(Closed) Color Combo Help: The Chocolate Brown Suit

posted 12 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 19
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I really think it matters what colors you pair with the brown as well.  With the example I gave above, that is NOT a color to choose.  However, with the color that MissV gave an example of in her link, that is a color that would work.  Just make sure you look at the whole picture before you finalize the decision!  And bring people who will be honest with you and tell you if you are making a mistake!  You will know in your heart if it’s right though.

Post # 21
2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Agentrv, I love love love both those suits.  My Fiance looks fabulous in brown, and either would look great on him.  I think that for men’s suits you want to go with either espresso or khaki – I think that chocolate is not a good look.  IMO the tuxes are too brown, and I don’t think that color is something you could reasonably wear again.  While the khaki is a nice, casual suit, and the espresso is definately elegant.

Your BMs in various shades of brown (a la the Martha photo) is great, and I think would look fabulous with GMs in khaki or espresso.  What you want to avoid there is having the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses actually match the suit color, I think.

Oh, I’m excited for you!  This will be gorgeous.  My sister absolutely refused to wear brown, I have no idea why, and now am going to send her the Martha photo.

Post # 22
99 posts
Worker bee

I’m doing Khaki suits!

I have not yet seen a dark chocolate suit yet! It seemed hard enough finding the khaki! So I would remember seeing a dark chocolate one!

I would go with a lighter brown suit for the guys and then do the different browns for the girls. I don’t think it would be too matchy at all! It will be so pretty with the girls flowers and the guys shirts under the jkts! It will look great!

have you looked at mens warehouse? or loehmans?

Post # 24
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

unfortunately men’s wearhouse doesnt carry brown tuxes & the suits they rent are black. yeah, we’ve been thru this too. it seems only independent tux-suit/bridal shops carry the brown colors to rent and they are all tuxes, at least here in philadelphia. we looked all over, and most suits that are rented arent "nice" armani or whatever, they are cheap regular suits perfect for an emergency suit while youre out of town, not a wedding party.  we were set on suits until we came across this problem & ended up going w the striped brown tux (doesnt have a tux leg stripe, tho!) posted on the previous page, which i have seen in person now a few times and i think looks good, not 70s.

Post # 25
99 posts
Worker bee

what? mens warehouse doesn’t!??? they do on the website!

I’ve only personally tried Nordstroms. They had a lot of "tan" suits..but super pricey and none that we LOVED either. Pricey being-$300 for a jkt.

A friend suggest Lohemans to me! I have not been yet! UGH, why is it so hard to rent a tan suit! I am not into the tux thing either!

I know Loehmans does carry suits (im in Long Beach, CA) at mine.

We were planning on doing the same thing..renting the groomsen and buying FI’s suit!

Ok, now I’m slightly worried!

My sister bought linen suits at Nordy’s half yearly sale last year! They were super cheap..like $50 a piece. They are a very light tan! Maybe I will have to go that route.

I will go to Mens warehouse by me and see if they have the tan suit on the website and follow up on this post! Sigh….

Post # 26
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

Our guys are wearing the dark brown tuxes.  Our color is a muted, grayish green.  HOwever, I think it is important to keep the ties neutral with the brown.  Nothing looks good in color with the brown for some reason.  so we have a taupe colored tie and vest.  I originally wanted suits, but couldn’t find any.  we didn’t want to force everyone to buy one.  so we did the calvin klein dark brown tuxes, they are pinstriped.  anyway, I think for a woodsy wedding, brown is absolutely the way to go.  black suits would really look out of place.  then with the fantastic variety of dresses, you bring in color with your details, like flowers!  sounds beautiful!

Post # 28
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I don’t have any pictures from my wedding yet, but my colors were brown and a shade of turquoise and I was very concerned with how it would look, but the black wasn’t an option. It threw everything off and didn’t pull anything together. I saw a wedding with similar colors to mine, and the groomsmen wore black tuxes and it looked like a bunch of confusion.

 For our wedding, the tuxes were a dark brown, and actually looked like suits. Their shirts were cream, vests were a sort of cream, and the ties had both colors. I used turquoise ribbon on their boutainniers because I couldn’t use it for them anywhere else, and they looked really, really good. I thought the cream would look a hot mess, but it turned out great. Chocolate brown tuxes look best with more neutral colors. I know its the "in" thing of the moment to pair brown with a variety of colors, but not with the tux. Go brown on brown or brown with another neutral color. Really, if you can, the best thing to do is go into a tux shop and pair the accessories with the tuxes. Definately, don’t do black.

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