style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

style is a simple way of saying complicated things.

Summer Blues

Monday, September 23, 2013

(camo bow tie - The Tie Bar | jacket - Zara | pants - Dockers | belt - Club Monaco | shoes - To Boot New York | pocket square - Neighbour)

One of the most underrated ways to wear a suit is combining two parts, jacket and pants (also known as suit separates). There are countless combos that are going to look killer, but I wanted to highlight matching similar color tones in suit separates.

Some guys out there might think they can wear their new navy work slacks with the old navy blazer that's been sitting in the back of their closet for eight years. Unless you buy them together (same brand, same exact color) do not combine them and wear it out as a suit. The dim lighting in your closet might make you feel like they're close enough in color; they're not. Instead of trying to force it, change up your thinking on what your suit should look like.

Pair a basic suit color (navy, grey, charcoal) with a lighter or darker version of that color. Keeping your separates in the same color family, but changing up the tones makes for a sure-fire awesome suit. Just ask Thom Browne.

Style note: when mixing tones, keep a piece constant. Wearing a white shirt under your suit will keep you from looking like you're trying too hard and help maintain a clean look.

Know your audience. Don't wear a lighter, more casual tone to a serious business meeting. Brighter color tones are certainly more casual, so jazz yourself up with a bow tie just for fun. Also, don't be afraid to wear a few bracelets or a colorful belt (or even socks); have some fun with it.

  • If you're having trouble matching up colors, take a look at this.
  • Mixing brighter, more casual colors in your suit don't make for a board room appropriate vibe--keep it on the streets. 
  • Bracelets go great with a casual suit. 
Stay classy,

Wear It Write. 


  1. That belt is great. The colors go well together, but I'd never think to put them together like that.

  2. bracelets with suits are dope.

  3. Camo is definitely "in" in a huge way. Love the "just because" bow tie!

  4. Should I be leaving a buckle undone on my monks?

  5. This looks great. I like what you said about trying to not match colors that are too similar, thanks!

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  8. I want to pull a very similar style to prom, what do you think?

    1. Hey Frank,

      First I wanted to say awesome job on not just renting a tux from mens wearhouse.

      I think the camo bow tie and navy suit is a good call. I wouldn't wear chinos though, I'd go with a full navy suit.

      Hope that helps, feel free to email me with what you go with.



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