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?
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.
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.
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.
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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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.