Originally Posted by pbrank
First post here, looks like an awesome forum and I'm looking forward to reading and posting. Anyways, I am trying to expand my work wardrobe past basic suits and ties and looking to get some sport coats and dress pants to go with them. First question - what are some common color combinations that people use to match coats and pants? I've been told black coat with gray/charcoal pants, as well as the opposite of that. What are other good combinations? I'd like to stay away from navy blazers and khaki pants as I'm just not a fan of that particular look. My main question is this - do the sport coat and pants need to be of the exact same material? Would it be a major error to wear, say a 100% wool coat with a wool/poly blend pair of pants? Also, what color/type of jacket goes best with a nice, dark pair of jeans? black? any specific material? thanks!
I recommend you lurk a bit in the WAYWRN thread
and the CBD WAYWRN thread.
. There, you'll see many combinations - many work, don't - and it will help you along. If you are looking to expand you separates collection, I recommend getting the following plain color trousers:
- medium grey
- light grey
… and basic coat colors:
- Glen plaid
These are among the more versatile colors and virtually any piece can be work with any other. With these building blocks, you can grow your wardrobe and not have to worry whether X goes with Y, as they're virtually all complementary. Finally, avoid poly/cotton and poly/wool blends, as they have a tendency to pill and look generally awful. I am not a fan of coats and jeans, generally, though I do have an unlined, unstructured tan cotton coat that complements jeans well. Additionally, the SW&D guys seem to do the coat and jeans thing a bit. Good luck, and enjoy building your wardrobe.