Originally Posted by courty
I have not found a prejudice against black suits among Savile Row tailors. I would not say that solid black is championed for day wear but I have had more than one tailor suggest one for me. (Black chalk and pinstripe are, of course, quite routine Savile Row products.) Most of the suiting bunches I have seen contained at least one solid black. My only solid black suit was made in a Lesser 16 ounce cloth with a subtle diamond or lattice effect - a great cloth.
One of the problems facing people who feel they are maintaining a taste standard against black suits is that they cannot agree or determine what in fact constitutes black. I have a couple of very dark charcoal suits that many think are black and a bold chalk stripe I thought was on a black background but both my tailor and natural light confirm is actually a midnight blue. This effect was accidentally achieved by the mill by mixing black threads with navy and producing a handsome result. Another suit I have is a dark charcoal with a white stripe which again, some people think is a black suit. Thus, the definition of "black" suit is a somewhat illusory one from a color standpoint. Throw in other variables like the quality of the fabric, cut of the cloth, make etc... and you can see what problems there are with a bright line rule against the color black.