When wearing suits and ties everyday, you can get away with wearing the same five suits with the same five shirts week after week…. That said, we wholeheartedly support your efforts to add some other colors to the mix. I wonder, does the current over utilization of pocket squares, make you reconsider rules 32, and 33? These are my own opinions and some consider me old fashioned but I like it that way. The weak contrast shirt and suit combination rarely comes off looking good and when the suit is black it is an especially lethal move.
Some guys like the black on black look and a guy pulled it off amazingly. I mean, just look at vintage photos or even up until his unfortunate death, Johnny Cash, the man in black.
He was a great example of a man that pulled this off. This is the kind of guy that is going into prisons and playing for a pretty rough crowd, having a great time, but wanting to send a little bit of a message that he is a rebel, that he is outside. I think he even talked about in Nashville at the time a lot of people were wearing lighter colors. You need to be a little bit more style advanced. What do I mean by that? That is better than trying to go with anything in the navy.
You can go with a few blends wearing that underneath. I was thinking a grey shirt maybe?? What would you say? You wrote the magic words: The answers are always looking right back at you in the mirror. In your case, we would recommend that, along with a gray shirt, try on a white dress shirt. Since it is a prom, you want to go with a formal look. White is the most formal dress shirt color so start there. As for ties, solid black is great for evening and will tie back to the satin on your lapels.
If you do go with the gray, go with a solid gray or it will be too casual for the occasion. Either way, stick with black, white or shades of gray. Adding any other colors to the outfit in the shirt, tie or pocket square will take away from the maroon color of the suit. Urgent plz reply in a hour or 2 if possible I have my college farewell tomorrow and i have bought a navy blue trouser with brown shoes and belt.
And my height is a bit short 5 feet 7 inch. There are some out there, like this , which you can use in a situation like you described. Still, it would be better to learn to do it yourself, which is what the above article is all about. He owns a black suit, and he plans to wear it with a white shirt for his high school graduation party, unfortunately? And what about the pocket square? Personaly I was thinking on solid brown for the tie and some pattern pocket square in the same color.
Thanks and sorry for the long post. But, like you said, a black suit does put your little brother between a rock and a hard place. How about a pale blue tie and white pocket square? We hope this can work out for your little brother! Hello — thanks for the wonderful article! Question though — what shirt color and pants would be appropriate with the following tie?
I was thinking white and grey pants? Any other suggestions to jazz it up a bit? We think a white shirt is the right call here too. As for grey pants, we agree—a wedding outfit should have a little more jazz to it.
How about a pair of medium blue dress pants? A pair like these are a brighter medium blue color, and a pair like these are a lighter, more unique shade of blue. Both pairs will add color to your beaus outfit and will coordinate with his tie. Hi, I am in need of a bit of advice please, ive gotta wedding next weekend, ive gotta navy suit with very faint black checks, ive gotta navy herringbone shirt i just wondered what tie i could wear with the shirt that will compliment my overall look?
Dark shirts are not dressy enough to be worn with suits and ties. We say swap out that navy blue shirt for a light blue dress shirt and a navy blue knit tie for a cohesive, blue-tinged look. Alternatively, you could go with the shirt that goes with everything, a white dress shirt. White shirts complement everyone and are a surefire winner with just about any suit and tie combination.
Which combination of shirt and tie should i wear. With a solid navy blue suit, any of the above combinations will work, Avinash. It really just comes down to your personal taste. Getting married in July of this year…small wedding of 70 people.
I am wearing a grey pinstripe suit and grey shirt and our colours are lavender and grey. Need a tie and pocket square to go with it. Should I go with a lavender striped tie or plain. I wear suits everyday for the office and like the formality of the grey pinstripe. What can you suggest? Stripes on stripes is a little tricky, but not impossible to pull off. Just make sure that the scale of the stripes in your tie differs from the scale of the pinstripes in your suit.
For more on this, check out our Guide to Mixing Patterns with Confidence. As for the pocket square, we love a paisley pocket square because it gives you lots of visual depth. Go with one that incorporates the lavender in your tie for a cohesive combo. I have a navy blue tweed suit that has a few details in silver and comes with a silver tie.
What colour shirt and pocket square would make it look awesome? A crisp white shirt is always yes we said always appropriate. A light blue shirt will also work. As for pocket squares, the choices are seemingly endless but the sure fire way to come up with one is to choose one with a pattern that includes one of the colors in your shirt, tie or jacket.
Hello I am wearing a taupe colored suite with retro pink and blue checked shirt. What color bow tie would you recommend. A check shirt with pink in it and a bow tie is going to be pretty aggressive. The taupe suit will tone things down and the bow tie should also be more grounded than the strongly patterned shirt.
That leads us to chambray in a shade of blue that ties in to the blue in the shirt, like this one from the J. Crew Factory , which ought to do the trick. I have a charcoal suit to wear, and will probably wear a light blue shirt with it. The ideal would be to wear a darker blue tie with that, yes? Check out some of our blue striped and polka dot knit ties here. I have a black two-piece suit with a thin light pinstripe and I am wondering what shirt and tie combinations to go for?
I have some nice white shirts but want to change it up a little? Their harsh darkness is unforgiving to anyone with medium to light skin and creates jarring clashes with most colored shirts and accessories. Often the same guy wearing the same shirt and tie looks exponentially better in charcoal gray suit than he does in a black suit. Swap that black pinstripe out for a solid charcoal gray and every color of shirt and tie will be eligible to wear. Since warmer weather is supposedly approaching, we think a chambray shirt with your white suit could look cool.
We like the idea of a lighter blue shirt, but to make things a little more interesting you could wear a light gray chambray instead. Thinking wearing a Navy plaid jacket, light blue shirt, dark grey trousers black belt and shoes, what tie would you recomend? Its for a wedding. In our version, we paired these suit separates with a white shirt and this Forest Green Silk Knit Tie , which would still work with your light blue shirt.
If you want to add more of a fun, wedding vibe to your look, this lavender and blue tie is great for warmer weather weddings. Im wearing a mid-light grey suit and thinking of pairing with a powder blue shirt with fine white pinstriping the stripes dont stand out too much against the blue. What tie and pocket square would you go for in this getup? FYI shoes will be tan brogues. Assuming you can swap your shirt out with a solid powder blue shirt, a tie like this or this is perfect for a summer wedding.
Kudos to you for building on a good foundation. That said, we wholeheartedly support your efforts to add some other colors to the mix. Have we lost you yet? Hello, I was wondering what type of tie a should wear with a light blue shirt with white pen stripes.
Also would that shirt go with tan pants and tan shoes with a black suit jacket. Any help would be great. You had us right up until the addition of the black suit jacket, Jake. Tan is in the earthtone family while black is in the achromatic family white, gray and black. Those two families are generally like the Hatfields and the McCoys.
Or you can go with a lighter blue like we did here. When you change the jacket to blue you open up a lot of choices for ties but one of the simplest and most stylish options would be to keep the blue theme going and choose a solid navy knit tie.
Not only is this a workhorse tie in other words, you can wear it with more than just this one outfit , but it also adds textural contrast to most outfits.
A light green shirt is acceptable. If you wear a white shirt you can use your dark complexion to your advantage when choosing a tie and pocket square. Contrast is in your favor, Rildul, so you could wear a black or dark gray tie to match a white shirt and your light gray jacket. Good luck pulling the outfit together and remember, confidence is key.
Any input would be greatly appreciated! I have a bold purple knitted tie as a theme for a wedding. What colour suit and tie should i go for? We like your initial thought, Rajan. We were going to direct you to this outfit , but light or dark gray will both work. For shoes, either dark brown or black is going to match—black leaning a little bit more on the formal side. It is a wedding after all! I have a dark navy shirt that is dotted with small white dots.
The event is casual dressy and I would like a tie for it. Our rule of thumb is make sure your tie is darker than your shirt. I have a Navy Blue suit and a Maroon shirt.
What are some options for ties with this combo. I currently have a gold tie, bright red tie, Black tie with crisscrossing small blue lines and a black lines, teal; a teal, black, white, and grey diagonal tie, a white tie, a black tie which both have designs but are solid colors, and a blue and purple box like tie. I also have a white, black, grey, and light blue shirts as well as a Dark Grey suit. Any help on combining some of these would be greatly appreciated.
Woah there, throwing your whole wardrobe at us now are you? The first suit you mention—Navy Blue—is going to look better with your white, gray, and light blue shirts. If you insist on wearing it with your maroon shirt, then we would probably recommend the blue and purple box tie. If you decide to wear one of your lighter colored shirts which we think you should , the gold, red, teal, and blue and purple tie will most likely look best with any of those shirts. You dark gray suit has similar flexibility, and would look better with a maroon shirt.
Wearing the dark gray suit with the maroon shirt, you could probably match the gray diagonal tie. Again, you can wear the dark gray suit with your white, gray, and light blue shirts as well. Also, have you ever thought about mixing and matching your navy and dark gray suit as suit separates? This story will show you the light on how to break up your suit jackets and pants. If yes, then with what tie combination?
If not, what colour suit would be best and with what colour tie? Are you set on wearing this light blue shirt? If so, this shirt would probably look better with a charcoal gray or mid to dark blue suit rather than a black suit. Wearing a gray or blue suit opens up your range of options for ties, but have you thought about matching your prom date? I am wearing an all black suit with a black shirt and my date is wearing a white dress what color tie should I go with.
I have dark navy colour suit with light pink shirt with black printed tie and black flowers on background pocket square. We think your accessories might not be a good fit for the key players in your outfit: Black matches with pink, but has a strong contrast so a black tie and pocket square would end up clashing with your navy suit. You need to find accessories that complement the key players, not clash with them.
What about this knit tie with pink polka dots? As for the pocket square, you have lots of solid or patterned options. If you opt for a pattern, try to make sure navy or pink is incorporated in that pattern. I am looking for advice on what to wear to a summer wedding. Do I stick with a classic black suit or go for something a little bit different?
What should I do? While we included a straightforward black tuxedo look, we also offered some different options that are more summer appropriate. None of them should overshadow the groom but all of these outfit ideas add color and style to your look. Gentleman, I have a dilemma with which I seek advice.
Both pieces match in color and relationship in an almost monochromatic fashion. Gentleman, we have a solution: White is probably your best choice and one way to get more creative with this is the way you choose to fold the pocket square! What color and style tie would you recommend? You could wear green. You could go for gold bronze, actually. For some more inspiration, visit our accessories page.
Hey I am wearing a Black shirt with black trouser along with a dark chocolaty coloured v — style waistcoat. Which colour tie i should wear? Hi I have a charcoal gray 2 piece suit, and a plain blue shirt, a light blue striped shirt which matching ties would you recommend.
Well Frank, the first combination above is probably the simplest thing you could do. Just about anything goes. If you want to keep the outfit simple and solid, add a little texture by going with a knitted tie.
Or even add a patterned knit tie to add more visual interest. For the striped shirt, try something like our final recommendation in Combination 3 above where we paired a light blue striped shirt with a patterned tie. For tons of other suit and tie combinations, check out our seasonal suit and tie combination article.
What color suit, tie, and pocket square would work with a navy gingham shirt. A solid blue suit navy or a slightly lighter blue , with a medium blue tie and a light or medium blue pocket square would give you a cohesive monochromatic look.
To give this look a bit of life, try a patterned pocket square like this , but resist the urge to wear a patterned tie as it could easily create a busy look on a gingham shirt.
Instead, wear a knit tie like this for a touch of texture. Its a tough life. I have standard khaki and black dress pants now. I would like to adopt some gray and navy blue into my panta wardrobe and expand from the basic look I seem to be stuck in. Ah, that does sound tricky. There are definitely life hacks that you can use to get around this and still dress yourself properly every day though. No shame in that, plus the end result will be well worth it.
Lastly, for this story, if you click through to our accessories page , the product pages from there always describe the color as best as possible. The polka dots are in several colours. I need a bow tie to go with it.
Should I ditch the shirt and go plain? It is a double cuff tailored shirt and looks smarter than it probably sounds…. I was thinking one of the colours of dots but perhaps a stripe or chevron pattern.
Woah there, purple suit? I have a black colour fully velvet blazer with a satin collar. Can you suggest me some good combinations of shirt to wear inside and the trousers too. As for trousers, you should wear gray or black. The shade of gray is up to you, and anything gray tweed is a great, wintry look might be getting a little too late in the season for this though. Hello, I am looking to use the color royal blue in some fashion my date is wearing that color.
I was planning on wearing a black waistcoat and black pants. Any ideas as far as shirt and tie combinations? This affair sounds formal. If so, white dress shirt—always. Otherwise, if you want to work royal blue into the mix, why not just rock a royal blue tie? We like this one from Freshneck.
Good sir, a lot of colors. The first, lighter gray suit is worn with a light blue dress shirt and the second with a classic white dress shirt. Now, these are both very traditional options.
You could incorporate pattern and color at the same time with a spring-y gingham , or just a more stand out color like this. A darker gray suit will be better complemented by a lighter colored dress shirt and vice versa.
Time to make your call. How about a patterned black tie? Hope your ootd is on point! Start with your own coloring. What color hair do you have? What color is your skin? How about your eyes? Check out our story on dressing from the inside out where we share our tips on how to wear the colors that work best for you in three simple steps. Where are you going? Is it for a day at the office? What kind of office? All of these answers will guide you towards what to wear.
I want to wear for my bday, gray pants on a black suit and a black tie that has lemon sunflowers on it with tiny dots of gray in the middle of each flower… I am stuck on what shirt to wear, white or lemon?
And pls what color of pocket square. Please wear a white shirt. We do not want you going around in a black suit and a lemon colored shirt or anything else that might get you mistaken for the mascot at a Georgia Tech basketball game.
For the pocket square, a white one is always appropriate. A patterned one would also work. This gray and white one will tie in the gray of the tie and is still versatile enough to wear with other outfits. This question is really about color theory rather than shirt and tie matching. Keep it simple with a solid, muted colored tie. Heyy i am pretty much pleased with your site and now would you please tell me what type of a tie should i wear on a White printed shirt??
Our recommendation is simple, a printed shirt should not be worn with a tie. Printed shirts are casual, ties are not. I have a black suit and a red shirt what do you suggest should be my colour of the tie or a bow tie? Tread very carfeully, Arpan. Black and red is a great combination for a team uniform, but can be pretty jarring when paired in tailored clothes. It can be done, but it takes a delicate touch.
The red must be a dark and subtle accent color like the red in this vest and tie and pocket square worn under a black suit. Then keep the whole look simple with a black tie and call it a minimalist outfit. What would work best with a lighter denim colored cloth button up?
Also the shoes are black. A bow tie with a denim shirt and khaki chinos, Joel? A knit tie like this is the only one casual enough to possibly work with this outfit. One other note, since you brought it up, we would discourage you from wearing khaki pants and black shoes. Black and khaki will clash. Brown shoes because khaki is just a shade of brown will tie the whole look together. I want to wear an ivory three pieces suite with a red purple shirt with tiny polka dots.
What colour of tie should I go for? Drop the shirt, go with a white one instead. Then add a light tan tie. Better yet, drop the tie altogether. The whole point of dressing is to put the focus on you, not the clothes. Which colour do you think will suit me best with both the suit and shirt being black.?
What tie to wear with a black shirt? This question comes up again and again see the comments above. Black shirts are casual. A black suit with a black shirt is a smart idea for a party. If everything fits you well, the look can be quite dashing. I have a dark purple shirt and light grey and or charcoal pants. What kind of tie can I wear with those combinations?
Do yourself a favor and stock your closet with as many white light blue shirts as possible. None, a maroon shirt is too dark for a tie unless you want to look like Regis Philbin circa Our rule of thumb is your tie should always be darker than your shirt.
I want to wear a three piece mismatch suit, which colour wiast coat should I wear with an orchid tie and am dark skin tone. Ahhh, a true unsuit! I have a navy shirt with white micro dots that I love… Is there a tie that would work with this? You should be able to fine a tie that works with this shirt. Your husband should wear shirts with small patterns instead of stark white ones since his skin color is dark. Which one of our shirts would you pair with a light blue tie keeping in mind her husband has dark skin?
Those are to be added after the staples have been obtained, if desired. The patterns you listed are great, but in my opinion would work better in a subtle grey. We can comprise with you on a white shirt with subtle grey patterns, but maybe not a plain white shirt.
I also feel a plain white shirt looks great on a dark complexion and is the best fit for a light blue tie. Have a red striped tie, with black pants. What would you recommend for a shirt color and type. How about this Gray Micro Check Shirt? Would it be appropriate to go tie-less to this farewell party? If so, do so. Adding a tie on top of a black suit and purple shirt will make this dark combo look even heavier. As for a pocket square, what about this purple paisley pocket square?
Since your suit and shirt combination is high contrast, that will help bring your skin color to life a little more. Wearing a solid dark purple shirt with black pants. What tie colour matches that. Is ash, gray or……. Gray is a good tie color choice, but definitely lighten your shirt up and wear light blues or white. Hi, my girlfriend recently bought me a white shirt with thick dark blue stripes and a white collar, I have been struggling to find a tie to match.
Since this shirt is bolder, you should wear a solid colored tie. We suggest trying out ties in shades of blue or gray.
We are wearing midnite blue long sleeve dress shirts for a wedding what color tie do you suggest. Solid, stripe thank you. The rule of thumb with shirt and tie colors is that your tie should always be darker color than your shirt. So we say a solid black tie, either in woven silk or knitted , should do the trick. I am wearing a dark purple shirt with a black suit.
Which is a better option a light pink colour tie or a light purple tie? If you want to wear a tie, we say ditch the dark purple shirt. Instead opt for a white or light gray shirt with your black suit. As we noted in our story about how to wear a black suit , wearing brightly colored accessories with a black suit is one of the most common style mistakes men make.
The reason is that strong colors look even stronger set against black and can start to look clownish if you go too far. Instead, keep the look cohesive with an achromatic black, gray and white color palette when you wear a black suit. If you want to throw in a color, accessories are the perfect way to drop in that dark purple color you mentioned. A white shirt and a dark purple tie could make for a strong combo with a black suit. Hello, Am wearing a Flora shirt tomorrow to office will it be appropriate to put a plain tie on it.
Wearing a 3 piece blue tweed herringbone suit for my wedding in Ireland. Any suggestions on tie color, definitely want a skinny tie, we like the old vintage look so any suggestions? I know Peaky Blinders, and inspiring to look like those guys at your wedding is badass. Have you checked out any of our tweed bow ties and ties? Yea, the vintage way is the way we want to go! Victor Valentines website has that 3 piece blue herringbone suit if you can look at it.
But if you can check that suit, because your advice is greatly valued! They have a red tie with it but no red for me! I was able to locate the suit…nice. Lucky for you, we have a whole collection of silk knit ties. Oh, and go UK! How do you feel about maroon? Check out this Maroon Silk Knit Tie. Maroon and cream is a luxurious color combination and perfect for winter. Since your shirt color is simple, you can wear a tie or bow tie with more texture.
I hope this helps give you some more fashion sense! The darker the shirt the more casual it would be and the less likely we would be to wear it with a tie at all. If you do, a dark tie is necessary, but that can quickly get into Regis Philbin circa territory.
We say either lighten up on the shirt a crisp white shirt looks great on everybody or ditch the tie altogether. Is the idea of a red tie a good choice? What can we do to talk you out of this shirt and tie combination, Lester? We have never seen this look pulled off. Hello…I am thinking to buy a tie for my friend so what kind of tie goes well with Light blue shirt nd black coat over it?? Black puts a limit on your choices because strong, saturated colors tend to look too loud when contrasted against black.
On the flip side, dark, subdued colors can be too close to black and not differentiated enough. A solid black tie is a safe choice. Try a black knit for some texture contrast.
Hello, I love this article. How would I pick a coordinating shirt color? What would go best with these two items? Not classic white dress shirt simple though, that could make you look like a waiter. So how about a light gray dress shirt? A gray shirt will pick up the hues of silver in your tie and bring your outfit together nicely.
This kind of depends on the rest of the outfit, but a lighter gray ash shirt can work with a lot. A typical menswear combo you see a lot is gray and purple, but you can also match this shirt with dark blues or green. Your friend could also wear a patterned tie with multiple colors since the shirt is on the simpler side.
I wish more men would find your tips.. Normally, Jimmy Johnson is impeccable.. I think I love football season for more reasons than watching the games! Those guys genuinely seem to have fun. Even if your pocket square is a solid color you get brownie points in our book. How would a black bow tie look on a red shirt and navy blue suit and pant? Or should I avoid the tie? Definitely avoid a black bow tie or tie. You can wear a tie, just make sure it matches.
Since you have two strong colors in your shirt and suit, go for a complementary red or blue in lighter or darker shades tie to match. Hi, I love your article! His suit jacket is very dark blue. White ones are getting a bit monotonous…. We hear you about those white dress shirts!
However if you really want your partner to step up their shirt game, take a look at this bright gingham dress shirt. White shirts are the easy way out, challenge your partner to match one of these instead.
I have a navy blue shirt with small white dots printed all over it. Thank-you for your feedback Aileen. Beautiful and stylish ladies! So nice to see familiar faces as well as new ones whose blogs I can check out now. Annette Lady of Style. Oh, everyone looks so stylish! Black and white really takes a good photograph. I am not picking a favourite because, honestly, you all look beautiful in your outfits today! I adore the striped black and white pants, but had been intimidated by them!
Seeing them on a real person, instead of a teen model, makes me realize they look adorable! I have been missing out! First of all there are so many great looks! I never, ever wear a dress over pants.
That I can manage, but woven trousers? Yes, leggings will be allowed, but try to wear them as pants then so not with boots as they would just look like tights so you will stay within the spirit of this challenge.
Thank you, Sylvia, for including me in this challenge. I love your dress challenge ideas, its such a fun way to get us thinking out of our norm and comfort zone. But the best part is when we get to see what everyone came up with. Thanks to all of you challengers, I now have several different ideas. Love the royal, yellow, and reds. I might be in the category of needed to do some shopping anyways.
Hi, I am so totally with you about age its just a number keep up the good work!! Have a look at this article: Ladies, I was SO impressed with all of these outfits! Greetje, I love your outfits with the big red bag, it looks so stylish, and the jeans with the green scarf. Lorraine, love the polka dots with the aqua, especially with that lovely scarf.
In fact, I love all the polka dot outfits. If I met each and every one of you during the day, I would be thinking how very stylish everyone is. You have given me food for thought …… By the way, hope everyone in Europe gets some better weather soon, no fun to have snow in the Spring — and I am sure we will be seeing a lot of you here in Florida soon! I was so inspired by this!! I did not actually submit any photos…but I did come up with some great outfits at home as a result.
I recently expanded my jeans wardrobe from blah every day same color denim to cords and jeans in every color of the rainbow. I hope I can submit something for the dress-with-pants challenge. Great to hear that you got inspiration from this challenge Betsy.
I hope you do. Skinny pants are the easiest to use, but I actually find that normal pants work well as well. I have already received one submission from someone who does this brilliantly. Here are 2 of my own examples: But noone in my area wears that style….
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