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The monochrome look of a black tuxedo shirt with a black tuxedo jacket and black tuxedo pants is a hot Hollywood look! Black tuxedo shirts are also very popular among students during prom season.

A leather bomber jacket might work, though you run the risk of looking like an American President visiting the troops. Where are you planning to wear this outfit?

I am looking for a personal smart-casual signature outfit to display a mix of competence and approachability. I think that white shirt knitted tie or none — depending on the occasion , vest and chino would be an appropriate decision.

I am carrying kg more than I probably should but want to look good — nonetheless. Light brown shoes, navy chinos and rolled up shirt sleeves. Do you have any suggestions or hints regarding color combinations and pattern of the vest? We call it dressing from the inside out and we recommend reading this article laying out the basics when building your wardrobe.

Knowing what looks good on you is the key to dressing well. You did mention carrying a little extra weight. While a brighter colored vest might call attention to your midsection, dark colors can slim your appearance. I am taking my Wife, daughter and her fiancee on a cruise in September to the Caribbean. I want to wear something other than a sports coat and slacks.

I would like to wear a vest and a bow tie with some casual slacks for the dressier dinners. I am completely lost as to what would work together or what colors to go with.

Maybe some slim cut slacks and a white button down fitted shirt? What would you do? This sounds like a decent problem to have First off, we just want to say kudos to you for wanting your clothes to fit properly. A man after our own heart. A white shirt will also match with a variety of different colored slacks. In fact, it may be smart to bring more than one white button down shirt. Enjoy the vaca, Jeff. I am having a civil ceremony with my fiancée of which I will be wearing the same color and clothing type pictured above.

White cloth dress shirt, medium grey vest, dark denim jeans, medium brown belt and medium brown shoes, my question would be for a tie choice. I would like to wear a tie but unsure on which to choose. Plain or simple pattern and do I match the tie to a dark color to my jeans or a light brown for my shoes or keep it a simple semi-light color to contrast my vest and shirt. Making sure not to blend the colors or completely having a dark bottom with light top as you said in your article.

Your thinking is on the right track here. As for what to match the tie color to, we think you should decide between matching to your denim or your shoes. If you choose to match to your denim, a plain or patterned tie will work equally as well.

If you decide you want to match your tie to your brown shoes instead, we also have a tie for that. In this color family, we think you should stick to a solid colored tie. Just to throw in one last wildcard, what about this maroon tie?

I am getting married soon and was wondering if a vest would look good. I am wearing a dark blue shirt with a light green bow tie and gray pants. The wedding is super laid back but I want to look good for my bride. Would a vest be a good option and if so what color? Wanting to look good for you bride—good man, we applaud that.

And trust us, she will too. Anyways, we see lots of guys get married in vests and they look good doing it. Determining if a vest is a good option for you depends on the other elements of your outfit. Your dark blue shirt is a little limiting we usually recommend a white shirt under a vest , but you do have a few options. Are you gray pants dress pants or chinos? If your gray pants are more chino-like, you could wear a more casual vest, like this one , to smooth the transition between your shirt and pants.

Be careful not to start adding too many colors to your look since you have a green bow tie. Congrats and good luck on the big day! When wearing a vest formally with chinos, can you wear a vest with a buckle? Even a Black Lapel custom made vest includes a closure in the back to adjust the fit to your taste, Erica. I just stumbled upon this site and I must say I am impressed. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!

With dark pants and such a light top you cut yourself in half visually with this kind of look. The answer is to choose a fabric that is in the middle of these two extremes. The cool gray custom vest in the picture at the top of this article is a perfect middle ground between too light and too dark. I am getting married in Ireland in September. The brown slacks are more of a bark brown which blends nicely with the front of the tweed vest but the brown satin back of the vest is a more red brown.

He will not be wearing a jacket. I am unaware of rules regarding vest back and pant color. The colors you described in the different parts of the clothes are all in the same family. That makes clashing nearly impossible. Unlike him, you can have a look at him in his wedding outfit before the big day.

So we recommend you have him put it all on and take a look. Loved your suggestions they are very helpful. I am getting married in August ordered vests on line for the groom and groomsmen they are more of a kakhi color then a brown.

Not exactly what we wanted but the sale was final. I am having a hard time figuring out what color of dress pant to go with our now Kakhi vests.

It is a very smart casual wedding. Smart casual, very cool wedding dress code. Speaking of smart, how about medium to dark blue dress pants? A pair like these , with hints of green, would be easy to pair with a lighter khaki colored vest. Court calls for conservative power suits. Like this subtle gray pinstripe suit or the classic navy blue suit—an appropriate staple suit that should never be confused for being stuffy. Incorporating coral and burgundy already pushes the boundaries of court-appropriate attire slightly, so we encourage you to wear a full suit instead of a sweater vest.

If you go with the light gray sweater vest, we suggest you wear a matching charcoal gray jacket with your charcoal slacks. Now go do justice by these suggestions! Have you checked out our suits? Or if tie is worn what color do you suggest? And so you think the vest shirt combo is good.

The vest and shirt combo is good, but it is a heavy look. Since those colors are dark, I would stick with the simple rule of contrast when choosing a tie.

A light gray, textured tie wool, knit would be a great addition to this look. Any non-collared shirt under a vest can look a little odd, Jack.

We have seen the turtleneck and vest done well by a more modern screen star, but that was a dressier look overall. The three-piece suit with a turtleneck can be really suave.

The shirt is solid. Before we get into pants, some advice about the shirt: Beware the dark shirt and vest combination. As for the pants, gray is more vesatile than black you can wear black or brown shoes with gray pants , so we usually veer towards gray. Plus, black can be very jarring against bright colors, but with gray pants you can wear a wider range of colors.

The neutral and solid vest and chinos combo means just about anything is possible. I really liked what you have mentioned above of vests.

Our School Promnight is coming up next week. I am of 17 years with a thin yet fit build. Could you please suggest a good shirt color that would match the above-said attire? Also, necktie or bowtie if required and of what color? If you want to step up the formality of your look a little bit, go with a neck tie. You can have some fun with the color of it — maybe a blue pattern, maroon, or dark green.

Show the world your beautiful outfit! What if I wear a long sleeve button down untucked with my vest unbuttoned? I am currently wearing a black and white small, checkered shirt with a black vest, black jeans, and black leather converse.

Sorry, not our thing, but we respect your right to rock that look. First I would like to say that I love the atmosphere of the commenters here. I work as a network specialist help desk plus technician plus network administrator and also own my own game studio. I found one that fit comfortably and I am trying it out. I also have a habit of rolling up my dress sleeves to the elbow as I HATE the feeling of sleeves on my arms.

Furthermore I don shoulder length dark hair and a red beard length varies by season. Actually, you already mentioned the only people who truly matter when it comes to judging your style: We say go forth! And i am not sure if my attire coordinates with one another. I am planning to wear a grey shirt, black vest, a black pants, black shoes and a white bow. Does that sounds okay? A white bow tie should be reserved for a very formal white tie affair like the Nobel Prize Ceremony or a coronation.

Let us preface our answer by saying that, you can wear whatever you want. We give recommendations, not condemnations. That would make you look like your vest had some sort of growth coming out of the bottom. Last time I wore a black shirt and a green tie but now I wanna pair it with a gray tie, a fitting pair of jeans and a white shirt… the question is… my shirt is short sleeved. Or maybe not use the tie? BUT, I have a compromise. You can stick with your vest and tie combination, but wear a long sleeve button-down white shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

We are hosting a 50th wedding anniversary party for my in-laws. Cocktail attire was requested, but its the first Saturday in August in the South. My husband was thinking about a vest outfit. He has a great pair of medium grey slacks and I was wondering what color of vest.

Was thinking of dressing it up with a pocket square. His build is quite athletic, but recently he has been in some weddings and I love the way a vest flatters his body type. Cocktail attire means full suits for men. It would be poor form for the host to set a dress code and then underdress. If you do go with a more casual look and wants a vest to wear with a pair of gray pants, the color choices are pretty much wide open.

Just about everything matches with neutral medium gray slacks. The color matching he should be concerned with is matching the colors to his own colors. Lighter hair means a lighter vest is probably the optimal choice.

We hope this helps, Fran. If you want to get more specific advice from one of our stylists, feel free to send some pics to concierge blacklapel. Do you have any suggestions on how I could go about this? While we make our clothes for men, they are made-to-measure and some women do get clothes from us including the female employees of Black Lapel and some of our wives as well.

Drop us a line at concierge blacklapel. I want to get a vest or more than one to wear casually with jeans. Is that suitable to wear with a vest or would the look be thrown off due to the vest fitting far more snugly than the jeans?

Is there an exception to the rule? Our suits get reviewed and reviewed well, we might add by menswear bloggers fairly frequently, Kent. I have brown skin and black hair Asian from the tropics. I only have black denim jeans and brown suede bucks to start with.

I want either a printed shirt and plain-colored tie, or a plain white shirt and printed knit tie. And then for the vest, maybe a safe gray? I only stand at 5ft. Does that affect the chances of me looking good on a vested suit?

That said, women have been wearing menswear stylishly since Diane Keaton made everyone fall in love with Annie Hall back in So proceed, but proceed with caution. As for color combinations, a gray vest is an easy outfit starter. One thing we would change, though, is the black jeans and brown shoes combo. If the jeans are black, the shoes ought to be too. With some black shoes and black jeans, a white button front shirt and a gray vest can make for a stylish casual look.

Should I be looking for a slightly less dressy fabric than pictured in the vest above? Does the sheer material on the back of that style of vest specifically make the vest too dressy for jeans? I have the above vest in that color and a darker black, but cannot seem to find one in a more casual version.

The event in question is a party at a classy bar. Its not fully formal, but dressier than average. No need to worry about the vest being too dressy. As for the backing, a Bemberg back, like the one featured on the back of Black Lapel vests work just fine with casual outfits. Of course, since our clothes are all custom made, you can special request a self-back vest.

To do that just email concierge blacklapel. I have a dark grey vest, was planning on wearing it with either black dress pants or grey ones that are just a touch lighter than the vest, need advice on what color shirt should go with it?

Also, yay or nay on a black slim tie. The tie decision is not one we can make for you, David. We will offer this advice, though: Meekness is the enemy of style. Okay, enough of the tough love, David. On to your other questions. As for the pants, whenever you wear non-matching separates like a jacket and pants or, in this case, a vest and pants, avoid combinations that are too similar.

A dark gray vest and a barely lighter pair of gray pants will look like you tried to make a matching suit out of two different fabrics a Busch League move. Instead, we suggest going with the black pants. Explaining how to do that is a little more than we could fit into a comment reply. That said, when in doubt, a solid white shirt is always the safest and easiest bet. I do not particularly like white shirts. Any help would be great in putting together a great outfit.

The rest can stay the same, or you could even add something to tie the light blue and dark blue of the shirt and jeans together, like a knit tie with dark and light blue stripes , if you want to dress the look up a bit. All of this still adds up to a simply stylish look for any casual occasion.

That sounds really good. Are there any other colors you could recommend for the shirt? Such as plaid patterns if any, that could go with a grey vest? As well as type of material for the vest? I thank you very much for all the help! The shirt colors and patterns are really a matter of personal preference and what works best for you.

Rather than giving you some blind recommendation, we suggest you use our guide to creating your own shirt style. As for the vest, we think that fabric and fit are just as important in a vest as they are in the rest of a suit. You can order a vest here that is made from the same wool we make our suits out of with Bemberg lining on the back for wearing it as a part of a suit. For more casual wear you can special order one with a fabric back and you can order one made in any of the fabrics we offer by emailing us at concierge blacklapel.

I am going to Vegas and want to looks nice going out Saturday night. I do not know what color shirt and slacks to wear with a medium to light grey vest. I have black, charcoal, dark grey and light grey slacks.

The only shirt I do not have to take is White. Can I wear a medium blue shirt with grey vest? If so what color slacks should I wear? Or do you have another combination that would work best? Any help would be great, Thanks. Try to differentiate between the pants and vest by choosing the light gray pants if the vest is dark or dark gray if the vest is light. A little variation on the gray theme will go a long way.

Finally, with all but the black pants you can add some brown shoes to this look to keep things interesting and add a little color to this outfit.

Could i pull off a black vest with very casual shoes? Like old school high top black converse or simple black skater shoes. You would know the answer to that better than we do. Would we wear the black vest and sneakers outfit you described?

Hell to the no. As a maker of fully customizable clothes we respect, and encourage you to take full advantage of, your right to define your style. You do you, Antonio. I noticed that the model in the photo is wearing a brown belt and certainly brown shoes but can I do the same with black belt and shoes?

If I wanted to add a tie, what color would work? This same look would work with a black belt and black shoes. Try different shades and colors of vest and pair it with a denim. Go for some bright colored tuxedos. The answer to this question depends on what you look like, Charlie. As we discussed in our piece about building the ultimate suit , your skin and hair color are the most important things when it comes to deciding on clothing colors.

All that being said, a middle of the road blue is neutral enough to work with almost any complexion and always pairs nicely with browns and tans. Could you do a black vest, lavender shirt with a dark grey pant and black shoes or does the pant have to be black as well? No need to get all matchy-matchy, Jim. A black vest and black pants might have you looking like the wait staff at a catered affair.

A word to the wise, though, Jim. Black is tougher to wear than most guys think. A black vest on a lavender shirt is going to be a seriously high contrast combo. Consider wearing a lighter vest like the one pictured above for a laid back look. I own a tailor made grey wool vest, do you have any ideas as to what shirt? Other colors of oxford shirts would work too. I want to wear jeans, a solid dark purple shirt, and a vest to a casual masquerade party at my local watering whole.

What color jeans and vest should I wear? You may want to consult with the host before showing up in your street clothes. As for the outfit, we always say go with dark blue jeans. Dark jeans are the most versatile. They work with everything. For more on this check out our guide to essential dress shoes. Neither of these things should be purchased to wear to this one event, though, Nate. Then you can go masquerading as a stylish gent everywhere you go.

I was thinking of being more-so on the casual side of things. I have a lot of button-up plaid-ish type style shirts that are popular and are also okay to wear at my workplace.

The combination of plaid shirts and vests is a great way to go, Mike. Black is a tougher color to wear than most guys realize. Even those plaid shirts with some black in them will look good with neutral gray or navy.

Rather, it should be used with caution. But hey, why not have a few vests, one in each color? I was wondering if a black button down with a white tie and white vest would work? I am planning on wearing black jeans but I need to know if that would be a huge flop. To start, a black button-front shirt is one of the hardest shirts to wear with a tie.

Wear it with a black tie and you look like Regis Philbin circa Wear it with any colored or patterned tie and it looks like you were trying to dress up a casual shirt.

Because a black button front really is a casual shirt. As for the vest, a white vest is a non-starter. Wearing a vest that is lighter than the shirt underneath it is a tough style challenge it can be done, but the degree of difficulty is high. A white vest makes pairing pretty much impossible. No need to go off the menu, for this look, though Nathan. Well the problem is… What color vest should go with what color belt and shoes?

I really need help. Take your cues from the vest buttons, John. Belt buckles tend to push out the vest awkwardly and make you look paunchy. I have a soccer presentation coming up. Its a semi formal occasion. All I have at the moment is a light grey vest.

What colour shirt, pants and shoes would look good?? Thinking of a bowtie aswell. Play it safe and wear a pair of charcoal slacks , a crisp white shirt and a black knit tie for a tie that is still pretty laid back and looks great with a vest. My son will be wearing a medium gray herringbone wool vest with jeans for his Senior Yearbook pictures.

We were thinking of dark jeans, light blue shirt with a maroon tie, wearing the same beige shoes as shown above. Do you approve, or do you think it is too much? He really likes the vest and tie combo and I have no fashion sense on how to make it work for this occasion. To be honest, I have no fashion sense at all hanging my head in shame. I would appreciate and suggestions. We do approve, Kimberly. This outfit sounds appropriate for the occasion and the individual pieces can be mixed and matched with tons of other outfits.

As for the fashion sense, just steer your son on over here to The Compass. Black to match the buttons on the vest. The happy couple is a female couple. Glad we could help, Jake. Since you will be the only man up there, you will likely stand out regardless of what you wear. With that in mind, we suggest only minimally tweaking the original idea. It sounds like you prefer shades of black to shades of brown so you can swap those colors and stay somewhat close to what the brides intended.

Does this sound rediculous? First off, are you a member of the wedding party, Jake? If everyone else in the wedding party is wearing the powder blue shirt with a light brown vest and navy blue trousers, you should wear that as well. If one man is going to stand out it should be the groom, not the third guy from the left in all of the wedding photos. Now, if you are not a member of the wedding party you do have a lot more leeway. As a guest you should be able to wear a gray vest instead of a brown one and no one will have any complaints.

For one, Labor Day was last week. But fashion faux-pas aside, white bucks will put a lot of attention on you. Let the bride and groom have the spotlight and choose a more traditional pair of kicks brown or black. Finally, check out our guide to wedding attire for men for more on this subject. The vest in question is light grey with a plaid patterning and black buttons.

Also do you have any opinions on whether it should be buttoned or unbuttoned? Adding a vest to your wardrobe is a smart move, Akshay. A vest and a T-shirt has a distinctly Ed Norton-ish look not the gifted actor from such classic movies as Fight Club, but the garbage man neighbor from the old Honeymooners show pictured here.

Most guys are trying not to stand out too much so they put on a T-shirt and a vest and what does it do? It makes you stand out for all the wrong reasons. Are we advocating wearing a full-on dress shirt like you would wear with a suit and tie? But a more casual chambray shirt in an easy pairing color like blue or an oxford shirt will keep things laid back and still look great under a vest.

I have a for lack of better words high-class cigar bar hop planned with a few friends and this is just the style I was looking for. I was thinking dark wash denim, black vest, red button down with the sleeves up, and a loose charcoal patterned tie. Our only concern would be looking a little devilish with a black vest and a red shirt.

If the red is subdued like this it can work. The safer bet, though, for an evening out, would be to go with a dark red that creates less contrast with the vest. I was thinking of wearing my nike converses, but if you have a better suggestion Im all ears. On the whole this sounds like an outfit that will work.

Sneakers and a vest is a pretty young look, though, Trae. Judging by the Thursday night party plans, this is probably not a concern.

I just bought a lighter medium grey glen check vest. Will that go well with lavender or mint green shirt with slightly darker tie, dark blue jeans, and brown shoes. Sounds good to us, Michael. Lighter grays also work with white shirts a summer staple and light blue shirts as well.

I have a have white dress shirt with light blue lines running horizontal and dark blue lines running vertical. I got a bowtie that has a squared design with the colors red white a blue to go along. I am also wearing brown slacks. My question is would a grey vest go well or would a blue vest work better? Blue will provide the most harmony with the blue in the shirt, so that would be our first choice.

The gray would work too, but only if it is as light or lighter than the slacks. A really dark charcoal gray vest with khaki pants would clash, but a gray vest like this one with medium or chocolate brown pair of pants would do the trick. I recently picked up a black vest that I plan to pair with white dress shirts and ties.

My question is about the pants. I plan to wear jeans occasionally, but I will also need to wear dress pants some too. I have three pair that will go well with the vest. One pair is dark charcoal grey with a subtle pinstripe.

Will they all work, and which would look best? I will have a black belt with silver buckle, black shoes, and planning to wear a dark red and black squares tie with subtle white dots on it. A pinstripe suit all coordinates, but start wearing the pieces separately and our favorite part of the pinstripe sleek lines from head to toe breaks down. Other than that, our main bit of advice when wearing a vest with dress slacks is to avoid a belt.

With jeans wearing a belt may be inevitable, but your tailored pants ought to fit you well enough to go without a belt. A belt buckle will add girth and push the bottom of your vests open.

If you do need a little help holding your pants up under the vest you can go to a tailor for two solutions:. Could I pull off a light blue strip seersucker pants, navy short sleeve vest and white seersucker vest? Sounds like a lot going on, in this outfit, Dread. Two different seersucker types will likely look mismatched. The whole outfit sounds a little forced.

Should I get a new pair of trousers from the exact same color? I have a light vest and my 8th grade graduation is this monday so I wanted to know if I could wear a dark-gray-ish skinny jeans-but not too tight, with a dusk blue shirt and I want to know what tie color I should wear and if my black loafers would look good with skinny jeans and the dusk blue shirt.

Also, I want to know if I should wear the dusk blue shirt or if I should change it, and if I do, what tie color should I buy? For a tie, we would suggest going with a solid black knit tie. For the shirt color, a lot depends on your own coloring how your skin and hair look against the blue of the shirt.

The comments on this page are amazing, hoping you can help me in a similar fashion. First look that came to mind was maybe a royal blue button down, white tie, black vest, white belt, tan slacks, black shoes. Black shoes with tan slacks, is that even allowed?

Using the dark tan slacks as your starting point we recommend going with brown shoes. For a shirt and tie, keep things simple with a white or light blue shirt and a knit tie to keep the look casual we love solid navy knits but for this situation. The same rule of thumb that applies to the shoes applies to the vest color.

Look for a vest in another earth tone, like a lighter or darker tan than your pants. Just avoid bold, highly saturated colors like royal and stick with more muted color options. What color trousers would go? Can I wear another grey? You can wear another gray, just try a different shade of gray than the light vest. Stick with classics like brogues or, if the weather will be warm and dry, loafers.

Any of our five essentials of the dress shoe wardrobe ought to do the trick. Can I wear a black vest with khakis and black shoes? The shirt is long-sleeve, light gray with black stripes. Also pondering wearing a black skinny ish tie. No, you may not. While we usually suggest medium shade vests over black, the shirt and vest combo will work.

The tie with the striped shirt may be overdoing it a bit, though. Going to my school graduation next week, would black suit pants a white shirt with a light grey collar and a darker waistcoat be ok? Most people are just wearing shirt and tie but i dont like that look: For an event like a graduation, we still recommend wearing a tie.

You can still wear a vest, though. What do you think? Would a grey suit vest, white shirt no tie , dark jeans and grey casual shoes look okay? My shoes have leather laces so i was going to go with brown belt. Boat shoes with dark jeans and a worsted wool vest would be a little awkward. And when you do this, follow the rule of thumb and match the belt to your shoe color.

I wanted an outfit to wear when I go out with friends to the bar or to the mall. I was thinking of a white shirt with the black vest and navy blue jeans with dark grey Edmour lace-up shoes. How do you think this would fit? Im trying to look for a standard casual look for when I go out. On the surface it sounds like a pretty straightforward plan. This is a good look for a medium to dark skin tone and darker hair pictured here. Hey I just wanted to let you know it worked out well.

Im trying to find the name of those jeans you have at the top. Can you tell me what colour they are or what they are called? Nothing exotic, just a pair of Levis s in their standard rinse color.

And should I wear a long sleeve white shirt with this? Also what should a casual vest look like from behind as I can only find ones with a different material backing. And does a short sleeve shirt work just as well? We eat bombardments of questions for breakfast, Bradley. The dark jeans and Chelsea boots ought to work out fine, though, if you plan to hit the dance floor hard, just be careful not to step on any toes.

A long sleeve white dress shirt will work. Vests are generally made with fabric fronts and lined backs. A vest is a layer and adds warmth. By nature it looks a little weird with short sleeves like shorts and winter boots.

Need your input for a nice but casual outfit for this weekend in Atlantic City for the club. I have a grey vest that I want to pair with a black v-neck underneath and my dress watch.

Would love a suggestion on style and color of jeans and shoes that would compliment this. A dark wash blue, or even black, is the way to go here. A standard or slim fit is in order here. If sneakers are your thing, you may not go for those. Would dark wash jeans with a faded patern be ok with a maroon vest? No tie just a vest and white dress shirt and those jeans. We suggest dark wash for pairing with a Black Lapel vest because our vests are a bit dressier than, say, a cotton vest.

So in our context a dressier pair of jeans is more appropriate. If the vest in question is more casual, then the jeans can be too, Andrew. Hey, thanks for always helping. Usually I find my answer without typing. Can I wear a black coat, black vest, white shirt, with great pants to a summer, night time wedding? You should always wear great pants.

And now on to our answer…. As Ray Charles would say, night time is the right time for black vests and jackets. The black jacket and vest could work here. Once, for a photo shoot, we needed a photo of the bow tie in a tuxedo. The model, who was wearing our gray glen plaid pants, slipped on a black jacket and bow tie over a white shirt.

The look came off really well. We say go for it, Matthew. Black jeans and brown moccasins, you say? Would this outfit work? If the goal is to move more towards casual, then we recommend moving away from the all-black combo.

Neither of those scenarios adds up to a casual look. Instead, go with the gray slacks, the vest, and a more casual knit tie, like a black dotted knit. With these tweaks this outfit will keep things casual and stylish. Does this style work for most body types? I am broad shouldered and slightly on the heavier side. I really like this look. I want to dress better but Its hard for me to find something that I can casually wear but still look good in.

This style does work for a lot of body types. Rather than pairing a white shirt and dark vest, try a light blue shirt with a navy vest. This will take the emphasis off of your midsection. Fit is important as well. Make sure the vest is long enough to cover your waist. If your shirt is peeking out at the bottom of the vest, that will draw attention to your stomach.

Finally, avoid a belt with the vest for the same reason. With those adjustments, you can add this look to your casual repertoire. Need some help please! My wedding is just a few weeks away and we still do not have the grooms and groomsmen attire. We have looked at several options and browsed lots of styles, in-store and online. We have settled on a more casual look including dress pants, white button up shirt, and tie for groomsmen but want to add a vest to grooms attire. So my question is do we do a lighter color vest with darker pants, same color, or darker vest, lighter pants?

We were looking at black slacks with a medium toned gray vest OR khaki pants with a gray vest. If only we had known about this sooner, we could have gotten your groom and groomsmen decked out in some custom threads! Here he is rocking an outfit that straddles the line between dressy and casual quite well.

The color combination of darker brown pants, shoes and tie with the lighter blue shirt and mid-blue vest is a classic. Can I wear a black pants, black shirt with a golden vest and tie? Even if the back of the vest is white? Your outfit sounds pretty sharp. You guys are awsome. Ever since I came across your site I have been reading pretty much all your replies to everyone. What if I wore a dark gray vest with a light pink shirt and a purple paisley tie?

What pants, belt, and shoes would I wear? The strong pattern of the tie and colors of both the shirt and tie would need to be balanced out by a pretty understated lower half. Try khaki chinos with brown brogues, like the ones we recommended here and a matching brown belt for a classic look.

With a silk tie you could dress this look up a bit below the belt with light gray wool slacks. In that case, brown or black shoes with a matching belt would be appropriate, just stick with more casual styling like loafers to avoid looking like you just forgot the of your suit. Sorry to have some dumb questions, its just that im farely new at this and well im starting to really dig the casual looks, suits and all. I was also curiouse about one of your replies, are glossy or shiny long sleeve shirts under vests bad?

We would avoid shiny or glossy shirts under vests or even without vests. We would just avoid shiny or glossy shirts. There are still many different types of cotton shirts, from twills to oxfords to chambrays.

All of these are suitable for wearing under a vest and on their own. I was wondering, can I wear casual cloth like vest, ties dress shirts and dress pants or jeans in the spring time? By cloth, do you mean cotton or linen? Match the texture of the tie a well. We love knit ties with vests for a bit of texture. Cotton ties are another good seasonal option for spring.

Do you think a dark blue vest match with a white button down shirt, a dark blue jean with a slight fading at the front and at the back and also a light brown sneakers? And also do you think this outfit is suitable when I want to go out with my friends at the mall?

The outfit sounds good, Aizad. The only thing we might edit are the shoes. I am 23 and I just bought a black vest which has dark grey back to it.

Can I wear this vest over a crisp white shirt,with dark wash jeans, black and black shoes? Also, I have a black skinny tie but should I go out and buy a knit tie instead?

That sounds like a good look, Nick. The only thing we would advise you to be mindful of is the shoes. Black is the way to go here, but black shoes tend to look pretty formal.

As for the tie, we would suggest going with a textured tie. You could also wear a cotton tie, like this one from J. Crew, or even linen, like this one from The Tie Bar, that are just what the doctor ordered for your spring look. Thanks for the quick reply! Does the tie have to be black or can it be another color? I am a fan of lace-ups, are there potentially a style of lace-ups on the more casual side that I could wear with this outfit?

Actually, the cotton and linen ones we linked to both feature gray, but no black. A black knit tie is a great addition to your wardrobe in general, but you can go with just about color you like for the knit tie option.

As for the lace-ups, there are a lot of ways to go more casual with them. Brogues are generally more casual than smooth leather. We also love shoes with contrasting soles for a more casual touch. The main thing is to avoid the cap-toe oxfords that look great with a suit but look a little too dressy with jeans or casual chinos. Family pics coming up with siblings and spouses. Sounds like a family that takes their photography seriously, Jesse. All of the guidelines about fit above apply.

As for color, we love medium gray vests. A white shirt is a fail-safe, but if you want to go with a color, try a light blue like this twill or this light blue oxford. As for the shoes, we could write a whole story on the types and colors of shoes every man should have in his wardrobe. Oh wait, we already did! If we had to pick just one pair of the shoes we mentioned in that article to wear for the rest of our days, it would be the Charles Tyrwhitt brown brogues.

I need to know if my shiny green tie kelly green kind of colour would work or would i need a black one. Also shoes, would i need to wear smarter shoes or would black and lime green skate shoes be ok? That said, there are definitely several colors in between kelly green and black and we fully encourage you to explore the full spectrum.

A note on the shoes, going dressier is always a classy move but coordinating other accessories with the shoes is important as well. Said kelly green tie may not work so well with a pair of dark brown wingtips. The dresscode is smart casual and most of us will be going out bar hopping later after the dinner. How does a grey waistcoat and trousers; matching , crisp white shirt, with dark brown brogue shoes and dark brown leather watch sound? I was thinking of wearing a skinny tie or bow tie as well as a leather belt that that match up with the shoes.

Start with a tie and you can loosen the knot and roll up your sleeves for a bit of sprezz as the night goes on. Remember to sport a pocket square and stay stylish! Curious, having a work launch party and I plan on wearing dark wash jeans, grey vest and undecided about the shirt and shoes.

Thought about lavender shirt, brown belt and brown shoes. This is a good, laid-back look. We would caution you on one thing: While matching your belt color to your shoes color is smart, we would avoid the belt if possible. Under a vest belts create a bulge around the buckle that can look a little awkward. If you need another way to hold the pants up, you can try one of our secret tricks and wear suspenders under the vest. We can do some special customizations on your vest that might work.

Please contact our concierge team at concierge gmail. I like the idea of being able to accessorize the outfit with a vest and just curious on what color to really go with for the vest. To get one of these vests, contact our concierge team at concierge blacklapel. Remember her dress is black. But, his look on the left is something you should consider for yourself. A medium to light gray suit matches with a black dress and will look much better with your coloring.

You could even rock this suit with black shoes as another way to coordinate with your lady. The simple black and white look seen in section 2 above is an excellent choice for prom, Mario. Our main suggestion is just what it says there: Any changes I should make to match the girls dress?

We think you should replace the black dress shirt with a white dress shirt for a more mature, classic formal look. Changing to a white dress shirt could potentially help you match better with your date if she is wearing a lighter colored dress than black. Change the black dress shirt to white still or no?

Ease off the black, Miguel. Plus, the black shirt is casual by nature. A white shirt will dress this look up. In a little while when you hit the clubs, a black shirt without a tie will work, but for the prom, stick with the classic more formal look. I never had problems with styling and matching suits, shirts and ties.

But now I got one. I want to wear a black suit, with a navy shirt with white buttons. I was thinking to wear it without a tie, and if I have to, maybe light grey or dark green. What would you recommend? And sorry for the bad english. Wearing tis shirt without a tie is a smart idea, Gökhan. Hey, I have an evening ball coming up and was wondering what I could do to make my black suit more interesting.

I am fair skinned with light brown hair, I was thinking of maybe wearing a white shirt and maybe a kind of green tie to match my eyes which are kind of a hazel light green.

Judging by your description, it sounds like a black suit is going to be working against your coloring. Having green eyes gives you a great opportunity to really punch up your style with color. We recommend you choose suit colors that harmonize with your own coloring. Of course, despite all of our urgings, not every man has a navy blue or charcoal suit. But strong colored accessories with black suits tends to come off a little too jarring.

A green tie that adds a pop of color to a gray suit and can make you come off a little tacky when presented with a black suit. Instead of betting big on a saturated color in your tie, subtly turn down the contrast on your outfit with a pale blue shirt and dark tie like this guy.

I have a white, light blue, and a blue and white striped http: I have a red tie with thick dark red stripes and a blue tie with thick dark blue stripes. Lastly, I have a white pocket square and a red pocket square that matches the primary shade on my red tie. I have black leather shoes to go along.

What combination of suit, dress shirt, tie, and pocket square would you reccommend. This is your best bet for crushing your business conference! The groom is using red. As for shirt color, definitely go with white at a wedding.

Hello There, confused whether to wear Black suit or Grey for my wedding, The black satin lapel on the black suit isnt that visible and doesnt give that tux look, whereas the grey suit with black satin lapel and maroon slim tie looks amazing. Women reserve the right to make the small dogs they carry around in their purses match their clothes but we think the notion that grooms must dress in lockstep with their betrothed is ludicrous.

Wear what looks best on you, not what highlights her. Now, would we recommend a gray tuxedo with a black lapel and a slim maroon necktie? We believe that black tie requires wearing an actual black tie and that it should be a bow tie.

We recommend you bend some other black tie rules but keep the bow tie. That depends on your own personal style. Traditionally black tie means a black tuxedo. What type of tie would you suggest?

To be honest, the pink shirt limits your options. The only thing we can really envision looking good is a gray tie. Very thorough, thank you. My wife will be wearing a full-length satin gown. Should I wear black with black tie or bow tie or stay with my dark navy? Maybe I could match her red dress with a tie too?

Either a black suit or midnight navy suit would be appropriate, John. So we say wear the one that fits you the best. As for a tie, stick with the long necktie. We recommend you wear a suit proudly rather than approximating a black tie look and being self-conscious about it.

A dark tie would be fitting. Your clothes should frame your face, not draw attention away from it. Stick with an evening appropriate black or gray tie for a cohesive look. If your wife balks at the idea of you not matching her, remind her that letting her wear the red gives her the spotlight so that she can shine and everyone can be jealous of how great she looks.

Great article, but it sounds as though you might be leaving out those of us who like to channel our morbid sensibilities into wearing black suits with pale skin.

My spare smattering of fans fancy the visually vampiric even when as in my case the object of their affectations refuses to discuss or write about vampires. What are your thoughts on that albino-tinged option? You bring up an excellent point.

The above advice is geared toward the majority of our readers and Black Lapel customers, guys who are wearing their suits primarily to their offices and working in traditional suit-wearing fields. However, when referring to entertainers, all bets are off when it comes to personal styling. You see a much wider range of styles from the preppy-influenced style of the bebop jazz cats to the in-your-face plaids of punk. In those cases, the guidelines above still apply but are extremely flexible.

Should i wear a sky blue shirt or the white one? And which colour tie? Is it ok with maroon tie with black patterns? No need for confusion! Pulling off a black suit is quite simple once you understand your pairing options are limited, which is seems like you do. Hey there, replying to both of your comments on this post… First off, thanks for your praise!

Now, down to business. Not wearing a white shirt is an easy fix. You can also think about wearing a fun pocket square or pair of socks to liven up your look. To answer your question: We do love a waistcoat. In fact, we just published an article about the remixed three-piece suit in which the waistcoat is made from a different fabric than the suit.

Strong, saturated colors can be jarring set against black. This article is impressing and it served as the best one I was looking for! I have my farewell coming up next week and I bought a black tuxedo type blazer yesterday..

You could suggest something different too. And what color for what shirt? I was thinking about a red colored one. Please do reply asap! If so, there are a more rigid set of rules that you should follow. We went went through those rules in detail in our Black Tie article, which we recommend you read before putting together a black tie look.

Sir I have purchased a black colour tuxedo suit. Can u tell me which colour long necktie will go and also the colour of the shirt? Black tie dress codes aka when you wear a tuxedo are a whole different thing than black suits. Another is that your shirt be white with french cuffs.

Check those out before you tux up, Shivam. I think this article is very good. I have done that once before with a royal blue tie, and I think I actually pulled off the look as some others told me I look really good. I have also seen that a pink tie looks good with a black shirt. You should have more white shirts than you know what to do with.

You should stuff your closet with as many white shirts as you can afford. On the other hand. One thing we do know, though. There is no wrong, Hardik. I just need suggestions about the shirt Tie combinations I could choose to stand out and at the same time to look hot. Well Moksh, all you need to do is scroll up. What kinds of shirts and ties do you see with check boxes next to them? Now get out there and rock the house at that party.

What would be the perfect combination of shirt, tie, shoe and belt for me? He has a dark blue suit. What would be the perfect combination of shirt, tie, shoes, belt and watch for him? In both the cases, the occassion is wedding party. An answer to this comment would be highly appreciated. Sorry Subhadeep, but there is no perfect combination.

Every shirt with a check mark next to it is white. As it says in section 4 above, black shoes are the way to go. What kind of shoe? That depends on all sorts of factors, from your budget to the shape of your foot to your personal style. For more on what we look for in a good shoe, check out our story on the 5 Essential Dress Shoes every man should own.

And for advice on all kinds of accessories, check out our story on finding quality accessories. The list of accessories a man can wear is huge and continues to grow, but we say start with a tie, and pocket square. In which case, check out the story we published just for you: Even if it is, you may still want to ditch the waistcoat.

We think you should try a different colored suit, perhaps in a shade of gray. I know different seasons mean different colors. You mentioned patterned shirts above and I have considered that somewhat. Also I know black suits at weddings are a bit of a no no, but that was the only color I had at the time lol.

Could you guys help me out? This might be a tricky look to pull off, especially since a graduation is a celebratory event. Your only good options for shirt color are white or gray. Since you have dark hair and eyes, you should probably wear gray shirt, it could have a small pattern like this herringbone one. As for a tie or bow tie? Go with a tie.

To add a little more texture to your look, you could try rocking a knit tie. So you mean no tie or bow tie needed sir? Jokes aside, your son should probably be wearing a tie or bow tie to his prom. High contrast will not help his cause here! The color you do choose should be based off your coloring, the first and most important rule we defined in this post. To get a better idea of not only what matches, but what will look better on you, check out these secrets.

Hey …I have a question. There are no right answers. Black Lapel was founded on the principle that one size or color or cut does not fit all.

That said, the simplest solution is to wear something neutral like a dark gray or a navy blue solid suit. It is hard to turn those into showstoppers, but a simple suit that fits great always gets positive attention. Check out this article where we outline the rules for suits for shorter men!

That depends on where you intend to wear the suit. It all depends on where and how you want to wear it. It is beter to do simple color pocket square or a flashy look.

The answer to your question is sort of a mashup of sections three and five from above. And as we said in section three, keep the accessories simple.

Keep is simple, with a white. Hi Sir, which color shirt will look perfect on a waist coat of black color for party? Red or Dark blue? Neither red, nor dark blue would be good choices for shirts to wear with a black waistcoat. Red and black is just a nasty combination. Instead, if you like blue, try a light blue shirt with black.

Hello All, I need your suggestion. I have a dark Navy blue suit for my marriage and in confusing of wearing a dark shirt or light shirt.

A white shirt is the most formal and the perfect choice for a wedding, Kiran. A pale blue shirt would also work. Sorry, Marc, but a black suit is probably your least wearable thing you could own.

Shaving your head places you squarely in the low skin-to-hair-contrast category since there is no hair to contrast with. That means go easy on the contrast in your outfits. Forego anything with white in it when looking at shirts and ties.

Instead, opt for gray shirts and ties. To add a touch of color without going overboard see section three above try a blue shirt and tie combination to match your eyes.

Hi I have a black suit and i want to wear it on nye. Im thinking of a bowtie under the suit what suggestion would you give me. My skin is like brown and im 5 foot 9. A black suit for evening is a fine choice. The bow tie can make it look like you wish you had a tuxedo on. Hello, I need some help to my new years eve outfit! I appriciate all comments. Since this is an evening event, a dark shirt and a black suit are appropriate. But a navy blue shirt and a black suit makes for a muddied combination.

If the shirt is going to be dark, make it black or charcoal gray rather than adding a color to the mix. Dark shirts are, by nature, more casual and look best open collared.

If a tie is mandatory, try a necktie instead of a bow tie. A bow tie with a black suit is kind of a half-step towards a tux. Style is not about half-steps.

Since this is a fairly low contrast outfit when it comes to color, the textural contrast of the knitted silk against the smoothness of the suit and shirt will really help your overall look. Hi, Your advice about the black shirt and black suit is pretty solid however I have actually gone with a black suit, black shirt combination sorry.

My wrist watch is silver. Is this a setup? It sounds like some sort of George Costanza experiment where you ask us what to do and then do the opposite. Whoa, we just totally blew our own minds! Time for a break. Thanks for the above info. I have white skin and 6ft, average build. Our advice in section three above is the key takeaway for you, Shane. Just keep it simple with a white shirt and a black or gray tie, make sure the fit is sharp and enjoy the wedding.

How is a navy blue suit, navy blue waistcoat, white shirt and blue tie light blue tie but definitely in contrast with shirt. Tanned but not too dark. Navy blue is about as versatile as they get. You can definitely keep things simple with a single color as you have here for a fairly minimalist look. That was really helpful. I have an idea in mind about which I wanted to know your opinion. I have black hair and I have average build. What do you think? And anything else I should keep in mind when getting the black suit?

And do you think a white tissue paper sticking out of upper left pocket of the suit will be a little too much? We were with you until you got to the purple tie, Shab. As noted above, saturated colros can create a clashing, stark contrast with a black suit making you look clownish.

The old standbys are old standbys for a reason. Stick with silk, cotton or linen for a white pocket square. In order to work with your skin tone, keep the contrast down between your suit and shirt and tie. Go with a shirt with a subtle pattern instead of plain white, and a tie in a muted shade of gray. I am nepali…have a medium complexion. Depending on the tone you want to set with your outfit, your complexion allows you to go in two different directions. Pair your gray suit with a white or lightly patterned dress shirt and a tie in a muted color, like pale blue.

While strong, saturated colors like red can be jarring against a black suit, grays mesh well with black suits. So we say if the tie is mostly gray with just a little bit of red, go for it. We applaud you for starting with your skin tone, Johnson. Try a light gray shirt for a medium contrast with a black suit and a good old-fashioned crisp white shirt for a high contrast.

As for ties, we almost always suggest sticking with a monochrome look when wearing a black suit. That means black ties and shades of gray. Try dialing up the texture with a black knit tie or a wool gray tie with some pattern to it. These kinds of subtle details stand out on a solid black suit and give you an overall cohesive look.

We believe that your tie should always be darker than your shirt. That means we never suggest wearing a white tie ever. That also means that we suggest wearing a black shirt without a tie. A black shirt with a tie is an extremely difficult look to pull off because black shirts are, by nature, casual and ties are, by nature dressy. If you like black and white combos, reverse this one and go with a white shirt and black tie like in section 5 of this article. A Black Suit with a Black Dress Shirt and a different lighter colored print tie is awesome and a very powerful look.

Now, I would never wear this to a funeral but to go out to dinner or a show at night is an awesome powerful look. You should only do this look if you have expensive colorful silk ties because they stand out against the Black background.

On the right guy this can come off really sharp. Where we differ is the tie. Our rule of thumb is that your shirt should always be lighter than your tie.

That leaves you with no options for a black shirt besides a black tie which, as we mentioned above, is kind of overkill. We may not recommend it, but we respect your right to rock it and fully support your attention to detail and looking good. I was wondering if a navy suit would suit my skin tone and hair or whether I should stick to the gray scale coloured suits like black and charcoal etc.

A navy blue suit works on everybody, David. You can wear lighter colored suits. The trick is to match the amount of contrast in your hair and skin with the amount of contrast in your outfit. The point, David, is not to fear lighter, brighter colors, just balance them out. What colour and style combinations would you recommend for the shirt and tie. I am part asian with black hair tanned skin and I am of quite an athletic build.

First, stick with a monochrome by wearing grays but mix up the shades and textures. Try a wool gray tie like this or a light gray shirt. May we suggest one of ours to give a little more versatility to your closet?

I was thinking replacing my old dark blue suit with a medium gray solid color suit that would not clash as much with my hair. Would that be a good way to go?

I plan on wearing black shoes, black belt. While a navy blue suit works on anyone, matching your suit to your hair is a smart move, Bill. Another key to dressing from the inside out: That said, you mentioned wanting to wear black leather. Combining black and brown is tough. So we say stick with deep dark colors for the tie like hunter green or a textured maroon tie. Both of these go well with either black or brown leather and a simple white shirt when in doubt, put on your best solid white dress shirt.

You can recommend me other tie colors, but please answer on that specific question is it bad like for funeral to wear black tie on black shirt with white suit? Hold your horses there, my friend. If you want to include black in your look, go for just a black tie perhaps knit , white dress shirt, and wear black dress shoes. I have fair skin and hair and was thinking of earing a black burberry suit jacket to a wedding what would you suggest to go with it? I have a pair of burberry black slim fitted trousers that are a pretty good match but not the exact tone but very close, that ok??

I have a nice fitted white shirt maybe a light blue tie and silk for the pocket?? Hi, thanks for the article. I have dirty blond hair and blue eyes, and I have fair skin in the winter that gets easily tan in the summer, just to give you a sense of my features. Would this wash me out or would it look good on me? And lastly, would a white pocket square be good, or would a cream silk pocket square add the right, subdued splash of color.

Note that I will be wearing an actual, small pink rose on my lapel when walking down the aisle. Hey, ive got the black suit jacket, pants and shoes, with white shirt but im looking to spice it up a bit. We much prefer the black suit with monochrome accessories, Trent.

Wearing saturated colors with a black suit can create harsh contrasts that can look jarring or overpower a look. So our overall advice is to tread lightly with the red. Instead, punch up the look with pattern or textural contrast. Then you can add small touches of red like a lapel flower or a bracelet or a tie bar. I am without my gray suit for an upcoming wedding and all I have is my black suit, what color pairings can I go with to brighten things up? It is a semi-formal wedding and I would like to wear something a shade more lively than just white shirt and black tie.

I have been thinking about a sky blue shirt with a salmon or navy tie? If so, what patterns should I look for?

Additionally, what are your thoughts on a shirt pairing with a gold tie? Our thoughts on brightening up a black suit with colors? Strong colors can create harsh contrast when paired with a black suit. Remember, there are more ways to add visual interest to a look than adding colors. A tie with a pattern, like this , can really liven up a look. A solid knit tie, like this , can add texture and depth to your look.

With a subtle touch you can make a black suit look more festive. A bit fat also. Black suits limit the amount of color you put into an outfit. A black suit often creates an overly strong contrast with colored accessories and shirts making the whole outfit come off rather loud.

Our solution is to work with shades of gray. Try a simple white shirt and a black or gray tie. It can have a pattern, include some texture like a knit tie or a linen or wool tie and even include subtle hint of color.

The idea here is to play more with pattern and texture instead of color to add visual interest. What shirt and tie colours should I wear? I have a fair complexion and black hair and green eyes. You may notice a trend in our replies to the comments for this story. We almost always tell guys not to try to wear bright colors with a black suit. The contrast is usually quite jarring and saturated colors on a black suit can quickly tip the scales towards clownish.

That said, in your case, we will not give our usual stick with monochromatic accessories , advice. Black is probably not the best option, Stephen. A black suit is more appropriate for somber formal affairs like funerals and court cases. And, as you can see from just about all of the comments above, black limits you to wearing shades of gray and white accessories.

These wardrobe workhorses can be cheered up with a splash of bright color for a wedding and they will still work just fine for somewhat less festive occassions like job interviews.

What shirt and tie should I get? Matching is all about matching the contrast from the neck up with the contrast from the neck down. Being bald automatically lowers the amount of contrast you have from the neck up. So you should lessen the contrast in your outfit or your suit will be the zebra and your face will be a bunch of brown horses. And nobody wants that.

If you had a colored suit we would advise keeping everything in the same color family. In this case, the color family of black is gray.

Can a teal green tie be paired with a black suit and white shirt for a guy of medium complexion? A black suit requires a subtle touch. A teal green tie is already going to scream for attention.

If you wear one over an otherwise black and white outfit it will totally steamroll the rest of your outfit and draw all of the attention away from your face and towards your tie. Pair a black suit and white shirt with a gray tie and the whole thing comes together nicely. Hey, I have my prom on Friday and my date insists on wearing black and gold.

I was thinking of wearing a black suit over a black shirt and a slim gold tie. I have black hair, and I have a tan, nice yellow looking skin tone going. A black shirt and a tie is a big no-no in our book. Stylish men always wear shirts that are lighter than their ties.

Any colored shirt just creates a jarring contrast. That means a white shirt , or close shades like ivory or light gray. Take a look at some stylish men. Prom is like the high school equivalent of the Oscars. I am indian…have a medium complexion.

The stark contrast created by any colored shirt is usually pretty jarring. So, generally speaking, we recommend monochrome accents when you wear a black suit. That means white , ivory and gray shirts. In your case, with a medium complexion, a white shirt will do the trick. Simple is the name of the game when you wear black. Hi we are going black and red for our wedding just wondering what colour waistcoat goes best with black suit red tie and red pocket square. I would definitely recommend going with a black waistcoat to complete your look, though.

Congrats on the wedding though and enjoy! White on black looks pretty meh on me. Do you think burgundy would work well and if so could you recommend a tie? The color of this shirt gives you just as many tie pairing options as a white shirt would, so if you still wanted to incorporate burgundy in your look you could wear a burgundy tie!

White and black sneakers are totally fine to wear with your black suit. You do you, my friend. I have a graduation in a few days time! I already have my black suit and a white shirt.

I have a very dark black skin so I was contemplating on what tie to wear. Should I go for a polka red tie or a solid charcoal black tie? Down to the wire! Just kidding, I have a few ideas. In terms of your skin tone, wearing your solid charcoal black tie will keep the black and white contrast continuous. However graduations are a celebratory event, so I would encourage you to wear your polka dot red tie to spice things up.

Have some fun with it! Hi, Im wearing Black suit for my sisters wedding and Im confused with what colour shirt should be wearing and the tie. The theme is red and gold and white. What would you suggest for my shirt and tie? I wanna go to party.. Alright, well, if you want to go for the true blackout then the outfit is pretty simple. I purchased a black suit, black on black pinstripe dull, not shiny. In that case, we suggest you stay close to eveningwear tradition and go with a sharp white shirt we like this luxurious feeling herringbone shirt for dressy summer affairs and simple black or dark gray tie.

It sounds like a simple outfit. So is a tuxedo. In menswear, when in doubt, simplify. As for whether your wife should match your colors, we say no. You wife should match your level of formality, not the colors in your outfit.

I am Planning to wear black suite in white shirt with a black tie and red pocket square for my wedding on next month. This outfit will work. Should i wear this color combinations to my prom? Friends think it would like like im going to the funerary. The collar choice is an easy one, Ahmad. Instead of choosing a collar that will add value Are you planning on reselling this shirt after the wedding?

As for the tie, we put together the whole outfit for you in our black 3-piece suit look. Most of the other guests will be younger and some are professional athletes. A black suit and white shirt is as close as you can get to a formal black tie look without wearing a tuxedo. Take your cues from the traditional black tie getup and resist the urge to add splashy colors to this ensemble.

Go with a simple monochrome look. A white linen pocket square is always appropriate. A black tie, like this one , or a gray one, like this one , will keep the look sharp. When it comes to colors to wear with a black suit, as the old saying goes, less is more. Is it acceptable to wear a patterned shirt and a pain tie with a black suit? I have quite a tanned skin tone as well. Just kidding, yes, you can wear a patterned shirt with a plain tie. A patterned shirt is a nice way to break up all the solids in this outfit.

In section three above, we wrote about keeping the accessories simple you took our advice with a solid tie. The same is true for the shirt. This is a great site just found it read the advice needed some advice on a black suit Wolla thank you. I am an Indian and my skin color is brown a little bit on the darker side. My hair color is black. My fiancee is wearing a magenta colored Indian dress.

If you want to wear a dark suit, charcoal or midnight blue can work. If I wore a black shirt under a black suit with a tiffany blue tie, would thatbe okay for a wedding? Not in our book. Black shirts are casual and should be worn almost exclusively without ties. I have a black suite. Tip 3 above applies to the shirt and tie too, Jujin.

A black suit is a modest look. Keep it simple with a white shirt and either a black or gray tie. My date is wearing a white dress, naturally my tie is suppose to match her dress.

This puts me in a bad spot bc I cant wear a white tie with a white dress shirt. You could go with a more mature look and opt for a black tie, or add a pop of color that will match the flowers and corsage you get her hint: Im gonna go to graduation, and im so confused to choose the colour of the tie, i have black suit and white short, my skin is brown im from indonesia, can you solve my problem about what colour im gonna wear in my tie?

Other light, springy colors will work as well. No need to go crazy with prints and patterns. A solid tie will work just fine. I would like to know if it would be ok to wear a black jacket two buttons , a white shirt with black buttons , and a pair of grey pants http: And in case that it is not the best choice, any recommendations?

Getting matching black dress pants for your black suit jacket is the smart move. Your fears are well-founded, Tom. Navy shoes with a black suit would be a strange look to say the least. If you were to reverse it, however, and wear black shoes with a navy blue suit , that can be pretty cool. Are they always appropriate? No, but with a navy blue suit and a simple shirt and tie combo, they can create a rather impressive look. Since you have a darker complexion, a black suit is easier to pull off than it is for a lighter skinned guy.

You also have more options when it comes to shirt and tie combinations. Still, we recommend going with a toned down look, like a white shirt and solid gray tie for a seriously stylish monochromatic look. The trick to wearing black is keeping it simple. Black tie attire which includes tuxedos comes with its own set of rules, Naved.

Of course, if you want to bend those rules, you can. We show you how in the Beyond Black Tie story we published a little while back. Black suits call for black shoes.

Can I wear a black suit and shirt,with a deep maroon tie? My skin is light brown. The maroon tie will look good with your black suit and skin tone, but opt for much lighter shirt color.

I have my farewell party. So would a black shirt with a black suit without any tie be nice and stylish? Or will a black shirt be okay with a black blazer? A black shirt with a black suit can work, but heed our advice above about not going overboard on the black. Stop at the shirt. Not if you can avoid it, Thato. The lapel question aside, a blazer is a little informal for a funeral.

We suggest a suit. Black is the funeral choice, but a charcoal blue works as well. Knowing that they would have appreciated us adding a little bit of tasteful flair to our outfits we dropped in just the faintest touch of an accent like a tie bar. Unrelated to the post, but thought you guys may find interesting. Funny you should mention this Angel. Larger and more muscular men do have problems when trying to shop for slim-fit off-the-rack suits.

Awesome tips, but yet so obvious when first being informed. One question though, what about the black, black and black, when actually in mourning? Would it be appropriate for a funeral? A black shirt is, by nature, less formal. Save black shirt for when you want to go out and have a good time at night. For a daytime funeral, pay your respects in a simple white shirt and black suit, Jon. Loved the information, especially since I just purchased my first all black suit with vest. As I put it all together I will keep these five essentials in mind.

Have one quick question though. How about bow ties, smart looking in correct color and texture? Have been seeing them pop up a bit more and was wondering if more of a fad or always appropriate where ties are.

This being the case, what kind of man and look can pull this off? Bow ties have been around too long to call them a fad. Though they can seem like a fad when a new guy comes to the office wearing bow ties and you start to see them a few times a week. We like bow ties. Check out the new collection we started offering from Mister Nice Tie to see some of our faves.

It starts to look like a half-assed tuxedo. Better to go all the way and get yourself a tux , than to wear a bow tie with a black suit.

Nice call on all points, especially the last one. I think black suits are only for certain and specific occassions. I do not consider black a good color for an office work or professional setting and I do not prefer black dress shirts, even for going out. In any event, great job on all the write-ups and guides. I truly appreciate the insight and hard-work!

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