Many men struggle with colour matching their shirts and suits so we thought we’d clear the air with a simple guide. Matching up your shirt with your suit can make or break your outfit, there’s no point in spending hundreds of your hard earned pounds on a fresh suit to then ruin it with the wrong coloured shirt. This guide will run you through every suit colour and what shirts to wear with them.
WHAT COLOUR SHIRT TO WEAR WITH A GREY SUIT
Grey suits give you plenty of options in the shirts department. There are different rules depending on the shade of grey you opt for though, so we’re going to break it down into the different shades and the shirts that are suitable for each one.
THE BEST COLOUR SHIRTS TO WEAR WITH A LIGHT GREY SUIT
Light grey is the slightly more casual shade in the grey suit family and also gives the most options for shirting. The great thing about light grey suits is they match effortlessly with both darker and lighter shades of shirts. As they are also slightly more casual, you can also easily pair them up with more modern tailoring finishing touches like plain crew neck tees, roll necks and trainers. Here’s a quick list of shirt colours to wear with a light grey suit:
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WHAT COLOUR SHIRTS TO WEAR WITH CHARCOAL SUITS
Charcoal suits are a better option for more formal affairs and stricter dress codes, such as in the work place. They are by far the most versatile of suits when it comes to colour matching with your shirt. It all really comes down to personal preference and context, i.e. where you’ll be wearing your suit and whether that brings any restrictions with it. Once you’ve sussed out any restrictions from where you’ll be wearing your suit, it’s time to decide what shirt colour is for you. The best colours to wear with a charcoal suit are:
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WHAT COLOUR SHIRTS TO WEAR WITH BLACK SUITS
Black suits are typically your most formal of suit. Generally reserved for funerals, weddings and super formal events (although a tux would be best for this), the black suit isn’t very well suited for offices, daytime or meals out with your better half. But, if you are wearing a black suit, there are a few shirt colours that will match well.
Black suits have got a bad rep for being quite boring so, if the occasion will allow it, try a different colour shirt to white or try accessorising with a tie bar, pocket square or some statement footwear – just don’t wear them all at once! To get you up to speed on what options you have in the shirt department, here’s a very quick list for you to glance over. Decide what one’s best for you, whether it’s suitable for where you’re wearing your black suit and away you go!
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WHAT COLOUR SHIRTS TO WEAR WITH A NAVY SUIT
Navy suits are a great go-to for nearly all suit-wearing situations. Whether you’re heading to a wedding, the office or a meal for two, a navy suit won’t let you down. It’s also a great suit to dress down with either a t-shirt, instead of a dress shirt; a pair of clean white trainers or an untucked shirt and no tie.
It’s also a hugely versatile suit and, similar to your charcoal suit, will actually pair very easily with more or less any colour shirt. The only colours you should really avoid are black or dark/ navy blues. Other than that, the world is your sartorial oyster so it comes down to your personal preference and whether there are any dress code rules where you are wearing your suit. Here’s a quick list of suitable shirt colours for your navy suit.
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WHAT COLOUR SHIRTS TO WEAR WITH A BLUE SUIT
Royal blue and lighter blue suits are the most fashionable option on this list and are dominating the likes of Pitti Uomo in recent years. It’s a great suit of choice for dinners out, the office, weddings and more casual nights out. As the brighter blue suit is a bit of a statement in itself, you can get away with more understated shirts but it’s also a great suit to accessorise a little more.
Burgundy, black and brown shoes will all work well with a blue suit but what shirts will go well? We’d stay away from dark shirts for a blue suit and wouldn’t opt for too bright or deep pastel colours as you’ll risk looking like a bag of sweets! Keep things simple and classic with the below options.
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