Hello everybody, My first post in this forum, please bear with me for opening a new thread here and writing too many details, or too few : ) I've recently started a new job and needed to broaden a bit my wardrobe, especially with respect to business clothes. Since I'm still very inexperienced when it comes to matching colors and patterns, very rarely used ties before, mostly I've opted for solid colors. Now, I'm on a business trip, with some of the aforementioned new set, and having been invited for a dinner next week (private event, kind of a date, let's say, and no clue about the target place), was wondering if the following combination would be okay, or if I'm heading in a totally wrong direction. Would like also to keep the outcome of this discussion for future reference on matching rules. Here I wanted to create something slightly eye catching, with some elegance but not too formal (thus jeans, and moreover might happen that we go out to have a drink after-dinner)... It seems that here the purple tie + black shirt combination is not very welcome, but can't honestly follow much this "hostility" : ) --- Blue Jeans Black Shirt (Solid Color) http://www.camicissima.com/new/collezioni/camicie/images/CMS2000126950.jpg Purple Tie (Solid Color) http://www.camicissima.com/new/collezioni/cravatte/images/0003tie.jpg (second column, in the middle) Navy Trench Coat http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/us/en/zara-us-S2012/189526/629695/TRENCH%2BCOAT%2BWITH%2BCHECKED%2BLINING Black Shoes Black Belt No suit jacket (since have only fairly classic ones with me). --- And, was also wondering, maybe a tie clip to fit-in the unusual detail (satin black to blend in the shirt? polished steel to match the belt buckle?), if I'll manage to find one before the event. Thank you all! P.S.: if that matters, have dark brown hair (almost black), and an average skin tone, blue eyes.