I am wearing a dark purple shirt with a black suit. And for the truly strapped student, one the of the most cost effective ways to add color to an outfit: The tie you describe sounds a lot like the one we featured in this look with a crisp white shirt. For more on this, check out our Guide to Mixing Patterns with Confidence. We recommend either a classic white shirt, or a pale blue.
I ordered the red one. Either by itself or over a t-shirt and this is going to work very well. The material is very soft and comfortable. I order a S size,a little big for me,but it is so warm. Great top for fall! I have to say that the quality is great! I had to roll up the sleeves so they would fit.
I like the color, this is a gift for my boyfriend, fits on him. He likes it very much, there are different colors and if your skin is light then this color is very very good, makes you feel energetic. I love this shirt! I thought it would run small, so I ordered a large, which was perfect. I wore a tank top underneath because it is a tad sheer. Slim fit is a slim fit though, even in the 2X.
Only 4 left in stock - order soon. The orange and blue pops! One thing that's really interesting Seriously, I hate ironing this shirt because the pattern makes my eyes hurt. I also have a white, black, grey, and light blue shirts as well as a Dark Grey suit.
Any help on combining some of these would be greatly appreciated. Woah there, throwing your whole wardrobe at us now are you? The first suit you mention—Navy Blue—is going to look better with your white, gray, and light blue shirts. If you insist on wearing it with your maroon shirt, then we would probably recommend the blue and purple box tie.
If you decide to wear one of your lighter colored shirts which we think you should , the gold, red, teal, and blue and purple tie will most likely look best with any of those shirts. You dark gray suit has similar flexibility, and would look better with a maroon shirt. Wearing the dark gray suit with the maroon shirt, you could probably match the gray diagonal tie. Again, you can wear the dark gray suit with your white, gray, and light blue shirts as well.
Also, have you ever thought about mixing and matching your navy and dark gray suit as suit separates? This story will show you the light on how to break up your suit jackets and pants.
If yes, then with what tie combination? If not, what colour suit would be best and with what colour tie?
Are you set on wearing this light blue shirt? If so, this shirt would probably look better with a charcoal gray or mid to dark blue suit rather than a black suit. Wearing a gray or blue suit opens up your range of options for ties, but have you thought about matching your prom date? I am wearing an all black suit with a black shirt and my date is wearing a white dress what color tie should I go with. I have dark navy colour suit with light pink shirt with black printed tie and black flowers on background pocket square.
We think your accessories might not be a good fit for the key players in your outfit: Black matches with pink, but has a strong contrast so a black tie and pocket square would end up clashing with your navy suit. You need to find accessories that complement the key players, not clash with them. What about this knit tie with pink polka dots? As for the pocket square, you have lots of solid or patterned options. If you opt for a pattern, try to make sure navy or pink is incorporated in that pattern.
I am looking for advice on what to wear to a summer wedding. Do I stick with a classic black suit or go for something a little bit different? What should I do? While we included a straightforward black tuxedo look, we also offered some different options that are more summer appropriate. None of them should overshadow the groom but all of these outfit ideas add color and style to your look. Gentleman, I have a dilemma with which I seek advice. Both pieces match in color and relationship in an almost monochromatic fashion.
Gentleman, we have a solution: White is probably your best choice and one way to get more creative with this is the way you choose to fold the pocket square! What color and style tie would you recommend? You could wear green. You could go for gold bronze, actually. For some more inspiration, visit our accessories page. Hey I am wearing a Black shirt with black trouser along with a dark chocolaty coloured v — style waistcoat.
Which colour tie i should wear? Hi I have a charcoal gray 2 piece suit, and a plain blue shirt, a light blue striped shirt which matching ties would you recommend. Well Frank, the first combination above is probably the simplest thing you could do.
Just about anything goes. If you want to keep the outfit simple and solid, add a little texture by going with a knitted tie. Or even add a patterned knit tie to add more visual interest. For the striped shirt, try something like our final recommendation in Combination 3 above where we paired a light blue striped shirt with a patterned tie.
For tons of other suit and tie combinations, check out our seasonal suit and tie combination article. What color suit, tie, and pocket square would work with a navy gingham shirt.
A solid blue suit navy or a slightly lighter blue , with a medium blue tie and a light or medium blue pocket square would give you a cohesive monochromatic look.
To give this look a bit of life, try a patterned pocket square like this , but resist the urge to wear a patterned tie as it could easily create a busy look on a gingham shirt. Instead, wear a knit tie like this for a touch of texture. Its a tough life. I have standard khaki and black dress pants now. I would like to adopt some gray and navy blue into my panta wardrobe and expand from the basic look I seem to be stuck in.
Ah, that does sound tricky. There are definitely life hacks that you can use to get around this and still dress yourself properly every day though. No shame in that, plus the end result will be well worth it. Lastly, for this story, if you click through to our accessories page , the product pages from there always describe the color as best as possible.
The polka dots are in several colours. I need a bow tie to go with it. Should I ditch the shirt and go plain? It is a double cuff tailored shirt and looks smarter than it probably sounds….
I was thinking one of the colours of dots but perhaps a stripe or chevron pattern. Woah there, purple suit? I have a black colour fully velvet blazer with a satin collar. Can you suggest me some good combinations of shirt to wear inside and the trousers too. As for trousers, you should wear gray or black. The shade of gray is up to you, and anything gray tweed is a great, wintry look might be getting a little too late in the season for this though.
Hello, I am looking to use the color royal blue in some fashion my date is wearing that color. I was planning on wearing a black waistcoat and black pants. Any ideas as far as shirt and tie combinations? This affair sounds formal. If so, white dress shirt—always. Otherwise, if you want to work royal blue into the mix, why not just rock a royal blue tie?
We like this one from Freshneck. Good sir, a lot of colors. The first, lighter gray suit is worn with a light blue dress shirt and the second with a classic white dress shirt. Now, these are both very traditional options.
You could incorporate pattern and color at the same time with a spring-y gingham , or just a more stand out color like this. A darker gray suit will be better complemented by a lighter colored dress shirt and vice versa.
Time to make your call. How about a patterned black tie? Hope your ootd is on point! Start with your own coloring. What color hair do you have?
What color is your skin? How about your eyes? Check out our story on dressing from the inside out where we share our tips on how to wear the colors that work best for you in three simple steps. Where are you going? Is it for a day at the office? What kind of office? All of these answers will guide you towards what to wear. I want to wear for my bday, gray pants on a black suit and a black tie that has lemon sunflowers on it with tiny dots of gray in the middle of each flower… I am stuck on what shirt to wear, white or lemon?
And pls what color of pocket square. Please wear a white shirt. We do not want you going around in a black suit and a lemon colored shirt or anything else that might get you mistaken for the mascot at a Georgia Tech basketball game. For the pocket square, a white one is always appropriate. A patterned one would also work. This gray and white one will tie in the gray of the tie and is still versatile enough to wear with other outfits.
This question is really about color theory rather than shirt and tie matching. Keep it simple with a solid, muted colored tie. Heyy i am pretty much pleased with your site and now would you please tell me what type of a tie should i wear on a White printed shirt??
Our recommendation is simple, a printed shirt should not be worn with a tie. Printed shirts are casual, ties are not. I have a black suit and a red shirt what do you suggest should be my colour of the tie or a bow tie?
Tread very carfeully, Arpan. Black and red is a great combination for a team uniform, but can be pretty jarring when paired in tailored clothes. It can be done, but it takes a delicate touch. The red must be a dark and subtle accent color like the red in this vest and tie and pocket square worn under a black suit.
Then keep the whole look simple with a black tie and call it a minimalist outfit. What would work best with a lighter denim colored cloth button up? Also the shoes are black. A bow tie with a denim shirt and khaki chinos, Joel?
A knit tie like this is the only one casual enough to possibly work with this outfit. One other note, since you brought it up, we would discourage you from wearing khaki pants and black shoes. Black and khaki will clash. Brown shoes because khaki is just a shade of brown will tie the whole look together. I want to wear an ivory three pieces suite with a red purple shirt with tiny polka dots.
What colour of tie should I go for? Drop the shirt, go with a white one instead. Then add a light tan tie. Better yet, drop the tie altogether. The whole point of dressing is to put the focus on you, not the clothes. Which colour do you think will suit me best with both the suit and shirt being black.? What tie to wear with a black shirt? This question comes up again and again see the comments above.
Black shirts are casual. A black suit with a black shirt is a smart idea for a party. If everything fits you well, the look can be quite dashing. I have a dark purple shirt and light grey and or charcoal pants. What kind of tie can I wear with those combinations? Do yourself a favor and stock your closet with as many white light blue shirts as possible.
None, a maroon shirt is too dark for a tie unless you want to look like Regis Philbin circa Our rule of thumb is your tie should always be darker than your shirt.
I want to wear a three piece mismatch suit, which colour wiast coat should I wear with an orchid tie and am dark skin tone. Ahhh, a true unsuit! I have a navy shirt with white micro dots that I love… Is there a tie that would work with this? You should be able to fine a tie that works with this shirt. Your husband should wear shirts with small patterns instead of stark white ones since his skin color is dark.
Which one of our shirts would you pair with a light blue tie keeping in mind her husband has dark skin? Those are to be added after the staples have been obtained, if desired. The patterns you listed are great, but in my opinion would work better in a subtle grey. We can comprise with you on a white shirt with subtle grey patterns, but maybe not a plain white shirt. I also feel a plain white shirt looks great on a dark complexion and is the best fit for a light blue tie.
Have a red striped tie, with black pants. What would you recommend for a shirt color and type. How about this Gray Micro Check Shirt? Would it be appropriate to go tie-less to this farewell party? If so, do so.
Adding a tie on top of a black suit and purple shirt will make this dark combo look even heavier. As for a pocket square, what about this purple paisley pocket square? Since your suit and shirt combination is high contrast, that will help bring your skin color to life a little more. Wearing a solid dark purple shirt with black pants.
What tie colour matches that. Is ash, gray or……. Gray is a good tie color choice, but definitely lighten your shirt up and wear light blues or white. Hi, my girlfriend recently bought me a white shirt with thick dark blue stripes and a white collar, I have been struggling to find a tie to match. Since this shirt is bolder, you should wear a solid colored tie. We suggest trying out ties in shades of blue or gray.
We are wearing midnite blue long sleeve dress shirts for a wedding what color tie do you suggest. Solid, stripe thank you. The rule of thumb with shirt and tie colors is that your tie should always be darker color than your shirt.
So we say a solid black tie, either in woven silk or knitted , should do the trick. I am wearing a dark purple shirt with a black suit. Which is a better option a light pink colour tie or a light purple tie? If you want to wear a tie, we say ditch the dark purple shirt.
Instead opt for a white or light gray shirt with your black suit. As we noted in our story about how to wear a black suit , wearing brightly colored accessories with a black suit is one of the most common style mistakes men make. The reason is that strong colors look even stronger set against black and can start to look clownish if you go too far. Instead, keep the look cohesive with an achromatic black, gray and white color palette when you wear a black suit.
If you want to throw in a color, accessories are the perfect way to drop in that dark purple color you mentioned. A white shirt and a dark purple tie could make for a strong combo with a black suit. Hello, Am wearing a Flora shirt tomorrow to office will it be appropriate to put a plain tie on it. Wearing a 3 piece blue tweed herringbone suit for my wedding in Ireland. Any suggestions on tie color, definitely want a skinny tie, we like the old vintage look so any suggestions?
I know Peaky Blinders, and inspiring to look like those guys at your wedding is badass. Have you checked out any of our tweed bow ties and ties? Yea, the vintage way is the way we want to go! Victor Valentines website has that 3 piece blue herringbone suit if you can look at it. But if you can check that suit, because your advice is greatly valued! They have a red tie with it but no red for me!
I was able to locate the suit…nice. Lucky for you, we have a whole collection of silk knit ties. Oh, and go UK! How do you feel about maroon? Check out this Maroon Silk Knit Tie. Maroon and cream is a luxurious color combination and perfect for winter.
Since your shirt color is simple, you can wear a tie or bow tie with more texture. I hope this helps give you some more fashion sense! The darker the shirt the more casual it would be and the less likely we would be to wear it with a tie at all. If you do, a dark tie is necessary, but that can quickly get into Regis Philbin circa territory.
We say either lighten up on the shirt a crisp white shirt looks great on everybody or ditch the tie altogether. Is the idea of a red tie a good choice? What can we do to talk you out of this shirt and tie combination, Lester? We have never seen this look pulled off. Hello…I am thinking to buy a tie for my friend so what kind of tie goes well with Light blue shirt nd black coat over it?? Black puts a limit on your choices because strong, saturated colors tend to look too loud when contrasted against black.
On the flip side, dark, subdued colors can be too close to black and not differentiated enough. A solid black tie is a safe choice. Try a black knit for some texture contrast. Hello, I love this article. How would I pick a coordinating shirt color? What would go best with these two items? Not classic white dress shirt simple though, that could make you look like a waiter. So how about a light gray dress shirt? A gray shirt will pick up the hues of silver in your tie and bring your outfit together nicely.
This kind of depends on the rest of the outfit, but a lighter gray ash shirt can work with a lot. A typical menswear combo you see a lot is gray and purple, but you can also match this shirt with dark blues or green.
Your friend could also wear a patterned tie with multiple colors since the shirt is on the simpler side. I wish more men would find your tips.. Normally, Jimmy Johnson is impeccable.. I think I love football season for more reasons than watching the games!
Those guys genuinely seem to have fun. Even if your pocket square is a solid color you get brownie points in our book. How would a black bow tie look on a red shirt and navy blue suit and pant?
Or should I avoid the tie? Definitely avoid a black bow tie or tie. You can wear a tie, just make sure it matches. Since you have two strong colors in your shirt and suit, go for a complementary red or blue in lighter or darker shades tie to match. Hi, I love your article! His suit jacket is very dark blue. White ones are getting a bit monotonous…. We hear you about those white dress shirts! However if you really want your partner to step up their shirt game, take a look at this bright gingham dress shirt.
White shirts are the easy way out, challenge your partner to match one of these instead. I have a navy blue shirt with small white dots printed all over it. A dark, dotted shirt is a casual shirt, Carlos. Your best bet is not to wear it with a tie at all. So, if I have a checkered shirt and a mini dot necktie, should I wear mini dot suspenders that correspond with the tie? Matching your suspenders to your tie would make it look like you were wearing three ties at the same time.
I would recommend choosing the darker color in your mini dot necktie and corresponding a pair of solid-colored suspenders to that color. Im wearing an ash grey blazer and trousers with cherry red shirt, which tie would be ideal match to both the suit as well as the shirt? A cherry red shirt is not appropriate for a tie, Puneet. Strong saturated color shirts are inherently casual. If a tie is required, then we suggest changing to a toned down shirt color like lavender with a tie that incorporates both gray and lavender for a colorful and classy combination.
Do you prefer skinny ties over wider ties or vice versa on someone with a slimmer build? We prefer non-extreme ties regardless of your build, Sam. Too skinny and too wide are both too extreme for our taste.
We range between 2 inches at the narrowest and 2. The general rule of thumb is that your tie width should match your lapel width. A color that bridges the high contrast between your purple suit and white shirt is a good move. An off white suit and a pink shirt should not be worn with a tie.
If you are headed into a business or formal situation, we highly recommend going in a different direction with the suit. If yes what colour should I pick?
Our rule of thumb is that your tie should always be a shade or more darker than your shirt. A black shirt has an inherently casual look that a tie will disrupt. If a tie is required, we suggest changing to a white shirt. If not, go tie-less, Tom. Hi, My son is completing his 12th and is preparing for his farewell party. He has a white skin and slim enough with a fit body.
We all are eager to select a suit for him. What suggestion on color and pattern do you feel that will be good for him to chose. We have a concierge service that can give you specific recommendations and help you measure and customize your suit, so our first recommendation is to email us at concierge blacklapel.
We can offer this general advice: A straightforward navy blue or charcoal gray is a good foundation of a wardrobe. If you like both gray and blue and are looking for something a little different, a charcoal blue suit may be the perfect choice. Hey guys, thanks for the great article and the time you dedicate to reply.
I have a navy blue knit tie with wide horizontal red stripes around 1cm thick and cm apart. What kind of shirt do you think I can wear with it? The tie you describe sounds a lot like the one we featured in this look with a crisp white shirt. Why a crisp white shirt? Because it gave us a neutral canvas on which to showcase the color in the tie.
As for color combinations, that really depends on your own coloring your skin, hair, eyes, etc. Hi, im going to a wedding soon, its cold in the UK so will be wearing a Ted Baker charcoal wool suit, the shirt i want to wear is blue with vertical purple stripes bold , my tie choice i think would be solid purple or paisly purple, both silk with matching top pocket this wrapped up in patent black leather shoes. Any advice on this selection please, i do have a black pin striped hugo boss which maymgo better?
Sounds like a strong statement, Ken. Our one word of caution: Otherwise, have at it! As a rule of thumb, your tie should be darker than the color of your shirt. Dark shirts are pretty casual. Add the pindots and this shirt sounds even more casual. So we suggest an appropriately relaxed vibe in the tie, like a knit.
We suggest one with stripes like this to keep the look laid back but stylish. I have a solid color slim black tie. I want to buy a formal shirt for it. I already have black, blue, pink and white. I want some other color. The pant is very dark blue in color. Can anyone help me with this? A truly formal shirt would, nine times out of 10, be white.
Our advice, though, is to go easy on the bright colors with a black tie. Black creates such strong contrast it can make an otherwise appropriate shirt look a little clownish. Stick with whites, light grays and pale blue shirts for with a navy suit and black tie.
The darker a shirt the more casual it becomes. The more casual it becomes the less appropriate a tie looks with it. Save it for evenings and weekends with jeans and chinos. My brothers wedding is on December Sixth, I am wearing a navy blue 3 piece suit with a light lavender shirt.
I am not to sure what tie to match with it. I want it to be bold but classy also. And do you think dark brown fancy loafers go with the outfit? What handkerchief should I wear? I am going for a conference and I intend to wear black suit with golden shirt over black shoes, what colour of tie do you think.
The problem is the black and gold combo. A black suit tends to look best with white or gray shirts. The same holds true for the tie color. One of our secrets to dressing well is to match your tie color to your eye color , Victor.
The tie can be a solid color just look for one with a little texture or include another color from your outfit like the blue from your shirt. With a simple light blue shirt and dark tie. Loving all Te help by the way. Sticking with one base color is a great way to simplify your choices and come up with a good look. In this case, going with shades of blue will work. The only small word of caution. For more on this, check out our series on fit for more on nailing the fit of your tailored clothing.
I wish to say that this article is awesome, nice written and include approximately all vital infos. I have a grey suit and just bought a light blue shirt, using black shoes and belt, what color should i pick for my tie? The answer to most clothing color questions is looking back at you in the mirror.
Go with a blue tie. Salt and pepper hair? Try a gray patterned tie. Using that rule of thumb will yield a much better result than us picking a tie for you without knowing what you look like. My question here is if I can wear black pants with purple more of a light purple shirt, brown belt and shoes. Im not wearing tie nor bow tie. I would really appreciate if you could give me some advice on this. And again, if you opt for the black tie, you should follow up with a pair of black shoes.
Hope this was worth the wait. What tie would go well with this shirt? If you want a bit more of a subdued shirt and tie combination, go with a solid color tie.
You can check out the Black Lapel Accessories Page for our selection of knit ties, and I think the Navy would look great. Whats a good tie colour for this? In addition, what is your opinion on wearing a black bowtie with the mentioned above? You could wear your black blazer with a black tie or bow tie, but opt for a white or light gray dress shirt. Hi Black Lapel, I have a patterned sky blue shirt to wear with a dark blue or navy blue pants.
What would you suggest for a tie? Is black tie good enough? James, you and this outfit are better than a plain black tie! I have a black with pink floral bow tie, to wear to a semi-formal outdoor wedding reception.
What shirt and pant color combo would work best? I recommend white or a very pale pink. For the pant color combo, I would stay away from black to avoid looking like the servers. Hi Black Lapel — You guys have been a resource for the savvy student on more than one occasion!
Wow, mandatory use of a specific color is pretty unusual. The problem is, purple can be dark and get lost in sea of black provided by your suit. One solution to this problem is to go with lavender, but if your school color is purple, lavender will look off by comparison. Going with a true purple tie against a black suit is hard to pull off. Already a Shipping Pass member? Free returns online or in-store Not completely satisfied?
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