Throughout the years, there’s been much debate about the appropriateness of wearing brown shoes in the professional setting. However, when done right, a blue suit and brown shoe combination can look just as sharp and even more sartorial than any suit and black shoe ensemble.
What’s great about a blue suit and brown shoe pairing is how versatile it can be. Slight modifications to the look can make it appropriate for almost any setting. The look is smart but not uptight, fashionable yet still professional.
There are a few things to keep in mind when considering how to pair your blue suit with brown shoes: the occasion, the style of both the suit and the shoe, the color tone and your accessories.
Here are a few tips on how to wear the blue suit and brown shoe pairing for a variety of occasions:
- Navy suits and suits in a similarly darker shade of blue go best with dark brown shoes, such as a burgundy color. On the other hand, light blue suits can be worn with brown shoes in either a dark or lighter tone, including tan or cognac colors, as well as more casual shoe styles.
- For professional settings, it’s always safe to stick to the dark blue suit and dark brown shoe combination. You can save the lighter pairing for less formal occasions and those with no strict dress codes.
- Dark brown Oxfords or Monk Strap shoes complement a navy suit and trouser look perfectly and are appropriate for more formal settings.
- You can never go wrong with wearing a white button-down shirt and navy tie with the navy suit and dark brown shoe look. However, don’t be afraid to try other shirt and tie color combinations with it. Grey, forest green, maroon and other deep color tones can also work really well. For the brave, you can even wear a printed shirt within the same range of color tones.
- For slightly less formal affairs, like a night out for instance, pair your blue suit with brown loafers, derbies or even ankle boots for a more casual feel. If you’d like to wear a belt, make sure to match it to your brown shoes.
- Suits in a lighter shade of blue work great for more laidback occasions. Pair them with brown or tan brogues or driving shoes, along with a button-down shirt with the top buttons undone or even a plain shirt or pullover.
- Don’t feel restricted to plain blue suits. Blue pinstripes, plaid or window-pane suits, in a variety of fabrics like wool, linen or tweed can look amazing with brown shoes.
- For a weekend version, wear your light blue suit with a sport shirt or pullover and brown leather sneakers
- When choosing accessories, whether your belt, tie, pocket square, cuff links or watch, it’s all in the details. It’s a good idea to stick to a brown leather belt and watch strap. Stay within the color tone of your suit for your tie and pocket square.
A few Don’ts to keep in mind when wearing this combination:
- Don’t wear a black belt with your blue suit and brown shoes. You want to use complementary accessories for your outfit to look well put together.
- Avoid using clashing color tones for your shirt and accessories. Wearing a blue suit with brown shoes is quite fashion forward. You don’t want to overdo it but mixing and matching too many contrasting colors or prints.
- Don’t pair your formal navy suit with casual brown shoes, especially if worn in a professional setting. Have the occasion in mind when you are pairing your suit with your shoe to ensure both are appropriate.
- As opposed to black shoes, brown shoes don’t hide any dirt of scuff marks. Make sure your shoes are clean and well-polished.
A blue suit worn with brown shoes can elevate your personal style. Keep our tips in mind and it’s a pairing that can easily freshen up any simple suit and make you look modern and fashion forward.
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