The first installment of #MSPBlackSuitWeek showed the Oliver Wicks double-breasted black suit styled extremely casually (w/ hoodie & sneakers!). Now we bring this double-breasted beauty back to its tailored glory with a subtle pattern mixing twist.
Custom Premium Black Double Breasted Suit – Oliver Wicks | White & Black Pin Dot Shirt – Trashness | Black & White Silk Knit Tie – An IVY | Custom Whole Cut Shoes – Incedo Shoes | The Eight Black & Silver Watch – Novo Watch
Getting back to black suit #menswear basics, it’s time to go monochromatic + add a tie. Pairing a white shirt & black tie has become commonplace when you reach for your black suit and you know what — that’s perfectly fine, it works! The risks you run by going the traditional black & white monochromatic suit route are; looking too formal as if you’re going to a wedding, giving off maître d vibes or like you’re headed to a funeral. Unless you’re Tom Ford, your black & white suited look might need a hit of pattern to give it more personality.
- The Pin Dot Micro Print: a micro pin dot is a great way of expanding of your pattern style because is not as prominent as a large polka dot. Because of its scale and spacing from afar the shirt appear to be flat white
- The Stripe Black & White Tie: pattern mixing can be difficult, but, the key to why this combination works — the striping on the tie is larger than the pin dot the pattern of the shirt. Once again it comes down to scale and proportion
- Play Up The Monochromatic Palette: keep the rest of the look just as uniform. Pops of color will detract from the overall polished aesthetic
- Alternate Shirt Option: are pin dots too advance for you style? Opt for a Bengal stripe pattern shirt and keep the same tie
Photography by Marina T. Peele
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM