Tips to Match Your Dress Shoes
Are you getting bored with the same old suit and tie look day in and day out? Are you looking for new ways to add more style to your business outfit? The key is in the right accessories, and learning how to match them to your suit. The most popular accessories that will freshen up your “business-suit look” are: Neckties, belts, shoes, cufflinks, and wrist watches. Ties are the easiest way to add more color and style to your outfit. But what about the shoes? There are endless different shoe styles and colors to choose from. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when matching your dress shoes to your business suit.
Most popular are black dress shoes. Black dress shoes will match well best with blue, gray, and black suits. If you are new to wearing suit and tie, then buy a pair of black dress shoes first before considering any other shoe color. Black is the most formal, and most classic shoe color for men in business.
Brown shoes are the second most common shoe color to be worn with suit and tie. Brown shoes should always be matched with a brown belt! If you do not own a brown belt, don’t wear your brown shoes until you bought the matching belt. Brown shoes look best with tan and also green suits. Blue suits can also look great together with brown shoes and brown belt. Best suited are blue pin-striped suits in this case.
Make sure that dress shoe style harmonizes with the rest of your outfit. If you happen to own a pair of Italian designer shoes that look like a mix between loafers and cowboy boots, make sure to wear them with the right kind of suit, tie, and belt. In this case a modern 3-button suit with fine pin-stripe pattern would work excellent. The belt buckle could also be more on the “exotic” style. As a general rule the more extraordinary the shoe design, the more fashionable of a suit you should wear.
Your socks should match the color of your pants. If you are wearing a gray suit, gray or black socks are best suited. Blue socks should be avoided in this case. For tan or beige suits wear socks in the shade of brown. And PLEASE never wear tennis socks with your suit!
Cufflinks are always a great way to add more style to your outfit. Black shoes look best with silver cufflinks, and brown shoes match best with a golden pair of cufflinks. Make sure that the belt buckle color matches the color of your cufflinks.