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Casual Shirting and Suits

Written by Mr. WellCultured, Monday, December 6th, 2010 in Q&As

What do you think of a chambray or plaid shirt with a suit?

A great combination, but don’t go overboard.

When pairing a casual shirt with a suit, the real goal is to allow the shirt to speak for itself, so don’t compete with it — keep the tie simple and flattering, and avoid making anything else the center of attention — and make sure the tie is at least as sturdy as the shirt. For example, if you match a dark gray suit with a chambray shirt, wear a knit tie or at least a very hardy wool/silk tie. For a flannel, be careful to pair the colors correctly (avoid wildly multi-colored flannels, keep it simple), and similarly pair it with a knit tie or heavy wool tie. As a general rule, don’t pair western or military shirts with suits, it looks awkward.

Hope this helps!

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One Response to Casual Shirting and Suits

  1. Jacob says:

    I would question whether or not a tie is even a good idea when doing this. I love putting weird stuff under my suit jackets, but i usually omit the tie if I’m not wearing a shirt that would normally be paired with ties. When you play with the look, you will probably have a hard time finding ties in patterns and textures that get along with plaid. Adding a tie to a chambray shirt sounds about the same as adding one to a t-shirt. T-shirts, by the way, are great with suits.

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