It can be a little tricky to match a shirt and tie along with your suit color. Choosing the right color combination can make you look classy, elegant, and presentable.

First impressions usually last. That’s why fitting your suit is essential. But, so is the color combination between the suit, shirt, and tie.

Actually, your suit color is the first thing someone will notice – even before the brand, the cut, and the number of buttons.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common colors used in suits and how to match them with a shirt and tie. Keep in mind that the season, weather, and the occasion play a crucial role in choosing a color.

The Color Wheel

The color wheel is the foundation of all color combinations. Understanding it can lead to the exploration of different styles and concepts.

Hence, the color wheel is divided into two sections: warm colors and cool colors. The first is vibrant and warm; the latter is calm and cold.

The Color Wheel

Using this color wheel, we can create combinations that will match together perfectly. I have listed below the exact patterns and schemes that we can use to achieve the best match.

Keep in mind, however, that this is only informative. Mastering the color combinations will come from experience.

One Color Shades Scheme

One-color scheme: Navy suit, soft blue shirt and a blue tie

This color scheme will lead to the same color combination of your suit, shirt, and tie. It’s the easiest scheme to achieve and is usually a starting point for every suit-wearer.

Matching darker variants of one color to its lighter tones can lead to subtle color combinations. Take the navy suit, soft blue shirt, and a blue tie as an example.

Analog Colors Scheme

Analog colors scheme: Pink shirt and red tie color combination

This scheme matches colors that are similar to each other. Based on the color wheel, similar colors are considered colors that are next (adjacent) to each other.

This color scheme usually means that the tie will be slightly warmer than the shirt and the suit. Color combination that is pretty acceptable to the human’s eye and (almost) never leads to a mistake.

Contrasting Colors Scheme

Contrasting colors scheme: Blue suit and a red tie

Contrasting colors match colors that are three slots apart on the color wheel. This color scheme combination can bring harmony to your appearance but is quite often hard to match.

One example of contrasting colors are red and blue. No wonder why red ties pair so good with soft blue shirts and dark blue or navy suits. Thus, the best practice involves matching a darker tone of each variant.

Complimentary Colors Scheme

Complimentary colors scheme: Navy suit dark orange tie color combination

These colors are opposite to each on the color wheel. They are hardest to match them together and usually requires a lot of sense and experience to pull off a stylish appearance.

To properly match these colors together on a suit, match a tie that has a darker tone (shade) from the shirt. As an example, match a grey suit, orange tie, and a soft blue shirt.

Navy Suit

There is never going to be a perfect replacement for black other than the navy. It is a color that has a high preference among suit-wearers, and it’s easy to plan around when the time is short.

For people that need to stick with a dark color but still want to make a more exclusive impression, a navy suit is the way to go.

Navy blue suit, light blue shirt, blue tie mixed with brown shoes

Navy blue suit, light blue shirt, and blue tie

Navy is often referred to as a foundation color for suits, perhaps due to its commonality. In fact, it seems that there are no situations in which a navy colored suit would be viewed as inappropriate.

It is often considered an elegant and traditional choice. Play with the clarity of this hue and choose classic blends.

Navy Suit & White Shirt Color Combination

It was proven that white pairs excellent with navy, just like any other patches of blue. In fact, a navy suit and a white shirt make some of the best combinations from my experience.

Match this combination with a solid color tie like red, orange, or violet.

Alternatively, choose a dark color foulard tie, and you will get a perfect result. For instance, you can try putting on a navy suit with a brown tie.

Navy suit, white shirt and brown tie color combinations

Navy suit, white shirt, and brown tie

Also, to come up with a modernized look, you can choose a skinny tie, experimenting with one of the slim type tie knots.

Perry Ellis slim fit suit in navy colorSlim fit white shirt by Calvin Klein
Shlax & Wing foulard tie in brown color Kissties men's striped tie in red color

Suit: Perry Ellis slim fit navy suit.
Shirt: Calvin Klein slim fit white shirt.
Ties: S&L foulard solid brown tie or the KissTies solid red tie.

Navy Suit & Pink Shirt Color Combination

To have an edgier twist, why not combine a pink shirt with your navy suit? It’s one of the best color combinations if you want to get attention.

Pink automatically attracts attention. If you want to achieve an authoritative type of look, match it together with a red tie.

Navy blue suit, light red shirt and red tie color combination

Navy blue suit, light red shirt, and red tie

Navy tie is considered a great option as well. As an alternative, however, you may want to go for a purple or a silver tie.

Consider striped and foulard ties as the first option for this suit & shirt color combination. Go for solid and dotted only if you have to.

Calvin Klein slim fit wool suit in dark navy colorButtoned down tailored fit shirt in pink color
Elviros solid tie in dark red colorBows&Ties striped tie in dark blue (navy) color

Suit: Calvin Klein navy slim-fit wool suit.
Shirt: Buttoned-down tailored fit light pink shirt.
Ties: Elviros solid dark red tie or the Bows n’ Ties striped blue tie.

Navy Suit & Blue Shirt Color Combination

Matching a navy suit with a light blue shirt is familiar territory for many celebrities and regular gents alike.

The secret is to match it with a lighter variant of blue and add a tie with an eye-catching pattern.

These two additions will brighten up the suit and increase the power and representation it carries with him.

Navy suit, light blue shirt and red tie color combination

Navy suit, light blue shirt, and red tie color combination

Try to choose a soft variant of blue for the shirt. This way, you can diversify the overall appearance.

For the best and smoothest look, go for foulard or striped ties. Regarding the color, go with more specific variants of red (such as crimson) or striped white and blue tie.

This color combination is perfect for both formal and casual events, leaves a strong impression, and makes you look sharp and smart.

At the same time, it creates a clean and relaxed finish. Touche!

Calvin Klein slim fit wool suit in dark navy colorSlim fit light blue slim fit shirt by Amazon Essentials
Kissties men's striped tie in red colorBows&Ties striped tie in dark blue (navy) color

Suit: Calvin Klein navy slim-fit wool suit.
Shirt: Amazon Essentials slim fit light blue shirt.
Ties: KissTies solid red tie or the Bows n’ Ties striped blue tie.

Grey Suits

Grey can be the bane of a suit wearer’s existence because of the many variations.

But the problem with this color is exactly its variety. There is a light grey and a dark charcoal grey – and the spectrum can be huge.

Charcoal grey different shades of suit, shirt and tie combinations

Deciding the tint and shade can be made based on the occasion and the formality. Darker suits tend to be more formal than light ones.

Sometimes, finding out which one you need is simply a matter of looking within the closet and see the current tone of clothes.

Do you own mostly light suits? Then go with a dark charcoal grey for variation. Reverse this if the closet is full of primarily dark clothes.

The entire debate over the shade of grey will never end. Make a choice you feel most comfortable with.

Grey Suit & White Shirt Color Combination

Both grey and white are neutral colors. Thus, you can mix this combination with almost every tie. Well, sort of.

Grey suit and white shirt can be matched with a black or navy tie to demonstrate formality. Darker red tones will be a great choice as well.

Grey suit, white shirt and blue tie color combination

Grey suit, white shirt, and blue tie

To achieve a little less-serious and informal look, match a grey suit with a white dress shirt, along with a grey tie. You can blend them with a brown belt and brown shoes.

Another option is pairing your charcoal grey suit with a blue and black repp striped tie, together with black accessories.

Lastly, I couldn’t help but notice that James Bond simply loves the grey suit and white shirt combo. He usually matches it with a grey or black tie.

Slim fit light grey suit by Tommy HilfigerSlim fit white shirt by Amazon Essentials
British-striped navy blue tie by RetreezFoulard solid grey tie by Kissties

Suit: Tommy Hilfiger slim fit light grey suit.
Shirt: Amazon Essentials slim fit white shirt.
Ties: British-striped navy-blue tie by Retreez or the Foulard solid grey tie by Kissties.

If you prefer a regular fit, my suggestion will be:

Modern fit charcoal grey suit by Tommy HilfigerRegular fit white shirt by Van Hausen
Solid navy blue tie by Pierre CardinSecdtie Striped navy, white and black tie

Suit: Tommy Hilfiger modern fit charcoal grey suit.
Shirt: Van Heusen Regular fit white shirt.
Ties: Solid navy tie by Pierre Cardin or the Striped navy, white and black tie by Secdtie.

Grey Suit & Pink Shirt Color Combination

If you feel that the resulting ensemble of the grey suit is a bit “dry”, then a pink shirt will change your point of view.

I suggest matching this combination with a slightly darker variation of pink or violet tie.

Grey suit pink shirt color combination

Grey suit, pink shirt and burgundy tie color combination

One of the several reasons making grey a perfect choice for a pink shirt is that, based on the shade, it can easily be matched with either a blue or black tie.

Additionally, you can go with other dark tie colors, such as maroon.

Slim fit grey wool suit by Calvin Klein Slim fit pink shirt by Calvin Klein
Solid black tie by QBSMStriped navy-pink tie by Elfeves

Suit: Calvin Klein slim fit wool grey suit.
Shirt: Calvin Klein slim fit pink shirt.
Ties: Solid black tie by QBSM or the striped pink-navy tie by Elfeves.

Grey Suit & Blue Shirt Color Combination

Matching a grey suit and a light blue shirt will lighten your overall appearance. Go for a soft blue shirt, because too bright blue shirt can ruin the elegance of the combination.

In my personal opinion, the best choice for a tie is either navy or blue.

However, you want to distinguish the shirt and the tie by adding a significantly darker shade of blue tie.

James Bond wears grey suit, light blue shirt and blue tie

As an alternative, you can combine a grey tie, a shade similar to the shade of the suit. The darker shade is also good, which leads us to another possible option – black tie.

Regardless of the combination, it will give you that bold and intelligent appearance. Perfect for formal events and business occasions.

Modern fit charcoal grey suit by Tommy HilfigerSlim fit light blue shirt by Kenneth Cole
Blue dotted grey tie by S&LSolid navy blue tie by Pierre Cardin

Suit: Modern fit charcoal grey suit by Tommy Hilfiger.
Shirt: Kenneth Cole slim fit light blue shirt.
Ties: Blue-dotted grey tie by S&L or the solid navy tie by Pierre Cardin.

Grey Suit & Black Shirt Color Combination

Another shirt option for the grey suit is black. It can be matched together with a grey tie for a fine look. A black tie will work just as good, too.

Grey suit, black shirt and black tie color combination

Grey suit, black shirt, and black tie color combination

Charcoal grey is completely versatile and may easily be paired with almost any kind of a tie. As long as your clothing is fitted and well-tailored, you are good to go.

It might come as a surprise to you, though, that my advice is to avoid this combination, especially if it makes you insecure, even the tiniest bit. The reason – everything else is remarkably better!

Slim fit medium grey suit by Kenneth ColeSlim fit black shirt by Kenneth Cole
Solid black tie by QBSMSecdtie Striped navy, white and black tie

Suit: Kenneth Cole slim fit medium grey suit.
Shirt: Kenneth Cole slim fit black shirt.
Ties: Solid black tie by QBSM or the striped navy, white and black tie by Secdtie.

Charcoal Grey Suit

Charcoal grey is a great color that you can choose for a suit, especially if you want to go for a more classic suit type.

Dark grey (charcoal) suit, white shirt, grey tie and black shoes color combination

Black shoes are the best option for a dark grey (charcoal) suit.

Additionally, this color is an excellent option for formal events, including meetings and weddings. It seems that you can never go wrong with a charcoal grey; it is perfect for any occasion.

However, matching the charcoal suit perfectly might need a little practice.

That’s why I’ve created a complete guide on all the possible charcoal-grey suit color combinations with a shirt and a tie. You can take a look.

Charcoal Grey Suit Guide

Light Grey Suit

If white is a bit too bright to wear, light grey is the perfect color to use instead.

Light grey suit and white shirt color combination

Light grey suit and white shirt color combination

The light grey suit feels like a cool breeze, swooping in to shake things up. It can be a little trickier, however, to match shirts and ties to a light-grey suit.

If you’re solely interested in matching a light-grey suit with a shirt and tie, read the full guide.

Light Grey Suit Guide

Black Suit

Black is, by all means, considered to be principal color when it comes to suits. It carries a reputation of being severe and authoritative.

Black and white suit, shirt and tie color combination

Black suits are suitable for every occasion, formal and casual alike.

If you have a black suit paired with a white button-down shirt, you can choose a tie that has patterns. A dotted tie will be just as elegant, as well.

Unless you prefer to be acknowledged as “formal”. In that case, go for a regimental-striped or foulard ties.

Black Suit & White Shirt Color Combination

Black suits and white shirts were once the perfect color combination.

In my opinion, the same qualities that once made black & white combo perfect, still hold. Besides, it’s a straightforward color combination to pair anything up with.

Red, blue, and grey are often considered as the traditional options for ties that go along well with a black suit and a white shirt.

Black suit, white shirt and blue tie color combination

Black suit, white shirt, and blue tie

Other fitting matches include a black suit with striped or foulard gold, black or brown tie. In fact, the spectrum is so huge, that even plaid and paisley ties match just fine.

A thing that you can keep in mind, though, is that black suits are mostly made of wool, a heavy fabric. Your option for both shirts and ties should complement this very well.

Black slim-fit suit by DKNYSlim fit white color shirt by Kenneth Cole
British-striped navy blue tie by RetreezKissties men's striped tie in red color

Suit: Black slim-fit suit by DKNY.
Shirt: Kenneth Cole slim-fit white shirt.
Ties: British-striped navy blue tie by Retreez or the solid red tie by Kissties.

Black Suit & Pink Shirt Color Combination

To match a pink shirt with a black suit, choose a more soft and light shade of pink. Too bright and you will ruin the harmony.

Match this combination with a striped pink & dark color tie, like black or navy. Or bring neutrality with something grey or navy. Additionally, you can put a red or darker shade of pink tie.

Black suit, pink shirt and navy-pink tie color combination

Black suit, pink shirt, and navy-pink tie color combination

Pink shirts can like quite good on a black suit, especially if you bring some other element in the combination. It can be a striped or a dotted tie, striped suit, or different shirt’s collar color.

I love this suit & shirt combination. Pink is a very adaptable color and goes along with black just fine. Feel comfortable to try it on!

Alan Dupetit slim fit suitTailored fit light-pink shirt by Buttoned Down
Striped navy, white and black tie by SecdtieStriped navy-pink tie by Elfeves

Suit: Black slim fit suit by Alan Dupetit.
Shirt: Tailored fit light-pink shirt by Buttoned Down.
Ties: Striped navy, white and black tie by Secdtie or the Striped navy-pink tie by Elfeves.

Brown Suit

Is brown an option? Yes, and based on the fabric can make anyone stand out. Brown suits are a natural earth tone that looks best even when going into the darker colors like chocolate.

The fun thing about this color is that it can quickly alternate between professional and casual.

There were times when older gentleman may not agree with brown being a professional color. But, times have changed.

Brown Suit & White Shirt Color Combination

Brown suits are warmer than all other suits. But that doesn’t mean they are strictly casual.

In fact, the white shirt fits so well with a brown suit, that I even recommend it for formal or business events alike.

Brown suit color combination

Match this combination with a black, brown, or yellow striped tie, and you’ve got a lovely overall appearance.

Alternatively, you can combine it with a white-dotted brown tie with a darker shade or a slightly lighter analog color solid tie to enhance that warm look of your brown suit.

Slim fit brown suit by Kenneth ColeKenneth Cole slim fit in white color
Striped browh with white tie by Scott AllanShlax & Wing foulard tie in brown color

Suit: Kenneth Cole slim fit brown suit.
Shirt: Kenneth Cole slim-fit white shirt.
Ties: Striped brown with white stripes tie by Scott Allan or the solid foulard tie in brown color by Shlax & Wing.

Brown Suit & Blue Shirt Color Combination

Last but not least, a very introvert yet powerful color combination: a brown suit and a light blue shirt.

Try matching this attire with a striped navy tie or a dotted or solid blue tie. As a matter of fact, it all depends on the warmth of the brown. But you’ve mastered colors by now and will get along just fine, right?

Brown suit, light blue shirt & navy tie color combination

Brown suit, light blue shirt & navy tie color combination

The contract between the warm brown and the coolness of the blue is evident, balanced, and in perfect harmony. Don’t hesitate to try it on you.

Trim fit brown suit by Tommy HilfigerSlim fit blue shirt by Tommy Hilfiger
Solid navy tie by the Tie BarBows&Ties striped tie in dark blue (navy) color

Suit: Trim fitted brown suit by Tommy Hilfiger.
Shirt: Blue slim fit shirt by Tommy Hilfiger
Ties: Solid navy tie by the TieBar or the striped tie in light blue and navy color by Bows & Ties.

Tan Suit

Tan suits can accentuate youth, depending on the wearer. Thus, it leaves a first impression that lasts for a lifetime.

A very functional color just by design, it has the right amount of color in it. Tan is actually a shade of brown, just brighter.

Tan suit

Tan is considered the most casual color for suits. I would avoid them if I want to leave a serious or strong business impression.

The shirt and tie color combination makes a huge difference for the overall appearance, though.

Tan Suit & White Shirt Color Combination

A white shirt is a perfect match for a tan suit.

It is an acceptable color combination for all casual circumstances like celebrations, summer events, and even a date-night.

Tan suit, white shirt, and brown tie color combination

Tan suit, white shirt, and brown tie color combination

Brown, gold, blue, and navy are the best and classiest choices for a tie. Since this is somehow a more casual combo, leaving the time at home is also acceptable.

Tan slim-fit suit by ChamaSlim fit white shirt by Amazon Essentials
Van Heusen regular fit white shirtBrown polka tie with white dots by Scott Allen

Suit: Tan slim-fit suit by Chama.
Shirts: Slim fit white shirt by Amazon Essentials & regular fit white shirt by Van Heusen.
Tie: Brown polka tie with white dots by Scott Allen.

Tan Suit & Pink Shirt Color Combination

Pink is a vibrant color and can be a lovely complement to a tan suit.

Tan suit, pale pink shirt and brown tie

Tan suit, pale pink shirt and brown tie

Opt for soft pink rather than bright shades. Even the pale pink works excellent to warm up the tan hue.

A brown or a purple tie can be the perfect match for this suit color combination. But the most unusual, yet astonishing choice would be a floral tie.

Slim-fit tan suit by FerrecciMetal Cufflink Regular Fit Pink Shirt by J.Ver
Paisley floral tie by MantieqingwayBrown tie with white dots by Retreez

Suit: Slim-fit tan suit by Ferrecci.
Shirt: Regular fit pink shirt by J.Ver.
Ties: Floral paisley tie by Mantieqingway and brown tie with white dots by Retreez.

Tan Suit & Blue Shirt Color Combination

Tan and blue go well together for the same reason black and white do. Blue is colder and calmer, and tan is its warmer counterpart.

Tan suit, blue shirt, and navy tie

Tan suit, blue shirt, and navy tie

A pale blue shirt softens the tan suit and cools the tones of the overall appearance.

To formalize the look, match the suit and the shirt with a blue, navy, or a charcoal grey tie.

Stretch tan slim-fit suit by Kenneth ColeSlim fit light blue shirt by Kenneth Cole
light blue slim fit shirt by Amazon EssentialsDotted navy-blue tie with light-blue dots by Retreez

Suit: Stretch tan slim-fit suit by Kenneth Cole.
Shirt: Slim fit blue shirt by Kenneth Cole and light blue slim fit shirt by Amazon Essentials.
Tie: Dotted navy-blue tie with light-blue dots by Retreez.

Finding the Sweet Spot

Having a variety of colors is a way to avoid getting stuck with nothing to wear. Suits variety is important for any closet.

A wardrobe that lacks even the basic foundation colors will have nothing to fall back on. Start with the base colors. Then, work to mix and match the foundational colors for the best effect.

Different Suits & Ties color combinations

Brown is no longer just casual and can be used in the business world. Navy blue and charcoal grey are fantastic choices for every occasion.

One thing to notice is that all these colors are just the tip of the iceberg. Thus, they make a great starting point for figuring out the personality within the suit.

If there is a combination that makes you uncertain, skip it through. Go with something certain and already proven.

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