Wear A Black Suit The Right Way
For most guys a black suit feels like a safe choice. It’s easy to match with just about anything in your closet. It’s appropriate for serious occasions and works for the office. In short, it’s a go-to suit.
So why do so many men look like scrubs when they go to their black suits? You can’t screw up black, can you? Yes. Yes you can. So what’s the deal? What are the secrets to black suit style? We’ll show you what to do and what not to do to pull off the black suit with panache. Read on…
Black Suit Rule 1: Work with your own coloring.
If you are a fair-haired, pale-skinned guy, a black suit can just steamroll your whole look. Contrast is your enemy. Unless you’ve got a darker complexion, smooth the transition between light (aka you) and dark (aka your suit). Go with ties and pocket squares in shades of gray and muted colors (instead of black and white). For shirts, opt for ones that have small patterns (rather than stark solid whites). On the flip side, the darker your skin and hair the easier it is to wear a black suit. You can go with a toned down look or make higher the contrast choices for shirts and ties that pack a sartorial punch.
Black Suit Rule 2: Nail the fit.
You probably know we’re pretty obsessive about fit. When it comes to black suits that obsession goes into overdrive. Why? Because there’s no place to hide a bad fit in a black suit. Other suits may dazzle with patterns or thrill with colors but your black suit better fit you flawlessly or your whole look will be off.
Black Suit Rule 3: Keep accessories simple.
There’s a reason priests, the Amish and others who are devoted to dressing modestly wear black. Black requires restraint. Guys who look great in black suits keep everything else fairly subdued. They don’t adorn themselves in flashy red ties or blinged-out cufflinks. They keep all of their accessories sharp but subtle. If you want to nail this look, channel your inner minimalist and keep it simple, smartypants.
Black Suit Rule 4: Shine your shoes.
When you wear a black suit, wear black shoes. Period. End of story. While we are big proponents of owning brown shoes (preferably in an array of shades and styles) there is one unique edge that black shoes have over their brown counterparts: it’s a breeze to get a good shine on them. It’s a shame most guys don’t bother to find this out. If they did, they’d see that even a quick once over of your black shoes can do wonders for your look. When you’ve got on a black suit, a well shined shoe is essential.
Black Suit Rule 5: Don’t go overboard with the black.
A black suit is one thing. A black shirt and tie to go with it, under a black coat with a black hat and some black sunglasses and you start to look like you’re in the state of mourning. Temper your black suit with a gray coat, a patterned or, gasp, a colored scarf.
Do as stylish men do
Follow these five steps and take your black suit game to the next level. Got a question about how to suit up in black? Drop us a comment below.
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