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What color suit/shirt/tie would compliment a black dress?

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Homecoming is coming up and I was wondering what color suit/shirt/tie would go well with the dress in the picture. Any corsage/boutonniere color ideas are welcome, too. Thanks!

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@jahowyu Grey suit, white shirt, and a black knit tie is a classic look that would be good.

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@jahowyu
 Grey suit, white shirt, and a black knit tie is a classic look that would be good.
would brown loafers/wingtips go well with the outfit?
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would brown loafers/wingtips go well with the outfit?

 

No, not really.  Black oxfords would be best.

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@jahowyuGrey suit, white shirt, and a black knit tie is a classic look that would be good.
Or really, a knit tie in any of various other colors. I mean, lots of colors work at least tolerably well with grey and white, and the date's dress wouldn't seem to be any sort of issue with regard to color. A navy tie? It'd be okay. A burgundy tie? No problem. Dark green or purple? They'd work, too.

But yeah, a black knit tie would be a fine choice.

Oh, in the above, I'm talking about solid color. Not, say, a paisley. Granted, it might be entirely possible to come up with a non-solid which would look good, but I'm a big believer in the KISS (Keep it simple, stupid.) principle. If one lacks the ability to easily and confidently choose a tie on his own, and a solid tie work work just fine, best to recommend a solid. That's a simple to understand recommendation, and is tough to screw up.

Sort of how a grenadine tie would work just as well as a knit tie, in this instance. But a knit tie is more familiar to most people and is easier to find.

With regard to the corsage/boutonniere choice, a boutonniere's easy. Even a simple flower, with a stem, in white or some other obviously appropriate color, will leave you looking good. AVOID overly large boutonnieres. You don't want to be sporting a substantial flower arrangement in your lapel - I've seen men wear boutonnieres large enough that I wasn't sure whether I was looking at a boutonniere or a float from the Tournament of Roses parade . Any good florist should be able to fix you up a boutonniere, at minimal expense.

Oh, if you want to do things right, you'll want a working buttonhole in your lapel, for the boutonniere. Some suits come with the buttonhole sewn closed; it's easily opened up (I have to think there are youtube videos on this, as there are on most simple tasks), or any tailor could do it for you in no time and at trivial expense. (Have the tailor add a buttonhole loop to the back of the lapel, while you're at it.)

This is preferable to just wearing a pinned on flower. But no, going the pinned on flower route isn't some horrible sartorial sin, so if your suit doesn't have a buttonhole, it's not the end of the world.

As for the corsage, ask your date for advice. (She'll be wearing the thing, after all.) Does she have any color preference? Favorite flowers (or flowers to which she's allergic)? A wrist corsage or a pin-on? Etc. Assuming she even wants a corsage, which is hardly a given.
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TFW I didn't know people attempted to coordinate with their date's outfit. It's hard enough when considering only yourself!

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I didn't know people attempted to coordinate with their date's outfit.
Some do, some don't. It's especially popular at the high school prom level, but definitely not limited solely to that category.

I can understand wanting to match the general level of dress of my date; if she's going to be wearing an evening gown, I don't want to be in cords and a sport coat. That's little more than common sense.

But I don't pay any real attention to matching colors. For example, I don't feel any need to wear a yellow shirt, just because her dress is yellow.

I suppose if she were to specifically ask me to wear... oh, let's say a tie... in the same color as her dress, I'd probably go along with her request. I can't remember the last time a date's asked this of me, though. Still, it's a modest enough request, and if it'll make her happy, why not do it? Surely I'm not the only man here who has, at some shameful point in his past, done far stupider and/or more bothersome things, in the hopes of earning some physical contact?
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