If you work in the big city but your heart’s in the country, you’ve probably spent a certain amount of time in front of the closet wondering just how much “country” you can incorporate into your office wardrobe. In particular, if you’re wondering if a man can wear cowboy boots with a suit, the answer is yes — but make sure you do it with style.
There’s not really a right way or a wrong way to wear your boots; but there are ways that you can balance them with your overall look so that they don’t stick out like a sore thumb. Your cowboy boots can look just as sleek, polished, elegant and sophisticated as that $600 pair of Italian loafers that your colleague wears; but you can bet that your boots will be way more cool and chic.
Here are some tips for wearing Western boots with business suits:
• If you’re going for a professional look — and with a suit, we’re assuming that you are — then get a sophisticated, streamlined pair of boots that will coordinate and merge with your suit, rather than stand out. For example, we’d defy any member of the fashion police to stop you from wearing these black caiman Stetsons, which are sure to put those Gucci loafers in the office next door to shame. Really splendid boots such as these will always look good with a suit — or with anything else, for that matter.
• Get the right heel and toe. Generally speaking, leave the tall heels and square toes back on the ranch, and choose boots with a lower, walking-style heel and a more pointed toe.
• Blacks and browns are your best bet. You may love that pair of red flame-stitched boots, but they won’t do a thing for your black Armani suit. If you want your boots to blend in, choose styles such as smooth black or dark brown full-grained leather. Go for a streamlined look without hardware; if you can’t resist buckles, choose small ones that will complement your look without adding too much bling.
• Check your pants hem. Make sure that it’s long enough to cover the front of the boot. After that, if you really want to show off that fancy stitching on the shafts, you can always cross your knees and hitch up your pants leg when you’re sitting (if you can get by with it).
Do you think a man can wear cowboy boots with a suit? Have you ever tried to?