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Wardrobe help

 
#1 Wardrobe help
02/12/2006 12:25

newbie

I was hoping someone could settle an argument between a colleague and I; what colour shoes should a chap wear with a navy suit? I say black(always black for work) whereas he's asserting that brown/tan coloured shoes are perfectly acceptable with said suit.

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#2 RE: Wardrobe help
02/12/2006 14:37

MacDee to newbie (#1)

Definitely not tan. Dark brown might just about be acceptable, however I'd go for black. Tan only looks good with grey or charcoal pinstripe.

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#3 RE: Wardrobe help
02/12/2006 16:41

Mike to newbie (#1)

Personally, I always go with a pair of dark brown dress shoes (shined) with a navy suit. Even dark as "chocolate". Not only do I think it looks better, but it adds a bit of boldness to the look.

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#4 RE: Wardrobe help
02/12/2006 19:07

Taylor to newbie (#1)

Brown for navy, tan for blue, black for charcoal

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#5 RE: Wardrobe help
02/12/2006 21:01

Anders to newbie (#1)

Never brown in town. End of...

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#6 RE: Wardrobe help
02/12/2006 22:38

Anon to newbie (#1)

Personally speaking a navy suit needs a black belt and black shoes, one would always match belt and shoes.

However I've become more and more aware of people wearing brown shoes with pretty much anything.

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#7 RE: Wardrobe help
03/12/2006 00:45

anon to Anon (#6)

Indeed, many people seem to assume tan shoes = fashion sense. There's this one guy in my team who wears brown shoes with everything, sometimes he even wears a brown suit! I guess I should do him a favour and tell him he looks like sh*t ;)

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#8 RE: Wardrobe help
04/12/2006 06:17

Ger to anon (#7)

- black is obviously ok with all kinds of suits

- dark (!) brown should be ok with blue as long as you have a matching belt and don't work for McK (and if you are Italian you might wear brown with everything)

- no light brown as long as you don't specialize in marketing

However would prefer to wear high quality brown over low quality black shoes - once worked with a manger who's favorite shoes where mid-brown John Lobb Willams (double buckle monk) – a bit eccentric, but possible

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#9 RE: Wardrobe help
04/12/2006 09:41

alf to Ger (#8)

puddle-deep the lot of you.

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#10 RE: Wardrobe help
04/12/2006 11:23

bozworth to Ger (#8)

Ger,

No doubt to your horror I attended a Mckinsey interview 2 weeks ago wearing a dark blue suit with a charcoal pinstripe and dark tan brogues.

Guess I better switch to black for the next round.

Boz

p.s. My belt did match

p.p.s This thread is a bit Brett Easton-Ellis

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#11 RE: Wardrobe help
04/12/2006 12:53

Jonny to bozworth (#10)

Are you guys going to start comparing business cards next?

Look at that subtle off-white coloring.

The tasteful thickness of it.

Oh, my God. It even has a watermark.

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#12 RE: Wardrobe help
04/12/2006 13:17

Village Idiot to newbie (#1)

I always wear my suits with trainers. It's very much the fashion these days.

If I was pendantic, I might point out that the argument was between a colleague and [me].

But everyone would be too busy pointing and laughing because I was wearing trainers with my suit. But secretly, victory would be mine.

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#13 RE: Wardrobe help
05/12/2006 01:47

Ger to Village Idiot (#12)

Boz,

I am not sure if this is official policy, but my former boss (partner in charge of my practice group) was an ex-McK-guy and he told me on the first day

- only white shirts

- only black shoes

- only grey suits

- no printed silk (which is for sure the case in France)

- no socks

but if you have already been in the office you should be able to match their dress code.

The issue might be a bit Brett Easton-Ellis, but aren't we all bit Brett Easton-Ellis

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#14 RE: Wardrobe help
05/12/2006 10:05

Boz to Ger (#13)

Ger,

no socks?

You mean a la Don Johnson in Miami Vice?

I was serious actually, I am going to switch to black for the next round if I go (ths is the sort of stuff that puts me off the place).

cheers,

Boz

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#15 RE: Wardrobe help
05/12/2006 17:43

Suits You to Boz (#14)

If you wanna be cute, wear the blue suit. If you wanna be heard wear the colour of turd. Brown all the way troops.

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#16 RE: Wardrobe help
05/12/2006 17:47

Hopeful cowboy to Suits You (#15)

I have been offered a position as an analyst at McK - can I wear my bootlace tie and cowboy boots(brown) into work?

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#17 RE: Wardrobe help
05/12/2006 19:35

Village Idiot to Hopeful cowboy (#16)

That depends -- how big is your belt buckle?

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#18 RE: Wardrobe help
06/12/2006 08:53

Hiawatha to Village Idiot (#17)

Cowboy - Everyone loves a character and Mckinsey are no exception, wear the tie and the boots and if anyone comments on the look makes guns out of your fingers, pretend to shoot them and tell them there is a new sheriff in town and things are going to change.

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#19 RE: Wardrobe help
13/12/2006 11:34

tc to Hiawatha (#18)

'Consultant uniform' is toss. It's not a crime to maintain a little individuality occasionaly so long as it's subtle enough that you don't make your consulting outfit (excuse the pun) look unprofessional in front of the client.

I personally think a dark brown shoe looks best with a navy suit. But black is fine of course. As long as there are no chavvy buckles or bars.

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#20 RE: Wardrobe help
13/12/2006 12:22

Random Acts of Language to tc (#19)

:)

Concur your last.

If someone can't tie shoelaces then what hope the clients strategy ;)

Making no comment about my own Chelsea boots

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