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Should I skip the vest, wear the vest or go for a different vest? Navy and gray trousers are incredibly versatile. Gray wool trousers will look especially nice with a lavender dress shirt , but this purple shirt is perfect for a pair of navy pants, too. Moving on to the blazer, you need to contrast. Options for your navy pants: Options for your gray wool pants: So many options, so little time, Chris. We say skip the vest, you seem to have a good grip on the rest of your outfit.

Just in case, here are a few more rules to follow when wearing a navy tux. I have a black pin striped suit and was thinking about wearing the jacket with a white shirt and dark charcoal banana republic pants. Or will it look awkward and not flow? If the occasion calls for it, go full striped suit, white shirt, and black shoes. Most pinstripe suits are business formal suits.

Wear them whenever you would wear a full suit with a dress shirt and a tie. Take this advice with a grain of salt, though. This is a style publication. Then, once you know that, come to us to help you look your best in those clothes. I have a Grey Charcoal Brooks brothers 2-piece suit. I have a wedding coming up in September and I was thinking of wearing the jacket with black dress pants. This will look awkward but not for the reason you might think, Ryan.

Charcoal gray and black is a weak combination because it lacks contrast. Either the pants should be lighter than the jacket. Light gray pants work if you want to stick with the whole grayscale look or you could go with a lighter shade of blue for a more pronounced contrast. The key word here is contrast. Many men confuse contrasting with clashing. Contrasting colors give life to your outfit, clashing colors two bright bold colors butting up against each other spell death to a lot of outfits.

The other solution would be to keep the pants black and change the jacket to a lighter shade of gray like this gray blazer with a purple windowpane.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. For more on color combinations and figuring out what color combinations will look good on you, check out our piece on picking the right suit colors that applies to separates as well.

Hi, I have a plain lightish navy suit that I was planning on wearing to a wedding. Was going to wear brown monk strap suede shoes and a white shirt. You have a few options here, Will, but here are probably the best two: Go for a contrasting vest, like this light gray one. Bring more brown into your outfit and wear a subtly patterned vest like this one. Of course, you could wear a patterned navy waistcoat and go for a more tonal look.

This article was really helpful but could you help me some more. I was thinking of mixing a navy jack. Sir,i have black shirt with grey blazer, what trousers should i wear… Narrowed chinos , which colour.. There we break down how and when to wear this particular item. White shirt, as is traditional. Will it just look like a poor attempt at creating a 3-piece? I plan on taking the jacket off, and the tie probably, the minute the ceremony is over so maybe that makes it ok?

Make it easy on yourself and drop the vest, or Figure out how to make the vest work. Have you tried the whole outfit on and looked in the mirror? If not, we recommend that you do. That will answer your question about whether the suit and vest have enough contrast. Guys tend to overanalyze this stuff instead of trusting their guts. Whatever you see instantly when you look in the mirror is what everybody else is going to see. You may linger on your outfit, nitpicking the details but nobody else will.

Trust your own eyes and go with what looks best at first glance in the mirror. 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. It takes note of the illuminating light and tries to figure out how it might be affecting the color of an object.

How would this explain why different people saw the picture of the dress in different ways? The picture itself was overexposed, washing out the colors of the dress, while the illumination was ill-defined. Parts of the image seemed to imply backlighting which would leave the dress in a blueish shadow whereas others implied yellowish, overhead store lighting.

Depending how the viewer interpreted this setup, the apparent colors could shift dramatically, from black and blue the real-life colors to white and gold. That would make the fabric seem more white and yellow. Was that a random choice, or did it demonstrate something more fundamental about the viewer—their genetics, habits ,or life experience? For instance, some of us tend to rise at dawn and go to bed at dusk whereas others stay up late and then sleep in.

Owls should have a tendency to assume long-wavelength, artificial lighting, and would thus see the dress as black and blue. I asked Slate readers a number of questions about their lifestyle choices, habits, and the circumstances under which they first saw the image of the dress.

Among a group of roughly 8, people, I found that 28 percent saw the dress as black and blue and 61 percent saw it as white and gold. Given the inherent noisiness of collecting data online due to extreme variations in viewing conditions, I was quite surprised by the consistency and strength of the effect.

Also somewhat to my surprise, I found no effect of time of day when viewing the image, no effect of whether people grew up—or are living now—in an urban versus rural setting. Another early study showed that the dress phenomenon was not merely an artifact of language , or how people choose to classify colors using words.

Other things do seem to matter, but it is unclear why. For instance, I found that women are ever so slightly more inclined to see the dress as white and gold. Screen size mattered too: The bigger the screen on which you saw the image, the more likely you are to have seen it as white and gold.

A smaller diameter might increase your chances of seeing white and gold. These are all interesting studies, but one can make only so much scientific progress on the basis of a single image. It would be nice if researchers could create dress-type illusions at will, to increase the range of stimuli for laboratory tests. It would also increase our confidence that we truly understand what underlies this phenomenon.

Yet, to date, our attempts to do so have failed. Perhaps there are other factors at play, such as assumptions viewers make about fabric and how different materials might look under different types of lighting.

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