Safe Bets for a Charcoal Black Blazer

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by ZeAnker, Dec 20, 2012.

  1. ZeAnker

    ZeAnker New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    This is my first post here and one of the reasons I joined up. I`ll cut straight to it. I have a charcoal black blazer and am trying to find out specifically what colors will match with it. Now this is a real piece of quality and I don`t want to sacrifice quality for a proper color match, however my wardrobe is still in it`s infant stages. Rather than buy something that won`t match, I want to know what quality pants and shirts will match in terms of color and style. Again, I don`t want to sacrifice quality as that is a huge concern and the people I am working with have impeccable taste. So what options are available for a charcoal black blazer?
     


  2. gsugsu

    gsugsu Senior member

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    Welcome to SF. Is it charcoal or is it black? Secondly, is it a solid colour? Finally, what kind of texture does it have; is it a smooth worsted texture like a suit jacket? You may not find a lot of love here for an almost black odd jacket that resembles a suit jacket. Pictures would help.
     


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    Solid color and more like a charcoal with pinstripes on inside. 100% cotton exterior 100% polyester interior and looks more like a suit jacket. Pics to follow.
     


  4. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    What do you mean by pinstripes on the inside? On the lining?

    Even if this thing is truly charcoal and not black, I don't think there is a way to make it look that good. It certainly isn't versatile.
     


  5. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    What type of environment do you work in? Formal office? Casual office? Creative? Longer term, I suspect you'll probably be wearing this blazer less and less and you acquire new wardrobe items (traditional navy blazer or navy odd jacket if you can't stand the metal buttons as well as some sort of tasteful brown / tweed jacket are probably two odd jacket staples).

    In the meantime, you're wardrobe is in its infancy and you want to get some use out of this thing and seem to like it. I get that. Shirts aren't too hard; light blues, pink and light purples all look good to my eye with charcoal. You could do white shirts as well, but that can be a bit severe against an almost black surface. As for trousers, perhaps medium to lighter grey trousers would have enough contrast to work (maybe even lighter shades of brown but please don't quote me on that one). Definitely do not wear it with black, navy or charcoal trousers as your jacket and trousers need enough contrast to be clearly distinguishable.
     


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    msulinski Senior member

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    Yeah the pants are tough. I haven't seen any great combinations that include a charcoal jacket. Maybe even mid or light blue would work, though that isn't a look everyone can pull off.
     


  7. ZeAnker

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    I may not be describing it accurately, so I have uploaded a picture. [​IMG]

    While my wardrobe is still in it`s early stages, my plan is to grow it piece by piece. I have mixed opinions about it myself. Specifically, I want to know if the blazer fits inside of a formal work environment and what could be reasonably paired with it.
     


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    A formal work environment means a suit, not an odd blazer and certainly not a cotton one, cotton being a casual fabric.
     


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