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beginner dress shirt/tie/shoe combinations

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

just a few general questions about dress shirt/tie/shoe color/texture combinations.


1) sorry if this sounds a little ridiculous, but can you wear a cream dress shirt with a navy suit, or is it only to be worn with a brown suit? if you can wear it effectively with a navy suit, is it okay for an investment banking environment? 

lastly, is this turnbull & asser cream dress shirt an okay shade to wear?



2) if you are wearing brown shoes/brown belt with a navy suit, can you wear a tie with brown as the primary color, or is this too matchy? 


3) can you wear cashmere, grenadine, or knit ties with a regular wool suit, or do these type of textured ties command an odd jacket? 


4) is it okay to wear a midnight blue satin tie (drake's) with a navy suit to work, say, with a plain white or light blue shirt, given how sedate the color scheme is, or is it still too much/flashy?


5) if you could only have 3 staple ties to wear with SUITS ONLY, what would they be? Reppe, grenadine, and then just regular 50oz twill?


6) can you wear alden shell cordovan loafers in burgundy with a plain wool suit to work, or is cordovan more of a casual leather?


7) does anyone know where I can find a Reppe brown tie with light blue dots? I found one from brooks brothers that was perfect in color, but I was weary of the quality. does anyone know where else I can find such a tie IN NYC (no online) that perhaps would be of quality at least on par with turnbull & asser (as a minimum) or better.. does Cesare Attolini have this kind of tie? chocolate with blue dots or burgundy with blue dots.. 



post #2 of 5
1 cream is a bad color. why not white?
2 yes
3 yes
4 yes
5 can't go wrong with anything in brown, navy, burgundy, or gray from Turnbull
6 yes
7 dude just look around ebay
post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

thanks. white is good and i also really like light blue, but I'm worried about getting bored with just those two colors. I will throw a dark navy bengal stripe in there perhaps to mix things up at least on occasion.. 

post #4 of 5

I'd suggest a crisp white shirt as it makes the suit stand out more overall...I think you answered mostly all your questions.

post #5 of 5
I think a light blue shirt is better than both cream and white.

Regarding the loafers, I wouldn't wear them with a suit. The shell isn't the problem -it is the fact that they are loafers and have a very casual look to them. They would work well with odd jackets/trousers.
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