Fellas, this one is for you! BT has been an Authorized Jim's Formal Wear Elite Retailer for some time now and we're always interested in their insights and tips that will help you guys look smart for whatever special event you have on the horizon.
Recently, they featured info about what to put under your jacket to make a statement. The Sunday jacket, blue or white shirt for church or brunch is great, but if you want to mix it up and really elevate you style, here are some new ideas!
The Blue Suit
"Dark, sterling navy, or suits in a cobalt blue look sharp with other shades of blues and neutrals. Try layering a baby blue, matching navy tone or purple-blue dress shirt under your jacket. We also love the look of a classic pattern, like narrow vertical stripes or funky polka dots that highlight the blue in the suit. When dressing as part of a group, a more subdued option like grey, cream, or white works well."
The Jacket in Grey
The gang at JFW call the grey suit, the big brother of the classic black suit and it's currently having a kind of comeback. If grey is the suit color you've chosen for a formal occasion, JFW suggests pairing it with a colorful and unexpected dress shirt. Consider eggplant purple or emerald green for cool fall weather, pastel pink or muted yellow for warm weather events. Or you can keep it conservative if the occasion calls for it with white, cream or black.
If it's a Black jacket, you've chosen . . .
then you've gone with a classic. Patterns, stripes, and solids all work and if it's something more in line with "red carpet" you can also wear a black dress shirt under your black jacket. Another option is to choose a color that plays off your date's ensemble so that you're both coordinated.
Jazzing up a White or Cream Suit
We're fans of these in the South. "Light colored suits instantly evoke summer vibes. This season, Hawaiian shirts with floral and aquatic life (sharks, octopus, and starfish) are perfect for a more informal gathering like a milestone birthday or graduation party. For a more sophisticated look, we love soft colors with white and cream suits. Browse muted greens, blues, pinks and yellows."
"If you’ve taken a cue from the spring runway fashions, you know rich hues are gaining ground. If you’re going all out, your dress shirt might as well follow suit. We love pairing contrasting solid colors, like a purple suit with a yellow dress shirt. Alternatively, show off your personality with a novelty printed shirt. Layering Spiderman under a red suit is quirky and memorable for prom!"
Your can go classic or try something entirely new, but know that BT has you covered when it comes to outfitting a big occasion or ensuring your date, bride, and the world that you know what you're doing!
Store owner, Kelly has been in the bridal industry since 2000, when at the ripe old age of 20 she opened her first little store front on a wing and a prayer. She is a certified wedding planner (no, she does not plan weddings), and everything she knows about bridal and formal wear has come from, gut instinct, trial and error, and watching LOTS of What Not to Wear.