Looking for help pairing a suit coat we already have with pants that work!
However, a navy blue blazer goes great with medium or light grey pants as well. Charcoal trousers are also a safe option, although a more boring option that could make you look like a security guard at a sports event. With fabrics, you could range from flannel and worsted wool to khaki and even denim.
A more relaxed and casual look for happy hour can be a pair of your favorite denim jeans and a navy blue blazer. A white button-up shirt always reigns supreme with any jacket or blazer, no matter what. Another safe choice is a regular blue button-up. But if you want to break from the conformity, try changing it up with a different light color or a patterned one shirt — like a white shirt with blue checks or a salmon shirt with white stripes.
Be bold and contrast your shirt from your blazer but stay away from vibrant colors or black. This is the easiest part. Black or any shade of brown shoes — merlot, oxblood, walnut, etc. Sorry the description is a little basic. We appreciate you coming to us before suiting up, Greg. Hopefully we can teach you a thing or two and steer you in the right direction. Black is too strong of a color contrast against your tan blazer, shirt, and tie combination.
Light and dark suit separates can work in classic color combinations like gray and blue, gray and black, blue and brown, the list goes on… The outfit you describe could work if you base it off the classic blue and brown combo.
Your jacket is tan a light shade of brown and incorporates blue already. A lighter shade of blue pants will work too. Got a wedding at the weekend.
You could rock a skinny, medium to dark or heather gray tie as an alternative, but the black tie you mention is going to make your outfit look the most cohesive. What are your thoughts on a grey double breasted blazer black turtleneck black pants combo for a wedding? We like the idea of the outfit, John. However, does the wedding have a dress code?
This is an important question to ask yourself when suiting up for any special event. We suggest you read up on what wedding dress codes really mean and then reassess your outfit. Hi I have a wedding to go to in Maine. But we can tell you that neutral items like navy blue pants and a white shirt leave you with a lot of options. My husband and I are attending two weddings in October one on the 1st and another on the 16th.
Is it too late to wear an ecru colored blazer? That depends on the location of the weddings, Becky. Hi we are going to a Gatsby themed wedding on Saturday. My husband is going to wear a cream linen suit and I am thinking a blue shirt with gold tie with pocket square just picking out a bit of gold and a waistcoat a darker shade than the suit.
My question is does he have to have a linen waistcoat or will another material by ok? What a great wedding theme and this outfit sounds spot on to Gatsby. A waistcoat in a linen, cotton, or wool blend will still work with the suit. And if there was one fabric we would urge you to avoid, it would just be silk.
Enjoy the wedding and remember, a little party never killed nobody. I am getting married in October in Australia, so the start of Spring by the beach. I am looking to have a suit or separates that show a more informal approach. With this in mind i have decided and you can tell me its a terrible idea to have light blue and navy as my colour choices. Not sure which as pant and which as jacket.
You mean kind of like this combination of jacket and pants , David? Want to get a look like this? Hit us up at concierge blacklapel. Would it be that bad to match with black suit pants? What are you supposed to do? Well at Black Lapel, we specialize in making garments completely custom from the fit down to all the bells and whistles.
Feel free to send an email over to concierge blacklapel. It is a light gray suit for a outdoor wedding. His shoes and belt will be brown. Wearing a non-matching vest is a stylish move that not enough guys do. We call it the 3-Piece Remix and we devoted a whole article to it this past winter.
Of course, since that article came out in the winter it featured heavier fabrics. Hi Black Lapel, i bought a navy pin stripe suit. I gave the jacket to my tailor for refitting and he ruined the jacket. Now i have the trousers. Can yoy please tell me the best combination of jacket thaf goes with blue stripe trousers.
Ah, Sanee, perhaps you pulled the trigger too quickly on the comments. Sorry, but there may not be any salvaging this suit. A word to the wise: I am not very interested in wearing the matching pants and would rather get a new pair of pants to go with the jacket.
Do you have any suggestion on the color of pants that would go with the jacket? I am thinking a dark blue but would love to see an example of a blue that would work.
Also am wondering what color tie I should wear. I have a skinny black tie available. Gray is a neutral, so it works with a lot of colors. Navy blue and gray have been paired for hundreds of years with great outcomes, so navy blue pants like these and a gray jacket would definitely work. My husband loves a cream colored suit with navy stripes. He is tall and thin.
Would this be appropriate for an October wedding? He is the father of the groom. What color shirt, belt and shoes. The suit is cotton. A light colored cotton suit may not be the best bet for an October wedding. Maybe if the wedding is in, say, Miami, but not if the wedding is anywhere further north where fall will be in full swing by October. Pinstripes are either businesslike and serious or, like this one might be, throwback-style attention getters. Instead, we would recommend a more fall-appropriate suit in either a darker, autumn inspired color like this Charcoal Brown Custom Suit with Blue Overcheck or, if the weather is really warm, this Tobacco Brown Linen Blend Custom Suit.
Hi, we have an autumn wedding coming up. My husband will be wearing a golden beige suit and I am thinking of putting my two boys in charcoal grey. Will they look good next to each other? How about Charcoal Blue instead?
Blue and beige go together better than beige and gray, and this light charcoal blue color still has slight hues of gray in it. Thank you for the insightful article. I have one more question for you, would be really obliged if you could help with it. I have to attend a wedding this weekend and was thinking of pairing my royal blue jacket with black trousers and a white shirt probably a black tie as well Do you think this is a good combination?
Also note, that the fabric of both the jacket and trousers is nearly the same, should that be a problem? Hi Raza, happy to be of service here. That being said, royal blue and black can still work as a color combo. If the color contrast is similar to or great than the contrast in the outfit in that link, than yes, you have a good suit separates combination. Also, we approve of adding a white shirt with a black tie to the outfit. Hey, thanks for the article… came across it on a google search.
White, baby blue, or either? Hey JP, we like your outfit idea here. We think a white tee is the best choice and will look cool with your blue sneakers.
Stumbled upon this site and have enjoyed the good advice. I generally like lighter shirts and dark, thinner ties but am open to suggestions. If it helps I have brown hair, light skin and an athletic frame. Check it out for which shirt to start your combination with. Certainly, although this sounds like a formal dinnertime outfit. Always make sure the occasion is right. Sure you can wear it. That depends on a lot of factors. What jacket will you wear over it?
What kind of shirt will you wear? Where will you be wearing it? But the most important factor is how does it look on you. We get a lot of questions here at The Compass asking about what clothes go with what other clothes and we always give the same answer: Is it then ok? Brighter, more saturated colors can be jarringly when paired with black so the solution is not to change the pants, but change the jacket.
Having some trouble picturing those pants but, as you can see here , navy pants work with a wide variety of jackets. If my groomsmen are wearing black suits and black ties, is it ok if i wear a dark navy blue suit with the black lapels and black bow tie? I like the look more than the black suit with black lapel but is it bad to not wear the same suit color as my groomsmen? The blue will have black in it atleast, is that enough?
Wearing a different suit than your groomsmen is perfectly acceptable. We say go for it, Zaman. Hello I have a wedding coming up I wanted to look smart casual and stand out of the crowd I was thinking of wearing khaki pants preferably light brown please let me know how I can match it colour of blazer shirt and shoes I am light skinned a bit brown. How about a Light Blue Blazer? This one is also a linen blend fabric to keep you cool at that wedding.
If you decide to go with a patterned blazer, try to make sure the background fabric is light in color. To keep the smart in your look, we recommend a crisp white dress shirt and dark brown loafers. Leather shoes are optional and, in fact, suede may be a better choice for summer.
But as we noted above, the name of the game when it comes to clothing pairings is contrast. Black and dark gray have almost no contrast and make for a pretty dull combination. Can a non-pattern black suit jacket work, with a white dress shirt, a neutral solid colored tie, and gray dress slacks work for a job interview?
My boyfriend and I are attending a wedding in August. The wedding is at 1: So the question is what to wear to a summer wedding? In reality, black is the most limiting suit color you can get. As for what color your beau should wear, that has more to do with what he looks like than anything else. A simple rule of thumb is to pair your jacket with your hair. Guys with lighter hair should wear suits that are a shade or two lighter. A suit should last him many years, after all.
Would wearing a blue pants and grey vest together with a red tie be advisable? Or would it be too much of a mismatch? How about a maroon tie instead?
Wearing black blazer with stripes and same color pant without stripes is good or not at all accepted. While there are tons of ways to break up and combine suit separates, you can rule pinstripes out of that bunch.
I have a black pin stripe tuxedo, but the pants disappeared. I like the jacket — could I pair them with black tux pants with silk stripe and not look like I lost the matching pants? Hi, I have a wedding on Saturday and am in need of some advice. I have a pair of navy pants and was wondering what color vests and shirts would be appropriate? I have a grey one that still fits ok. Also if the grey vest goes with navy pants, what color shirt should I go with? I can purchase a new one in time so any suggestion would be fine.
Thank you for the help in advance, Matt. It looks like we might not have gotten to your issue in time—we hope the wedding was still a blast. A gray vest certainly goes with navy pants, and the best shirt option here is just your classic white dress shirt. While Black Lapel makes custom fit, made-to-measure dress shirts perfect for your new weight!
Would black chinos with a charcoal blazer look odd? This actually sounds like a really good combination. A tie in a lighter-than-charcoal gray or burgundy will look good here too. Hi My son has got his deep plum tuxedo blazer and matching trousers. The satin lapel collar is navy. Can he wear a navy waistcoat as i am unable to find a deep plum waistcoat that perfectly matches.
A contrasting waistcoat with a tuxedo can work. Our recommendation, skip the waistcoat and go with a cummerbund instead. Classic and classy, a black cummerbund and black bow tie always work. Hi Black Lapel, first time on the site, but I love it already. Just bought a pair of navy cotton pants with lighter navy polka dots, wondering what would be a great blazer combination to pair this with for smart casual events. My other question was about mixing materials, I have a great pair of dark maroon cotton pants, and was wondering if wearing tweed or silk with that is a no-no or if it could be pulled off.
We think the light colored blazer is a good option for the first outfit you mention. Navy and light gray is a classic, smart-casual color combination.
The polka dots sounds like they will add some sprez to the outfit too. To answer your second question, mixing materials can definitely be pulled off. A lot of times, we actually encourage it. A tweed jacket will pair well with your cotton pants, but tread a little more carefully with silk. Perhaps a silk blended jacket is a better option for your cotton pants.
Hope this was helpful! I have a wedding in Santorini mid Sep. Well, since Black Lapel is a brand made up of over 40 people, we rarely have one opinion on anything. The closest we get to a unanimous opinion, though, is what we said in the second paragraph of this article: Breaking up the lines, by wearing just the pants or just the jacket, makes your whole outfit look incomplete, like you half-assed the outfit. Our son is getting ready to go off to college and will need a suit maybe two.
I am thinking Navy Blue and the other grey. My thought is he could mix them to get more variety, your thoughts? First off, congratulations on successfully preparing a young man for college and kudos to you for getting him off on the right foot with some suits. Your idea about starting off with a navy blue suit is a good one. Lighten up the gray and you give life to the whole outfit, as you can see in this navy blue jacket photographed with light gray pants.
So we suggest a light gray suit or medium gray, like this Cool Gray suit as a second suit. What color choices for the suit jacket would work best with the outfit I have? We recommend sticking with gray for the jacket. Just be sure the gray is a different shade than the pants. Then you would end up with an outfit like this. No, but it sure does bring the whole look together. We are attending a wedding in June and my 12yr old wants to wear a suit.
I found a lovely grey waistcoat and pants but the jacket we have is slightly different colour — is this a definite no-no. First of all, kudos to the young man for expressing an interest in dressing well at an early age.
As for the non-matching waistcoat. It depends on how different it is from the suit. As you can see in our article on How to Wear a Vest the Modern Way , we are proponents of what we call the three-piece remix. A friend of mine took my measurements o.
It was a gamble but the jacket is a perfect fit. The pants bieber will never fit me. I have tried to find a fabric that matches but the blue is just a bit lighter than traditional navy blues. I will eventually have to go to a local suit maker and try to get a very close matching fabric. In the meantime i would like to wear my lovely dark blue jacket but with what? I am going to a wedding in laur autumn in tropical qld but still want to sout up.
Would a lighter grey pair of pants go with a darker blue and a brown shoe? I am a larger size man but like to own my look at formal type events. Light gray pants with a blue jacket is a classic color combination.
As you can see here and here and here and here , we like this combination and go back to it again and again. So we say go forth with gray! Black suit pants with a dark navy blue jacket. I say no, dad says yes. Fashion or faux pas? Black pants and a navy blue jacket are just too close together.
The resulting mishmash of dark on dark will look sloppy, like you mistakenly confused two suits. Black and dark blue can get along, but the black has to be an accent, like black shoes with a navy blue suit or black lapels on a midnight blue tuxedo. I need help please! My husband has a basic black suit wool. He can no longer wear the pants. I replaced them 2 yrs ago with a pr of polyseter pants. He now needs to replace them. Is it ok to mix the two materials? I have no idea and neither does he really.
Although wool can work as an all seasonal fabric, it can be put off-balance when you pair it with a lesser fabric polyester.
What about upgrading to a basic dark gray wool suit? Your husband could even still hold onto his black wool jacket and wear it with these gray pants for a less formal, suit separates outfit. Hey Black Lapel I have a job interview for an office position, and I had two outfits I was thinking about that I was wondering if I could get some tips on.
What kind of job are you seeking? Is there a dress code at the office? What stage are you in careerwise? And perhaps most importantly, what do you look like? Our first bit of advice is to be careful wearing separates to a job interview.
We always suggest erring on the side of formal for a job interview. What does that mean? We highly recommend wearing one of those or something like them. As for the outfits, they sound fine. The answer to that question is the key to style.
Oh and one more thing…depending on where you live, it might be starting to warm up already. In that case, we recommend you check out our Hot Weather Interview Tips before heading in to the first round. Hey I have my school prom coming up, I currently have a lightish grey checked jacket with a white shirt, would matching it up with black pants and shoes go well? Thanks also stuck between a black tie along with it or a completely contrasting bowtie with braces. If the jacket has undertones of blue instead, dark navy pants will probably go along better.
Your tie or bow tie dilemma can be up to you, but we like the idea of braces regardless. No one will probably see them until your jacket comes off on the dance floor, which is great timing for that look.
A black tie will look more formal. Maybe consult with your date? Hi there, I have a wedding coming up and wanted to mix a white shirt, grey wool jacket, blue trousers, turned up to show a little ankle and brown brogues. My wife disagrees, am I about to commit fashion suicide??? Pant legs with no break are a stylish choice for many guys. Rolling up a pair of wool dress slacks is not recommended because the inside hem of your dress pants will show, revealing the stitching and breaking the clean line of your trousers.
Sorry to break it to you, Pete, but the Mrs. Hi I have a formal event to go to and I was wondering if a beige blazer would look odd with slim black chinos and cognac colored dress shoes. Also if that is acceptable what color shirt and tie would you pair it with? Black chinos with a beige jacket and cognac dress shoes is a no-no, Neesh.
Because black pants generally means black shoes for one. We say keep the jacket and the shoes, but go with dark blue or brown dress slacks. See how changing the pants changes everything? My husband and I have a wedding to attend at the end of April in Brisbane. It still looks like its going to be damn hot. The invitation has no dress code but is a rather formal, classic black and white invite. My husband was going to wear a suit that we have had for years.
Black, classic slim line cut. I was concerned he would look like the groom, an office worker or an undertaker. What can you team with a black slim cut jacket and look classy? Buying a new suit is out of the question. That sounds like quite a bind, Carolyn. It sounds like your only option is gray pants. A pair of subtly patterned gray glen plaid pants will work.
If none of the above works then he might just have to bite the bullet and get a suit. If you do, you know where to look for a great one. Nice site I wish I had found this site earlier pls I am thinking of combining a black suit with lilac blue pants and sky blue shirt with a pink tie for my project defence what do you think.
But beware, a black suit jacket will kill this look. I am going to a very fancy restaurant. I want to mix and match my blazer with my dress pants. I wanted to wear my solid navy blazer with a white or black turtleneck and a very light solid grey pants? Give me your best combo please. I have plent turtlenecks, blazers, and dress pants to choose from. We say stick with wool turtlenecks. Either go with a thin one made from Merino wool or a chunkier sweater but stick with wool either way.
As for other colors of turtlenecks to wear, the answer is it depends. Men who dress well match their clothes to themselves.
How to Choose Your Clothes: I love this website — thanks! I have a black, double breasted blazer with gold shiny, lion-monogrammed buttons. She wants me to try to match the blazer black with dress pants, which I highly doubt. What are my other options? We hate to be this guy , but your wife is on to something here.
That being said, do you own any other full suits? A business formal suit is typically dark-colored with no bold patterns. I did find a pair of sharp black dress pants at the back of the closet that more than adequately did the job. The light blue and brown suits did stand out however, for all the wrong reasons. Thanks for your help! Thanks for putting this together. This has been very helpful. I love to know what color pants solid or otherwise would you recommend with a solid beige suit jacket.
And what do you think about the shirt? I plan to skip the tie. Beige is a neutral and can be worn with any color you like. In the photos above we combined a tan jacket with gray glen plaid pants. That worked for the gentleman in the photos, who is also the one typing this reply Hi!
But what works for me may not work for you. If you learn anything from this website let it be that. Hey BlackLapel, I have a pair of navy wool slim fit flat front pants, and a jakcet that has the exact same navy shade, but also has a small black box pattern, i. Can I wear these two together? Froma distance they would look pretty similar, but close up you would definitely see the difference. Sure, this is allowed. To play up the differences between the jacket and the pants be sure to wear a white shirt.
Adding another color to this outfit would create contrast and take away from the subtle interplay between the jacket and pants. For a tie, stay with dark blue but add some texture difference with a knit tie. To see how we tackled a similar outfit, check out the Persian Blue Herringbone Custom Unsuit combination that we put together.
Thanks for the article. I do not have the matching trousers, however I was thinking about mixing it with a light blue gingham shirt and a solid tie. You can reference these suit separates to get an idea of what your jacket and these suggested pants would look like together, but we like the shirt and tie combo you mentioned better for spring.
Hi Black Lapel Getting married in just ove 3 weeks Quite informal attire. Have opted for a Douglas blue jacket and some blue leather shoes As yet have no trousers or shirt Any inspirational ideas Would need a regular shirt as am an older bloke Still want to look good on the day Do not want brown or camel trousers. Taking brown off the table leaves you with two main options: Choose a different shade of blue for the pants for a tonal outfit like we did here when we mixed a light blue jacket and dark blue pants.
Go with another classic combo—blue and gray—as we did for this look. In either case, a white shirt is your best move.
With option one it will break up the blues and in option two it will allow you to wear any number of ties with ease. Of course, these are just broad strokes. Give it a read to dress with confidence every time. Hi Blacklapel Thanks for this wonderful tutorial. I have a dark charcoal suit jacket. I was wondering what are my pant and shirt options with it. Thanks for the help.
Any pant in a lighter shade of gray, any shade of blue, or black are an option. Recently, we gotten in the habit of only recommending dress shirts in two colors to complete your suit separate outfits and even your whole wardrobe. Read what we have to say about that here. Thanks for the reply guys. A quick follow u question on it, what are my shoes options with a dark charcoal jacket and a light grey pant?
Hi Blacklapel, we are attending a formal wedding this April. Is it ok to match a charcoal suit with black pants and black shirt? Tie should be grey? Any other suggestion how to match the charcoal suit? Black and charcoal are both very dark and lack color.
The resulting combination just ends up looking muddy. Solid black and solid charcoal will kind of just melt together. Instead, we suggest wearing the entire charcoal suit jacket and pants. It is, as you said, a formal wedding so the full suit will keep the look appropriately formal, while mixing things up would make for a more casual look.
Black shirts should be kept to evening relaxed events. Instead, we recommend a white shirt. White is appropriately dressy and looks good on everyone. So what have we got, Jen? If you follow our recommendations the look will start to come together like this , classic and sophisticated. So, I am rush planning for my school prom. I cannot afford a tuxedo or a rental, so the next best thing I have to go for is a suit. I currently have a mid-gray not light, but not particularly dark pair of slacks.
I just need a coat. Assuming that I cannot find the exact shade of grey to match the pants, what color coat should I look for to make it work?
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