to wear a tie to. Just a suit and a white button down. I just want to know how "goofy" this look is and if it can be pulled off and not look goofy. Personally I think the key to making it work (if at all) is a very well tailored, slim fitting suit but I am interested in hearing what all of you have to say.
I've included a couple pictures of where some of my ideas came from and to give you a better idea of what I was describing
Indochino does it, does that make it alright?
The Essential Black Suit | Indochino
Here is where I first really got the idea from, I know his suit is not black but it shows how matching the shoes and belt makes the whole contrasting colors flow better (the second picture shows the shoes and belt matching better):
Here's Ryan Reynolds wear a suit without a tie (The more casual look that I was talking about)
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04-11-2012, 10:25 AM #2
Absolutely, I only wear black shoes with a black suit at formal settings, all other times its brown double Monk Strap or brown Chelsea BootsIntegrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do
04-11-2012, 01:57 PM #3
People say black and brown never go together, but I disagree. It's kind of like a girl with really short hair; it's going against the norm, but if you can pull it off, you look gooooood.DRINK MORE SCOTCH.
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04-11-2012, 02:06 PM #4
I do it at work. Although I really don't care what people think about how I dress so I guess that helps lol
04-11-2012, 03:47 PM #5
absolutely, a nice dark drown loafer compliments a black suit well in some casesSoftware Engineer, User Experience Architect, Interface Designer, Technical Consultant, Mentor
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04-11-2012, 04:32 PM #6Banned
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Absolutely not. A black suit NEVER EVER EVER NEVER EVER EVER NEVER NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER NEVER looks good with brown shoes. If you want that dark look go with a dark blue suit with brown belt, brown shoes, and a complimentary shirt. Never black with brown.
04-11-2012, 04:47 PM #7
I don't have an opinion on a brown shoes with a black suit, simply because I am not a fan of a plain black suit. Dark grey suit bordering on black maybe, pin stripe sure but solid black, not for me.
One thing I do hate, is a navy suit with black shoes and belt. Not a good look. You look like a bruise, don't do it
04-11-2012, 04:53 PM #8
Big fan of black suits but on the brown shoes I got to say 100% NO.
04-11-2012, 04:56 PM #9
04-11-2012, 04:58 PM #10
I dont think its a matter of being different, they just dont go. If you want to be different do Blue suede, Green suede, Gray but not brown,