What Pants should I wear with a Black Suit Jacket?

Recently, a reader asked us what type of pants to wear with his Calvin Klein Black Suit Jacket. He was missing the matching pants and was looking for a quick fix. While we do recommend Beige Suits (like this Sean John Beige 2 Piece)  for most weddings, we did find a solution for this scenario!
Here is what we said:

That’s always an interesting challenge! You’ll want to avoid trying to match blacks as there’s a better chance of being hit by lightening. There are just too many shades of black.

You’re lucky though. Black is the universal donor of suits and you have a few options for a wedding.

I’d try a pair of flat charcoal or gray dress pants.

Here are some possible combinations:

Very slick: Charcoal pants / Charcoal pinstripe shirt / Thin black tie / Black blazer / Black belt / Black shoes

Very slick – option 2: Gray pants / Gray checkered shirt / Thin black tie / Black blazer / Black belt / Black shoes

Colorful: Charcoal pants / Matte purple shirt / Purple patterned tie / Black blazer / Black belt / Black shoes

Colorful – option 2: Charcoal pants / Deep blue shirt / Light blue patterned tie / Black blazer / Black belt / Black shoes

Bottom line: Go with charcoal or dark gray pants and you’ve got no worries. Skinny black tie would be the killer touch.

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