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What color tie will go with this solid purple shirt and navy jacket?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Sam Phinney, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Sam Phinney

    Sam Phinney New Member

    Jun 25, 2013
    Hey guys! I have a Navy Blue jacket & pants. I used to wear a white solid shirt with it, but it sadly ripped and I don't really have time/money to buy a nice new one. So, I was thinking about wearing this solid purple shirt with it. Only thing is, I don't really know what kind of tie to wear? I've got access to a lot of them, and was just thinking about some ideas for colors. Thanks!
  2. suitsandties

    suitsandties Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    Boston, MA
    A navy blue tie would be your best bet.
  3. Chairman_Liu

    Chairman_Liu Member

    Apr 19, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    I would also consider a gold tie.
  4. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Well-Known Member

    Jun 12, 2010
    Keyboard War Room
    What event do you have in mind?

    I wore my black suit (= Style Forum elite heresy but fuck 'em!) to a nightclub party with a shirt that colour and a dark purple tie.

    I wouldn't dream of wearing any of those items in a business setting, unless my name was Pretty Tony and my business did not declare taxes to the IRS.
  5. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 14, 2008
    Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
    Thank you for saying it, laniceman.

    I have nothing inherently against pairing a purple shirt with a navy suit, so long as it's a very light purple. This is a specific example of a general rule, that while dress shirts needn't be white, they if they are non-white, they should be... well, I guess "pale" describes it best. That is to say, they should not be dark and the colors should not be intense or saturated. Think pale blue, rather than royal blue. light pink, rather than vibrant, shocking pink. Like yellow, rather than a rich, dark golden yellow. And so forth. (Exceptions presumably exist for gangster meetups, clubbing, costume parties, etc. But in terms of typical conservative attire, it's a pretty reliable general rule.)

    The OP's shirt just strikes me as far from ideal for pairing with a navy suit. It's not purple, it's PURPLE. If time and money are truly tight, well, a men's tailored fit pinpoint dress shirt, in white, runs about sixteen bucks and change from Lands End. And a white shirt isn't exactly a frivolous fashion expenditure; owning one makes a lot of sense.

    Next, the OP mentions that he'll be wearing "a navy blue jacket & pants." I've taken this to mean a navy blue suit. However, if it's not a suit - if it's simply a navy jacket and navy pants - that's another problem. The "not a suit, but since the pants and jacket are the same color it kinda, sorta looks like a suit from a distance" look is a really bad one. Don't do it. If going to some event where a suit is expected or required, it's almost always a much better move to show up in tan or grey pants (even chinos) and a navy jacket, than to do the navy pants and navy jacket thing.

    Finally, with regard to the tie color, my vote's for navy blue. No, this may not be the most imaginative, creative choice. But it's a good, solid, unobjectionable choice. And if someone is sufficiently unsure of what to wear that he needs to ask here for help with picking a tie color (not that there's anything wrong with that), I'm more comfortable steering him toward the safe and perfectly acceptable, than toward the imaginative and creative.

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