January 17, at 9: We would just avoid shiny or glossy shirts.
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Also, necktie or bowtie if required and of what color? If you want to step up the formality of your look a little bit, go with a neck tie. You can have some fun with the color of it — maybe a blue pattern, maroon, or dark green. Show the world your beautiful outfit! What if I wear a long sleeve button down untucked with my vest unbuttoned? I am currently wearing a black and white small, checkered shirt with a black vest, black jeans, and black leather converse.
Sorry, not our thing, but we respect your right to rock that look. First I would like to say that I love the atmosphere of the commenters here. I work as a network specialist help desk plus technician plus network administrator and also own my own game studio. I found one that fit comfortably and I am trying it out. I also have a habit of rolling up my dress sleeves to the elbow as I HATE the feeling of sleeves on my arms.
Furthermore I don shoulder length dark hair and a red beard length varies by season. Actually, you already mentioned the only people who truly matter when it comes to judging your style: We say go forth! And i am not sure if my attire coordinates with one another. I am planning to wear a grey shirt, black vest, a black pants, black shoes and a white bow.
Does that sounds okay? A white bow tie should be reserved for a very formal white tie affair like the Nobel Prize Ceremony or a coronation. Let us preface our answer by saying that, you can wear whatever you want. We give recommendations, not condemnations. That would make you look like your vest had some sort of growth coming out of the bottom.
Last time I wore a black shirt and a green tie but now I wanna pair it with a gray tie, a fitting pair of jeans and a white shirt… the question is… my shirt is short sleeved. Or maybe not use the tie?
BUT, I have a compromise. You can stick with your vest and tie combination, but wear a long sleeve button-down white shirt with the sleeves rolled up.
We are hosting a 50th wedding anniversary party for my in-laws. Cocktail attire was requested, but its the first Saturday in August in the South. My husband was thinking about a vest outfit. He has a great pair of medium grey slacks and I was wondering what color of vest.
Was thinking of dressing it up with a pocket square. His build is quite athletic, but recently he has been in some weddings and I love the way a vest flatters his body type. Cocktail attire means full suits for men.
It would be poor form for the host to set a dress code and then underdress. If you do go with a more casual look and wants a vest to wear with a pair of gray pants, the color choices are pretty much wide open.
Just about everything matches with neutral medium gray slacks. The color matching he should be concerned with is matching the colors to his own colors. Lighter hair means a lighter vest is probably the optimal choice. We hope this helps, Fran. If you want to get more specific advice from one of our stylists, feel free to send some pics to concierge blacklapel. Do you have any suggestions on how I could go about this?
While we make our clothes for men, they are made-to-measure and some women do get clothes from us including the female employees of Black Lapel and some of our wives as well. Drop us a line at concierge blacklapel. I want to get a vest or more than one to wear casually with jeans. Is that suitable to wear with a vest or would the look be thrown off due to the vest fitting far more snugly than the jeans?
Is there an exception to the rule? Our suits get reviewed and reviewed well, we might add by menswear bloggers fairly frequently, Kent. I have brown skin and black hair Asian from the tropics. I only have black denim jeans and brown suede bucks to start with.
I want either a printed shirt and plain-colored tie, or a plain white shirt and printed knit tie. And then for the vest, maybe a safe gray?
I only stand at 5ft. Does that affect the chances of me looking good on a vested suit? That said, women have been wearing menswear stylishly since Diane Keaton made everyone fall in love with Annie Hall back in So proceed, but proceed with caution. As for color combinations, a gray vest is an easy outfit starter.
One thing we would change, though, is the black jeans and brown shoes combo. If the jeans are black, the shoes ought to be too.
With some black shoes and black jeans, a white button front shirt and a gray vest can make for a stylish casual look. Should I be looking for a slightly less dressy fabric than pictured in the vest above? Does the sheer material on the back of that style of vest specifically make the vest too dressy for jeans? I have the above vest in that color and a darker black, but cannot seem to find one in a more casual version. The event in question is a party at a classy bar.
Its not fully formal, but dressier than average. No need to worry about the vest being too dressy. As for the backing, a Bemberg back, like the one featured on the back of Black Lapel vests work just fine with casual outfits.
Of course, since our clothes are all custom made, you can special request a self-back vest. To do that just email concierge blacklapel. I have a dark grey vest, was planning on wearing it with either black dress pants or grey ones that are just a touch lighter than the vest, need advice on what color shirt should go with it?
Also, yay or nay on a black slim tie. The tie decision is not one we can make for you, David. We will offer this advice, though: Meekness is the enemy of style. Okay, enough of the tough love, David. On to your other questions. As for the pants, whenever you wear non-matching separates like a jacket and pants or, in this case, a vest and pants, avoid combinations that are too similar. A dark gray vest and a barely lighter pair of gray pants will look like you tried to make a matching suit out of two different fabrics a Busch League move.
Instead, we suggest going with the black pants. Explaining how to do that is a little more than we could fit into a comment reply. That said, when in doubt, a solid white shirt is always the safest and easiest bet. I do not particularly like white shirts. Any help would be great in putting together a great outfit. The rest can stay the same, or you could even add something to tie the light blue and dark blue of the shirt and jeans together, like a knit tie with dark and light blue stripes , if you want to dress the look up a bit.
All of this still adds up to a simply stylish look for any casual occasion. That sounds really good. Are there any other colors you could recommend for the shirt? Such as plaid patterns if any, that could go with a grey vest? As well as type of material for the vest? I thank you very much for all the help! The shirt colors and patterns are really a matter of personal preference and what works best for you.
Rather than giving you some blind recommendation, we suggest you use our guide to creating your own shirt style. As for the vest, we think that fabric and fit are just as important in a vest as they are in the rest of a suit.
You can order a vest here that is made from the same wool we make our suits out of with Bemberg lining on the back for wearing it as a part of a suit. For more casual wear you can special order one with a fabric back and you can order one made in any of the fabrics we offer by emailing us at concierge blacklapel. I am going to Vegas and want to looks nice going out Saturday night. I do not know what color shirt and slacks to wear with a medium to light grey vest.
I have black, charcoal, dark grey and light grey slacks. The only shirt I do not have to take is White. Can I wear a medium blue shirt with grey vest? If so what color slacks should I wear? Or do you have another combination that would work best? Any help would be great, Thanks. Try to differentiate between the pants and vest by choosing the light gray pants if the vest is dark or dark gray if the vest is light.
A little variation on the gray theme will go a long way. Finally, with all but the black pants you can add some brown shoes to this look to keep things interesting and add a little color to this outfit. Could i pull off a black vest with very casual shoes? Like old school high top black converse or simple black skater shoes.
You would know the answer to that better than we do. Would we wear the black vest and sneakers outfit you described? Hell to the no. As a maker of fully customizable clothes we respect, and encourage you to take full advantage of, your right to define your style. You do you, Antonio. I noticed that the model in the photo is wearing a brown belt and certainly brown shoes but can I do the same with black belt and shoes?
If I wanted to add a tie, what color would work? This same look would work with a black belt and black shoes. Try different shades and colors of vest and pair it with a denim.
Go for some bright colored tuxedos. The answer to this question depends on what you look like, Charlie. As we discussed in our piece about building the ultimate suit , your skin and hair color are the most important things when it comes to deciding on clothing colors. All that being said, a middle of the road blue is neutral enough to work with almost any complexion and always pairs nicely with browns and tans. Could you do a black vest, lavender shirt with a dark grey pant and black shoes or does the pant have to be black as well?
No need to get all matchy-matchy, Jim. A black vest and black pants might have you looking like the wait staff at a catered affair. A word to the wise, though, Jim. Black is tougher to wear than most guys think.
A black vest on a lavender shirt is going to be a seriously high contrast combo. Consider wearing a lighter vest like the one pictured above for a laid back look.
I own a tailor made grey wool vest, do you have any ideas as to what shirt? Other colors of oxford shirts would work too. I want to wear jeans, a solid dark purple shirt, and a vest to a casual masquerade party at my local watering whole.
What color jeans and vest should I wear? You may want to consult with the host before showing up in your street clothes. As for the outfit, we always say go with dark blue jeans. Dark jeans are the most versatile. They work with everything. For more on this check out our guide to essential dress shoes.
Neither of these things should be purchased to wear to this one event, though, Nate. Then you can go masquerading as a stylish gent everywhere you go.
I was thinking of being more-so on the casual side of things. I have a lot of button-up plaid-ish type style shirts that are popular and are also okay to wear at my workplace. The combination of plaid shirts and vests is a great way to go, Mike. Black is a tougher color to wear than most guys realize. Even those plaid shirts with some black in them will look good with neutral gray or navy.
Rather, it should be used with caution. But hey, why not have a few vests, one in each color? I was wondering if a black button down with a white tie and white vest would work? I am planning on wearing black jeans but I need to know if that would be a huge flop. To start, a black button-front shirt is one of the hardest shirts to wear with a tie. Wear it with a black tie and you look like Regis Philbin circa Wear it with any colored or patterned tie and it looks like you were trying to dress up a casual shirt.
Because a black button front really is a casual shirt. As for the vest, a white vest is a non-starter. Wearing a vest that is lighter than the shirt underneath it is a tough style challenge it can be done, but the degree of difficulty is high.
A white vest makes pairing pretty much impossible. No need to go off the menu, for this look, though Nathan. Well the problem is… What color vest should go with what color belt and shoes? I really need help. Take your cues from the vest buttons, John.
Belt buckles tend to push out the vest awkwardly and make you look paunchy. I have a soccer presentation coming up. Its a semi formal occasion. All I have at the moment is a light grey vest. What colour shirt, pants and shoes would look good?? Thinking of a bowtie aswell. Play it safe and wear a pair of charcoal slacks , a crisp white shirt and a black knit tie for a tie that is still pretty laid back and looks great with a vest.
My son will be wearing a medium gray herringbone wool vest with jeans for his Senior Yearbook pictures. We were thinking of dark jeans, light blue shirt with a maroon tie, wearing the same beige shoes as shown above.
Do you approve, or do you think it is too much? He really likes the vest and tie combo and I have no fashion sense on how to make it work for this occasion. To be honest, I have no fashion sense at all hanging my head in shame. I would appreciate and suggestions.
We do approve, Kimberly. This outfit sounds appropriate for the occasion and the individual pieces can be mixed and matched with tons of other outfits. As for the fashion sense, just steer your son on over here to The Compass. Black to match the buttons on the vest. The happy couple is a female couple.
Glad we could help, Jake. Since you will be the only man up there, you will likely stand out regardless of what you wear. With that in mind, we suggest only minimally tweaking the original idea. It sounds like you prefer shades of black to shades of brown so you can swap those colors and stay somewhat close to what the brides intended. Does this sound rediculous? First off, are you a member of the wedding party, Jake?
If everyone else in the wedding party is wearing the powder blue shirt with a light brown vest and navy blue trousers, you should wear that as well. If one man is going to stand out it should be the groom, not the third guy from the left in all of the wedding photos. Now, if you are not a member of the wedding party you do have a lot more leeway. As a guest you should be able to wear a gray vest instead of a brown one and no one will have any complaints.
For one, Labor Day was last week. But fashion faux-pas aside, white bucks will put a lot of attention on you. Let the bride and groom have the spotlight and choose a more traditional pair of kicks brown or black.
Finally, check out our guide to wedding attire for men for more on this subject. The vest in question is light grey with a plaid patterning and black buttons. Also do you have any opinions on whether it should be buttoned or unbuttoned? Adding a vest to your wardrobe is a smart move, Akshay. A vest and a T-shirt has a distinctly Ed Norton-ish look not the gifted actor from such classic movies as Fight Club, but the garbage man neighbor from the old Honeymooners show pictured here.
Most guys are trying not to stand out too much so they put on a T-shirt and a vest and what does it do? It makes you stand out for all the wrong reasons. Are we advocating wearing a full-on dress shirt like you would wear with a suit and tie? But a more casual chambray shirt in an easy pairing color like blue or an oxford shirt will keep things laid back and still look great under a vest.
I have a for lack of better words high-class cigar bar hop planned with a few friends and this is just the style I was looking for. I was thinking dark wash denim, black vest, red button down with the sleeves up, and a loose charcoal patterned tie. Our only concern would be looking a little devilish with a black vest and a red shirt.
If the red is subdued like this it can work. The safer bet, though, for an evening out, would be to go with a dark red that creates less contrast with the vest. I was thinking of wearing my nike converses, but if you have a better suggestion Im all ears.
On the whole this sounds like an outfit that will work. Sneakers and a vest is a pretty young look, though, Trae. Judging by the Thursday night party plans, this is probably not a concern. I just bought a lighter medium grey glen check vest. Will that go well with lavender or mint green shirt with slightly darker tie, dark blue jeans, and brown shoes. Sounds good to us, Michael. Lighter grays also work with white shirts a summer staple and light blue shirts as well.
I have a have white dress shirt with light blue lines running horizontal and dark blue lines running vertical. I got a bowtie that has a squared design with the colors red white a blue to go along. I am also wearing brown slacks. My question is would a grey vest go well or would a blue vest work better? Blue will provide the most harmony with the blue in the shirt, so that would be our first choice.
The gray would work too, but only if it is as light or lighter than the slacks. A really dark charcoal gray vest with khaki pants would clash, but a gray vest like this one with medium or chocolate brown pair of pants would do the trick.
I recently picked up a black vest that I plan to pair with white dress shirts and ties. My question is about the pants. I plan to wear jeans occasionally, but I will also need to wear dress pants some too. I have three pair that will go well with the vest. One pair is dark charcoal grey with a subtle pinstripe. Will they all work, and which would look best? I will have a black belt with silver buckle, black shoes, and planning to wear a dark red and black squares tie with subtle white dots on it.
A pinstripe suit all coordinates, but start wearing the pieces separately and our favorite part of the pinstripe sleek lines from head to toe breaks down.
Other than that, our main bit of advice when wearing a vest with dress slacks is to avoid a belt. With jeans wearing a belt may be inevitable, but your tailored pants ought to fit you well enough to go without a belt. A belt buckle will add girth and push the bottom of your vests open. If you do need a little help holding your pants up under the vest you can go to a tailor for two solutions:. Could I pull off a light blue strip seersucker pants, navy short sleeve vest and white seersucker vest?
Sounds like a lot going on, in this outfit, Dread. Two different seersucker types will likely look mismatched. The whole outfit sounds a little forced. Should I get a new pair of trousers from the exact same color? I have a light vest and my 8th grade graduation is this monday so I wanted to know if I could wear a dark-gray-ish skinny jeans-but not too tight, with a dusk blue shirt and I want to know what tie color I should wear and if my black loafers would look good with skinny jeans and the dusk blue shirt.
Also, I want to know if I should wear the dusk blue shirt or if I should change it, and if I do, what tie color should I buy? For a tie, we would suggest going with a solid black knit tie. For the shirt color, a lot depends on your own coloring how your skin and hair look against the blue of the shirt. The comments on this page are amazing, hoping you can help me in a similar fashion.
First look that came to mind was maybe a royal blue button down, white tie, black vest, white belt, tan slacks, black shoes. Black shoes with tan slacks, is that even allowed? Using the dark tan slacks as your starting point we recommend going with brown shoes. For a shirt and tie, keep things simple with a white or light blue shirt and a knit tie to keep the look casual we love solid navy knits but for this situation. The same rule of thumb that applies to the shoes applies to the vest color.
Look for a vest in another earth tone, like a lighter or darker tan than your pants. Just avoid bold, highly saturated colors like royal and stick with more muted color options.
What color trousers would go? Can I wear another grey? You can wear another gray, just try a different shade of gray than the light vest. Stick with classics like brogues or, if the weather will be warm and dry, loafers.
Any of our five essentials of the dress shoe wardrobe ought to do the trick. Can I wear a black vest with khakis and black shoes? The shirt is long-sleeve, light gray with black stripes. Also pondering wearing a black skinny ish tie. No, you may not. While we usually suggest medium shade vests over black, the shirt and vest combo will work. The tie with the striped shirt may be overdoing it a bit, though.
Going to my school graduation next week, would black suit pants a white shirt with a light grey collar and a darker waistcoat be ok? Most people are just wearing shirt and tie but i dont like that look: For an event like a graduation, we still recommend wearing a tie. You can still wear a vest, though. What do you think? Would a grey suit vest, white shirt no tie , dark jeans and grey casual shoes look okay? My shoes have leather laces so i was going to go with brown belt.
Boat shoes with dark jeans and a worsted wool vest would be a little awkward. And when you do this, follow the rule of thumb and match the belt to your shoe color. I wanted an outfit to wear when I go out with friends to the bar or to the mall. I was thinking of a white shirt with the black vest and navy blue jeans with dark grey Edmour lace-up shoes.
How do you think this would fit? Im trying to look for a standard casual look for when I go out. On the surface it sounds like a pretty straightforward plan. This is a good look for a medium to dark skin tone and darker hair pictured here. Hey I just wanted to let you know it worked out well. Im trying to find the name of those jeans you have at the top. Can you tell me what colour they are or what they are called? Nothing exotic, just a pair of Levis s in their standard rinse color. And should I wear a long sleeve white shirt with this?
Also what should a casual vest look like from behind as I can only find ones with a different material backing. And does a short sleeve shirt work just as well?
We eat bombardments of questions for breakfast, Bradley. The dark jeans and Chelsea boots ought to work out fine, though, if you plan to hit the dance floor hard, just be careful not to step on any toes. A long sleeve white dress shirt will work. Vests are generally made with fabric fronts and lined backs.
A vest is a layer and adds warmth. By nature it looks a little weird with short sleeves like shorts and winter boots. Need your input for a nice but casual outfit for this weekend in Atlantic City for the club.
I have a grey vest that I want to pair with a black v-neck underneath and my dress watch. Would love a suggestion on style and color of jeans and shoes that would compliment this. A dark wash blue, or even black, is the way to go here.
A standard or slim fit is in order here. If sneakers are your thing, you may not go for those. Would dark wash jeans with a faded patern be ok with a maroon vest? No tie just a vest and white dress shirt and those jeans. We suggest dark wash for pairing with a Black Lapel vest because our vests are a bit dressier than, say, a cotton vest.
So in our context a dressier pair of jeans is more appropriate. If the vest in question is more casual, then the jeans can be too, Andrew. Hey, thanks for always helping. Usually I find my answer without typing. Can I wear a black coat, black vest, white shirt, with great pants to a summer, night time wedding? You should always wear great pants.
And now on to our answer…. As Ray Charles would say, night time is the right time for black vests and jackets. The black jacket and vest could work here. Once, for a photo shoot, we needed a photo of the bow tie in a tuxedo. The model, who was wearing our gray glen plaid pants, slipped on a black jacket and bow tie over a white shirt. The look came off really well. We say go for it, Matthew. Black jeans and brown moccasins, you say?
Would this outfit work? If the goal is to move more towards casual, then we recommend moving away from the all-black combo. Neither of those scenarios adds up to a casual look. Instead, go with the gray slacks, the vest, and a more casual knit tie, like a black dotted knit. With these tweaks this outfit will keep things casual and stylish.
Does this style work for most body types? I am broad shouldered and slightly on the heavier side. I really like this look. I want to dress better but Its hard for me to find something that I can casually wear but still look good in. This style does work for a lot of body types.
Rather than pairing a white shirt and dark vest, try a light blue shirt with a navy vest. This will take the emphasis off of your midsection. Fit is important as well. Make sure the vest is long enough to cover your waist. If your shirt is peeking out at the bottom of the vest, that will draw attention to your stomach. Finally, avoid a belt with the vest for the same reason. With those adjustments, you can add this look to your casual repertoire. Need some help please! My wedding is just a few weeks away and we still do not have the grooms and groomsmen attire.
We have looked at several options and browsed lots of styles, in-store and online. We have settled on a more casual look including dress pants, white button up shirt, and tie for groomsmen but want to add a vest to grooms attire. So my question is do we do a lighter color vest with darker pants, same color, or darker vest, lighter pants?
We were looking at black slacks with a medium toned gray vest OR khaki pants with a gray vest. If only we had known about this sooner, we could have gotten your groom and groomsmen decked out in some custom threads! Here he is rocking an outfit that straddles the line between dressy and casual quite well.
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