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What Colored Shirt & Tie Should I Wear?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

 

Im going to be wearing a navy blazer & gray slacks to a wedding in Italy this September.  I would love to know what color shirt and tie you recommend me to wear?

 

Thank you,

Scott

post #2 of 12
There are many, many possibilities. So many that the question is almost pointless. But to the extent that you want people to suggest things, I'll suggest what's probably the most "traditional" pairing with a navy blazer and grey pants - a while shirt and burgundy tie.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

@ 12345Michael54321 - Thank you, Scotty

post #4 of 12

White shirt. It's a wedding. I always cringe when I see gaudy colored shirts at otherwise formal events -- more so than when I see them normally. Even if the affair is relatively casual (for some reason), white is always a good choice.

 

The tie choice would, I expect, be more dependent on the type of people whose wedding it is and the environment that they've cultivated with their planning choices. If they're trying to make it a "fun" wedding, you'll stand out more with the classic look. Generally that's a good thing -- because it's a good look -- but I've always thought it's appropriate at weddings to blend in so as to not distract from the bride and groom. It is, after all, their day.

 

If you must go with a colored shirt, I'd say a navy bengal stripe button collar is a good choice. Second to white. But in that case: solid tie.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

@ loweevan - Its definitely going to be a fun wedding. The bride is crazy fun and I’m not afraid to wear color.

I probably won’t wear a white shirt and take your advice and wear a navy bengal stripe shirt.

What color solid tie do you recommend?

Scott

post #6 of 12

@Scotty13 Well, with the grey pants, it seems that you're setting yourself up for a pretty traditional look where the white and burgundy suggested earlier fits perfectly. Maybe others have a different opinion. Are light tan (Stone or a few shades darker) out? It seems that would set you up for more "fun" tie choices. Solid (textured), though, with the bengal stripe. It just seems to me that putting a "fun" tie with an otherwise traditional set-up doesn't work.

post #7 of 12
Indoors or outdoors?
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by mensimageconsultant View Post

Indoors or outdoors?
Honestly, I'm not sure it matters all that much whether a wedding is indoor or outdoor, when it comes to shirt and tie color.

Then again, I tend not to over-think these things.
post #9 of 12

Where in Italy is it?

post #10 of 12
Okay, it seems people just won't refrain from scrutinizing every detail, no matter how unimportant it's likely to be. So -

Where in Italy is the wedding? Is it indoor, or outdoor? What time of day? What day of the week? What week of the year? What is your skin tone? Hair color? Eye color? What religious traditions, if any, will be incorporated into the wedding? If you will be accompanied, what color(s) will the person accompanying you be wearing? How old are you? What is your build like? What shoes (make, model, and color) do you own? What cuff links, if any, do you own? What is your budget? Assuming you're traveling to the wedding, how do you prefer to transport your clothing - an extra checked bag, DHL, a non-checked bag, etc.? What is the circumference of your neck? How wide are your shoulders? Have you an unusually long or short torso? Where do you live? Where did you attend school? Where did the bride and groom attend school? What are the colors of the wedding? What food will be served at the wedding? Do you wear eyeglasses, and if so, what color are the frames? Do you sport facial hair? Have you any prominent facial tattoos, and if so, describe the tattoos design and colors. What is your profession? Are you more than 8% over or under your ideal body weight (and, if so, is this due to greater than average muscle mass, or to excessive adipose tissue? Do you, for reasons having to do with concern over the humane treatment of sheep, or for any other reason, oppose wearing wool? Do you have philosophical or political objection to wearing cotton? Will the official wedding photographer (if any) be working primarily in color, or is the official wedding album likely to be done in black & white? Are you color blind, and if so, what form does your color blindness take? If you wear a wedding ring, what color metal is it? Are you actively involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation? Are the bride and groom big into Asian color symbolism? Are you a Leprechaun? Have you ever received an accidental overdose of gamma radiation, and if so, are you prone to violent mood swings?

There, that ought to be enough to get the ball rolling.

But when all is said, and written, and done, I strongly suspect you'd still be best served with a white shirt and a simple, conservative (possibly burgundy) necktie.

It really needn't be terribly complicated. Although that won't stop some people from trying to make it terribly complicated.
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

Okay, it seems people just won't refrain from scrutinizing every detail, no matter how unimportant it's likely to be. So -

Where in Italy is the wedding? Is it indoor, or outdoor? What time of day? What day of the week? What week of the year? What is your skin tone? Hair color? Eye color? What religious traditions, if any, will be incorporated into the wedding? If you will be accompanied, what color(s) will the person accompanying you be wearing? How old are you? What is your build like? What shoes (make, model, and color) do you own? What cuff links, if any, do you own? What is your budget? Assuming you're traveling to the wedding, how do you prefer to transport your clothing - an extra checked bag, DHL, a non-checked bag, etc.? What is the circumference of your neck? How wide are your shoulders? Have you an unusually long or short torso? Where do you live? Where did you attend school? Where did the bride and groom attend school? What are the colors of the wedding? What food will be served at the wedding? Do you wear eyeglasses, and if so, what color are the frames? Do you sport facial hair? Have you any prominent facial tattoos, and if so, describe the tattoos design and colors. What is your profession? Are you more than 8% over or under your ideal body weight (and, if so, is this due to greater than average muscle mass, or to excessive adipose tissue? Do you, for reasons having to do with concern over the humane treatment of sheep, or for any other reason, oppose wearing wool? Do you have philosophical or political objection to wearing cotton? Will the official wedding photographer (if any) be working primarily in color, or is the official wedding album likely to be done in black & white? Are you color blind, and if so, what form does your color blindness take? If you wear a wedding ring, what color metal is it? Are you actively involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation? Are the bride and groom big into Asian color symbolism? Are you a Leprechaun? Have you ever received an accidental overdose of gamma radiation, and if so, are you prone to violent mood swings?

There, that ought to be enough to get the ball rolling.

But when all is said, and written, and done, I strongly suspect you'd still be best served with a white shirt and a simple, conservative (possibly burgundy) necktie.

It really needn't be terribly complicated. Although that won't stop some people from trying to make it terribly complicated.

:rotflmao:

post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

Okay, it seems people just won't refrain from scrutinizing every detail, no matter how unimportant it's likely to be. So -

Where in Italy is the wedding? Is it indoor, or outdoor? What time of day? What day of the week? What week of the year? What is your skin tone? Hair color? Eye color? What religious traditions, if any, will be incorporated into the wedding? If you will be accompanied, what color(s) will the person accompanying you be wearing? How old are you? What is your build like? What shoes (make, model, and color) do you own? What cuff links, if any, do you own? What is your budget? Assuming you're traveling to the wedding, how do you prefer to transport your clothing - an extra checked bag, DHL, a non-checked bag, etc.? What is the circumference of your neck? How wide are your shoulders? Have you an unusually long or short torso? Where do you live? Where did you attend school? Where did the bride and groom attend school? What are the colors of the wedding? What food will be served at the wedding? Do you wear eyeglasses, and if so, what color are the frames? Do you sport facial hair? Have you any prominent facial tattoos, and if so, describe the tattoos design and colors. What is your profession? Are you more than 8% over or under your ideal body weight (and, if so, is this due to greater than average muscle mass, or to excessive adipose tissue? Do you, for reasons having to do with concern over the humane treatment of sheep, or for any other reason, oppose wearing wool? Do you have philosophical or political objection to wearing cotton? Will the official wedding photographer (if any) be working primarily in color, or is the official wedding album likely to be done in black & white? Are you color blind, and if so, what form does your color blindness take? If you wear a wedding ring, what color metal is it? Are you actively involved with the Susan G. Komen Foundation? Are the bride and groom big into Asian color symbolism? Are you a Leprechaun? Have you ever received an accidental overdose of gamma radiation, and if so, are you prone to violent mood swings?

There, that ought to be enough to get the ball rolling.

But when all is said, and written, and done, I strongly suspect you'd still be best served with a white shirt and a simple, conservative (possibly burgundy) necktie.

It really needn't be terribly complicated. Although that won't stop some people from trying to make it terribly complicated.

^^ This. A lot, this.

 

I don't think there is anything wrong with a clean, conservative look being inappropriate for a "fun" wedding -- unless you're a dud and want to *look* fun while being so. Then again, I've gotten used to and feel comfortable with looking "overdressed." What Michael suggested looks sharp. If you've got a problem with that conservative look, the bengal stripe with a solid/texture orange, coral, purple, yellow tie would be fine -- whichever is most flattering for you considering your potential radiation/face tattoo/Susan G. Komen status. I only say those because I've always liked orange, purple, and yellow with navy.

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