Men’s Guide to Matching Pant Shirt Color Combination

If you cannot decide the difference between contrasts and colour combination, and end up putting up your mom or wife for your dressing codes every day at work, well you are not the only one.

Besides, the formal outfits have gone a plethora of changes and you must keep updated with them. We have other options than the boring monotonous suits now!!

In times of extreme confusion, we here get the best tips and combinations for you to go for and look your ultimate best at work and other occasions, even the day of your wedding!!

Men's Shirt Trouser Combination Guide Infographics


1. Matching and Contrast- Choose the right Colours

Saving you from the biggest blunders that you may be committing or commit, we provide you with these basic pairs that are always friendly and cool.

Always go for perfect contrasts and they must have a balance between light and a dark tone. Choose a lighter shade for your shirt and go for a darker tone for your pants. While wearing a tie, keep the shade in mind!!

Make it more casual. “Men’s casual shirts at Meadow” are the ultimate comfortable garment that doesn’t sacrifice style.

Light Shirts (White, Beige, Sky Blue, Baby Pinks) – Dark Trousers (Chocolate, navy, camel, Electric) and you will rarely go wrong!!

white shirt with black pant, white shirt goes well with Black pant, the ever green pair of colour combination
White shirt always goes well with black pant: No doubt combination
light blue shirt with dark blue pant, Wear light blue shirt with dark blue pant, formal dress colour combination for men
Blue is for men: A Combination of light blue shirt and dark blue trouser
beige formal shirt with gray trouser, Enhance your look by wearing Beige formal shirt with gray pant
Beige Colour lovers will love this light shirt and dark pant matching
light pink shirt with chocolate color pant, light pink shirt goes with chocolate colour pant to make some killer combinations
Pink shirt and pant combination to break the limit

Dark Shirts (Maroon, Purple, Dark Blue, Black)- Light Tones (Beige, Blue, Cream, Khaki, Gray)

Purple shirt with beige pant, Get a smart look with purple shirt and beige pant
A hot trend for men: Purple shirt goes well with beige pant
navy blue shirt with gray trouser, Dark blue color shirt go with graypant,the great contrast of colors
Men in blue love this pant shirt colour combination

maroon formal shirt with beige pant, Cream or khakhi it also pairs well with dark shades like Maroon

black shirt with white formal trouser, Black shirt goes nicely with white pant,the right color combination

Infoghraphics to choose perfect Pant shirt colour combinations
This infographic helps anyone to choose the right colour combinations of Pants and shirts.

Avoid tonal outfits. Outfits with the same tone throughout or too close make you unnoticeable.

same color formal shirt pant, To avoid same color formal shirt pant
Big Mistake is to try the same tonal pant and shirt combination

When going for a lighter check or patterned shirt, choose one dark shade from the shirt and match your outfit with that and vice versa.

checks shirt with matching pant, A good color combination of checks shirt with matching color of checks’pant
Light checked blue shirt with dark solid blue trouser is good colour combined pair

2. Careful with Checks and Patterns

When going for the checks, use bigger checks if you are slim and need mass. The stout ones must go for stripes and avoid checks. Also, choose a single shade for both your pants and tie and never mess it up with anything else.

Follow these basic Pattern combos:

Checked shirts match well with plain pants

Checked shirt with solid pant.

checked formal shirt with matching pant, awesome combination of gray checks shirt with matching pant

A shirt with a lining (stripes) also goes well with solid pant.

striped shirt with lining matching pant, Take a charming look with striped shirt with lining matching pant

The checked white shirt goes well with black trouser.

checked shirt with matching pant, plain pant look good with checked shirt

Checked pants pair well with plain or smaller checked or smaller printed (polka dots) shirts

checked trouser with plain formal shirt, Enhance your look with plain shirt with checked formal trouser

checked trouser with printed shirt, Upgrade your look with printed shirt goes with checked pant

striped pant with plain shirt, Evergreen white good with contrast pantSome combos work forever like Blue-Beige, Blue-Black and White-Beige.

When going for stripes, match the pants with the shade of the stripes or go with the palette at the background. When going for checked trousers, choose a contrast plain shirt.

striped shirt with matching pant, good-looking with striped shirt with lining matching pant

Tips:  While going for Prints, choose subtle colours and try wearing a dark tone to avoid looking too cheeky!!

Checks and Stripes are always welcomed with almost all plain contrast trousers or denim. They would just never go wrong.

denim trouser with checked or striped formal shirt, Get marvellous look by wearing checks and stripe shirt with denim trouser


3. Right Fabrics

If you think that fabric has nothing to do with color tones, you are wrong. Not every color will be reflected the same way when you choose different fabrics.

1. Khakis and Chinos

With khakis and chinos, Denim shirts are an all-rounder. You can also wear check woolens or plain cotton shirts.

khakhi chinos, increase your stunning personality try to khakhi chinos with contrast color shirt

2. Linen

Pure cotton or linen is most popular in men’s shirts.  Linen shirts are comfortable and come in subtle colors. When going for plain shirts, linen fabric is the best.

Linen shirts go well with linen trousers/Pants. High-quality denim pants are also one of the best picks with linen shirts.

3. Woollens

Corduroy and Fleece do not give very stark light shades and hence go for dark earthy shades. These are usually used for pants. Check shirts look exquisite in such fabrics. You can choose such shirts with denim pants or plain Khakis.

Linen Chinos are also well matched with check corduroy or cashmilon shirts.

While going for checked woollen pants, choose plain corduroy or linen shirts.

4. Silk and Synthetics

For very bright shades in shirts, or if you like sparkling colors, choose nylon, silk, or rayon. These give bright shiny hues so they are best for party wear selection. But such fabrics are less comfortable and good when the weather is pleasant. They make the best combinations with Cotton-Silk blend pants, denim, or polyester pants.

Pants on the other hand seldom are made in such fabrics.


4. Universal 5 Colors for No-Brainer Person

For those who really don’t want to fuss about what to wear and do not have the time to think before going for something, we are the problem solvers.

KhakiBlackCream, Gray, and Navy are a must-have for your wardrobe as they would befriend almost every shirt of yours.

#1. Khaki Trouser

Khaki pant is recently in trend because of their versatility to match with any shirt. One can use khaki pants as a formal and casual dress code.

evergreen khakhi trouser, Shirt combination with evergreen khakhi pant

Perfect Matching Shirt Colors for Khaki Pant: Blue, maroon, red, green, black, white, purple, aqua/teal, pink/magenta, contrast brown, peach, and grey.

Recommended Read: Why Khaki Pant is essential for Men’s Capsule Wardrobe?

#2. Black Trouser

If you are going to wear black pants then you are free to select any color of the shirt.

evergreen black formal pant, Evergreen black pant shirt combination, formal dress combination for men

Perfect Matching Shirt Colors for Black Pant: White, purple, blue, light pink, maroon, light grey, red, light yellow, turquoise green, light orange, etc.

#3. Cream Trouser

Like khaki and black, cream color has wide matching colors i.e. navy blue, pink, purple, maroon, black, and sea green.

formal dress combination, cream pant with contrast color shirts

Tip: While choosing cream pants for your dark shirt check the basic tone of your shirt. One can select Red, Green, and Blue tones as per the shirts’ color.

#4. Gray Trouser

Gray is a must for formal attire.

gray pant with formal shirt, what shirt goes well with gray pant, formal dress combination

Perfect Matching Shirt Colors for Gray Pant: light pink, blue, purple, black, white, spring bloom, aqua, green, cherry, and red shirt.

#5. Navy

evergreen navy blue pant, What match with navy blue pants and light or dark color shirt

Perfect Matching Shirt Colours for Gray Pant: white, yellow, pink, peach, light green, purple, royal blue, brown, maroon, magenta, aqua, cream, khaki, red, grey, black, rust orange, crimson, and sunny yellow.

Always go for the basic colors while buying your pants- Brown and Beige usually go best with the Red and Blue shades.

Almost all of us have a white shirt which keeps finding its way almost every third day. Try BlueBeige, or Grey if you want to break the normal white black routine.

white shirt with beige-gray-blue pant, Looking good with some color combos like white-beige, white-gray, white-blue, best formal combination for man

If you own white pants, Pink and Beige tones are simply awesome!!!

white trouser with pink shirt, formal shirt and trouser combinations

5. Ever Green Pairs

Men with fair skin always rock in a black shirt and white pants. A black shirt with a little shimmer is wise to pick for a party and wedding occasion.

black shirt with white pant, Best color combination of shirt pant, formal pants and shirts combination

White shirts always work well with any grey tone or light beige trousers.

white striped shirt with beige pant, Evergreen formal shirt or pant colour combination for Men, best formal dress combination for men

gray formal pant with white shirt, really awesome color combo are evergreen choice for men, formal shirt pant colour combination

Khaki pants and dark blue shirts are the best casuals and formal color combinations.

navy blue formal shirt with beige pant, Blue shirt match with beige pant really great color combo, best formal combination

Checked blue shirt and dark grey trouser is a wise section for your office.

sky blue shirt with gray pant, Sky blue shirt with matching gray pant, formal shirt pant color combinations

Blue pant and a white shirt complete your formal attire.

blue pant with white shirt, White shirt with evergreen blue color pant, pant shirt color combination

6. Going with Pastels

Pastels are finally paving their way into the world of men as well. We now have a vast collection of beautiful pastels formal pants as well. Not only do they look good but also it’s a boon to the men who had nothing but blues and blacks in their basket!

Choose your pastel pants carefully and make sure they suit you! They can go really wrong.

pastle blue pant with white shirt, Some new add in formal like pastels color trousers

pastle green pant with printed shirt, pant shirt combination for men

pastle red pant with matching shirt, formal dress colour combination for men

Choose the contrast very wisely. Reds must go with Blue or Beige tones. While Pastel greens will be easy with Blue tones. Try minimizing prints and checks.

7. Color Shades According to Skin Tones

A man’s complexion has a huge impact on how the colors he chooses to wear suit him or make him just blend into the crowd.

Usually, men fall into the following category of their complexion-

1. High Contrast Men

high contrast men

Men with very spectacular contrast in their skin (usually fair) and dark hair fall into this category.

They must:

  • Wear shirts and suits with direct contrast to their skin like Navy Blue or Beige with a white shirt or fairer shades. Pinks and pastels look great on them.
  • They can also experiment with white and grey choosing ties with bright colors to bring out their fair skins.

2. Low Contrast Men

low contrast men

Men with darker skin tones and very low contrast between hair and skin fall under this. They must go for:

  • Dark and gloomy shades like Brown and Earthy shades.
  • They should try to go for a monochromatic look rather than trying on different contrasts.

3. Medium Contrast Men

medium contrast men

Not falling into any of the other two, they must:

  • Try on dark suits with lighter Shirts and dark pants.
  • Try not to go with very light shades or very dark tones.

Or simply refer to the chart:

Skin Tone

Light-Dark Combos


Avoid These

Fair Complexion

  1. White-Black, Blue, Red
  2. Pink-Grey, Blue
  3. Sky Blue-Blue, Black, Beige
  1. Red-Beige, Blue
  2. Black-Blue, Grey
Avoid Too bright colours like yellow, orange etc.

Wheatish/Average Complexion

  1. Beige-Brown, Blue
  2. White-Black, Blue
  1. Brown-Beige, Red, fawn
  2. Black-Grey, Blue
Avoid too dark shades or too light ones

Dark Complexion

  1. Beige-Black, Blue
  2. Blue-Grey, Navy Blue
  3. Khaki-Brown, Red
  1. Grey-Black, Blue
  2. Blue-Beige, Brown
  3. Dark Brown- Khakis
Avoid too bright or too dark shades.

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Sophia Lacey

With her hilarious journey in an MNC, Sophia found her passion for life in writing. With her technical career taking her to New York, the city of multiple fashion trends, she came out to be a true enthusiast when it came to dressing up and filling her wardrobe with trends going on. Through her quest to change those around her for the same, she joins Looksgud to help her follow her true love for writing and end up writing about one thing she finds the most interesting-Fashion!!

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10 thoughts on “Men’s Guide to Matching Pant Shirt Color Combination”

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