What colour shirt should be worn with charcoal trousers?

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What colour shirt should be worn with charcoal trousers?
Charcoal trousers open a variety of options for wearers. (Oliver Weber/iStock/Getty Images)

For the office and for occasions on which you don't wish to stand out, wearing more muted, monochromatic or neutral colours works best. Monochromatic colours are the colours that are different hues of the same colour on the colour wheel. For charcoal trousers, this means to go a shade darker (black), or a shade lighter (light grey). Neutral colours are those that can be paired with anything; a white or ivory shirt will work as well as a black or grey one.

Stand out with bold colours

Since charcoal is a dark base, any bright colour will work. A turquoise or fuchsia-coloured shirt will make you pop in a more casual situation or in a season like spring, where bright colours are more commonly seen. If you don't want to be quite so noticeable, a paler pastel colour will also stand out nicely against charcoal trousers.


As trousers get washed less frequently than shirts, darker shades, such as charcoal, are a practical option for any occasion or any time of the year. Adjust your look by pairing with different colours of shirt according to the season and the occasion.

Bottom line

Charcoal is a nice neutral base colour. It can be worn with pretty much any colour in any season. What you wear is mostly about your personal preference.

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