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post #31 of 37

Unless you're talking about a tuxedo (e.g., dinner suit / evening suit / semi-formal suit, to use technically correct sartorial terminology) the combination of peaked lapels and black cloth should be avoided like the plague . . . unless you want to look like the help.  

 

Traditionally, such suits were the "uniform" domestic staff; in modern times, black suits -- peak lapel or otherwise -- remain the dominion of the service industry.  Don't believe me? Here's a little exercise to illustrate my point; imagine typical looking individuals in the following professions:

 

- Limo driver,

- Hotel concierge,

- Bank teller,

- Doorman at night club,

- casino security,

 

Do not all of those individuals wear black suits?

post #32 of 37
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Originally Posted by facet View Post

It terms of colour pairings, it's arguable that it doesn't look as nice when you try to deviate from shirts other than white; it looks too stark compared to gray and blue suits. And along the same vein, you can't really wear any other colour shoe except for black.

IMHO, black as a main color in an ensemble goes well with other ensemble items in: black, dead white, ivory, gray, red, pink, silver, and (in limited cases) tan. (Outercoats and gloves can be other colors.) That's it. So, right, black is not the most versatile suit color. You can wear cordovan-colored or oxblood shoes with black trousers, though.
post #33 of 37
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Originally Posted by cropknox View Post

Unless you're talking about a tuxedo (e.g., dinner suit / evening suit / semi-formal suit, to use technically correct sartorial terminology) the combination of peaked lapels and black cloth should be avoided like the plague . . .

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post #34 of 37
^looks like a standard stroller to me. Show me red and black together that you like.
post #35 of 37
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Originally Posted by cropknox View Post

Unless you're talking about a tuxedo (e.g., dinner suit / evening suit / semi-formal suit, to use technically correct sartorial terminology) the combination of peaked lapels and black cloth should be avoided like the plague . . . unless you want to look like the help.  

Traditionally, such suits were the "uniform" domestic staff; in modern times, black suits -- peak lapel or otherwise -- remain the dominion of the service industry.  Don't believe me? Here's a little exercise to illustrate my point; imagine typical looking individuals in the following professions:

- Limo driver,
- Hotel concierge,
- Bank teller,
- Doorman at night club,
- casino security,

Do not all of those individuals wear black suits?

I agree with your first point, but the reason that i reserve black only for my dinner jackets is because i find it harder to match shirts/ties as opposed to charcoal, navy, even midnight blue. But for your list of professions that you claim wear black suits, sorry but I see all these professions in Charcoal, Grey, and Navy just as much as i see them in black. Actually come to think about it here in nyc maybe only the doorman I've seen in a black suit. The male tellers at the citi bank across the street from me are always in charcoal/navy blue/either of those in pinstripe. I have a friend who works in a hotel and they are rarely in black (maybe when they first start).
post #36 of 37
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

^looks like a standard stroller to me. Show me red and black together that you like.

He said "tuxedo," though maybe he meant "semi-formal."

Allen Edmonds's shoe-pants visualizer. Take the Cambridge in burgundy, overlay the shoe-pant visualizer on the burgundy Cambridge, hit "Tuxedo." Admittedly, the darker the red, the better. I think #8 shell would look great with a tux.

Red carnation with a black tux. Red chalk stripes on a black flannel ground.
post #37 of 37
yea don't really like those....red+black to me looks like a football uniform.
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