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Hi can anyone give me suggestions what colours to wear...I don't want black and white! It's for work in finance. Shirt colour/tie colour/trouser colour. And if you can show picture but not necessary. Thanks.
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Do you want to wear a suit, or just shirt and trouser?

If you're going for suits, I'd definitely recommend a classic black one, dark grey, and dark navy (looks great on anyone).

If you don't want to buy suits, buy black, grey and navy trousers - any dark colour will do really. You can wear any colour shirt (grey, white, dark green, pale blue, navy, black, wine red, pink, striped etc.) And a black blazer just for days you want to look a bit smarter, it goes with any colour shirt. You don't always have to wear a tie, but again go for any colour complimenting the shirt you're wearing that day. I wouldn't recommend any patterned ones, just solid colours.
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Do you want to wear a suit, or just shirt and trouser?

If you're going for suits, I'd definitely recommend a classic black one, dark grey, and dark navy (looks great on anyone).

If you don't want to buy suits, buy black, grey and navy trousers - any dark colour will do really. You can wear any colour shirt (grey, white, dark green, pale blue, navy, black, wine red, pink, striped etc.) And a black blazer just for days you want to look a bit smarter, it goes with any colour shirt. You don't always have to wear a tie, but again go for any colour complimenting the shirt you're wearing that day. I wouldn't recommend any patterned ones, just solid colours.
Thanks for the idea...I like the sound of navy. Say I get navy trouser what is a good combination of shirt and tie colour. Thanks.

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Thanks for the idea...I like the sound of navy. Say I get navy trouser what is a good combination of shirt and tie colour. Thanks.

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Pale blue shirt and a skinny black or navy tie is the perfect combination. Or a bright red tie even. But you could also wear navy trousers with a white shirt, a cream/beige shirt, a dark wine coloured shirt. I'd recommend just buying 20 or so different coloured shirts and seeing what works together. They have really cheap ones in H&M and Uniqlo. I also like Next - they have a really good colour selection in mens shirts.
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navy, black isn't such a bad colour for formal wear, it depends on the cut though.
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Do you want to wear a suit, or just shirt and trouser?

If you're going for suits, I'd definitely recommend a classic black one, dark grey, and dark navy (looks great on anyone).

If you don't want to buy suits, buy black, grey and navy trousers - any dark colour will do really. You can wear any colour shirt (grey, white, dark green, pale blue, navy, black, wine red, pink, striped etc.) And a black blazer just for days you want to look a bit smarter, it goes with any colour shirt. You don't always have to wear a tie, but again go for any colour complimenting the shirt you're wearing that day. I wouldn't recommend any patterned ones, just solid colours.
For a professional (non-media) work environment, just no to the above.

Never ever ever wear a black suit to work, unless you are a waiter, an undertaker or a bank robber.

The other things you can only do if it's within the company dress code. There's a good chance that mix and match isn't. It may not seem like a big deal at home, but unless it specifies casual; you can stick out really easily.

"Business casual" for men generally means suit with no tie.

"Casual" means trousers, shirt, jacket - not shorts and a banana suit.

You cannot wear any colour shirt without looking like a total tool. The shirt should be lighter than the suit. White, blues (including stripes and small gingham) are almost always ok. Pink and purple can be ok if you know what you are doing - but are usually the preserve of estate agents and mobile phone salesmen. Anything dark colour will make you look like a nightclub-owner/gangster wannabe.

The tie should contrast to the shirt- not compliment it. If you have a patterned shirt - make sure the tie isn't the same kind (i.e. no stripes with stripes) and that the colours don't match. Solid ties can look like "power ties" and a bit old-fashioned - but there's nothing actually wrong with it - although I would avoid bright red.

Don't wear a pocket square unless you are over 25, or have an enormous level of pre-existing swag. If you do, it's an idea if the colours but not the pattern have some kind of synchronicity with the tie.

Avoid flashy cuff links until you are in the swing of things - better yet, don't wear french cuffs. Don't wear a silly watch, don't wear a belt and make sure you have clean black shoes with black socks.

That's how you dress for a professional office.
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Hi can anyone give me suggestions what colours to wear...I don't want black and white! It's for work in finance. Shirt colour/tie colour/trouser colour. And if you can show picture but not necessary. Thanks.
There isn't a huge latitude with colours without risking looking silly. Brown suits can be done - but it often implies a lot of money being spent.

If you want to look different - try a nice three-piece in a dark navy. White shirt with some fine blue stripes or pinpoints. Whatever tie suits - if you have an old school or a alumni tie that's a starting point. Otherwise, club stripes in almost any colour you like. Then if you must, must, experiment with white pocket squares until you think you look like Cary Grant.
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There isn't a huge latitude with colours without risking looking silly. Brown suits can be done - but it often implies a lot of money being spent.

If you want to look different - try a nice three-piece in a dark navy. White shirt with some fine blue stripes or pinpoints. Whatever tie suits - if you have an old school or a alumni tie that's a starting point. Otherwise, club stripes in almost any colour you like. Then if you must, must, experiment with white pocket squares until you think you look like Cary Grant.
Haha...Thanks I think im going for navy blue suit ! I'd rep you but say prsom

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For a professional (non-media) work environment, just no to the above.

Never ever ever wear a black suit to work, unless you are a waiter, an undertaker or a bank robber.

The other things you can only do if it's within the company dress code. There's a good chance that mix and match isn't. It may not seem like a big deal at home, but unless it specifies casual; you can stick out really easily.

"Business casual" for men generally means suit with no tie.

"Casual" means trousers, shirt, jacket - not shorts and a banana suit.

You cannot wear any colour shirt without looking like a total tool. The shirt should be lighter than the suit. White, blues (including stripes and small gingham) are almost always ok. Pink and purple can be ok if you know what you are doing - but are usually the preserve of estate agents and mobile phone salesmen. Anything dark colour will make you look like a nightclub-owner/gangster wannabe.

The tie should contrast to the shirt- not compliment it. If you have a patterned shirt - make sure the tie isn't the same kind (i.e. no stripes with stripes) and that the colours don't match. Solid ties can look like "power ties" and a bit old-fashioned - but there's nothing actually wrong with it - although I would avoid bright red.

Don't wear a pocket square unless you are over 25, or have an enormous level of pre-existing swag. If you do, it's an idea if the colours but not the pattern have some kind of synchronicity with the tie.

Avoid flashy cuff links until you are in the swing of things - better yet, don't wear french cuffs. Don't wear a silly watch, don't wear a belt and make sure you have clean black shoes with black socks.

That's how you dress for a professional office.
Love this made me laugh...

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Wear grey color or navy blue that would be really looking cool for your complexion.
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Wear grey color or navy blue that would be really looking cool for your complexion.
My skin complexion? If so how do you know lol.
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There isn't a huge latitude with colours without risking looking silly. Brown suits can be done - but it often implies a lot of money being spent.

If you want to look different - try a nice three-piece in a dark navy. White shirt with some fine blue stripes or pinpoints. Whatever tie suits - if you have an old school or a alumni tie that's a starting point. Otherwise, club stripes in almost any colour you like. Then if you must, must, experiment with white pocket squares until you think you look like Cary Grant.
For dress down Friday is it safest just to wear a shirt and trouser? I wasn't told anything specific though...
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For dress down Friday is it safest just to wear a shirt and trouser? I wasn't told anything specific though...
I don't know exactly what kind of work you do, and it will depend on the workplace. Unfortnately for men, Dress Down Friday usually = Business Casual which = suit no tie or trousers/shirt/no tie. And this usually also means "Keep a tie in the office just in case you have to meet someone".

Just keep your tie in your pocket and see what everyone else wears and adjust accordingly next week.
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I don't know exactly what kind of work you do, and it will depend on the workplace. Unfortnately for men, Dress Down Friday usually = Business Casual which = suit no tie or trousers/shirt/no tie. And this usually also means "Keep a tie in the office just in case you have to meet someone".

Just keep your tie in your pocket and see what everyone else wears and adjust accordingly next week.
Thanks im a total noob..
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grey shirt and trousers
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Blue is the most stable color which is also the color of truth, confidence and wisdom.
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