This will be the second of the dressiquete posts. And again, these rules are not mine, just the formal rules by with men should dress by. This one is simple. “Your belt should match your shoes”, like this guy here. Hey dapper beard face man. The problem is, most men struggle with this, well, they either struggle or don’t care, I guess it’s because they think the rule is black and white, but like most rules it isn’t, it too has its little bit of flex.

Below I’ve shown the most common shoe colours, Black, brown and tan, If you don’t already own all 3, you should. What I’ve also tried to do, is show some flexibility in the rule, and this part may be a little more my advice than law, but I doubt the fashion police are gonna stop you for trying. Each pair of shoes is paired up with 3 belts, the belt on the far left is your fail safe, when in doubt match as closely as you can. The belt in the middle, is when you wanna have some fun and maybe introduce some colour, and of course I don’t mean roller coaster type fun, just merely fashion fun, you wanna have roller coaster type fun then ride a roller coaster. Better yet drink 3 beers and ride a roller coaster. I digress.

You see the “belt should match your shoes” rule speaks merely to the tone, If you only never wear a brown belt with black shoes, or vica versa you should be good to go, but introducing color will always work if you stick to the same tone. This is why I have paired the black shoes with blue (especially good when worn with jeans to make your look less formal) and some of the brown shoes with woven more textured colored belts. Finally the last belt is to remind you to pick up on the texture of the shoe, this small shift can change the look from formal to fun quite easily., however, when it comes to suede, stick to double suede, something about the inside and outside of a cow just fails to work for me.

All belts and shoes on this post (except beard face at the top) are available right now at ASOS, tell them I sent you. Kidding, they’ll never remember me. But seriously, tell them I sent you.

Okay. Stay Fancy

15 thoughts on “Dressiquete – Your belt should match your shoes

  1. Good Soon To Be Afternoon,

    I am close enough to having the right amount of money to buy these items, but don’t know how to match them correctly with say suits or casual clothing. I really need your help and would like to know how to put these together starting with the shoes and belt which is a good way to start when waking up in the morning to get dressed. With these items I feel that I am building a new wardrobe that will be great stepping stone for me since I am turning 21 in April.

    Thank you for reading my comment and I love your blogs by the way Sergio.

    Best Regards,

    Christopher Muzar

    P.S I am also learning how to shop smart, keeping a good lookout for all the good items. Thank you once again for the wisdom!

    1. Hi Christopher!

      Thanks for all the love and compliments!

      Glad to hear you’re on the path to sartorial success, as with everything else, practice makes perfect.

      The more you play with your outfits the better you’ll know what works and what doesn’t!

      Good luck!


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