Also if I were to add a waistcoat.. Of course, this is a blue suit, but the same tie could work with a gray suit like this one , especially when you style it with some oxblood shoes like we did. What would be the best combination? Earn 16 Rewards Points.
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It can be warm or cool and compliments most people. I started wearing different gray in tights last winter and found it works well, better than black, with light toned hair. I am happy to hear grey is in as light silver grey suits me and bought a coat in that shade at the January sales.
I am in Nice at the moment where no coats are required but will do a polyvore board when I get home. I Love your Inspiration Silvia!! I like gray with blue. Love your collage and combinations Lisa and have added it above. It really shows how versatile gray is! We tend to think of gray with cool colors and brown with warm colors but when you switch it up, it can be a really great effect. Another great collage from you Lisa. Multiple fabulous combinations that I would definitely wear!
I just bought a dark grey purse Guess , for some reason i think January is a good time for gray, any other sugguestions? How to wear gray: Here is an updated guide on how to wear gray! Here are some idea on how to wear gray this season! Color palettes A great way to get some inspiration for your outfits is to use a tool like Colorlovers. Creating ensembles I used the color palettes as the starting base of the ensembles I have created.
That first set with pink and grey is so pretty. And those brogues are killing me softly. Yes I love those color combis too. I have added them to the article! Sylvia, thank you for this color ideas. Glad you enjoyed them! Definitely try the green Greetje. And the purple jacket with this color would be fabulous! How can i match these separates.
It all depends on how the shirts fit , how the suits fit , and, most importantly, how your shirts look on you and how your suits look on you. Also, I was thinking to wear a mint green shirt or a dark blue and purple checkered shirt, please help me. With a black jacket, it is wise to offset the top with a lighter bottom, like this cool gray pair. As for the shirt, mint is a little strong for a nighttime wedding.
We think you would be better off going with a white or light gray shirt underneath, then experimenting with those other colors for your tie. A nighttime wedding would call for a forest green tie , or a dark purple silk tie. Both would look good against the white shirt, and pieced together nicely with your black jacket. Lastly, two thumbs up for the black shoes!
Thank you so much! I will follow your guide, I was worried about that. The ones we linked to above would be our top choices but the wedding is coming up too quickly to order a pair of our made-to-measure pants and have them delivered in time.
Thank you for your advice! You just look like a guy who was too cheap to pony up for the full suit so you tried to get away with mixing and matching the same color. Black shoes work with a navy suit, but black and navy fabric combinations almost always come out looking atrocious. Everything else is subject to your personal tastes and appropriateness of your look. Check out the Black Lapel blazers to see all kinds of ways to wear a dark blue jacket with non-matching pants.
Can you give me some advise about the color I should use. We can give you some advice. We actually wrote a whole article on the subject. Check out How to Wear a Vest the Modern Way for the full breakdown on how to incorporate a non-matching vest with a suit. Suggestions for complimentary shirt and pants?
Your worry here is warranted—a bold purple dress shirt is indeed too much. Wearing a pair of light gray or navy pants will bring together a wonderful, spring wedding outfit. While that piece highlights matching the jacket and vest, you can use the same principles to wear pants and vest that match with a non-matching jacket.
First of all, what exactly does that mean? Secondly, would it be appropriate given this dress code to wear navy pants, a black corduroy jacket and a light grey or white shirt, and a tie?
Even if all you have is a navy suit, you could play up the Southwestern theme by wearing a gingham or check dress shirt. As for the tie, go with a solid color if you wear a bold pattern shirt. What color of shirt should I go for?
And shall I wear a tie? Hope you can help me! Rule 1 of the stylish man, Michael: Instead, own your look. Dress like you mean it. OK, pep talk over. Semi-formal on a wedding invitation is also known as cocktail attire and it means you should be wearing a full suit and tie. An open-collared shirt with non-matching pants and jacket is too casual for most weddings.
See the preceding paragraph. So what do we recommend you wear? Put that on the way we styled it in our Look of the Year with a white shirt and black tie, white pocket square and black shoes. This otherwise black and white palette lets the burgundy be the star of the show.
The tie is a paisley type style bow tie with colors of pink, green, white. The shirt is a lighter green mini-check style. The pants are a very light grey. Very colorful indeed, Ryan. To avoid crossing that line we suggest cutting the color palette down from, by our count, three colors pink, green and light green and three neutrals white, gray and brown.
Choose one of those colors as your accent color and build around it. First, instead of a busy mini-check shirt under multi-colored bow tie, switch to a solid white shirt to give the bow tie a neutral canvas on which to stand out. Then cap it all off with a part of neutral pants that complement the jacket like these.
By stripping away all of the competing, attention-seeking colors in the look you give one the spotlight and use it as an accent that informs your whole look. The result is a light, warm-weather look that speaks softly but carries a big stick. I currently have a solid black suit jacket, but the pants are missing. What color pants and shirt would be the best if I were to wear brown shoes to compliment my brown watch or should I just stick with black shoes? What color and pattern would go with the outfit and make it more unique?
Sorry for all the questions. Hi, I have black suit jacket slightly checkered not very prominent with black shiny lapels. What color of pants, shirt and tie should i wear with it? It would be easier if you recommend some stuff from your website.
Black suits are for funerals and more formal affairs. Black is also the most limiting color you can wear. Instead, that black jacket might work after dark casually with a pair of light gray pants and an open-collared black shirt for a sharp evening look.
Also if I were to add a waistcoat.. The decision to go with a full suit or separates for your wedding is really a matter of how formal you want things to be. We suggest you consult with your bride.
We decoded the dress code for weddings in our What to Wear to a Wedding article. As for the question about the waistcoat, we like matching the jacket and vest. My fiancé is wearing a beige linen pair of pants for our desination wedding in Mexico! Good idea or not… and if a good idea… what colour or texture would he need? If the idea is to dress the beach up a little bit, we suggest going all the way and wearing the full suit.
This suit can still be linen and light and great for warm weather. I have a charcoal suit jacket and the pants are no longer there anymore, what and how can I wear with it again?
The pants may be gone, but the jacket may still have life. Just be careful not to come up with weak contrasts like charcoal gray and black which makes for a muddied look and breaks the rule above, make sure one of the colors stands out.
If the colors are the same, the pants and jacket should be made of the same fabric. This is especially important when the color is black because black is the least forgiving color in tailored menswear. I have a bright blue suit jacket that I need to complete for job interviews, would other blue trousers match or would they look wrong in a slightly different shade?
Also, bright blue is a far cry from an interview suit which ought to be a bit more conservative. Dressing for an interview is about looking professional and keeping the attention on you, not your outfit.
Unless you work in the visual arts and making a statement with your style is a part of your work, we suggest steering clear of a bright blue suit for a job interview and going with a navy blue suit or a gray suit instead.
Interview appropriateness aside, the idea of wearing a jacket and pants in two different shades called a tonal outfit is a fine one. The trick, of course is not to just slap together two solids in slightly different shades of the same color, but to mix textures and patterns to keep things interesting. I have an informal dinner and am in a quandary. I have a black suit separate jacket I bought from INC, nice with very faint pinstripes but did not buy the matching pants for the jacket.
The black slacks I have are too far away in what I would be a match but have many degrees of grey which may work. Realizing that fashion boundaries can be stretched I do not want to come off a goof. Suggestions for a sartorial misfit? We suggest you go with a different jacket. The color of the jacket is the other reason we suggest a different jacket. Black, especially for an informal dinner, is too serious. Also, only guys with pretty unique coloring hair color and skin tone look great in black jackets.
Most men wearing black would look 10 times better in dark gray. We recommend you try a gray or…gasp…a colored blazer. Hey, i have black bit shiny blazer, what colour of trousers should I wear, i am thinking of White shirt with orange tie.. Please suggest the colour of trouser!! The white shirt is fine, that can stay. Black is a tough suit color to pull off, so stay away from adding any bright colors to your outfit. For your bottom half, a pair of light gray pants would go well with your blazer and white shirt.
For a more cohesive look, just stick with black suit pants. I have a scholarship interview for grad school coming up this month. What should I do for shirt and tie color?
I had tried a light blue shirt and a red tie. If the clothes match you, they will naturally go together. As for picking a tie, follow our simple rule of thumb: Try a blue tie. All of this is what we call dressing from the inside out. For more on this check out our article on choosing your clothes from the inside out. Would it be appropriate to wear a charcoal jacket and royal blue trousers? If you are going to wear a jacket and pants charcoal gray and royal blue can work.
We explain how in our stories on dressing from the inside out and picking shirt colors that match you. I am going to wear a navy suit and tie no waistcoat and I was hoping to have the groomsmen in same shirt and pants with a waistcoat no jacket. We may not be able to get the exact same waistcoats as my suit so were thinking of having a different colour waist coat, maybe a light grey.
Any suggestion on colours for the waist coats? PS The bridesmaids dresses are coral. This sounds like task for our brilliant weddings team. Get more info from them by submitting your inquiry here!
I have a medium grey jacket without matching pants. From more than a few feet you cannot see any pattern, but close up there are some black dots speckled in. Do you think it would be OK to pair this jacket with charcoal pants that have a same color pinstripe like tonal texture in them? The texturing is very subtle and the pants look fine without a jacket. This would be to be slightly dressier in a business casual setting, more or less adding a jacket to shirt and pants I already own.
To see an example of a dark gray and medium gray color combination with a jacket and pants look at how we styled the Black Lapel Charcoal Gray Custom Blazer. As you can see, this kind of thing can come off really nicely. So why the asterisk in our answer? Because how well the clothes match each other is almost irrelevant. How well your clothes match you is the most important part of any outfit.
Does a light gray jacket match your hair color, your skin tone, and your distinguishing features? These are the key questions to answer. Check out our piece on choosing clothes that match you to learn why these factors are important and how to dress from the inside out, starting with how you look. I have a nice textured medium grey suit at home and wanted to break it up a bit for a wedding coming up with a bit of navy.
Would it be out of place to wear the grey suit with a navy vest and navy tie? You mean like this? As you can see, we approve. I am going to a Gatsby NYE party. I bought a tan suit similar to: I also bought a brown tweed vest to make it a 3 piece: Do you think this would make a good combo? If so, What would you suggest to complete the outfit? Yep, this is a totally classic Gatsby look. Head here and see Look 2 for all the products we recommend to complete your outfit.
Pinstripes are a thing on their own, as this article states, and should never be broken up into separates. When we wanted to show a Deep Burgundy Blazer in the best light we did so with navy blue pants, but, as you can see in this outfit using burgundy pants , burgundy goes well with gray too. Tan is a neutral, and will work fine, but we prefer navy or gray.
Since khaki pants and brown shoes are neutral they go with almost every color. I have a dark charcoal grey suit and I would like to wear the jacket with different color pants. What color would you recommend? As for this particular outfit, charcoal gray is neutral so you can wear it with just about anything. The only color of pants we recommend avoiding are ones that are too similar.
Black or dark gray pants will make for a muddled combination. Create a bit of contrast either in shade or color. Okay, so if you were wondering what is the one color you should wear, you might be disappointed with the above answer. How do you get to there? Start by checking out our articles on dressing from the inside out and picking shirt colors that match you. I had the blazer and pants tailored black with pinstripes but the vest is charcoal gray..
Is that completely wrong? We are big proponents of wearing a three-piece suit the modern way , so we can get behind this outfit. The only problems we could foresee are with the colors. Black is unforgiving on guys with lighter than black hair and light skin, so be careful not to overdo it on the dark colors. Also, the contrast between a black suit and a charcoal vest is too weak and will likely look a little muddled.
I have an Edwardian swallowtail jacket that I want to wear to an event. It is charcoal grey. I do not have matching pants. Can I pair it with black and white pinstripe pants? Is the event in question your coronation?
If so, holla at your boys. If not, a morning coat may be a bit over the top. This look is very formal and rare. Note that these are not just a pair of pants he borrowed from a pinstripe suit, but a pair of trousers cut specifically with morning dress in mind.
I have a black tuxedo jacket but I want to wear different colored trousers with it, what would you suggest? However, you can keep the jacket black and go with non-matching pants. We suggest a medium or light gray. Take a look at our black tie look for creative types in this article to see how it looks and get some inspiration. I just want to us about black suit.
If so, we do not recommend it. A big part of the appeal of the pinstripe suit is the unbroken lines it creates. When you wear two different pinstripes you ruin that affect. My girlfriend wants towear a grey suit with a black pant. It tooks good to me. Will they both go together?? She is planning to wear this combo in a presentation.
Yep, those two colors go together nicely and are professional. Pass on our good luck for her presentation! I have a charcoal suit with a very subtle cashmere stripe. The jacket is double breasted by the way. I break them up with jeans and black chinos on casual days.
If your suit is technically a pinstripe, we never recommend breaking it up into separates. Cutting the pinstripes off at your torso could make you look disproportional. We may even be in slight favor of the jeans, because double-breasted jackets look bad ass with jeans. Thank you for the tip. Suits are a rare sight around this part of the country even though our school requires us corporate world majors to wear suits every wednesday.
My jeans are on the lighter side of the spectrum. So, what do you think? Proceed with caution, Gilbert. The lighter jeans get the more casual they get. When pairing with a blazer, keep the denim dark. Of course you can. We even showed you how to put this look together in our article titled How to Wear a Vest and Matching Jacket.
This is an example of an inexpensive suit I found online: We hear you, Sophia. We must say that the good stuff is definitely worth the investment. So grab a measuring tape and get to work on your boyfriend!
I have a tan corduroy sport coat and I need to wear it to a meeting for work. I have all kinds of black pants is that ok? What about shirt and tie. This will depend on the dress code in your office. If its business casual or even more lax, suit separates are a fine choice. Black and tan suit separates, however? Blue pants will also give you more range for shirt and tie combinations. Cordovan oxfords and belt. Just kidding, but moms are usually brutally honest. Even more nice if you choose a tie that complements the suit.
Thanks for the article! I was wondering if this would look alright if I were to wear them with black pants and black shoes.
Also, what colour of tie should I wear with a white shirt? The whole look becomes a muddled mix. The same is true for combining charcoal gray with black. As for what tie color to wear with a white shirt. Our recommendation is not to worry about the tie matching the shirt, but focus on matching you. Our rule of thumb is match your ties to your eyes.
Look for ties with some blue in them. Doing this will help your clothes emphasize your best features, one of the keys to dressing well.
The answer, contrary to what many people think, is no. Light colored jackets and black pants create a really high contrast. We recommend lightening up those pants a shade or two to a gray and the contrast will be much improved. I have lite grey slacks and a dark grey jacket with a dark blue shirt and a blue and grey tie does that work together.
Will the outfit look good on you? Clothes matching each other is of minor importance. The main thing is how well do they match you? Do they fit you well? Check out the articles in our Flawless Fit category to gain a better understanding of how your clothes should fit. Do the colors and contrasts work with your coloring and contrast? Going to a low key wedding. My girlfriend is wearing a burgundy dress. Also need some suggestions on a tie.
We highly recommend you wear a jacket either instead of or in addition to the vest, lest you be mistaken for a part of the catering staff. That said, as we tell just about everyone who comments here, the idea is not to get your clothes to match each other, but to get them to match you. The best way to do that is to look at yourself in the mirror first, then find the clothes that work with you. A more rotund gentleman, on the other hand, might do better with a low-contrast combo like the gray pants.
We want to arm you with the information to dress from the inside out. I have a choice of two combinations for a wedding this weekend. Thinking of mixing a grey blazer with dark purple pants and a white dress shirt. Any recommendations on tie color? Second choice is a anchor blue suit with a floral print dress shirt which also happens to be dark blue with sky blue flowers a lot of blue thinking of off setting this with a maroon knit tie.
Is this an acceptable combo? We realize the event may have already passed. While the Compass is not an on-demand tie matching service, we do try to answer comments with helpful advice promptly. Your best bet, though is to contact a Black Lapel stylist directly at concierge blacklapel. Our stylists primarily help customers customize their Black Lapel clothes, but are always on hand to answer style questions, so we encourage you to take advantage.
Our general rule of thumb is to make sure the tie is darker than the shirt. When surrounded by neutrals, match your ties to your eyes. Got blue eyes, reach for a blue tie. Light green tie it is. Soon I will be attending my prom, I currently have a tailored Cambridge grey suit which I am thinking about wearing a white shirt and a navy tie.
I was thinking about wearing a contrasted vest with it to stand out a little with the suit since it is not an extreme formal dress code. I was thinking about wearing either a charcoal, light navy or black vest. What would be the best combination? If it helps I am 5ft 8 and have caramel skin.
The answer to your question is more about your personal preferences than anything else. All of the vest options you mentioned should work. I have some black pin dot suit pants that do fit. Now reading through some of the comments I have come to know your position on dark blue jackets with black pants to be sloppy, muddled, etc. However despite your recommendation against such a pairing of darks I was wondering if it still would somehow be a viable option if I were to wear either a lavender or periwinkle shirt which I have that I believe could help to add contrast to the overall outfit.
If you think that this could work I'm betting not but just going out on a limb then I would also like your opinion on a tie because I have lots of them. Thanks in advance for your advice. What are thoughts on a tan coat with very faint blue strips, white shirt, silver tie, and black pants?
Sorry the description is a little basic. We appreciate you coming to us before suiting up, Greg. Hopefully we can teach you a thing or two and steer you in the right direction.
Black is too strong of a color contrast against your tan blazer, shirt, and tie combination. Light and dark suit separates can work in classic color combinations like gray and blue, gray and black, blue and brown, the list goes on… The outfit you describe could work if you base it off the classic blue and brown combo.
Your jacket is tan a light shade of brown and incorporates blue already. A lighter shade of blue pants will work too. Got a wedding at the weekend. You could rock a skinny, medium to dark or heather gray tie as an alternative, but the black tie you mention is going to make your outfit look the most cohesive. What are your thoughts on a grey double breasted blazer black turtleneck black pants combo for a wedding?
We like the idea of the outfit, John. However, does the wedding have a dress code? This is an important question to ask yourself when suiting up for any special event. We suggest you read up on what wedding dress codes really mean and then reassess your outfit. Hi I have a wedding to go to in Maine. But we can tell you that neutral items like navy blue pants and a white shirt leave you with a lot of options.
My husband and I are attending two weddings in October one on the 1st and another on the 16th. Is it too late to wear an ecru colored blazer?
That depends on the location of the weddings, Becky. Hi we are going to a Gatsby themed wedding on Saturday. My husband is going to wear a cream linen suit and I am thinking a blue shirt with gold tie with pocket square just picking out a bit of gold and a waistcoat a darker shade than the suit. My question is does he have to have a linen waistcoat or will another material by ok? What a great wedding theme and this outfit sounds spot on to Gatsby.
A waistcoat in a linen, cotton, or wool blend will still work with the suit. And if there was one fabric we would urge you to avoid, it would just be silk. Enjoy the wedding and remember, a little party never killed nobody. I am getting married in October in Australia, so the start of Spring by the beach. I am looking to have a suit or separates that show a more informal approach. With this in mind i have decided and you can tell me its a terrible idea to have light blue and navy as my colour choices.
Not sure which as pant and which as jacket. You mean kind of like this combination of jacket and pants , David? Want to get a look like this? Hit us up at concierge blacklapel. Would it be that bad to match with black suit pants? What are you supposed to do? Well at Black Lapel, we specialize in making garments completely custom from the fit down to all the bells and whistles. Feel free to send an email over to concierge blacklapel.
It is a light gray suit for a outdoor wedding. His shoes and belt will be brown. Wearing a non-matching vest is a stylish move that not enough guys do. We call it the 3-Piece Remix and we devoted a whole article to it this past winter. Of course, since that article came out in the winter it featured heavier fabrics.
Hi Black Lapel, i bought a navy pin stripe suit. I gave the jacket to my tailor for refitting and he ruined the jacket. Now i have the trousers. Can yoy please tell me the best combination of jacket thaf goes with blue stripe trousers.
Ah, Sanee, perhaps you pulled the trigger too quickly on the comments. Sorry, but there may not be any salvaging this suit. A word to the wise: I am not very interested in wearing the matching pants and would rather get a new pair of pants to go with the jacket. Do you have any suggestion on the color of pants that would go with the jacket?
I am thinking a dark blue but would love to see an example of a blue that would work. Also am wondering what color tie I should wear. I have a skinny black tie available. Gray is a neutral, so it works with a lot of colors. Navy blue and gray have been paired for hundreds of years with great outcomes, so navy blue pants like these and a gray jacket would definitely work.
My husband loves a cream colored suit with navy stripes. He is tall and thin. Would this be appropriate for an October wedding? He is the father of the groom. What color shirt, belt and shoes. The suit is cotton. A light colored cotton suit may not be the best bet for an October wedding. Maybe if the wedding is in, say, Miami, but not if the wedding is anywhere further north where fall will be in full swing by October.
Pinstripes are either businesslike and serious or, like this one might be, throwback-style attention getters. Instead, we would recommend a more fall-appropriate suit in either a darker, autumn inspired color like this Charcoal Brown Custom Suit with Blue Overcheck or, if the weather is really warm, this Tobacco Brown Linen Blend Custom Suit.
Hi, we have an autumn wedding coming up. My husband will be wearing a golden beige suit and I am thinking of putting my two boys in charcoal grey.
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