What Color of Shoes to Wear With a Colored Suit

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What Color of Shoes to Wear With a Colored Suit
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People who dress in coloured suits must pay attention to the colour of the shoes they wear. Too many uncoordinated hues can clash, which appears unprofessional. Use a colour chart to determine effective colour combinations.

Neutral Suits

Neutral suits in beige, camel or cream can be paired with shoes of a similar neutral tone. For instance, a beige suit with brown shoes makes a professional statement. For another look, try pairing a cream suit with black shoes. Women can add black accessories, such as jewellery and purses, to keep the formal tone throughout the outfit.

Dark Suits

Dark suits, such as navy, forest green, brown and maroon, should be worn with dark shoes, but be careful about matching colours too closely. A forest-green suit with forest green shoes can appear bland; a forest-green suit with brown shoes is more eye-catching.

Light Suits

Pastel suits in pinks, peaches, yellows and faint blues can be paired with shoes that are also light, neutral or a shade or two darker. Avoid wearing black shoes with a light suit, as this can distract from the suit.

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