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But for more options, focus more on what goes with you than what goes with your other clothes. Leather shoes are optional and, in fact, suede may be a better choice for summer. Thank you for your time. If the occasion calls for it, go full striped suit, white shirt, and black shoes.

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The difference between them and your wool suit pants, is that likely your suit is a worsted wool rather than flannel. Worsted wool has a smooth outer surface, unlike the soft texture of flannel. Worsted wool has a smooth outer surface, unlike the soft texture of flannel.
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But black should generally be reserved for funerals and weddings -- for daytime wear, stick with a classic navy or charcoal gray suit, paired with shoes in brown hues. Bonus: There are almost no color shirts that don't match navy or gray.
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Plz help me out. With either of these pants and blazer combinations, you should opt for a white, gray, or light blue dress shirt. A nice, black t-shirt is probably best fitted for this outfit—a casual but cool look.

Can I go with a baby blue shirt, dark navy pocket square and either khaki pants or navy. Actually, the truth is both pairs of pants will work. The whole outfit sounds good. We especially appreciate the rarely seen dark pocket square on light jacket combo. Next time, feel free to send your question by mail, handwritten on the back of a ticket on the next cruise to the Bahamas. Anything goes with that combination, Godswill, but start with the basics, khaki and light gray are both classic pants colors that pair with blue jackets.

As for rules which shade of pants, that depends on a few things how dark is your blue jacket, your personal preference in colors, etc. So no objections there. Instead, stock up on white and blue shirts and wear them with this jacket and pants combination.

Currently in my collection I have a charcoal suit that has been worn almost to every wedding for the past 4 years. I have a pair of light grey trousers that I want to make use out of and also for the record I have a dark skin tone. I am looking to purchase a blazer to go with the trousers.

Since light gray trousers are neutral, just about any color of blazer will go with them. Stylish men know that matching your clothes to yourself is the trick. That means choosing colors that work with your coloring, and patterns and textures that work with your body and personal style.

How do you learn to do that? Check out our story on How to Choose Clothes: I have a light gray blazer and blue navy pants, what color of shirt, tie and shoes can i match it with? Actually, we do want to mention those articles. One in particular, where we break down how to look at yourself in the mirror and build an outfit that works with your skin tone, hair color and unique features. That article is called How to Choose Your Clothes: I am going to a beach wedding and want to pair a blue linen blazer, with lighter blue linen pants…is this ok or a fashion disaster?

Check it out her e. I have a pair of black and dark gray herringbone suits that get the job done season in and season out. However since most of the weddings will be frequented by the same people, I was hoping to add some variability and versatility that can last me until I get out from my loans. Wear your full dark gray herringbone suit. Since a dark gray suit can throw off business-y vibes, try going tie-less.

Pair the suit with a light blue dress shirt, patterned or plain , and a fun pocket square if you have one. Wear your black pants and dark gray herringbone jacket. Wearing suit separates leaves you capacity to wear a spring-appropriate tie against a white dress shirt for good contrast.

We typically like the pair this color blazer—which we call Charcoal Brown—with medium to dark blue pants. You can check out this outfit for inspiration, or take a look a these Blue Gray Birdseye pants for a more interested match-up than, say, a pair of navy blue pants.

Simple tip, match your shoes to the buttons of the jacket. Ive grey wool blazer. Do you have any suggestion on the colour combination of pants and shirt. We say tone it down with the pants and go with light gray. The last thing this outfit needs is another color. Keep it simple, Gary. In fact, we even wrote a story about it. We would recommend slim fit trousers in black or a pair of dark gray pants. I have a pink pant. What colour of blazers or jacket can i wear with and also can a black shoe go?

As for blazer color, a mid to light blue is good with pink. Check out our Rivington Blazer. If you want something lighter, we have khaki and tan colored blazers that are light in color and made with lightweight fabric for the perfect summer outfit.

You see them with navy blue blazers complete with classic gold buttons and white oxford cloth, button-down color shirts all summer in places like Cape Cod, The Upper East Side of Manhattan and yacht clubs everywhere.

None of those guys wear them with black shoes, though. Gray is from the stone family of tones, khaki is from the earth tones. I am having my 50th birthday and am planning to get a brown blazer and tan shoes. I have a beard n stocky. Please advice a trouser or jeans would be nice and which colour. Also which could should I wear. We always recommend a shade of dark blue jeans, no matter what your personal shade is. Dark blue jeans are naturally more flattering, presentable, and more mature looking.

You could even wear black jeans if you want to look more formal and black jeans would complement your dark skin tone as well. I have a black blazer and black trouser set. What other color pants can I wear with this blazer? Tan belt and Tan shoes. But will the black blazer look good with it? If you want to look a little more professional or formal, opt for a pants in a medium to light gray.

What color trousers, shirt, and tie will match up well with a camel blazer? I have been looking at black or dark grey trousers, and have blue, pink, and white shirts to pick from. I really get hung up on the tie. I have worn light grey pants, navy jacket, light blue shirt with a navy and pink plaid tie to a couple of weddings and have received many compliments. How about reversing the roles of your original shirt and tie combination?

You could wear a bolder shirt like this or this , and let the tie take more of a back seat. Check out some of the subtly patterned, blue knit ties here. Knit ties are inherently more playful and good for a wedding. For the more formal approach to this blazer, we recommend a solid white shirt, light gray suit pants, and perhaps this maroon knit tie.

I have a charcoal three piece suit that I recently bought. Unfortunately I managed to get a couple stains on the slacks and after dry cleaning them they were not able to get them out. I have a formal to go to this weekend and was wondering if I could pair the jacket with a pair of black slacks or some other color. Check out this story for more rules on wedding dress code. I have a dark grey charcoal jacket with a very subtle black pattern not sure what to call it.

We suggest more dark gray, light gray, or black pants to go with this shirt and jacket combination. What color tie should I go for here? Since everything is monochromatic in this outfit, any color tie would work.

The trick is that it should be muted. A bright, saturated tie against a black and white outfit would be too strong and steamroll your whole look. Suddenly everybody will be looking at your tie instead of at your face. So if you want to add a color, go with a dark, muted one like marooon. I have a black pant and a dark green pant. There is a formal get together i have to attend. Can you help me with the Blazer and Shirt combination both with the black pant and the dark green one??

So our first bit of advice is to check out that article. With that said, we can offer an example of a jacket and shirt that looked good on one of our models with black pants. This came off really well on this model and might work for you too. What colour of tie,blazer and pants will match with peach pink shirt? Did you look at the photo in Look 3 above, Cal? We really like that tie, blazer and pants with a pink shirt. Alternatively, check out how we styled this Navy Blue Unsuit with a pink shirt for maximum effect.

I am planning on wearing a blue blazer with dark grey or light grey chinos. Should I wear a white shirt or a light blue one? If I want to want to top it off with a tie, would you suggest it?

The answer, Abhi, is looking back at you when you look in the mirror. For some, a higher contrast white shirt on a blue blazer will highlight your features. Others would look better with a low contrast, blue shirt under a blue jacket. Check out our story on dressing from the inside out. There we give you tips on how to choose colors that work with your skin and hair colors.

I want to wear a blazer on my engagement plz suggest me colour combinations of pant shirt with gray nd black blazer Thnx. Black is tough to pair with strong colors because the contrast of a bright color and the darkness of black can be jarring. Go with medium or light gray pants. The answer has more to do with how you look than what we think. Or should I go with a different color? Black and brown is a really difficult pairing to pull off. As you can see from the first photos in our story on the Three-Piece Remix you can wear a brown waistcoat with a black jacket.

Regardless of what color you go with, pattern is essential to pulling this look off. Avoid this by going with a patterned jacket that has brown as either a base color like this one or as an accent color like this one. These will keep things interesting and cohesive. Got a spring wedding rehearsal dinner. Have a navy jacket and brown jacket. Wearing a navy jacket and khaki pants for the wedding so I wanted to go brown jacket for the dinner.

Brown is a neutral so you can really wear any color pants you like with the exception of black black and brown is very hard to pull off. We love the combination of brown and blue. Just make sure to give it some contrast. Hi, My wedding is coming up very soon.

Any preferable combinations for a Groom? Wearing an Unsuit at your wedding is unorthodox, but kind of cool we think. To do that, keep the top and bottom in the same color family. Wear neutral pants and shirt colors like khaki pants and a white shirt. I am going to wear a black chinese collar suit… and not able to decide which shirt and shoes to be wear with…. Hello, I have a tan linen blazer more of light brownish.

What color of trousers and shirts will go with this blaze. Anything but black will work. Blue is a natural partner with brown earth tones and water tones go well together. It really depends more on the situation. If you were planning on wearing this jacket casually we might suggest a pair of mid-blue jeans.

In the cooler weather, perhaps a heartier darker blue pair of pants would work. For a dressier look, maybe a pair of businesslike blue gray birdseye pants. I have a pair of black and white check wool pants and I was wondering what color of blazer I could wear with them. Thank you for your help. This is pretty much as neutral as they come. You could wear just about anything with these.

The bad news about that is nobody sitting on the other end of a website answering comments is going to be able to answer that question for you. The good news is, the answers are staring right back at you every time you look in the mirror. Looking at your own skin and hair coloring and the features of your face, you can come up with the colors that work best for you. He highly recommend you check it out.

Light gray pants and a white shirt similar to Look 1 above is always does the trick. Keep it simple and elegant. Since the jacket is camel colored, a white shirt is appropriately light and looks good on men of all types. A camel blazer cries out for brown shoes. What shade should you wear? Use the buttons on the blazer as a guide.

For pants, the choice of colors is yours. The decision really comes down to your personal style and body type and where you intend to wear this outfit, but a medium or light blue pair of pants will do the trick.

If you want to class things up a bit, you might try blue slacks like these blue sharkskin pants. Any suggestions for the pant color which can match with white shirt and tan loafers. That leaves the door open to just about any color of pants you want. Of course, appropriateness comes first. Can you suggest pants, shoes, tie and shirt colours please, thank you. There are literally millions of combinations you could come up with if you start with only one garment, like a jacket.

Instead of trying to create an entire wardrobe for you with no information, we suggest you check out our guide to matching shirts and ties where we give you step by step advice on how to come up with shirt and tie combinations that work.

There are limitless choices with something as neutral as a navy blue jacket. Your best bet is to follow the first bit of advice we gave above and go with light gray pants. That jacket above has a subtle windowpane pattern, but the advice still applies.

As for the shirt, a white one always does the trick, but the patterned one we featured above also works. Bluish-gray is color neutral so a crisp white dress shirt and either blue or gray pants is your smartest choice. I am going to wear mustard blazer. Please suggest shirt and trouser accordingly. Your best bet is a white dress shirt to go under a mustard colored blazer. As for a pair of trousers, you could probably make a few things work.

We think navy trousers pair nicely for a more high contrast look. HI i have a dark grey blazer which colored pant and shirt would look good and also which color shoes black or brown? You could easily throw some purple into the mix and look festive for the event, or this royal blue micro check shirt.

If you decide to add more gray to your look, we suggest wearing black shoes. But if you end up wearing blue pants, go for the brown shoes. Do you mean suggest you a shirt other than white? We rather like a white and camel color combination, but you could also wear a luxurious light blue shirt like such. Black and light gray is a nice high contrast look. Black with charcoal gray can just look like a muddy combination.

So, to sum it up, our recommendation is to proceed with caution. Blue suit pants are an option too. Navy is an easy pick, so we may try something like these Charcoal Blue Pants. For something really unexpected, we may even try a pair of very dark burgundy pants for an opulent Victorian, winter look. Take some pics and tag us on social media so we can see. He only owns a navy blue blazer at the moment and is adamant about not buying a new one just for this event.

Can you offer any help or guidance? Navy and black can work if both pieces are more formal, i. To give you an easy option, your husband could wear matching navy suit pants. Hopefully this helps and you can convince your husband to pull off one of these looks! You should use Look 1 above as a guide and pair your black blazer with a pair of light gray trousers. However if you want to wear jeans, we recommend going with black jeans. Keeping your color choices basic might be your best bet here, so maybe opt for a black, gray, or white tee.

Hello Team Black Lapel! Finally a place to get satisfied with the matters of Confused Separate Combinations as well! I have got a Dark Blue Navy Blazzer slim fit with a black waistcoat to wear under it on a winter ceremony lowering with Ligh Charcoal Grey Slim Fit Trouser cotton Kindly let me know asap if this separate combination is gonna work or not!

Where your proposed outfit goes a little off is the black waistcoat. We recommend going with a waistcoat that features blue and gray in a pattern. Not to oversell it, but check that article out and it will change your life. I have a brown herringbone sport coat and a vest of identical material. They are meant to be sold separately, not as a part of a suit. Can you give any advice regarding the types of pants and shirt and tie I can match with them?

Any advice is appreciated! With blue suit pants, you could definitely rock a tie in any other shade of blue. Now get to it! What would be a good pair of pants to match with this combination of jacket and waistcoat? I have a feeling that gray or blue pants might be a little difficult to pull off. Maybe a dark pair of jeans? Dark brown pants would work as well, as would dark jeans.

Put on some gray or blue pants with it. The best way to figure out what looks good is to get dressed and look in the mirror. Try it before you knock it. I need some help!! Can you plzz send me a picture of white coat,black pant,orange shirt,black tie,black turban. Are you wondering what the outfit will look like?

We can tell you in one word: An orange shirt, a white jacket and black pants will make you look like a creamsicle gone horribly wrong. If orange is the idea, try an orange tie like this , or this with a dark blue suit like we did here. If black is the focus, check out our story on how to wear a black suit with style where we show you why not to wear black with strong, saturated colors like orange.

New Years is coming up and I have a wine colored blazer. What kind of undershirt, pants and shoes should I wear. To recommend colors without any other information would be doing you a disservice. What we recommend, instead, is that you take a look in the mirror and look for two things: The contrast between your hair and your skin should determine how much contrast you have in your outfit.

The colors you have in your face, eyes and hair should be echoed in your clothes. Dressing for the colors and color combinations that work well with your coloring is ten times more important that matching your clothes to each other. For more on that, check out our story on how to dress from the inside out. Fear not, while an individual style consultation might be too much for the comments, we do have a team of stylists to help you get the look you want.

Use our concierge service by emailing us at concierge blacklapel. I have this speckled black blazer link above that I really love, but was wondering what color pants might be best with it? Also, figured a white shirt beneath and a bright pocket square for some flair?

Then it comes down to brown or black shoes? Guidance would be greatly appreciated. Black is in the achromatic family whites, blacks and grays while khaki is in the earthtone family dark browns, tans, beiges, and some rusty reds and burnt oranges. Those two families are like the Capulets and the Montagues and too many guys try to put them together and end up with a look that is like Romeo and Juliet at the end of the play, dead.

Your solution is to go with gray pants that will pick up on the flecks from the jacket. Ditch the brightly colored pocket square in favor or one that is also in the achromatic family aka white or gray and go with black shoes and your whole look will be cohesive and stylish.

Keep it simple, Aman. Green light or red flag? Sorry we missed you before going on our holiday hiatus from comment replying, Omar. Nonetheless, we would have given you the green light. Despite our disdain for black and red combos, you get a pass on Christmas since these two colors feature prominently in St. For my office party. I have black blazer and tan trouser so may i know which color of shirt or t shirt will be oerfect which type of show will be perfect?

A black blazer forces you into a bit of a corner. Any colors can look jarring against a black jacket. Stick with a white shirt, Arman. Black pretty much pins you in to wearing gray slacks. Stick to simple medium or light gray pants to create contrast without clashing. What should I pair a dark gray tuxedo with white lines? Not used to attending red carpet-sort-of parties, until some crazy ideas popped outta heads of our office—for a different Christmas party mood?

And, if you may, please, can I wear it in a not-so-conventional way… like with sneakers, or jeans? Without the right amount of contrast, your look just blurs together or this could even look like you put the wrong pants on — not what you want.

Hi…I would like to ask for the color of coat suit matched with a peach colored shirt and also I would like you to suggest me the tie with it. How about a pink shirt instead? A pink dress shirt can be paired with a classic navy or gray suit and with either of those, choosing a tie is easy! Im going to the wedding tonite and I like to wear dark blue blazer, lighter blue shoes and dark brown pants. Was that good or should I replace dark brown pants with light grey shirt? What kind of shirt color is match?

We always say that blue and brown are a match made in suit heaven, so it sounds like you were onto something here with your ideas. A tuxedo would include the pants, Kenzo. When we styled our midnight brown dinner jacket and dress pants, we did it like this. We suggest you do the same. What about dark brown trousers? Staying in the same color family can create a sophisticated-looking monochrome outfit. I have dark brown black blazer. Please tell me about shirt and trouser or Jean of which colour.

Blue and brown is a classic combination. Try a medium blue shade or jeans and a light blue shirt. I would like to know how can I complement a grey blueish blazer with blue shoes. We sugggest a neutral shade of pants like dark gray to accomplish that. This is not exception to the rule, Jerry.

Yes , thanks but the blazer is Light grey blueish with elbow patches blue, is it still good use dark grey pants? Our original recommendation still applies, Jerry. I have a red dress shirt with a red and silver tie and a light gray kind of silver blazer I was wondering if I should wear silver slacks or black? Black with a more saturated red can be a pretty jarring combination.

Gray is achromatic not really a color, but a shade between black and white. That makes it as neutral as a Switzerland.

So you can wear any colors you like with it. So that narrows it down to…well…just about everything. The bad news is we have no idea what colors you should wear. The answer, BJ, is looking back at you in the mirror. It is of the utmost importance how well your clothes match you. This simple concept will change the way you dress and the way you shop. Yeah, sure you can wear a blazer with jeans.

At the bar, this comes off well. At the office, adding some color to your blazer lineup would be more fitting. Navy blue is a classic blazer color for a reason because it looks so good with so many combinations of shirts, ties, pants, etc.

As for the shoes, our rule of thumb is follow the buttons. If the buttons on the jacket were, say, light brown, then a pair of cognac brown shoes might be in order. And so, black shoes it is, Josh. Hi i m sheheryar i have a cort try dark purple casual coatn light purple shirt n normal grey cotton trouser not dark or not light but strong grey plzzzz tell me n guid me is this combitination looks gud or not????

I m waiting ur reply plzzzzzzz reply me on my mail box plzzzz thanx. The answer is no. We love a lavender shirt and gray pants but would recommend either a matching gray jacket or a dark blue blazer would be more our style. Am having a silver linen blazer am using a navy blue trouser but am confused what colour of shrit to use and probably shoe to go also. I will appreciate some advice please.

Navy blue and gray is a classic combination, Victor. You can wear any number of colors of shirts and shoes with this outfit.

A lot of guys think that dressing well means pulling off some sort of dazzling tricks. A crisp white shirt and some well-polished dark brown shoes will make this outfit come alive more than any showy combination of patterns and colors. Your outfit should draw attention to your face, not beg for its own attention. Need help matching navy blue jacket, white shirt,gray pants what color tie or bow tie would match?

Marvin, the answer is within you. We have no idea what color tie will look good on you. This is the secret to dressing well. Matching your clothing colors to each other is minimally important. When it comes to ties we have a simple rule of thumb. Match your ties to your eyes. Mix in a green hued tie. For a full explanation of how to make this trick and other color matching secrets work for you, check out our story on Dressing from the Inside Out.

What do you think? Also can I ask for an advice on the fabric regarding the tropical weather? A charcoal gray jacket and trousers is an excellent choice for just starting out! I have a tailor made dark charcoal color Blazer. I have a cotton white shirt and navy trouser. I am going to attend a marriage in next week. Also , I am looking for a tie. As for the tie, you could opt for a brighter light blue tie to add some festivity to your look.

If you want to be a little more formal, you could match your tie to your navy trousers. Of course, like we always say, all color recommendations are subject to how they look on you. A great combo is made even greater when it aligns with your features and coloring. Generally speaking dark brown and pale blue makes for a nice combination, so a light blue shirt might be in order.

Actually, whether your clothes match each other is not the most important question. A color combination that complements you is the key to dressing well. Hi guys so I bought a grey wool blend blazer and a wasitcoast to match. I was thkinking of copper coloured chinos? Gray is a neutral color so pretty much anything goes when it comes to colors. Focus, instead on patterns and textures. It sounds like your jacket is a solid. A pair of solid pants might come off looking boring and safe.

Patterned pants are difficult to pull off, but subtle weaves and small patterns like birdseye and houndstooth can add visual interest and break up the color block look of all solids. Actually I am having black shirt and purple shirt and now for both shirts I m having cream color pant nd jeans now the main problem is I m planning to buy a blazer so which color would suit best for both I m thinking of brown blazer what do u suggest???

A brown blazer is always a winner. They work with a lot of colors and are easy to wear dressed up or casually. Instead wear it with blue and white shirts to bring out the browns. Not sure what color shoes should i go for…. Any help would be much appreciated! Check out our Decoding the Dress Code: Thanks so much for your valuable feedback. Will going for look comprising: Dark Blue Shirt sleeves folded to elbows with a light blue skinny tie. Khakhi coloured trousers chinos.

All jokes aside not really joking though , this sounds like a perfect warm weather wedding outfit. I just made a slim modern style navy blue double breasted suit. Im going to buy shirt tie and pants. There we suggest matching your ties to your eyes. We also suggest focusing more on the level of contrast in your outfit than the specific color combinations.

I just bought a brown houndstooth blazer with subtle hints of blue in the fabric that I plan on wearing with premium blue jeans. Can I get away with a blue shirt, or should I stick with white? If so, what shade of blue, and would patterned work or contrast too much with the jacket? Wearing a blue shirt is a good idea, Chris. As for the color matching, choose a blue that highlights the hints of blue in the jacket to bring your look together.

Make it easier on yourself and stick with a solid shirt. I have a black jacket and charcoal pants. Having a hard time coming up with shirt and tie combo.

As for the tie, we like monochrome accents with black jackets so a patterned gray tie is our first suggestion. If you do want to infuse some color into the outfit, do it carefully. A bright saturated colored tie against a black jacket can get really clownish really quickly.

Instead of fire engine red, try deep dark burgundy. Instead of bright lavender, try a toned down gray with lavender stripes. Actually, it is once you master these principles. Hi John, good call on the white.

Best color to close out the summer with. As for a shirt, you have a lot of matching options. A white Oxford is a solid choice, but check out this Light Blue Gingham if you want to add some play to your outfit.

Lastly, you definitely want to pair this blazer with a pair of loafers, sans socks. I have a black self design Casual blazer and I am planning to wear a white v-neck T-Shirt in with light charcoal Grey pant! Will the grey pant have its elegance or should I go with black pant? I like the idea of the light gray pants in this outfit! Woah there, shiny dark purple.

Since your blazer sounds vibrant, you should pair it with darker pants, like black, a black tie to match, and a white dress shirt will do the trick. For more one-on-one advice, Satyam, we suggest using our Black Lapel Concierge service by emailing us at concierge blacklapel.

That way we can offer more specifics about filling out your wardrobe with more versatile pieces. I have a light gray blazer and m thinking of wearing a navy pant with a light blue shirt. Would this combination look good or should I for go some other options. Can u suggest any. It would be a great help.

This combination sounds good as long as your shirt is a light enough shade of blue to contrast with your navy pants.

Otherwise, this is a great spring look. I have a dark grey blazer. Im thinking a pair og Navy slimfit suit trousers would be sufficient? Am i totally wrong? Are you totally wrong, André? Dark gray on dark blue will make for a pretty contrast-free outfit. Instead, do as we did in Look 1 above. There, we highlighted how the dark blue jacket really stands out atop a pair of light gray pants.

Just apply the same thinking but with the gray on the top and the blue on the bottom. That means pairing the dark gray blazer with a pair of light blue pants that distinguish themselves from the jacket. Or you could stick with the navy pants and change the jacket to a lighter gray like this.

Hoping for any input and help. So work around it. Instead of the classic brown and blue combo, try light gray pants and, say, a white shirt. This combination of solids will keep your trim from being one of many little details that make for a busy outfit. Remember, when it comes to style, simpler is almost always better. I have a light blue blazer should I wear white or grey pants with it.

I was thinking light blue blazer white or light pink dress shirt cognac loafers. What color tie or bow tie. So that means wearing the white shirt with the gray pants and, for the summer version of this outfit, switch to the pink shirt with the white pants. As for the tie, the whole outfit is pretty neutral and light, so you can go in a lot of different directions. Perhaps the sharpest pairing would be a tie like this one , that draws on the cognac color from your shoes for a well put together combo.

One like this would really cap off your look. Being a tailored clothing brand, we will always say wearing anything but Black Lapel clothing is a no-go!

Both are so dark the combination ends up looking weak and muddled. Opt for a different colored jacket. Check out our Unsuits for some great blazer and navy blue pants combinations all of the jackets you see there can also be purchased as blazers. Very impressed with the light grey pant for winter dress been looking for a light grey flannel no luck. I have a Hugo Boss dark navy made in Germany and wear with light grey slim fit pant also use a pair of dockers in mid brown.

Photos do the trick for a guy like me. Thanks for the post. We love light gray for winter. Looks 2 and 3 above both feature dark brown blazers. So we recommend pants, shirts and ties like the ones in looks 2 and 3. I have a grey with purple plad pattern blazer, curious what trouser combos would be appropriate thanks. Since spring is right around the corner, check out the light gray pants in the first look here to nicely complement your blazer.

This will help solve your curiosity. But also, you can check out this unsuit for further inspiration. I have a charcoal blazer to wear for a business event. Should I wear khaki pants with brown shoes or a lighter shade grey pants with brown shoes. We vote for the gray pants, Tyler. Gray and khaki is a tough combination to pull off in a business appropriate outfit. Staying in the same color family unifies your outfit so stick with gray pants like these to add just the right amount of contrast to your look.

The simplest rule of thumb for shoes is to match them to the jacket buttons. Shades of gray can also work with dark brown. Actually, just about any color will work, since brown is neutral. The trick, when working with a herringbone is to stick to solids to keep the jacket and pants from competing for visual attention.

Informative article with many good style points. I like the coordination of all the pieces and the depth of the patterns. So I have a blue blazer, a black blazer, a brown cord blazer, and two summer blazers plaid and a more casual piece I have navy, charcoal, brown, and black wool trousers. The next step for you would be adding some grays to the mix. A Gray with Purple Windowpane Blazer will add a hint of color, to an otherwise neutral outfit and fill a gap in the wardrobe.

We appreciate this troll, Michael. Ah okay, we thought you were sarcastically pointing out how poor the jacket looks in this photo! Since this blazer is a lightly colored linen fabric, it naturally lends itself to a more casual outfit and look.

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While you can play around a bit with black and khaki combinations , this is a pretty difficult move to pull off with a jacket and pants. Try medium gray pants or light gray pants instead. A light to medium gray blazer will give an attractive amount of contrast with your dark blue pants.

As for the vest, you have 3 options: Match your vest to your pants, 2. Match your vest to your jacket , or 3. Wear a vest in a different shade of gray or blue. Check out this guide on how to mix and match a vest into your outfit. I want to pair it up with a waistcoat and want some flexibility in my wardrobe, so which colours would go best for the waistcoat if I were to stray from charcoal grey? Shirts are always white with me as it ensures the tie is always darker, but some input on those regarding your waistcoat colour recommendations would be appreciated too.

Vests are a fun piece of your wardrobe because you can use it to create some serious dynamics and contrast. We have an article you definitely need to brush up on all about how to wear your suits the modern way. You could rock a navy or contrast with a cool gray. There are many other options out there, the article should clear up some of your questions. Your style is your own, so as long as you follow certain rules you have freedom to choose whatever colors you want.

I have a grey vest and a grey suit jacket. I have black suit pants and navy blue suit pants. I hhave a pink shirt.. I have black …white…. 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. Will they look good next to each other? How about Charcoal Blue instead? Blue and beige go together better than beige and gray, and this light charcoal blue color still has slight hues of gray in it.

Thank you for the insightful article. I have one more question for you, would be really obliged if you could help with it. I have to attend a wedding this weekend and was thinking of pairing my royal blue jacket with black trousers and a white shirt probably a black tie as well Do you think this is a good combination?

Also note, that the fabric of both the jacket and trousers is nearly the same, should that be a problem? Hi Raza, happy to be of service here. That being said, royal blue and black can still work as a color combo.

If the color contrast is similar to or great than the contrast in the outfit in that link, than yes, you have a good suit separates combination. Also, we approve of adding a white shirt with a black tie to the outfit. Hey, thanks for the article… came across it on a google search.

White, baby blue, or either? Hey JP, we like your outfit idea here. We think a white tee is the best choice and will look cool with your blue sneakers. Stumbled upon this site and have enjoyed the good advice. I generally like lighter shirts and dark, thinner ties but am open to suggestions. If it helps I have brown hair, light skin and an athletic frame. Check it out for which shirt to start your combination with.

Certainly, although this sounds like a formal dinnertime outfit. Always make sure the occasion is right. Sure you can wear it.

That depends on a lot of factors. What jacket will you wear over it? What kind of shirt will you wear? Where will you be wearing it? But the most important factor is how does it look on you. We get a lot of questions here at The Compass asking about what clothes go with what other clothes and we always give the same answer: Is it then ok?

Brighter, more saturated colors can be jarringly when paired with black so the solution is not to change the pants, but change the jacket.

Having some trouble picturing those pants but, as you can see here , navy pants work with a wide variety of jackets. If my groomsmen are wearing black suits and black ties, is it ok if i wear a dark navy blue suit with the black lapels and black bow tie?

I like the look more than the black suit with black lapel but is it bad to not wear the same suit color as my groomsmen? The blue will have black in it atleast, is that enough? Wearing a different suit than your groomsmen is perfectly acceptable. We say go for it, Zaman. Hello I have a wedding coming up I wanted to look smart casual and stand out of the crowd I was thinking of wearing khaki pants preferably light brown please let me know how I can match it colour of blazer shirt and shoes I am light skinned a bit brown.

How about a Light Blue Blazer? This one is also a linen blend fabric to keep you cool at that wedding. If you decide to go with a patterned blazer, try to make sure the background fabric is light in color.

To keep the smart in your look, we recommend a crisp white dress shirt and dark brown loafers. Leather shoes are optional and, in fact, suede may be a better choice for summer. But as we noted above, the name of the game when it comes to clothing pairings is contrast.

Black and dark gray have almost no contrast and make for a pretty dull combination. Can a non-pattern black suit jacket work, with a white dress shirt, a neutral solid colored tie, and gray dress slacks work for a job interview?

My boyfriend and I are attending a wedding in August. The wedding is at 1: So the question is what to wear to a summer wedding? In reality, black is the most limiting suit color you can get. As for what color your beau should wear, that has more to do with what he looks like than anything else. A simple rule of thumb is to pair your jacket with your hair. Guys with lighter hair should wear suits that are a shade or two lighter.

A suit should last him many years, after all. Would wearing a blue pants and grey vest together with a red tie be advisable? Or would it be too much of a mismatch? How about a maroon tie instead? Wearing black blazer with stripes and same color pant without stripes is good or not at all accepted.

While there are tons of ways to break up and combine suit separates, you can rule pinstripes out of that bunch. I have a black pin stripe tuxedo, but the pants disappeared. I like the jacket — could I pair them with black tux pants with silk stripe and not look like I lost the matching pants? Hi, I have a wedding on Saturday and am in need of some advice. I have a pair of navy pants and was wondering what color vests and shirts would be appropriate?

I have a grey one that still fits ok. Also if the grey vest goes with navy pants, what color shirt should I go with? I can purchase a new one in time so any suggestion would be fine. Thank you for the help in advance, Matt. It looks like we might not have gotten to your issue in time—we hope the wedding was still a blast. A gray vest certainly goes with navy pants, and the best shirt option here is just your classic white dress shirt. While Black Lapel makes custom fit, made-to-measure dress shirts perfect for your new weight!

Would black chinos with a charcoal blazer look odd? This actually sounds like a really good combination. A tie in a lighter-than-charcoal gray or burgundy will look good here too. Hi My son has got his deep plum tuxedo blazer and matching trousers. The satin lapel collar is navy. Can he wear a navy waistcoat as i am unable to find a deep plum waistcoat that perfectly matches.

A contrasting waistcoat with a tuxedo can work. Our recommendation, skip the waistcoat and go with a cummerbund instead. Classic and classy, a black cummerbund and black bow tie always work. Hi Black Lapel, first time on the site, but I love it already. Just bought a pair of navy cotton pants with lighter navy polka dots, wondering what would be a great blazer combination to pair this with for smart casual events. My other question was about mixing materials, I have a great pair of dark maroon cotton pants, and was wondering if wearing tweed or silk with that is a no-no or if it could be pulled off.

We think the light colored blazer is a good option for the first outfit you mention. Navy and light gray is a classic, smart-casual color combination. The polka dots sounds like they will add some sprez to the outfit too. To answer your second question, mixing materials can definitely be pulled off.

A lot of times, we actually encourage it. A tweed jacket will pair well with your cotton pants, but tread a little more carefully with silk.

Perhaps a silk blended jacket is a better option for your cotton pants. Hope this was helpful! I have a wedding in Santorini mid Sep. Well, since Black Lapel is a brand made up of over 40 people, we rarely have one opinion on anything. The closest we get to a unanimous opinion, though, is what we said in the second paragraph of this article: Breaking up the lines, by wearing just the pants or just the jacket, makes your whole outfit look incomplete, like you half-assed the outfit.

Our son is getting ready to go off to college and will need a suit maybe two. I am thinking Navy Blue and the other grey.

My thought is he could mix them to get more variety, your thoughts? First off, congratulations on successfully preparing a young man for college and kudos to you for getting him off on the right foot with some suits. Your idea about starting off with a navy blue suit is a good one. Lighten up the gray and you give life to the whole outfit, as you can see in this navy blue jacket photographed with light gray pants.

So we suggest a light gray suit or medium gray, like this Cool Gray suit as a second suit. What color choices for the suit jacket would work best with the outfit I have? We recommend sticking with gray for the jacket. Just be sure the gray is a different shade than the pants. Then you would end up with an outfit like this.

No, but it sure does bring the whole look together. We are attending a wedding in June and my 12yr old wants to wear a suit. I found a lovely grey waistcoat and pants but the jacket we have is slightly different colour — is this a definite no-no. First of all, kudos to the young man for expressing an interest in dressing well at an early age.

As for the non-matching waistcoat. It depends on how different it is from the suit. As you can see in our article on How to Wear a Vest the Modern Way , we are proponents of what we call the three-piece remix. A friend of mine took my measurements o. It was a gamble but the jacket is a perfect fit.

The pants bieber will never fit me. I have tried to find a fabric that matches but the blue is just a bit lighter than traditional navy blues. I will eventually have to go to a local suit maker and try to get a very close matching fabric. In the meantime i would like to wear my lovely dark blue jacket but with what? I am going to a wedding in laur autumn in tropical qld but still want to sout up.

Would a lighter grey pair of pants go with a darker blue and a brown shoe? I am a larger size man but like to own my look at formal type events. Light gray pants with a blue jacket is a classic color combination. As you can see here and here and here and here , we like this combination and go back to it again and again. So we say go forth with gray! Black suit pants with a dark navy blue jacket.

I say no, dad says yes. Fashion or faux pas? Black pants and a navy blue jacket are just too close together. The resulting mishmash of dark on dark will look sloppy, like you mistakenly confused two suits. Black and dark blue can get along, but the black has to be an accent, like black shoes with a navy blue suit or black lapels on a midnight blue tuxedo. I need help please! My husband has a basic black suit wool. He can no longer wear the pants.

I replaced them 2 yrs ago with a pr of polyseter pants. He now needs to replace them. Is it ok to mix the two materials? I have no idea and neither does he really. Although wool can work as an all seasonal fabric, it can be put off-balance when you pair it with a lesser fabric polyester. What about upgrading to a basic dark gray wool suit? Your husband could even still hold onto his black wool jacket and wear it with these gray pants for a less formal, suit separates outfit. Hey Black Lapel I have a job interview for an office position, and I had two outfits I was thinking about that I was wondering if I could get some tips on.

What kind of job are you seeking? Is there a dress code at the office? What stage are you in careerwise? And perhaps most importantly, what do you look like? Our first bit of advice is to be careful wearing separates to a job interview. We always suggest erring on the side of formal for a job interview. What does that mean?

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A suit jacket is just a dinner jacket with the corresponding pants in the same fabric. So a black jacket matches well with grey pants. Just make sure the pants aren't so dark grey that it looks like you're trying to fake a suit. The navy pants feel like wanna be black pants and the grey pants seem too noncommittal. Tan or khaki on the other hand is my go to for pants. I just want more variety. So, it’s very important to team up your black suit jacket with an ideal coloured pants to get the perfect look. These are some colours that I would recommend to try on with a black suit jacket: o Grey: This is quite an easy choice and a safe option.