However, a navy blue blazer may be worn with a plethora of styles of pants and shirts. If there is one rule to take from this article is to make sure the last thing you wear with your navy blazer is navy trousers. The safest bet you can go with is a pair of khaki trousers. Light colored khakis are a great pairing for the warmer months of the year as well. 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.
Not sure how to match colours? Look at this chart here. Although im not a fan of the black shirt thrown in that mix. Hi Varun, You could wear any type of shoe with brown trousers — oxfords, boat shoes, loafers, trainers etc. It all depends on the type of pant and how formal you want to be. I still struggle with shirt colour though.
Have you got any tips or a chart with all 3? Dan, We do not have a chart with all three, but not a bad idea. What about dark blue derby shoes with denim blue pants? If not what color pants would you recommend? For now, if you want to look into matching the colour a bit more have a look at the chart here. Hi blogger, do you monetize your thefineyounggentleman. There is easy way to earn extra money every day, just search on youtube — How to earn with wordai 4.
That just looks wrong. Michael, I think it is totally fine as long as the shade of brown does not clash with that of the blue or gray. That said, brown almost never clashes with blue so the gray can be more tricky.
Make sure to keep the contrast clear and avoid close, but quite not matching shades. Olive goes really well with a lot of color pants — especially earthy tones like brown, tan, burnt orange and even purple and red. Even goes with pretty much all shades of blue. That said, its not a look I would wear and certainly one more appropriate for a casual environment. The Kauri color would go with just about any color, its a light colored neutral. Maybe chocolate brown cord trousers with purple suede chukka boots would work ok?
I do not think that a pair of white trousers fit to any shoe; I never wear white trousers. What about Grey pants and light brown shoes. I wear brown leather converse with Grey jeans, looks good. Hey, Nice combinations guide, makes life easier. What color pants or chinos goes with white shoes. John, I would wear pretty much any color pants but black with white shoes.
This has been tremendously helpful. Kumar, Glad to be of help, thank you for the kind words! This color chart is so incredibly awesome, thank you!!! I see black suits and brown shoes that work all the time? What are your thoughts on wearing forest green and burgundy dress pants? If your wearing mint green slacks what Color should your shoes be? You can wear any colour shoes, just change your trousers before hand. Rolling my fucking eyes at the replies this got.
What color loafers can i wear for a vine coloured trousers?? Head here and see Look 2 for all the products we recommend to complete your outfit. Pinstripes are a thing on their own, as this article states, and should never be broken up into separates. When we wanted to show a Deep Burgundy Blazer in the best light we did so with navy blue pants, but, as you can see in this outfit using burgundy pants , burgundy goes well with gray too. Tan is a neutral, and will work fine, but we prefer navy or gray.
Since khaki pants and brown shoes are neutral they go with almost every color. I have a dark charcoal grey suit and I would like to wear the jacket with different color pants.
What color would you recommend? As for this particular outfit, charcoal gray is neutral so you can wear it with just about anything. The only color of pants we recommend avoiding are ones that are too similar. Black or dark gray pants will make for a muddled combination. Create a bit of contrast either in shade or color. Okay, so if you were wondering what is the one color you should wear, you might be disappointed with the above answer. How do you get to there? Start by checking out our articles on dressing from the inside out and picking shirt colors that match you.
I had the blazer and pants tailored black with pinstripes but the vest is charcoal gray.. Is that completely wrong? We are big proponents of wearing a three-piece suit the modern way , so we can get behind this outfit. The only problems we could foresee are with the colors. Black is unforgiving on guys with lighter than black hair and light skin, so be careful not to overdo it on the dark colors. Also, the contrast between a black suit and a charcoal vest is too weak and will likely look a little muddled.
I have an Edwardian swallowtail jacket that I want to wear to an event. It is charcoal grey. I do not have matching pants. Can I pair it with black and white pinstripe pants?
Is the event in question your coronation? If so, holla at your boys. If not, a morning coat may be a bit over the top. This look is very formal and rare. Note that these are not just a pair of pants he borrowed from a pinstripe suit, but a pair of trousers cut specifically with morning dress in mind. I have a black tuxedo jacket but I want to wear different colored trousers with it, what would you suggest?
However, you can keep the jacket black and go with non-matching pants. We suggest a medium or light gray. Take a look at our black tie look for creative types in this article to see how it looks and get some inspiration.
I just want to us about black suit. If so, we do not recommend it. A big part of the appeal of the pinstripe suit is the unbroken lines it creates.
When you wear two different pinstripes you ruin that affect. My girlfriend wants towear a grey suit with a black pant. It tooks good to me. Will they both go together?? She is planning to wear this combo in a presentation.
Yep, those two colors go together nicely and are professional. Pass on our good luck for her presentation! I have a charcoal suit with a very subtle cashmere stripe. The jacket is double breasted by the way. I break them up with jeans and black chinos on casual days. If your suit is technically a pinstripe, we never recommend breaking it up into separates. Cutting the pinstripes off at your torso could make you look disproportional.
We may even be in slight favor of the jeans, because double-breasted jackets look bad ass with jeans. Thank you for the tip. Suits are a rare sight around this part of the country even though our school requires us corporate world majors to wear suits every wednesday. My jeans are on the lighter side of the spectrum. So, what do you think? Proceed with caution, Gilbert.
The lighter jeans get the more casual they get. When pairing with a blazer, keep the denim dark. Of course you can. We even showed you how to put this look together in our article titled How to Wear a Vest and Matching Jacket. This is an example of an inexpensive suit I found online: We hear you, Sophia. We must say that the good stuff is definitely worth the investment. So grab a measuring tape and get to work on your boyfriend!
I have a tan corduroy sport coat and I need to wear it to a meeting for work. I have all kinds of black pants is that ok? What about shirt and tie. This will depend on the dress code in your office. If its business casual or even more lax, suit separates are a fine choice. Black and tan suit separates, however? Blue pants will also give you more range for shirt and tie combinations.
Cordovan oxfords and belt. Just kidding, but moms are usually brutally honest. Even more nice if you choose a tie that complements the suit. Thanks for the article! I was wondering if this would look alright if I were to wear them with black pants and black shoes. Also, what colour of tie should I wear with a white shirt? The whole look becomes a muddled mix. The same is true for combining charcoal gray with black. As for what tie color to wear with a white shirt.
Our recommendation is not to worry about the tie matching the shirt, but focus on matching you. Our rule of thumb is match your ties to your eyes. Look for ties with some blue in them. Doing this will help your clothes emphasize your best features, one of the keys to dressing well.
The answer, contrary to what many people think, is no. Light colored jackets and black pants create a really high contrast. We recommend lightening up those pants a shade or two to a gray and the contrast will be much improved. I have lite grey slacks and a dark grey jacket with a dark blue shirt and a blue and grey tie does that work together.
Will the outfit look good on you? Clothes matching each other is of minor importance. The main thing is how well do they match you? Do they fit you well? Check out the articles in our Flawless Fit category to gain a better understanding of how your clothes should fit. Do the colors and contrasts work with your coloring and contrast? Going to a low key wedding. My girlfriend is wearing a burgundy dress.
Also need some suggestions on a tie. We highly recommend you wear a jacket either instead of or in addition to the vest, lest you be mistaken for a part of the catering staff. That said, as we tell just about everyone who comments here, the idea is not to get your clothes to match each other, but to get them to match you. The best way to do that is to look at yourself in the mirror first, then find the clothes that work with you. A more rotund gentleman, on the other hand, might do better with a low-contrast combo like the gray pants.
We want to arm you with the information to dress from the inside out. I have a choice of two combinations for a wedding this weekend.
Thinking of mixing a grey blazer with dark purple pants and a white dress shirt. Any recommendations on tie color? Second choice is a anchor blue suit with a floral print dress shirt which also happens to be dark blue with sky blue flowers a lot of blue thinking of off setting this with a maroon knit tie.
Is this an acceptable combo? We realize the event may have already passed. While the Compass is not an on-demand tie matching service, we do try to answer comments with helpful advice promptly. Your best bet, though is to contact a Black Lapel stylist directly at concierge blacklapel. Our stylists primarily help customers customize their Black Lapel clothes, but are always on hand to answer style questions, so we encourage you to take advantage. Our general rule of thumb is to make sure the tie is darker than the shirt.
When surrounded by neutrals, match your ties to your eyes. Got blue eyes, reach for a blue tie. Light green tie it is. Soon I will be attending my prom, I currently have a tailored Cambridge grey suit which I am thinking about wearing a white shirt and a navy tie. I was thinking about wearing a contrasted vest with it to stand out a little with the suit since it is not an extreme formal dress code.
I was thinking about wearing either a charcoal, light navy or black vest. What would be the best combination? If it helps I am 5ft 8 and have caramel skin.
The answer to your question is more about your personal preferences than anything else. All of the vest options you mentioned should work. I have some black pin dot suit pants that do fit. Now reading through some of the comments I have come to know your position on dark blue jackets with black pants to be sloppy, muddled, etc. However despite your recommendation against such a pairing of darks I was wondering if it still would somehow be a viable option if I were to wear either a lavender or periwinkle shirt which I have that I believe could help to add contrast to the overall outfit.
If you think that this could work I'm betting not but just going out on a limb then I would also like your opinion on a tie because I have lots of them. Thanks in advance for your advice.
What are thoughts on a tan coat with very faint blue strips, white shirt, silver tie, and black pants? 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.
The Compass / Style / A Guide to Matching Men’s Blazers and Pants. A Guide to Matching Men’s Blazers and Pants I have a black jacket, a white shirt and grey pants I also have black and blue pants. Can I mix a black jacket with grey pants or I should just stick to black on black. We call that dressing from the inside out and we. Your question " Can you wear a navy jacket over a black pants". Yes you can but: 1. You will surely look dull and boring. 2. It is one of those unwritten rules in fashion that never match a darker colour with another darker colour if they are not the same colour. Jul 01, · Pants that you could choose for a black blazer include russet, maroon, plum, dark bottle green, medium blue, slate blue, teal, gray, white, black, and medium golden tan, But do NOT pair a black blazer with brown, taupe, or navy-blue pants!