Whether you’re fashion-challenged or fashion-forward, matching your outfit to the perfect pair of shoes may not be as easy as you think. For the most part, you may be making this decision every day without giving it much thought. But if you do it right, you will reap the rewards of looking good, and you will probably get a lot of likes on social media while you’re at it. So how do you figure out which clothes go with which shoes? We’ve got you covered.

The General Rules

When you’re choosing an outfit, you must be aware of your color scheme’s implications. This is true when you need or want to adhere to a dress code and express yourself through fashion at the same time. You should know what certain colors mean so you can tell when and where it’s appropriate to wear them.

Without a doubt, black is a classic, formal color. This is a solid color that gives off a solemn air, which is why it’s often worn to formal events.

Brown is mainly interpreted as more flexible or relaxed, probably because it’s an earth tone. An all-brown outfit often has an air of being approachable and light. This color represents simplicity, friendliness, and dependability. It can also make those who wear it look comfortable and elegant at the same time. This color is best suited for those who are congenial and mature.

It is kind of ironic when one wears burgundy, also known as oxblood. It is somewhere between formal and informal. This dark red shade may not be most people’s first choice because they’re not confident they can pull it off. When worn by someone who can sport it with confidence, however, this shade makes one exude a remarkable amount of poise.

Navy blue is easy to match

If there is one color that you can easily match with other classic colors, it’s navy blue. In general, dark blue conveys responsibility, trust, and wisdom. The psychological effect of blue generally tends to give off a calming effect. Companies even go as far as incorporating blue into their branding, logos, or workspace to carry out this warm message. Navy blue goes well with black, brown, and burgundy or oxblood shoes. It gives off a youthful vibe, but it offers a subtle touch of confidence and power as well.

Gray is flexible and safe

Gray suits are less formal than navy blue suits but are deemed equal in terms of flexibility. They are best paired with black, brown, and oxblood or burgundy shoes. They may not be ideal for business wear, but they’re perfect for office setups. This is especially true for medium-gray suits that are worn in a more social instead of corporate setting. You can wear brown and burgundy shoes with a gray suit for a more casual look. With a lighter shade of gray, patterns like checks or herringbone will become more visible.

On the other hand, charcoal gray suits are best for more mature functions. It’s not as solid as black and it’s almost as versatile as navy blue. But it’s a color that’s associated with maturity, because of gray hair. This suit color goes well with black and burgundy shoes, but not with brown ones. Brown shoes create a stark contrast against charcoal gray that isn’t easy on the eyes. Plain black shoes are the best choice in this case. 

Black exudes formality

There is no way around this rule. A pure black suit is best paired with black shoes. Black suits exude a certain level of formality, so pairing them with light-colored shoes may not be a good idea. Light-colored shoes may look too casual. Black suits are usually worn to strict, business attire-only environments. While many want to stand out, they shouldn’t depend on the color of their shoes. They should depend on the style. Your shoes may be black, but they’re still you, and that’s what matters. 

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