Here's the thing, I know that I may not have the technical or style know-how like many people on this forum. I came here to hear what people had to share and take from those opinions information that I find valid. Maybe it's my egregious sense of style compared to everyone else here, I'm not sure. It seems like there is a consistent theme that black on black is immature and therefore, disregarded. As I'm sure you've all seen, there have been other people/celebrities to try the style and it had worked. Yes I get how George Clooney may be the only one and I am NOT George Clooney, but why only them? I guess what I'm asking is where does this hate for black on black come from? Rather than being dismissive and saying highschool/troll/immature, respond in more technical terms I suppose. Why can't it work? Why have people still tried if it's such a fashion no-no even beyond the age of high school? I'm more than willing to listen and if need be put in some change in the outfit if the argument is valid, I enjoy hearing differing opinions.
Jokes aside -- I'd like to hear some real "technical" reasons for why black on black doesnt work, but I'm just not sure theres a "technical" reason other than "it just doesnt." That said, I personally don't like black on black for no other reason than that it conjures up images of bad Halloween costumes and frat boys. (If I absolutely had to wear it, I'd be doing the plain black suit, black shirt, black tie or dark gray tie route).
Sure, Clooney or Timberlake or Pitt or the like can "pull it off" but even then I dont love it for formal occasions.
Gyllenhaal makes this look fairly good:
But, I see that as a "casual cool" look - not at all formal, and not even trying to be formal.
I used to never really be a fan of a black button down shirt in general (owned one and threw it away when I realized the only guys I knew wearing it were one or two fist pumps away from their own reality show), however, I do really like this Bradley Cooper look:
I suppose this is a lot better for formal occasions (black suit with a dark gray shirt) but again theres that "confidence" factor that others listed above:
But still, I think (and I can't give a "technical" reason for why) that for a formal occasion -- one where a black suit is ideal -- you can't beat this type of look: