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Black linen suit, what shoes?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I recently got hold of a black linen suit.

I am attending a late afternoon party that goes into the night.

Since I am younger than the rest of the crowd, I was thinking of wearing the suit with a white v neck tee or maybe a grey one? What do you think? Should I just opt for a dress shirt instead?

I have no idea what to do for shoes.
Loafers, lace ups, suede, no socks?

The dress code is smart casual.

Thanks
post #2 of 21
White dress shirt, black shoes. The t-shirt thing only works if you are very fit and at least a little muscular. Otherwise it just looks too casual. You can only wear black shoes; brown, blue and burgundy don't work with black in my experience.
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Blackhood View Post
White dress shirt, black shoes.

The t-shirt thing only works if you are very fit and at least a little muscular. Otherwise it just looks too casual.

You can only wear black shoes; brown, blue and burgundy don't work with black in my experience.

Agreed with the black shoes for sure.
I was just thinking that going with a white shirt and black suit is too standard, was looking for a unique combination.
Also, its warm where I am, summer evening.

What about shoes? Loafers or classic dress shoes?
post #4 of 21
Personally I would go with dress shoes, but thas because I don't like loafers. I said white shirt mostly because Black Linen is fairly rare, so the interesting part of your suit is going to be the texture. If you are going to have a "feature" item, its better to have one interesting thing among some predictable ones. If you change everything about a normal outfit, it looks like you failed to do it well. If you alter one thing, it looks like you have flair. Just an opinion and as always YMMV
post #5 of 21
A suit, even a casual suit, looks silly worn with a t-shirt. I'd wear a collared shirt with black shoes.
post #6 of 21
Can you post pics? While black suits are usually for formal occasions, I'm intrigued by this: the formality of the color being offset by the informality of the fabric. It's the same reason I like black bluchers and suede oxfords.

My choice:

Black oxfords, quarter brogues if you have them - to go with the spirit of mixing formal and informal.

White dress shirt for the exact reasons Blackhood gave. A black linen suit is plenty interesting as it is, I like to have only one "look at me" thing on at a time.

Black grenadine tie.

Again, post pics if you can, or at least details. Very interesting.
post #7 of 21
Linen suits are the only suits I'd wear loafers with, I think they'd be okay.

If you must wear a T-shirt go round necked rather than v-necked, oh, and avoid polos. A White oxford button down would probably be your best bet.
post #8 of 21
Since it is a linen suit, loafers would be an acceptable option, but you could also wear black oxfords. Both choices will look great.

Personally I would avoid wearing a T-shirt. If you want to look more casual and relaxed, a much better option
would be an unbuttoned shirt without a tie.

As mentioned above, a white shirt is an almost perfect combination. On the other hand, wearing a black shirt with your black linen suit would be less -as you say- "standard", but the contrast created by a white shirt will make the texture and uniqueness of the linen to stand out more.
post #9 of 21
This is not the place to go if you want to get advice on t-shirts under a suit jacket. Maybe SW&D could help in that department.

Definitely do loafers. I can imagine a soft leather loafer (think Prada) doing the trick here to keep you from being overly formal.
post #10 of 21
Thread Starter 
OK so general consensus is avoid a tee shirt, stick with a unbuttoned white shirt.
If I had to do a tee, then round neck. Maybe try and all black ensemble...

Shoes: Black, oxfords or even loafers as this IS a linen suit. I think loafers would bring a nice casual look.

Here's a pic of the jacket, for the texture. Threw on a black tee to see how it looks.
Ignore my bottom half, was rushing around and didn't have time to put on the pants.


What about a pocket square? I think it really finishes the look.




Thanks for the advice
post #11 of 21
Don't wear a pocket square with a t-shirt.
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by Gwarg View Post
Don't wear a pocket square with a t-shirt.

+1
post #13 of 21
I often wear loafers and polo tops with my casual suits.
post #14 of 21
This party isn't going to be for another few months, right? Linen season won't be here until Memorial Day.
post #15 of 21
Are you sure that the suit isn't charcoal? Is it really black?
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