Rules are meant to be broken, especially when it comes to style. Find out how you can pair brown shoes with black pants like a fashion expert.
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The classic rule of thumb is to avoid wearing black pants with brown shoes, and while this is a pretty good rule to keep in mind, breaking it can add a whole new dimension to your look.
Styling this controversial contrast correctly is not quite so black and white. If you do it well though, combining classy brown shoes with jet-black pants can make for a killer combo.
In this article, we’ll consider which style of pants to wear brown shoes with, investigate the importance of tone and contrast and take a look at what not to wear, so you can dress for success and avoid a frightful fashion faux pas.
The first thing to understand when working with black and brown is that it isn’t just black and brown. The type of pants, the style of shoe, the shade of brown, and the accessories you choose all play a role in how well your outfit plays out.
Any black trousers, apart from leisure and sportswear, will work with brown shoes. Keep in mind though that different types of pants have different rules.
Brown is an incredibly versatile color but if you want to make the most of the black pants and brown shoe contrast, it is best to understand which type of shoes makes the outfit.
When understanding how to wear brown shoes with black pants there is one key rule: contrast is your friend.
If you choose to wear brown shoes with black pants, stick to lighter shades of brown, or tan shoes, to create a clear, stylistic contrast with the jet-black pants. Understand each tone below:
If you wear brown shoes with black pants, make a feature of them and accentuate the contrast. Add brown shades at the top with a necktie; in the middle with a belt, and at the bottom, with the shoes.
Use black socks to ease the pants into contrasting brown shoes, and add accessories like a brown wristwatch to complete the look.
Wearing brown shoes correctly relies on enhancing the contrast with an intermediary shade, such as a blue shirt, to lessen the severity of the contrast.
Try a light blue or navy blue shirt to even out the color palette, or wear a white shirt for a clean, crisp vibe. Avoid wearing a black shirt if possible, as it may throw off the balance and ruin your whole look.
Black tie and white tie events are formal occasions, during which a traditional black tuxedo must be worn with a black or a white tie. At these events, you must wear a black tuxedo or full evening tails.
To maintain the monochrome look, you have to wear black shoes. Brown shoes are never an acceptable alternative, and will make you look like you don’t belong at the event.
Wearing brown shoes with black pants is an excellent way to elevate your everyday style. With pant and shoe style, contrast, and accessories in mind, you have all the ingredients for an effortlessly elegant look.
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