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Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by jaen78 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:41 am

Well, I have to say I never thought I would pose a fashion question on TLS, but here goes. I just bought a navy blue skirt suit and can't for the life of me find the same color shoes. What color do you think is appropriate for shoes to match a navy suit? Black? Burgundy? Gray?

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by Go Bears » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:44 am

Probably brown or burgundy.

For me, I've read that you can wear black shoes with a navy suit, but I don't think I ever would. Seems kind of difficult to pull off for some reason.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by jaen78 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:45 am

I agree with black looking kind of off...but brown looks kind of strange too, maybe I just need to find a different shade.

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Post by AZisHOTgetmeout » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:53 am

jaen78 wrote:Well, I have to say I never thought I would pose a fashion question on TLS, but here goes. I just bought a navy blue skirt suit and can't for the life of me find the same color shoes. What color do you think is appropriate for shoes to match a navy suit? Black? Burgundy? Gray?
I don't know if this is just for men's fashion (as I'm a dude) but with my navy suit I usually wear burgundy shoes. I have worn black with them as well, but I think the burgundy looks nicer and goes better.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by Go Bears » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:53 am

From a man's point of view, I think burgundy is probably the best bet. I love that shade, for example, with dark jeans. I know that's a little different than a dress suit (men's or women's), but the color scheme is obviously similar.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by JRR » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:07 am

Go Bears wrote:Probably brown or burgundy.

For me, I've read that you can wear black shoes with a navy suit, but I don't think I ever would. Seems kind of difficult to pull off for some reason.
This is a menswear rule. Women can wear navy shoes.

Burgundy should work for men & women.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by IAFarmGirl » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:07 am

I wear would wear black, especially if you're carrying a black bag. I think even if you found a good color match in blue shoes it would look too matchy-matchy.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by jaen78 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:13 am

So you think burgundy would be ok for women and not just men?

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by hamburgler » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:14 am

Dark brown with Navy.

Black with Black.

Almost any other colors are interchangable.

That's according to my business etiquette teacher. And that's also for men. I would assume that would cross over genders though.
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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by Go Bears » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:15 am

jaen78 wrote:So you think burgundy would be ok for women and not just men?
Definitely.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by jennalc » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:16 am

black & navy are perfectly fine together. it used to be somewhat of a fashion no-no but it's not the case anymore. i also think a nice deep gray would look nice.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by Teapot » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:24 am

tan

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by jaen78 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:31 am

You can't wear tan shoes in the winter though, can you?

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by Teapot » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:34 am

jaen78 wrote:You can't wear tan shoes in the winter though, can you?
in san diego you can, maybe not other places. i like light shoes with dark suits, some people don't

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by philosophy » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:35 am

i'm sure this applies to women's suits as well:

http://men.style.com/gq/fashion/styleguy/shoes/498

though, i always go with brown, lest i be nicknamed The Admiral.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by gpb19 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:37 am

Navy shoes should be really easy to find this time of year, a lot of them will be on sale, too. Maybe check out another store with a good variety of shoes? I have 3 pair of navy heels at home, so they definitely can be found. Even if your suit is a very dark or very light shade of navy for some reason, I still think that a slightly varied shade of navy shoe would look better than any other color.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by mari » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:46 am

Burgundy or dark brown. What about heel height? Around the courthouse in Baltimore I have seen women ("lady-lawyers") in ultra-severe suits, contrasting with absolutely provocative and impractical 4-inch open-toe "do-me" shoes. They must be sending messages to someone, but I can't imagine what the code is. Much better, I think, to find a lower heel, sensible style, NOT pointy-toe, NOT slingback or open toe. My opinion, make sure your shoes do not distract you or anyone else from what you are saying and hearing. Consider what you might have to walk through in the parking lot or on the way from the subway. I would like to see you post a photo of your suit and of the shoe that you finally choose. :)

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by missvik218 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:53 am

Tan or Nude would probably look best, better in warmer weather climates but can be pulled off pretty much anywhere. Black is fine with navy, but don't go brown.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by OasisFan » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:57 am

hamburgler wrote:Dark brown with Navy.

Black with Black.

Almost any other colors are interchangable.

That's according to my business etiquette teacher. And that's also for men. I would assume that would cross over genders though.
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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by crash90 » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:09 pm

It has been awhile since I have needed to wear a suit. I thought the rule was "your shoes should match your belt".

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Post by samcortina » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:11 pm

Yellow or Red Shoes. But only for men. And they should be the spice girl-esque platforms if possible. Apparently taller people have a greater advantage in job interviews.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by OperaSoprano » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:21 pm

As the resident TLS Fashion Merchandising Major, I feel compelled to join this thread. Black and navy as a pairing have gained in popularity, but the OP really needs to consider the color of her bag. I would recommend a grey or black satchel with elegant hardware, and pumps with a 3" heel to coordinate with the bag. One small piece of personal jewelry that doesn't scream for attention is also recommended, though I hope you will buck the trend and not wear pearls.

Burgundy shoes are really not recommended for business formal. Nude shoes I like, as they elongate the leg, but they might be harder to coordinate with a suit.

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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by kyle » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:56 pm

brown

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Post by srb » Wed Feb 11, 2009 7:56 pm

missvik218 wrote:Tan or Nude would probably look best, better in warmer weather climates but can be pulled off pretty much anywhere. Black is fine with navy, but don't go brown.
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Re: Blue suit...what color shoes?

Post by Whitty » Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:00 pm

Black is ok as long as its incorporated somewhere else too (tie/breifcase)

But remember for the future..black and brown make a frown. Its a no-go.

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