Understanding how to choose a suit style is essential for anyone with an interest in men's fashion or in the market to purchase a new suit.
Beyond the basic knowledge of single-breasted and double breasted, notch lapel and peak lapel, two button and three button, understanding the differences between various suit colors is critical.
The Charcoal Suit:
If a man was to own only one suit, it should be a dark gray, wool two-piece. Charcoal complements more men's complexions than the more formal navy suit and is less reminiscent of a funeral than a black suit. Beyond this, it allows for flexibility. It can be paired with most shirts and tie combinations in a wide variety of colors and patterns, matched with black, brown, or cordovan shoes, and worn in most semi-formal settings.
The Navy Suit:
The dark navy suit was the first bridge between the formal and informal, a lounge suit according the status of business-wear and appropriate for non-black tie semi-formal events. This is the quintessential power suit, often paired with a white shirt and dark red tie by Presidents, not to mention Gordon Gekko of Wall Street fame. This should be another essential item in a man's wardrobe.
The Black Suit:
Black suits are tricky. In daylight they tend to give off a funereal, vaguely menacing, air. While it can certainly work for some people – particularly those with contrasting complexions – it's best to leave the black suit in the closet until you have a night-time, semi-formal event, a funeral, or join the clergy.
The Brown Suit:
"Never wear brown in the town," so the adage goes. The brown suit, thanks in large part to misuse during an era of cheap polyester men's wear, is the most maligned suit. While Ronald Reagan inspired a brief revival, brown is still the mark of a non-conformist. The brown suit, however, has several redeeming features (beyond the fact that it is not gray or navy) that are often overlooked. It is versatile, harmonizing with a wide variety of shirt and tie combinations. Colors that are difficult to pair with gray and navy, such as tan, green, and gold go well with brown. For men with fair complexions and sandy, blond, or red hair a brown suit looks particularly appealing.
Armed with this knowledge of suit colors available, you should be better equipped to understand how to choose a suit style .