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Shirt color darker than suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by designprofessor, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. designprofessor

    designprofessor Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes I do this. Is there some steadfast rule out there
    on shirts being darker than the suit color? It would seem to open up some options and I avoid the extremes of blacks / whites. (For example today -pairing browns and rust colors with a grey / brown plaid suit.)
     
  2. broady

    broady Well-Known Member

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    It looks like Borat
     
  3. Avers

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    It looks like Borat

    who's Borat?
     
  4. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    who's Borat?

    [​IMG]
     
  5. skalogre

    skalogre Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG] Een Kazakhstan the white shirts is for womens. Big men wears the smokey color shirts. On a serious note I have worn a darker shirt before. Just depends on the combination, really.
     
  6. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    I'm normally not a fan, but I think yours looks pretty good. Wear it if you like it!
     
  7. thinman

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    I tend to think the combination is for very casual situations (e.g. clubbing), but I like your ensemble.[​IMG]
     
  8. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Well-Known Member

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    The rule I follow, is this: my tie is always darker or at least as dark, as my shirt.
     
  9. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Well-Known Member

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    The rule I follow, is this: my tie is always darker or at least as dark, as my shirt.

    I'm pretty fond of silver ties on french blue or royal blue shirts, personally.
     
  10. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Well-Known Member

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    I'm not. Whatever makes you feel good.
     
  11. The Devil's Hands

    The Devil's Hands Well-Known Member

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    I find your look acceptable, other than the off center dimple, and I don't really care for how you folded the pocket square. Minor quibbles.

    What would you wear with seersucker?

    Personally, I like to pair colors that appear together in nature or in common human experience. Rust and grey, you'll often find at shipyards and wherever there is visible metal and salt. You can get away with some flavorful combinations involving an olive suit during fall in NE.

    If you're ever stuck for a color combination, go pick up some flowers whose color compliments your complection, and see if you can design a look around them.

    Other than that, I'd like to think anything goes with color (patterns, maybe not). The only rule is what mood you want to create.

    Or whatever Manton says...
     
  12. yachtie

    yachtie Well-Known Member

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    I do it on occasion. While not suitable for the more formal business situations, I have no problem with it,
     
  13. EL72

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    While it doesn't look so bad, a lighter color shirt would look better imo. I have worn a black or navy shirt with a grey suit but only for evening out type situations. The only exception to the shirt-lighter-than-suit rule I can think of that would be acceptable for daytime wear is a tan or off-white summer suit with a french blue shirt.
     
  14. Leaveitothexperts

    Leaveitothexperts Well-Known Member

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    I tend to think the combination is for very casual situations (e.g. clubbing), but I like your ensemble.[​IMG]

    I agree. I think it is more acceptable in social/casual occassions, not really in a proffessional one.

    However, I think you pull it off pretty well, and I wouldn't feel out of place going to work like that on, say a Friday, when I am not going to meet any clients/dealers.
     
  15. marc237

    marc237 Well-Known Member

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    I agree. I think it is more acceptable in social/casual occassions, not really in a proffessional one.

    However, I think you pull it off pretty well, and I wouldn't feel out of place going to work like that on, say a Friday, when I am not going to meet any clients/dealers.


    I would not hesitate to meet my dealer while wearing a shirt darker than my suit.
     
  16. mrchapel

    mrchapel Well-Known Member

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    It works with gray colored suits IMO. The casual route, an open collared black shirt, or a dark blue shirt, look excellent with a gray suit. Additionally, a silver colored tie in that combination just works, although some disagree.
     
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    thinman Well-Known Member

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    I would not hesitate to meet my dealer while wearing a shirt darker than my suit.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. globetrotter

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    The rule I follow, is this: my tie is always darker or at least as dark, as my shirt.


    same here. I add to that - my suit is always darker than my shirt, my tie darker than my suit
     
  19. Newton

    Newton Well-Known Member

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    Wow globetrotter isn't that constrictive on your tie collection?

    My rule on this is, no shirt darker than suit, no tie lighter than shirt.
     
  20. Teacher

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    I do it whenever I'm called on to perform a hit for the Mafia.
     

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