I recently got a new Navy suit that I am very excited about and I want to add some accessories to wear with it. Unfortunately, I'm not really sure about what to get. These are the accessories that I'm wondering about:

  • Shoes: I've heard differing opinions on the shoes for a navy suit. I've heard "only wear black shoes," "only wear brown shoes." and "try something different like burgundy shoes." So I'm kinda confused on this front. Realistically though, it probably doesn't matter much!
  • Socks: I'm leaning toward something like red socks for this suit. Why? Because I want to have a relatively conservative look but still have some individuality in my attire. Is this a bad idea? For more formal instances I would have navy socks but for less formal instances would this be acceptable?
  • Pocket Square: I've wanted to get into pocket squares for some time now. Should I just get a white one that will go with everything or should I try to add some color?
  • Tie Clip: Do people still wear these? I'm in my 20s and I don't want to look like an old man by wearing one but I've always thought they add a nice touch to the suit. But I don't know what the general consensus is on this.

I know there are more accessories that I didn't put, these are just the ones that came to mind. Any help here would be appreciated.

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Shoes:

Black or burgundy would be my suggestion.

Socks:

Yes, wear them.  Color, red would be fine except with burgundy shoes.

Pocket square:

Sure, whatever color you want but don't let it clash with your socks.

Tie Clip:

No, get a tie pin or chain, although I prefer the tie pin myself.  Tie clips are for people who wear short sleeved shirts with ties.

You cannot go too far wrong with nice black (polished) shoes.  Black or Navy socks might be safest. 

This is an older thread on tie tacks and clips: http://community.artofmanliness.com/forum/topics/tie-tacks-tie-bars 

Do you have a hat to go with the suit?  Lapel pin?  Cuff links?  Is it a three piece?  Have you ironed your shirts and slacks?  Belt or suspenders?  Can you post pictures? 

Get dress cowboy boots, they'll take care of the 'individuality' ... and you don't need to coordinate socks.  Socks always struck me as a strange area for 'individuality' anyway.

Pocket squares are too flashy for my taste.  Tie clips are fine, though.

JB

Shoes: Dark brown works with navy and dresses it down a bit.  Burgundy looks good too.  Black dress navy up, and it a better look for evening.

Socks:  Red is fine.

Pocket square: Start with plain white linen or cotton, then work your way into other options.

Tie clip: Bleh.

Each of these are tough choices. Shoes: just make sure they match your belt. Socks: I generally match them with my shoes, but mixing it up may be passable. Pocket square: my grandfather always told me that unless it's a super fancy occasion keep a white handkerchief in your chest pocket (for the ladies) and one in your back pocket for yourself. Tie clip: Bring back the tie clip! If you are in your twenties like I am then you won't look old, but older men will respect you for clip. I think the clip has fallen out of use, but not style. Hope that helped cause there are a million and one opinions.

Shoes:

You have a choice between brown and Oxblood (Which is a version a brown but with a reddish shade)

Socks:

I'd say Black or possibly even navy to match the suit, I heard socks should go with the suit in general.

Pocket Square: 

White is almost never a wrong choice

Tie clip:

Go for it! Holds your tie in place so you look like James Bond and even if you do look like an old man, old men are classy!

Oh yeah! and as far as Individuality, try Monk Shoes. Their shoes that you buckle on instead of tie or slip. Here's a picture, courtesy of google:

Wear what you like. there's no reason why you shouldn't wear a tie-clip. If you want to wear it, then wear it. Part of dressing is having the balls to wear whatever the hell you want. 

Thanks everyone for the help! I'm new to having a nice suit that fits me well and I was pretty excited about what to add to it. You guys were really helpful. It seems that there are standards for some things (shoes, socks) while other parts are not standard and can be changed to fit a personal style. Thanks for all your input!

RE: the pocket squares - any number of things you can do with'em. You can wear the square banker - just a neatly-pressed linen handkerchief, a la Mad Men - a more businesslike use of them. Or a plain or pattern one that complements the tie BUT does not match it exactly in pattern. I wear a red tie with paislies, set off by a white pocket square with paislies. You can do the squares, the points, or the puff - all pretty well illustrated here. Note Daniel Craig wears a navy suit, no tie, and a square. Dashing. Note the dude in the white jacket with the perfectly matched bowtie and pocket square. Tool.

Haha this was awesome. Daniel Craig is a boss (although, I know that if I tried that it wouldn't look as good). The matching tie and pocket square does not look good. 

I wouldn't do anything crazy with the pocket square. I'm guessing it should complement the tie not take attention from it.

Yeah. They should complement - sometimes ignore one another - but never insult or match one another exactly. I love pocket squares - ain't wild about that one Craig's wearing, though. A red one looks great with a black jacket and a pale blue shirt.

That's another point - when you've got no tie, using the pocket square to complement the shirt or the pants.

Or just wear what in Hell you like. Sinatra always wore an orange pocket square. Not my choice, but he called orange "the happiest color," and it pleased him.

Be prepared for some knot-head to make fun of you. I don't know how many schmucks over the years have opened their mouths about it when I wear one. I used to be diplomatic about it, but have permitted myself to meet rudeness with rudeness, viz., "I'm not explaining myself to some clown I just met who goes to an upscale bar looking like he just got out of volleyball practice."  

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