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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.
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