For most men, the art of wearing a suit is simple: match your jacket and pants, then pick out a unique tie. But should it really be that simple? If you want to stand out, you sometimes have to take some risks. And when you’re wearing a jacket and pants, that risk often comes in the form of mixing and matching. The problem is, it can be hard to have a grounding for these choices unless you’ve taken the time to learn. That’s why we’ve put together the following tips on how to match your jacket and pants.
Match, Don’t Clash
When you want to stand out from the crowd, the most obvious move is to mix up your colors as much as possible. And this can be great—if you get it right. But in the world of fashion, there are some no-no’s that you’ll want to avoid—like matching brown shoes with black pants.
The key to matching your jacket and your pants isn’t to always match the same color or wear opposites. You want to wear colors that might complement each other. For example, a navy jacket with a white pair of Performance Dress Khakis is a timeless match that doesn’t feature the same colors, but still leaves you with plenty of options for dress shirt colors, tie colors, and shoe colors.
Don’t Just Think Color
It’s true—color is one of the essential elements in matching your jacket with your pants. But it’s not the only step. There are other ways to mix and match your jacket and pants, including:
- Styles. Does your jacket feature contrast stitching that might clash with your pants? Or does it fit well with the color scheme you’ve chosen? Are you picking a pair of pants with flamboyant style to pair with a flamboyant jacket just for the sake of consistency, even though they might clash?
- Textures. One of the best ways to ensure that your jacket and pants look like they belong together is to take texture into consideration. Read the labels of your jackets and pants to get an idea of what fabrics they are. Are the weaving patterns drastically different, or do they fit together neatly?
Use Jackets and Pants to Highlight or Mute the Outfit
There are two essential things you can do with your jacket and pant pairings—you can either use them as the highlights of your outfit, or you can use them to mute the outfit.
What does this look like in practice? You can wear a bold fabric choice like Prime Poplin pants, for example, paired with a unique jacket. You would then use the rest of the outfit’s details—like the belt and shoes—to help provide some grounding contrast, using conservative choices to make the outfit come together seamlessly.
On the other hand, you can use the jacket and pants to mute your bolder choices in ties, shirts, and accessories, by sticking to standbys such as a navy jacket or khaki pants.
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