White shirts always work with a suit.
But if its all the same black, any colour tie would be fine. Razzems , May 17, Last edited by Razzems , May 17, Xtreme , May 17, I've never been too big on that look unless you're going to a funeral. If you want to know what is "in" right now I usually always just hit up Nordstrums. DarkChronic , May 17, HamsterGamer , May 17, Last edited by HamsterGamer , May 17, You can do so much better than black on black with a suit.
HerpityDerp , May 17, Basically only 3 percent of the man population can pull it off and look good. Jazza09 , May 17, Gonna be too hot for black on black if you're going to your prom. Jun 18, Messages: Jun 18, SupaSmashBrotha , Jun 18, AzureFlameX , Jun 18, Was it ever for anyone other than drug dealers, cubans, charming police detectives and other people from Miami? HamsterGamer , Jun 18, CoocooforDaCowboys , Jun 18, 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. And it being a little bit sexier on the right person, I can see that. The first rule with a black shirt is you need to have the complexion for it. Any man can wear a black shirt, but only men with dark hair and anywhere from medium to darker colored skin are really going to pull it off.
I have dark brown hair. But if I had black hair and the same colored skin, I would be able to kill it. Because I would be mimicking the color in my hair and in my shirt here, and I would be in a sense framing the face properly which is the whole purpose of clothing. Can I even wear black? One of the most famous examples is Steve Jobs and his black turtleneck.
Another good example is the Blue Man Show in Vegas.
The first rule with a black shirt is you need to have the complexion for it. Any man can wear a black shirt, but only men with dark hair and anywhere from medium to darker colored skin are really going to . The thing with black is that it goea with any color. By the constitutional laws of fashion you should wear contrasting colors in your outfit which means if you are wearing a black jacket you can/should wear a white shirt but your P.S. statement makes me think you don't want to. Shirt And Tie Combinations With A Black Suit Begin by making sure that your suit fits correctly, this is imperative so you can look your best. A black tie is a fool-proof addition to your look, no matter what other colour combinations you have going on.