Live Action Getup: Black with Brown Smart Casual

Right after “don’t wear white socks with dress shoes,” we’re told not to wear black with brown. And while that’s a good guide when you’re just starting out, pairing the two colors can also look damn sharp.

Outfit inspiration featuring gray sportcoat, sweater, and jeans

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Black with brown shoes

With a monochromatic color palette, the brown boots inject color, variation, and intention into the look. Black boots could never provide the richness the brown does.

Herringbone blazer, black sweater, jeans, brown wingtip shoes

I've been a fan of JCPenney's Stafford brand since high school. Their Deacon boot is a perennial favorite, loved by internet style aficionados of all income levels. I recently purchased mine on sale for only $60, a great deal considering they're a steal at the regular price of $100. They also have a cap toe version, the Gunner, that you can check out for a boot of a similar profile. If you like the wingtip, Sebago also makes a version for $157.

herringbone blazer, black sweater

Andrew Snavely

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