How to combine your suit and shoe colors


Suits are great for their simplicity, and in a streamlined look, every detail matters. Since a suit is usually one color, the shade of your accessories makes a big difference to the overall impression you make. Read on to discover how to match suits and shoes according to the occasion, for the sharpest formal result.

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The Corporate Business Look

In a corporate environment, it's important to look the part. A navy suit is unbeatable here, as it's classic and assured, without being loud. The best shoes to wear with a navy suit are black, navy or cognac: keep within these tones for a foolproof office look.

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Black

The most understated option, black will always look sharp with a navy suit. This will always be the most straightforward choice, since you don't need to consider different shades.

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Navy

Navy is always a reliable option for any element of your workplace outfit. When teaming navy shoes with a navy suit, go for shoes that are several shades darker than the tailoring.

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Cognac

Cognac is a particularly rich shade of brown, making it a great choice for contrasting with a navy suit while still looking appropriate for a corporate workplace.

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The Elegant Business Look

On some occasions, you might want to create a more polished professional look - something that stands out from the everyday. In this case, opt for a sharply tailored black suit with one of the following shoe colors.

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Dark Brown

Choose a very dark brown shade so that you have some contrast with your suit without creating a clash.

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Black

A black suit with black shoes will look effortlessly elegant. Add a colourful shirt or tie to avoid looking too sombre.

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Deep red

Make a powerful statement while still looking ready for business with deep red shoes and a black suit.

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The Smart-Casual Business Look

The dress code might be more relaxed, but it's still important to have a coordinated outfit. A grey suit is understated and easy to mix with more casual elements from your wardrobe, making it an easy choice for informal business situations.

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Dark Brown

When mixing a grey suit with brown shoes, opt for similar depths of colour. For example, a dark grey suit goes well with dark brown shoes.

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Black

A smarter option than brown, black shoes with a grey suit look understated and elegant. Choose this option for a more minimalist take on business style.

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The Informal Business Look

In very casual workplaces, it can still be appropriate to wear tailoring sometimes. In this case, blue is a winning choice. The shoes that go best with a blue suit are navy or white.

 

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Ground a blue suit with navy shoes for a sophisticated tonal look that still feels relaxed.

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White

White provides fresh contrast when worn with blue, and looks clean and crisp enough for the workplace.

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The Summer Business Look

The warmer months call for lighter colored tailoring to keep control of the heat. With a pale blue suit, choose black or navy shoes.

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Light suits can look quite casual, so if you need to stay smart, black is the best choice. It's an effortless option that never looks out of place.

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Navy

Tonal looks always appear sophisticated, so balance the light blue suit with navy shoes for an accomplished finish.

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