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Black Suit, Charcoal Shirt, What Color Tie and Pocketsquare?

envision

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Hi guys. Been a long time lurker, but finally made an account because I need your help.


I just purchased a black suit and a charcoal gray dress shirt. I also bought a black, striped tie along with it, but I feel the entire ensemble might be too dark. Here are my questions.

Is the above a bad combo to go with?

Can I just switch tie colors and save the combination?

Do I have to take back the charcoal gray shirt as well and just go with something entirely different?

I'd appreciate your advice on pocketsquares too if you tell me a shirt and tie to go with.

This will be for a semi-formal dinner/show party I have to attend.

Thanks everyone in advance, your info is definitely much appreciated!
 

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Originally Posted by envision
Hi guys. Been a long time lurker, but finally made an account because I need your help.


I just purchased a black suit and a charcoal gray dress shirt. I also bought a black, striped tie along with it, but I feel the entire ensemble might be too dark. Here are my questions.

Is the above a bad combo to go with?

Can I just switch tie colors and save the combination?

Do I have to take back the charcoal gray shirt as well and just go with something entirely different?

I'd appreciate your advice on pocketsquares too if you tell me a shirt and tie to go with.

This will be for a semi-formal dinner/show party I have to attend.

Thanks everyone in advance, your info is definitely much appreciated!


Lies wont make anyone like you more.
 

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This forum's pathological hatred of the black suit for anything other than a funeral aside, the outfit does seem a little on the dark side. The challenge however, is that generally your tie should be darker than your shirt, so aside from a black tie, there aren't many options with a charcoal shirt. If you're wearing it for a fun night out, maybe think of going open collar to create a more casual look.
 

envision

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Originally Posted by GradSchooler
This forum's pathological hatred of the black suit for anything other than a funeral aside, the outfit does seem a little on the dark side. The challenge however, is that generally your tie should be darker than your shirt, so aside from a black tie, there aren't many options with a charcoal shirt. If you're wearing it for a fun night out, maybe think of going open collar to create a more casual look.

Thank you for your response!

I would love to do that (as I hate wearing ties :p), but unfortunately, the tie is not optional. Is my only other option to go return the shirt and tie and go with more conventional choices?
 

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In general, black suits are frowned upon here but there's nothing wrong with one, especially for a semi-formal/formal event in the evening.

However, wearing a charcoal shirt with a black suit probably isn't the best idea. You probably want some contrast between the shirt and suit. I would go with a lighter colored shirt. If you're stuck with the charcoal shirt, the best option might be to wear it open collar as someone else mentioned.
 

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Agree with sportin_life. If you want a dark shirt, I would go with a pinstripe / band stripe / check style to break it up a bit. Or go with a lighter coloured shirt if you want to stick with solid colours. If it is formal evening, you could also go with a tux style shirt.
 

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The only other think I can think of is an ultra-dark maroon or plum colored tie. Otherwise, I'd probably choose to pair the black suit with a plain white, lavender or pink shirt with a grey tie.
 

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My rule is to never use dark shirts with ties.
 

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Contrary to popular belief, black is very difficult to pair with other colors. Wearing it with a gray or silver shirt (in the evenings only) isn't a bad idea, but with a black tie the effect is too undertaker-for-the-mob.

If you want to stick with a black tie, might I suggest a light, solid pink shirt? This takes the edge off the black quite a bit.
 

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Ditch the charcoal shirt. Get a shirt with a pin or a butcher stripe and introduce some color. Do not wear a black tie. If you are going for a somber look, bring in a grey tie. Glenplaid would also work.

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by envision
Hi guys. Been a long time lurker, but finally made an account because I need your help.


I just purchased a black suit and a charcoal gray dress shirt. I also bought a black, striped tie along with it, but I feel the entire ensemble might be too dark. Here are my questions.

Is the above a bad combo to go with?

Can I just switch tie colors and save the combination?

Do I have to take back the charcoal gray shirt as well and just go with something entirely different?

I'd appreciate your advice on pocketsquares too if you tell me a shirt and tie to go with.

This will be for a semi-formal dinner/show party I have to attend.

Thanks everyone in advance, your info is definitely much appreciated!


Lurk moar...
 

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If you can't ditch the black suit, then ditch the dark shirt; plain white will look much better though there's lots of other options too.
 

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