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Purple and black shirt-- tie color?

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I have a purple and black J Ferrar checked shirt which is linked below. Its the only dress shirt I have currently that has long enough sleeves to fit well under a suit jacket. The suit I would wear it with is charcoal. The shoes would either be black or dark brown double monks.

 

I am at a loss as far as what to wear as a tie with it though. Black ties are supposed to be a no no... The purple is pretty dark so I was leaning towards a lighter purple tie but the shirt has black in it.

 

Any tips?

 

 

 

(http://www.jcpenney.com/jf-j-ferrar-slim-fit-cotton-stretch-dress-shirt/prod.jump?ppId=pp5005840849&catId=cat100420005&&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP0716201517030359M.TIF&urlState=/men/shop-brands/jf-j-ferrar/purple/_/N-1nscklZ146/cat.jump?marketingSlot=true)

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Originally Posted by Eric Bruce View Post
 

I have a purple and black J Ferrar checked shirt which is linked below. Its the only dress shirt I have currently that has long enough sleeves to fit well under a suit jacket. The suit I would wear it with is charcoal. The shoes would either be black or dark brown double monks.

 

I am at a loss as far as what to wear as a tie with it though. Black ties are supposed to be a no no... The purple is pretty dark so I was leaning towards a lighter purple tie but the shirt has black in it.

 

Any tips?

 

 

 

(http://www.jcpenney.com/jf-j-ferrar-slim-fit-cotton-stretch-dress-shirt/prod.jump?ppId=pp5005840849&catId=cat100420005&&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP0716201517030359M.TIF&urlState=/men/shop-brands/jf-j-ferrar/purple/_/N-1nscklZ146/cat.jump?marketingSlot=true)

That is a really, really, tough shirt, to pull off with any suit.  Is it possible to get another shirt?  Assume that your budget is relatively low, and that that brand and cut fit you well, how about either a white (standard) shirt, or maybe a light blue shirt, which I think is a good option for summer, and unlikely to look bad:

 

White: http://www.jcpenney.com/jf-j-ferrar-solid-dress-shirt-slim-fit/prod.jump?ppId=pp5006241676&N=4294965179&pageSize=72&searchTerm=JF+J.+Ferrar&N=4294965179&catId=SearchResults&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP0114201317054111M.TIF

 

Blue checked (a bit like a gingham, which is a typical summer pattern): http://www.jcpenney.com/jf-j-ferrar-dress-shirt-slim-fit/prod.jump?ppId=pp5006350317&N=4294965179&pageSize=72&searchTerm=JF+J.+Ferrar&N=4294965179&catId=SearchResults&_dyncharset=UTF-8&colorizedImg=DP1228201517110145M.TIF

 

Both are about $35 right now, it seems.  

 

A solid navy tie in a grenadine or otherwise textured, matte, fabric, will probably be a good place to start.  I am really not sure what your budget is, but good grenadines can be had for as little at $55 at Chipp.  They also have good shantung silk ties:

 

http://www.chippneckwear.com/royal-navy-silk-shantung-tie/

Wine grenadine will also do well: http://www.chippneckwear.com/wine-grenadine-tie/

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

I am looking at Chipp and think that may be my route. The purple shirt is simply the best fitting shirt ive ever found (long sleeves for my gorilla arms.)

 

Would the charcoal suit be OK with just the shirt and no tie?

post #4 of 5
A grey suit isn't something that lends itself well to being 'dressed down' and worn with a casual shirt with no tie. I recommend sticking to the basics and wearing it with a white shirt and a solid tie such as what was posted above.
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Originally Posted by Bob Loblaw View Post

A grey suit isn't something that lends itself well to being 'dressed down' and worn with a casual shirt with no tie. I recommend sticking to the basics and wearing it with a white shirt and a solid tie such as what was posted above.

I totally agree with the above statement! I will add that if that is the "best fitting shirts" you have ever had then you are not looking at all the option available to you. If price is a factor then it would be best to wait and save for the right shirts rather than the right now. Getting a good quality fashion wardrobe takes time and does not usually lend itself it taking the cheap way out. Build your wardrobe to withstand the test of time. Your wallet and closet will thank you and you will be on your way to becoming a man of fashion rather than a man trying to keep up with fashion.
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