black suit with red tie

wearing black suit with red tie | avoid making these mistakes

by Dylan Baker
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The black suit is considered to be one of the safest outfit options for men.

But with so many different combinations of shirts and accessories that you can pair with the black suit, it can get very confusing.

One of the popular pairing options is a black suit paired with a red tie which confuses a lot of people.

Let me clear your doubts and help you style this look properly.

Can you wear a red tie with a black suit?

Yes, you can definitely wear a black suit with a red tie. It will add personality to your simple outfit and, if done right, will make you look a lot more stylish.

Black suits are meant to be elegant and sophisticated, and if you are going for a formal event, then it is best to stick with classic color options for your tie, like black, grey, or navy blue.

But if it's not a black tie event and you want to add a bit of punch to your outfit, then a red tie can be a perfect option for you.

But there are a few things you need to know to do it correctly.

Pick the right color:

Ties come in several different shades of red, and honestly, most of them are terrible. There are only a few shades of red that could work with a suit that too a black one.

Suits are classy, and you should avoid pairing them with anything flashy.

As a rule of thumb, bright and saturated colors should be avoided, especially when it comes to formal clothing. So refrain from using a bright red tie with black and instead go for a more subtle shade.

You should look for darker shades of red similar to maroon.

Read Also: How to wear black suit with red shirt

choose the fabric carefully:

Once you have picked the right color, the next thing you should look for is the fabric of the tie.

It is actually pretty simple; just avoid anything shiny.

Shiny fabrics look cheap and flashy and should definitely not be paired with a suit.

The material quality of the tie doesn't matter much but just look for something that is cotton or at least looks like cotton.


And finally, you should avoid large colorful patterns on your red tie, which again makes it flashy and would not go well with a black suit.

That doesn't mean you can't have any pattern or design on your tie, but you have to be a little careful while choosing one.

A white polka dot pattern would not work well with a suit, but some subtle pattern could help add a little personality and kick to your outfit.

What shirt to wear with a black suit and red tie?

so now you have the right tie to wear with your black suit but which shirt should you wear with it?

The best options would be a simple white or off-white shirt as it kinda neutralizes the red tie and makes for a more well-rounded outfit.

Shirts that are too colorful or have a lot of patterns will not work well with a red tie and black suit.

You could also consider a black shirt, but it is a bit difficult to style a black shirt with a black suit. If you want to play it safe, then you should go for a white or some other light-colored shirt.

What other accessories to wear with black suit and red tie?

Other accessories that you can add to your outfit would be a watch, belt maybe a pocket square.

You already have one piece that makes your outfit stand out, and you should keep the rest of the outfit relatively simple and subtle.

Don't match your pocket square with your tie; instead, wear a simple white pocket square.

Your watch should be a basic formal watch, nothing too fancy if you want, you can match the strap with your belt and shoes.

Best ties to wear with a black suit?

Here are some of my picks that you can consider buying:

Calvin Klein tie: 

A simple burgundy ties with some texture, and it looks great. You can easily pair it with a simple white shirt and make a great outfit.

Striped red tie:

If you want something with a pattern, then you can consider this striped red tie.

The Bottom line:

So as we saw above, a black suit and red tie can be paired to create a great outfit if you keep a few basic things in mind.

A red tie is the "standout" piece in your outfit, and generally, you shouldn't have more than one such piece in your outfit.

Which is why you need to pair it with some simple pieces to neutralize the whole look

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About the author

Dylan Baker

Dylan is a Men's fashion and image consultant, He is also the man behind Dapperclan. He is extremely passionate about fashion and wants to help men style and look better.


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