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What to wear with a red blazer?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by alexei, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. alexei

    alexei Senior Member

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    Hi guys, I'm a new member here, but have been reading SF for about 3 months. I'm curious of your opinions on what to wear (e.g. color of slacks, tie, and shirt) with a red cashmere blazer. It's a bit of a dark red, but not too dark. I took a picture, but it did not come out well.

    Specifically, I want to wear it to a nice dinner or concert. Anyway, I'm afraid if I go with a white shirt & black tie it will look like I'm an usher or maybe in a private school. A black shirt makes it look like I'm in the mafia. I tried a grey shirt, but it didn't look very good. I need some ideas... [​IMG]

    Thanks,
    Alexei
     


  2. pkincy

    pkincy Senior Member

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    Charcoal grey trousers, white shirt, and deep primary colors tie. Say blue predominantly with some red and other colors.

    I have a blood red bamboo Isaia that I wear with one of several sport/dress shirts. All the shirts have white, blue as the predominant colors with a touch of red.

    It also works with a charcoal grey silk turtleneck.

    Perry
     


  3. VMan

    VMan Distinguished Member

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    Red is a powerful color, so you'd do best to make the jacket the focal point of your outfit.

    As previously suggested, wear monotone colors for the rest of the outfit - charcoal slacks, black (maybe even dark brown) shoes, a white shirt, and a dark muted tie.
     


  4. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Distinguished Member

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    white or light blue shirt. Light blue stripes is fine as well.
    Trousers could be charcoal, navy or black. As for ties, you can't go wrong with a navy blue tie.

    !luc
     


  5. saint

    saint Distinguished Member

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    Hard to say, red, yellow, green etc blazers all sort of smack of the uniform of a real estate agent.
     


  6. Master Shake

    Master Shake Distinguished Member

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    I'll take a stab. I think given that the jacket is a dark red, charcoal may be a tad too dark. I'd go with light gray slacks and a light blue shirt. I personally wouldn't wear a tie, but if I had to, I'd go for something in navy.
     


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    johnapril Distinguished Member

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    I would try a white dress shirt with an open collar and slacks with dark tan or copper in them.
     


  8. Niels

    Niels Well-Known Member

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    Try trousers in a contrasting colour like green. Maybe the shirt should be more discrete like ligth blue and a tie in ligth red/violet, may a pastel colour.

    Definitely brown shoes
     


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    The red&green combination - doesn't it sound like some kind of strange uniform? For fox-hunting or something like that?
     


  10. Charley

    Charley Distinguished Member

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    I think you should reconsider wearing a bright red blazer to a nice dinner. And concert can mean widely differning situations. Sure, wear it to the Kiss concert. I wouldn't wear it to something given by the orchestra.

    Wear it to the football tailgating party.
     


  11. designprofessor

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    Holdfast Stylish Dinosaur

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    I have a russet jacket that I tend to combine with charcoal greys, browns, creams/beige, golds and other autumnal colours. However, there's a difference between russet and bright red! [​IMG]
     


  13. Edward Appleby

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    As far as ties, I'd go for a navy or black grenadine, or perhaps even a knit (depends on the specifics of the jacket.)
     


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    I have a very nice 100% linen summer sportcoat in a light red color and I have only wore it once with light jeans and a creme colored polo shirt. I never think anything looks good with it so a great jacket never gets worn.....
     


  15. kitonbrioni

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    Wear a light color shirt but better yet try a light color fine knit sweater.
     


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