If you have a solid navy suit, is there a rule of thumb for when to wear brown vs. black shoes dress shoes? Does it depend on shirt or tie color?
Before someone says it, there are plenty of threads. However, none that definitively provide an answer to my question.
Just tryin' to look great...
Best Color Combination? Black Shoes Or Brown Shoes With Navy Suit
It would ultimately come down to the situation to decide whether or not brown shoes are best paired with the navy suit. As @GenghisKhan, an investment banking managing director, puts it
I would never, ever, ever go to an interview wearing anything other than a pair of black shoes, a navy or gray suit, and a white shirt.
The general consensus around WSO is that it is more professional and formal to wear black shoes with your navy suit to more important events (such as interviews). Your professional attire should be considered more of a uniform instead of an expression of your personality.
User @mxc made an interesting comment regarding this
You'd be surprised how irrational and overly attentive to unimportant details corporate environments often are
On the other side if you already got the job and want a more casual look, it is acceptable to wear brown dress shoes to complement your navy suit. There is no right or wrong answer it all depends on the situation or event you are heading to.
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Navy Suit with Black Shoes Example
Do My Dress Shoes and Tie Need to Match?
The simple answer is no. However, there are a few guidelines to follow when piecing together your sharp suit. Here are a couple:
- Your tie should not be lighter than your dress shirt
- It most cases never wear a black dress shirt for a formal/business event
- Your belt must match the color or shade of your dress shoes
- Your sock must match your dress pant color
If you have any more guidelines or advice on choosing black or brown shoes with your navy suit comment below!
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