What shirt colour with brown suit?

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  1. Gherkins

    Gherkins Senior member

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    I will get my new suit by next week, SB in a milk chocolate brown. I am not sure of matching colours for a shirt: white will obviously work, am not too sure of light blue, can't stand pink... my favorite idea is purple bengal stripe (which I don't own and cannot find in any store around). What would you guys choose?
     
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    ecru will be better than white
    pale pink
     
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    I'm with johnapril on the ecru or off white. You could also easily do light blue. What's wrong with pink? Give it a try; you may surprise yourself. The only color I'd be wary of would be grey or maybe yellow.
     
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    It really depends on the tone of the brown, IMO, and also on the complements such on the tie you will wear.
    My favourite winter suit is dark brown one. I often combine it with a blue shirt (not pale blue, rather kind of strong blue, but neither dark nor light), or a green shirt (toward the darker end of the green scale), or with an off white shirt. Sometimes I also wear it with a shirt having a strange colour between mauve and pink (a quite "pronounced" colour), or with a shirt having wide stripes in a bourgogne kind of colour.
    I mean, actually all of them combine well with the colour of the suit, but some give rise to raised eyebrows among my more conservative colleagues.
     
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    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    White may not be the default color for a brown suit, but a white shirt with a smart macclesfield tie, and black shoes, really spiff up a brown suit.
     
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    I actually find that ecru looks awful with my brown suit. Plain white, pink, or, depending on the brown, shades of blue all work better.
     
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    I think of white shirt with brown suit as a "fifties" look, and blue shirt with brown suit as a "seventies" look. I do both.

    (I wasn't alive in the 50s and don't remember the 70s, though, so I may be way off.)
     
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    i wear lavender / lilac with mine.

    I'm going to try that.
     
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    I especially like the fifties connotiation. And the idea of black shoes. But pink...[​IMG]... I guess I simply don't like it.
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As others have posted, white, cream, light blue, pink and light gray all work well.
     
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    Light blue
    Light pink

    Both are true winners
     
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    I'm with johnapril on the ecru or off white. You could also easily do light blue. What's wrong with pink? Give it a try; you may surprise yourself. The only color I'd be wary of would be grey or maybe yellow.

    Agreement on the light blue. I used to have a chocolate brown Canali and wore a light blue shirt with a Stefano Ricci tie that had brown and yellow checks in it and it was a smashing combination.
     

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