Brown is a problematic colour in Britain. For many of us it conjures up 1970s-era images. Brown is the colour of mud and other unmentionable things. It is not at all cool.
By way of example, a friend of mine was appalled to hear that I owned, never mind wore, brown socks. For him that was a line he could not cross. He felt that it would be a sign that he had joined the middle aged. He can cope with the idea of brown shoes but even that conjures up a dated image.
However, that is not the way that brown is viewed in many other parts of the world. In various parts of Europe brown is appreciated for the versatile colour it is.
I confess that I am partial to brown. Indeed it combines well with my favourite colour, blue. Earlier today I was wearing an unusual combination of a brown shirt and a navy pinstripe suit. I wasn’t sure that it would work, but I needn’t have doubted; the combination worked fine.
And brown shoes are infinitely more interesting than their black counterparts. They can have a more variegated patina which adds character to the shoe. What is perhaps my favourite brown shoes looks incredibly dull in black; it’s hard to believe it is the same shoe.
So brown works for shoes and a belt, perhaps for a shirt, or a tie. But would you consider a brown suit? I reckon you should. Especially if you are happy to jazz it up with vibrant colours. Blues, pinks and creams work really well with brown.
If you are British you may well struggle with the idea of a brown suit. Old prejudices die hard. Nonetheless, the possibility of a brown suit is worth exploring as you will discover that there is more to it than you imagine.
Moreover, you will certainly stand out from the crowd as there are few who would have sufficient confidence to rock a brown suit, for fear of looking like a large chocolate drop.
Hopefully some of these images might help you begin to change your mind.
What do you think?