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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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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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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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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Make a colour change

A charcoal suit is a nice alternative to black (it’s not as harsh) and can feel more individual than navy. Go for a light tie for a tried-and-true suiting combo.

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Slip-on these wardrobe staples

You won’t regret it, we promise. A black blazer, smart white shirt, and neutral trousers are key pieces you can easily dress up or down. Wear them together for a more formal look, or separately for casual days.

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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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Embrace your patterns

Let your confidence shine by throwing in small (but impactful) elements of pattern. Don't be afraid to clash, too – think a check trouser styled with a striped tie. The trick is to simply have fun with it.

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