What smart shoes to wear to a formal event

If you’re looking for Formal event outfit ideas featuring smart shoes, our stylists have done the work for you. Browse the different combinations they’ve put together below.

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Mix colour and pattern

You don’t have to stick to grey or navy when it comes to suits. Mixing different colours and patterns feels modern and youthful – just make sure to keep things different enough that it feels intentional.

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A considered finish

Contrast a grey suit with a classic navy overcoat. A dark green tie and checked scarf add extra points of interest without going too bold.

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Enter your go-to coat

For this season and the next. The timeless camel coat is a cold-weather must-have. Throw it over your smarter pieces like a black formal shirt and brown trousers for a classic, smart finish.

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A subtle upgrade

Use texture to add some extra detail to any smart separates combo. A knitted tie or textured blazer elevates your outfit without grabbing too much attention.

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Make your patterned blazer pop

While we love plain black blazers for a more minimal aesthetic, sometimes we want something to make our look pop. A patterned iteration is a great way to add interest and contrast to all black – think a formal shirt, trousers, and black Derbies.

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Keep it simple

You don’t have to wear a tie to look smart. A navy suit and crisp white shirt always looks put-together. Add a patterned pocket square if you want to give your look an extra detail.

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A break in the layers

Layering a lightweight knit under your suit jacket isn’t just a useful way to keep warm. It also breaks up the head-to-toe colour block of the suit and adds some texture to your look.

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Keep your style razor-sharp

A navy blazer, crisp white shirt, and green chinos are a failsafe smart combination. Finish the look with monkstrap shoes that feel more statement-making than brogues or loafers, and you're sure to stand out for all the right reasons.

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