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Is Black/Black/Black OK to be formally invisible?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hello All,

 

I've never paid much attention to style; I usually just wear what's comfortable, and try not to look like a slob. There are occasions, of course, where I have to dress up, and that is where I would like some input.

 

First, about me: I am 40 years old, 5'6", 140 lbs. I am caucasian with average skin tone and dark brown hair.

 

I have always tended toward dark colours because I am not a flashy person at all; I don't like drawing attention to myself.

 

My question is regarding what color shirt and tie to wear with my black suit, when I need to wear it. In my profession as a sound technician, I work formal events where I am generally right beside or on the stage, but always need to be invisible.

 

Before coming to this site, I always thought that black/black/black was a sharp look, and I have worn it on several occasions in the last few years, but I have been reading elsewhere on the forum that is a gangster look. I'm wondering, is also appropriate in my work situation?

 

For other formal events like weddings and such, I still like my clothing to be understated, as I mentioned above. I don't have many options in my closet right now, but I could definitely pick something else up as needed. I have only three shirts suitable for wearing with a suit: white, black, and black with stripes (pictured).

 

 

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I also have only three ties: black, textured black, and blue w/ stripes.

 

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(Yes, I leave them tied. I have a hard time getting the knots to sit square, so when they landed right I didn't want to lose them!)

 

What suggestions would you have given my work situation and personal preference to avoid attention, but still look nice? If black shirts are still a no-go, would a navy shirt be OK?

 

Thanks.

 

 

 

 

post #2 of 13
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post #3 of 13
Keeping in mind that there is a huge distinction between what you should wear as a worker at an event and what you should wear as a guest, I think all-black would be fine for work. You do not want to dress better than the guests at an event, but still maintain an appropriate level of formality. Plus it would be better to distinguish yourself as a worker and not a guest, so you should avoid a "normal" suit configuration (e.g. dark suit with white shirt).
post #4 of 13
Please, please, please, go get a white shirt and another suit in navy, charcoal or a mid to dark grey. For starters.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

@ tgt465, thanks for the validation of all black for work.

 

@ Mute, I appreciate the reply, and as noted in my first post, I *do* have a white shirt, I just prefer the darker colors. Given the extremely low number of formal events I attend as a guest, I could justify getting different-coloured shirt, but I'm not really in a position to drop the cash for a new suit. Are there really no dark--or at least subdued--colours that work with a black suit? Navy? Grey?

post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by Coronos View Post

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I have always tended toward dark colours because I am not a flashy person at all; I don't like drawing attention to myself.



  



That's your idea of not drawing attention to yourself??????????????????????????

This is less flashy

post #7 of 13
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That's your idea of not drawing attention to yourself??????????????????????????
This is less flashy

 

Really? I'll admit, buying that shirt was a stretch for me, but you think black with tiny white stripes is flashy???????????????

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Mute View Post

Please, please, please, go get a white shirt and another suit in navy, charcoal or a mid to dark grey. For starters.

Pretty much sums up what you should be doing.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

OK, I get that it would be best to have another dark suit, but I'll admit that I'm a bit surprised. I always thought that a basic black suit, while not always the best choice, could be made to work for almost any occasion. Apparently this is incorrect, but then I ask, what can you do with a charcoal suit that you can't do with black, and why?

 

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Originally Posted by dorolf07 View Post

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Originally Posted by Mute View Post

Please, please, please, go get a white shirt and another suit in navy, charcoal or a mid to dark grey. For starters.
Pretty much sums up what you should be doing.

 

Thanks, but if you're just going to second a comment, I'll just repeat my reply:

 

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Originally Posted by Coronos View Post

. . . as noted in my first post, I *do* have a white shirt, I just prefer the darker colors. Given the extremely low number of formal events I attend as a guest, I could justify getting different-coloured shirt, but I'm not really in a position to drop the cash for a new suit. Are there really no dark--or at least subdued--colours that work with a black suit? Navy? Grey?

 

I'm not trying to be difficult, I just want to understand, and maybe get the "second-best" option when the best isn't feasible.

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Coronos View Post

OK, I get that it would be best to have another dark suit, but I'll admit that I'm a bit surprised. I always thought that a basic black suit, while not always the best choice, could be made to work for almost any occasion. Apparently this is incorrect, but then I ask, what can you do with a charcoal suit that you can't do with black, and why?

 

Look good.

post #11 of 13
All black/dark outfits are boring at best, and offensive to the eyes at worst. Seems like you have a job where wearing all black is the best option, so we can't fault you for that. I wouldn't go up to an inmate and say they should change out of their orange jumper because it's too flashy. That being said, black suits are looked down upon by the majority on SF because they're not all that flattering unless 1) it's dark outside 2) you're a hollywood actor and the set is being professionally lit. I find they look childish but others are free to disagree with me on that count. Charcoal is far different than black for pairing with shirts/ties and is an easier transition from darker to lighter colors in an outfit. You really should try picking up charcoal/navy suit and wearing your white shirt for starters. It is loads better than a black suit with your black striped shirt.
post #12 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thank you, Badandy, for your detailed and helpful answer.

 

The next suit I buy will be charcoal, but in the meantime, I guess I'll go back to my white shirt.

post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by Badandy View Post

I find they look childish but others are free to disagree with me on that count.

I don't know about childish, so much as unskilled. Not appropriate as a tuxedo, yet not as versatile or flattering as a more staple suit. Gateway to other not so great choices in shirt, tie and shoes.

I'd never judge someone on the dress requirements of their job (I probably already hate you for never turning the monitors up high enough), but know that you have better options. A subdued shirt and a solid knit tie with a navy or charcoal suit is hardly flashy. And then you'd have a nice suit in your closet for weddings, meetings, interviews, taking the wife out, etc.
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