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How to wear contrast collars?

deadly7

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I have a few blue or maroon shirts with contrast white collars and white french cuffs (I envy the bankers
) that I like to wear under suits. I've always been a bit put off by wearing them with anything but a solid black suit, though. Which of the following are appropriate suits to wear over contrast shirts?
1. Black pinstripe
2. Solid charcoal
3. Charcoal pinstripe
4. Solid light gray
5. Light gray pinstripe
6. Solid Navy
7. Navy pinstripe

I'd imagine any of the solids are okay, but I'm not too sure.
 

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Pretty much any suit color is appropriate with contrast collars. It's the color of the shirt's body with which you have to concern yourself -- the same as with any other shirt. The white collar will go with anything, but the body color will or will not work depending on its combination with the suit.
 

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I think SpooPoker's done this a few times recently. check out his WAYW pics.
 

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Don't wear any of them. They always did look vaguely down market - like repairs - and time has not healed this view.
 

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Originally Posted by Sander
How to wear them? Not at all.

+1. Its always been a mystery to me why so many well to do men choose to emulate a boring, square bank manager when it comes to business dress. Even worse if worn out of work.
 

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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard
Pretty much any suit color is appropriate with contrast collars. It's the color of the shirt's body with which you have to concern yourself -- the same as with any other shirt. The white collar will go with anything, but the body color will or will not work depending on its combination with the suit.

+1
 

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Originally Posted by Sander
How to wear them? Not at all.

+ 1

Did I read correctly that you have a shirt with the body in solid maroon and the collar and cuffs in white?
Yipes.
 

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Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard
Pretty much any suit color is appropriate with contrast collars. It's the color of the shirt's body with which you have to concern yourself -- the same as with any other shirt. The white collar will go with anything, but the body color will or will not work depending on its combination with the suit.

Awesome. This is what I was looking for, thanks.
 

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Originally Posted by Sander
How to wear them? Not at all.
+1. I'm not a fan, and can recall only one or two times when I thought they looked good.
 

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Stay away from black it's no good period except for maybe a funeral. Solids and pinstripes are your best bet. Too much pettern in the suit distracts from the collar.
 
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Originally Posted by Sander
How to wear them? Not at all.

+1 Always seemed dodgy & never understood why one would do that. Suppose motor bike racing jackets can have different coloured torso and arm material and look OK.
 
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Originally Posted by bowtielover
Stay away from black it's no good period except for maybe a funeral. Solids and pinstripes are your best bet. Too much pettern in the suit distracts from the collar.



Black suits can be very sharp - think Reservoir Dogs.
 

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