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beginner dress shirt/tie/shoe combinations

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by newyorker2, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. newyorker2

    newyorker2 Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    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..

    Last edited: Oct 2, 2012
  2. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

    Jul 15, 2009
    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
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  3. newyorker2

    newyorker2 Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    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..
  4. rm007

    rm007 Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    I'd suggest a crisp white shirt as it makes the suit stand out more overall...I think you answered mostly all your questions.
  5. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

    Apr 3, 2012
    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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