What to wear with a brown suit when you’re feeling a little less formal

“Dressing down” a suit is a little bit of a misnomer. If you’re choosing to wear a suit, you’re always going to be somewhat dressed up. There are ways to temper the formality of a suit, however. Here are a few tips for doing that with one of my favorite brown suits.

dress down brown suit casual

dress down brown suit casual

| WEARING | Vintage Yves Saint Laurent suit, Brunello Cucinelli shirt, Drakes tie, Cartier watch, Shoes c/o Tommy Hilfiger | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

The color brown iteslf lends itself to a less formal appearance. Earthy tones feel warmer and less corporate, in general, though it is certainly possible to make it business appropriate.

As demonstrated frequently by our most recent “Rules of Style” subject, a denim shirt is the perfect casual accompaniment to a suit. A button-down collar helps to reinforce that.

If your suit is a solid color, choose a tie with a interesting pattern. We love houndstooth for the fall and winter months. Keep in mind that the smaller the pattern, the more conservative it will appear from afar.

dress down brown suit casual

dress down brown suit casual

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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