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Yet another shirt and suit combination question again.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by max1337, Mar 13, 2013.

  1. max1337

    max1337 New Member

    Mar 13, 2013
    Hello Gentlemen,

    I've been lurking around on the forum for quite some time and really enjoyed the member's valuable insights on style.

    I finally decided to sign up because I am an young adult looking to update my wardrobe from teenage years. So here goes! My first post.

    I am looking for opinions and advices for the outfit for a wedding coming up pretty soon. This is my planned outfit for the morning. Paste

    Should I go for a lighter shirt, light purple/lavender, with a solid dark purple tie?

    I apologize in advance for the crappy phone photo.


    Thanks in advance,
    I hope to be more active on the forum.
    I will go introduce myself in the intro thread.
  2. Jthaeler

    Jthaeler Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Are you in the wedding or just appearing? What is the climate and is it a wedding for some rich tycoon or one of your college friends? You don't want to dress so well that the bride ditches her fiance for you.
  3. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

    Apr 17, 2012
    Apologize for nothing except that tie knot. [​IMG]

    That aside, this is a mess to me. Dark shirt + light tie is a big no go in my book. Are you wearing a suit jacket or a tux jacket? Either way it looks like you are wearing non matching trousers which is another no go. Also, I hate purple. If it were me I would avoid it at all costs, unless you are in the wedding party and are being required to dress this way. In any case, the shade of your shirt screams "Joker" IMO.
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2013
  4. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

    Jul 10, 2010
    wow, um, not good. 1. That tie knot needs to never be worn again...period. 2. light tie of the same coloring as the shirt is immediate fail. 3. Tie clip is far too high 4. Doublebrested vest looks horrible in this situation. Just too many layers, which is very noticeable with this jacket. I'd lose the vest 5. Is this a single button jacket? Is it a dinner jacket? Are there matching pants? 6. Although tough from the angle, I'm guessing your sleeves are too long. Here is what I'd do. Step 1. Burn that shirt or put it in the "clubbing" category only. That is not formalwear. Step 2. Put the vest back on the hanger and leave it there. Step 3. Put on or purchase white or light blue dress shirt Step 4. use the same tie, but depending on the shirt collar, tie either a four in hand (point collar) or windsor of reasonable size (spread collar) Step 5. Tie clip lower, between 3rd and 4th button Step 6. White linen pocket square Assuming the stuff fits well, this will have you looking appropriate and stylish without looking like its your first time playing dress up. good luck
  5. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Agree with much of what has been said. In general, avoid shirts and ties that are different shades of the same color. There are some combinations that look good (light pink shirt with burgundy tie, light blue shirt with dark navy or midnight blue tie with a charcoal suit), but be careful. Lilac shirt and dark purple tie is not one of those combinations.

    1. The safest shirts are either white or light blue. I prefer light blue since most non-blue ties look better on it than white IMO. Avoid shirts that are dark in color. White, light blue, pink, lilac, and cream can work well as colors. Some dark patterns on a white background (e.g. stripes or checks can work too). Dark blue, red, purple, or black solid or semi-solid shirts are NOT dress shirts. Either wear them for a night out clubbing or in a casual situation. They should never be seen with a tie.

    2. Do NOT wear a suit jacket without its matching pants. Ever. If you want to wear a jacket with non-matching pants, get an appropriate sport coat (e.g. a navy blazer).
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2013
  6. Jthaeler

    Jthaeler Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    Harsh, but relevant.

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