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Gentlemen, Here's How to Coordinate Your Custom Leather in Denver

September 28, 2016

The task of coordinating leatherwear can be confusing to some folks – especially to men. Do you have to match shoes to belt? This seems to be a worldwide problem, and indeed, there are many such items to take into consideration, including watches, gloves, bags, wallets, jackets – even trousers. As your premier Denver leather store, we have a showroom full of leather, so trust us to steer you in the right direction.

Gentlemen, take heart - it doesn’t have to be complicated. When you get your leathers right, you build a solid base for your personal look and style. Everything else can be as wildly contrasting or as perfectly matched as you want it to be after that.

Here are a few simple guidelines to get you started. As with all things fashion, sometimes breaking the rules can make a superb statement in its own right, so don't think you always need to strictly follow them. Hopefully this will nudge you toward comfort and provide inspiration:

Belt & Shoes
When it comes to matching leather belts to shoes, many men admit they are clueless. This is the big one. It’s also the simplest, and it’s the one rule that is least acceptable to get wrong. This is what women all over the planet will clarify for men everyday.

The golden rule?

Your belt and shoes should be of a similar color and formality.

The color bit alone seems to give most men trouble; how matchy-matchy is too matchy-matchy? Can I pair brown with tan? What about these bright blue shoes – am I meant to find a matching belt for these? Rest assured, it’s simpler than you think.
  • Match leathers from the same color family. Blacks with blacks, browns with browns, tans with tans, etc. This is the easy part. If you get nothing else right, get this right. Equally, you don’t need to be too exact, which leads us to our next point.
  • It’s pointless to waste hours and hours hunting for that perfect tone of brown that matches your shoes with utter precision. Not only is this going to be barely noticeable, it is probably going to look too meticulous. A slight discrepancy is going to give you a bit of confident and cool nonchalance, not scruffiness. Conversely, if you’re too far off color-wise, you’ll just end up looking lazy. Deep brown shoes and a light brown belt, for example, can look mismatched.
  • Don’t attempt to match wild colors. A fluorescent yellow belt could be the perfect statement for you, and you could probably build a good look around it. But to find and wear a matching pair of shoes would be not only difficult, it might just be ridiculous.
Just as a tan belt can look out of place with black shoes, an ultra-casual pair of brown suede loafers is going to be ill matched with an equally brown, but much dressier, slim leather belt. Similarly, your highly polished oxfords could do without that great big belt buckle.

We hope this information has been helpful, and if you are looking for leather options or information, you have come to the right place. We are your go-to, local leather store in Denver, here to help you. Contact Jonval Leather and Fur today at (720) 377-1555.

Additional Resources: How To: Co-ordinate Leathers