Formal Outfit Ideas For Men
Outfit 1: Khaki Trousers + White Shirt + Deep Green Tie + Black Oxford Dress Shoes
This is a perfect Friday outfit. This is how you dress up when you are going out with friends after work.
The tie is optional. You can do away with the tie and still this outfit will look equally impressive.
To make this outfit little bit more formal you can opt for a nice black leather belt that matches the colour of your shoes.
Wear a nice watch with this outfit to notch up the overall look.
Now, for trousers, you can pick the material based on the season. If you are wearing this outfit in the summers go for cotton trousers or wool trousers for the winters.
Outfit 2: Beige or Khaki Blazer Jacket + Trousers + Crisp White Shirt + Suede Tassel Loafers
This is a perfect office outfit if you are not a lawyer or a banker where your only choice in suits are navy and black.
So, if you are tired of wearing same old navy & black suits then this beige colour suitis perfect for you.
This suit outfit works best for creatives or entrepreneurs who sometimes need to dress up.
Add a nice watch and matching belt to complete the look.
A pair of tassel loafers is optional. You can go for any other types of loafers or dress shoes.
Avoid Chelsea or any kind boots. If you decided to pick a different shoe with this outfit, don’t go for the tan colour dress shoes. Tan colour shoes will make this outfit way too monotonous.
Outfit 3: Navy Blazer + Navy Chinos + Light Blue Shirt + Blue Printed Pocket Square + Black Dress Shoes
This is the most classic formal outfit combination of all. This formal outfit works in almost all situations.
The key to making this simple but classy formal outfit look is the fit. This outfit combination is so basic that if you don’t get the fit right, you risk looking like a slob in a suit.
If you are not sure how a suit should fit, here’s a handy guide to help you nail your fit game.
Now, for this outfit, you can go with almost any type of dress shoes baring the boots. Just make sure the colour of shoes is matching with the colour of your belt.
Add a nice printed pocket square with thin piping to complete this classic formal outfit.
Outfit 4: White Self Check Shirt + Light Weight Indigo Denim + Tan Oxfords
This is a perfect outfit when you don’t want to dress up too formally. Again white and indigo is a timeless outfit combination that will never go out of style.
You can also add a nice watch or a cool leather bracelet to enhance this outfit.
To make this simple outfit work for you, you have to be extra careful about the fit of your shirt and jeans.
You don’t want to go for super skinny jeans or too tight shirt. You can opt for a tapered or straight fit jeans. A regular fit shirt will work best for this outfit.
Outfit 5: Light Grey Trousers + White Dress Shirt + Brown Formal Shoes
This simple but impressive outfit is perfect for you when you don’t want to wear a suit or any other super formal outfit.
However, this outfit is super versatile. Want to dress up a bit? Just layer it up with a navy or grey blazer. Or To make it little less formal you can go for a grey or dark grey waistcoat.
Pair it up with a nice tan formal shoes and a matching belt to complete the look. You can also go for black dress shoes if you are not a fan of wearing tan shoes.
Outfit 6: Navy Blazer + White Shirt + Grey Trousers + White Pocket Square + Double Monk Shoes
Now, I get this question many times. Can I wear Navy + Grey together? And as you can see in this outfit, you can wear navy and grey together and it looks amazing.
When you don’t want to match everything in your outfit and make your formal outfit edgier this is the best combination you can go for.
This outfit is perfect creatives, entrepreneurs who have to dress up in certain situations. But, if you are a lawyer or a banker you can still wear this outfit when meeting a client outside of office like a bar or a coffee shop.
Wear this outfit with cool double monks to edge up the overall look. Add a nice pocket square (matching with your shirt) to complete the look.
Outfit 7: White Trousers + Light Blue Shirt + Navy Blazer + Printed Pocket Square + Lapel Pin
This outfit is perfect for beach weddings or parties.
I know a lot of you don’t really prefer wearing white pants. But, trust me if you know how to wear white pants they can look very good.
Sure, you need to take extra care for your white pants but that should not stop you from wearing something edgy and different. Right?
You can wear loafers or espadrilles with this outfit to make the overall look much better.
Add a cool printed pocket square and lapel pin to complete the look.
Outfit 8: Indigo Denim + Light Blue Shirt + Grey Blazer + Navy Tie + Tan Dress Shoes
Now, this formal outfit is a perfect example of business casual. Yes, when you don’t feel like wearing chinos or trousers and you feel most comfortable in your jeans, this is the outfit you should go for.
As I mentioned above that navy and grey can never go wrong. The previous outfit featured navy pants and grey blazer and this outfit features Indigo (close to navy) pants and grey blazer.
So, either way, you are always safe with the navy & grey outfit combination.
I have never been a fan of wearing a tie, but if you like wearing a tie then a solid colour tie would look great with this outfit.
Outfit 9: Navy Chinos + White Shirt + Burgandy Brown Double Monk Shoes
As they say, navy and white can never go wrong. This is a timeless outfit that will never ever go out of style.
So, whenever you are in doubt and not sure what to wear? You can blindly trust on this navy and white outfit combination.
If you feel like dressing up this outfit, you can wear a matching navy blazer or a cool grey blazer.
The versatility of this outfit allows you wear almost any kind of shoes. From cool white sneakers to sophisticated double monk shoes, you can wear anything and everything you like with this outfit.
Outfit 10: Grey Wool Overcoat + Dark Grey Crew Neck Tee + Grey Trousers + Grey Scarf
The perfect example of a monochrome outfit. If you like wearing monochrome outfits then you can definitely wear this outfit.
However, when you wear monochrome outfit please keep in mind the following.
- Never match with your shoes with the outfit
- Don’t wear the same kind of fabric for all pieces. play around with the texture. Notice the texture of an overcoat or a small check detail on the scarf. Play a little.
- If you want to wear a belt with the outfit, same as shoes don’t match the colour of your belt with the outfit.
The dark grey t-shirt in this outfit makes this outfit edgier.You can also go for a grey shirt if you want but make sure the fabric is different from other pieces.
Outfit 11: Navy Blazer + Crisp White Shirt + Navy Trousers + White Sneakers + White Pocket Square
This is another great example of a timeless navy and white outfit combination. As I mentioned above this probably the safest outfit combinations of all.
You can never go wrong with this outfit. Plus this outfit works in almost any situations. From a boardroom meeting to a coffee shop meeting to going out with friends. This timeless outfit formula will never fail you.
I know a lot of you guys don’t prefer going sockless. I get it. Not everyone like that trend. And I also know that not everyone here is a huge fan of wearing white sneakers with everything like I do.
So, if you are not comfortable with wearing white sneakers or going sockless, fret not. You can wear almost any shoes you like with outfit baring the boots.
You can probably wear chukka boots with this outfit, but I don’t recommend.
Now, if you want to wear socks then go for a darker shade. Matching the pants colour. So, best sock colour for this outfit would be navy or black.
Please, don’t ever the white socks. Just don’t.
Add a nice pocket square matching with your shirt colour to complete the look. BTW, if you are wondering about the pocket square fold, it’s called the Don Draper Style Pocket Square Fold. Want to learn how to get it? Go here!
P.S. If you are not a fan wearing white shirts, you can switch the white colour with pink or light blue colour and this outfit will still impress everyone.
Outfit 12: Blue & White Check Shirt + Dark Grey Pants + Brown Dress Shoes
This simple but impressive outfit is perfect for your first date. You don’t want to overdress or underdress when you are meeting someone for the first time.
So, this outfit is a perfect balance between the both. I like to call such outfits as smart formal. This is formal enough to meet someone for the first time and casual enough to keep you comfortable.
To make this outfit little more formal, you can unfold the sleeves and wear nice cufflinks.
But, if you are between the age of 23 to 35 this outfit is perfect for you just the way it is.
If you want to wear tie with the outfit, make sure it’s a solid tie. You don’t want mix too many patterns.
Apart from this being a perfect date outfit, this works as perfect Friday outfit too. It’s smart, comfortable and most importantly will always look great.
So, if you are planning on shopping or hitting the bar with friends right after the office on Friday’s, this outfit will work best for you.
Outfit 13: Washed Denim + Navy Blazer + White Shirt + Tan Dress Shoes
Yet another twist on a classic navy and white outfit formula. This outfit leans more towards the casual. But it’s more than formal for some professions such as designers, creatives, artists or Architects etc.
When you feel like ditching your super formal trousers but have to wear a blazer, then switch your trouser with a nice washed jeans to complete the look.
If you are wearing this outfit in the winters then you can also layer it up with a camel overcoat. Yes, a camel coliur will go very well with the white and navy outfit.
Add nice leather dress shoes & cool sunglasses to complete the look.
Outfit 14: Dark Sea Blue Shirt + Indigo Denim + Black Dress Shoes
I am a huge believer in only having clothes that mix and match with each other easily. And dark sea blue shirt is definitely no one of it.
But, the colour is subtle enough to include here. So, keep this shirt for times when you don’t feel like wearing black, navy or white.
This shirt is perfect hot summer days. Go for a lightweight fabric like Supima cotton or linen.
This is the perfect outfit for someone who’s not very comfortable wearing jeans and t-shirts even on weekends.
Here’s a go-to weekend outfit for you. Spend time with your family at the mall, or have nice a dinner at your favourite dinner, or even hit the bar with your friends. This outfit will support you in all your city adventures.
Outfit 15: Red & White Check Shirt + Charcoal Grey Blazer & Trousers + Tan Dress Shoes + Blue Tie + Printed Pocket Square
This is an edgier twist on a super formal outfit. The red and white check shirt make this formal outfit sharp and will help you stand out from the rest.
Add a matching tie to make this outfit formal enough for the meeting. And do away with a tie to dress down the outfit a bit.
Add a nice printed pocket square detail to level up your entire look.
Wear tan dress shoes with the matching belt to complete the look.