What shoes to wear to a formal event

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

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Out to impress

If you've been tasked with dressing smartly but value your comfort, a roll-neck jumper paired with a blazer, chinos, and Chelsea boots will keep you looking slick without compromising on comfort.

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Say hello to yellow

Not sure if yellow is your thing? Take things slow by picking a lighter tone and pairing it with contrast colours – think a yellow shirt, navy blazer, and a blue patterned tie. Grey formal trousers will seal the deal.

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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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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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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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Start with a blank canvas

A grey suit is a blank canvas for colourful accessories, like a burnt orange or red patterned tie. Keep everything else simple to let the colour really stand out.

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Freshen up formal

Formal doesn’t mean stuffy and uninspiring, if anything, it’s a great opportunity to get creative. Achieve a dapper aesthetic (with a hint of edge) by swapping a classic shirt for a denim option – it’ll freshen up your blazer and trousers in no time.

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