Are Navy Pants With Black Shoes Appropriate for Work?
Written by ShawnTe Pierce
If you work in an office setting, you may find yourself wondering whether navy pants with black shoes are office-appropriate. If you are lucky, your job has a dress code set in stone. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many businesses, and a little fashion trial and error is often the result. This guide to navy pants and black shoes may help ease some of that confusion.
Black Is Universal
Black goes with pretty much everything, but you can’t wear black, on black, on black every day at work. You want to add more color options to your wardrobe. Selecting colorful shirts, jackets, or blazers, is not a difficult task. When it comes to pants, matching them with black shoes for work is not so simple, especially when that color is navy.
Navy Comes in Many Shades
Navy is a color with different shades. The color can range from a dark navy that looks almost black, to light navy. These different shades of navy are the main reason why it is hard to match a navy suit or navy trousers with black shoes for the office. If you have a casual dress code, lighter shades of navy work well with trendier, casual black shoes in suede, nubuck, leather, or a combination of fabrics similar to those in the Florsheim Bailey. For the professional dress code, darker shades of navy work better with dressier shoes that have a patent leather shine.
Fabric Makes a Huge Difference
Navy pants made from natural fibers like wool and cotton that are flat in color (no shine or shade variation) look good in almost any shade of navy and can be paired with almost any black dress shoe. A black shoe like the Florsheim Haviland is a good match for work. With a casual dress code, you can wear navy pants in corduroy or a “brushed fabric,” but they can be tricky to match with a black shoe. The navy will appear to be a different a shade depending on the lighting and the way it lays. See for yourself by brushing your hand up and down the fabric–you will see the color change from a lighter navy to one that is darker. Black loafers, chukkas, and oxfords like the Florsheim Asset Cap Toe Oxford in leather are your safest bets.
Matching navy pants with black shoes can be a bit tricky for the office. However, it is not rocket science. A good trick to use, is to figure out if the shoe looks perfect with blue jeans. If so, do not pair it with your navy work pants.
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Posted November 27, 2012
Tags: black shoes, dress shoes, navy pants