Haha, darn, that's pretty attrocious. Even looks like he's buttoned all three jacket buttons.
My opinion is that if you want a black suit - and you're actually going to wear it and enjoy it - then go for it. However, if you're buying it and will likely only end up wearing it a small handful of times I'd say it's wasteful. I used to have about five suits in my closet just in case I end up getting a corporate job where I'd have to wear a suit every day. I'm in my eighth year of the corporate world and have work a suit probably three times per year max. Money wasted that could have gone elsewhere.
While we're on the topic, there's a question I've had for some time, and I'd love to hear some opinions. It's obvious that wearing a black suit during the day is shunned (or at least it is by the SF crowd). However, the classic colour for a morning coat or stroller jacket is black. Since these items are intended to be worn during the day, what is it that makes the black morning coat/stroller jacket acceptable? Is it the fact that the lighter-coloured (& patterned) pants of a morning dress/stroller ensemble offset the severity of the black jacket in daylight? Or is there some other reason why this works, but a black lounge suit would not?
Seems to make sense, since it avoids the "black monolith" look. The vest/waistcoat probably helps to break it up as well.
You talked about improving standards. I agree. The point that everybody seems to be missing, an important way to improve your standards is by finding out which colours work best for you. What works for you may not necessarily work good for me. Archibaldleach made a point about rules. Well the rules say certain people can wear black and look good on them. But the rules also say that only certain colours work with black. You have to pair it with the right shirt and tie.
As for it looking cheap, I disagree. There is a reason why the standard colour for tuxes is black. It is a more formal colour.
But somehow you are implying that even though black works for me, even though I make good impressions on people, I lower the standard by wearing black. I will have to respectfully disagree.
This is Greece. Even if you show up wearing a cheap polyester suit you are still dressed up. The fact that I wear a wool suit, might also explain the stares and compliments.
This. Odd that black is never decribed as inherently and universally cheap-looking when tuxedos are the subject of discussion.
No offense was taken. Polite, courteous, discussion is what this forum should be all about. You are not rude by any means.
There is a difference between bad taste and different taste. Bad taste is when you think something looks good and no other person thinks so. Difference in taste is when opinions are divided. Some people like modern art, others don't. Some like spicy food and others do not. When you wear something and others compliment you, basically what that means you think that this is in good taste and others agree with you. If you do not think so, that means your taste in different. No is an owner of good taste. Only arrogant people think so (not that I am saying you are arrogant).
The stark contrast between a black suit and a white shirts makes, IMO, makes for a very elegant look. This is what makes the tux so popular. It is not the satin on the lapels. Look at all of these actors, many of whom hire professional image consultants, who have substituted the tux for a black suit at awards ceremonies. Further more, there are elegant, stylish men who do like to wear black suits, George Clooney being the most prominent. Do some basic research on what is acceptable attire for weddings, and the consensus is a dark suit, ie black, navy blue, or charcoal grey.
It is not surprising that decades ago well dressed men did not wear black suits. Black was strictly reserved for formal events. You only saw pictures of them in their everyday lives, or in formal events were they were tuxes. All of them looked elegant and stylish in their tuxes. You may think it is the satin on the lapels and other places on the jacket that makes a tux stylish. I do not. I say it is the sharp contrast between black jacket and white shirt that makes the tux so appealing. The tux is slowly going out of fashion and style. More and more people are wearing a black suit were a tux was once desired. They do so because they like the timeless elegant look of a black jacket and white shirt.
It should be noted that the black suit is not a versatile colour. I have tried it with many different combos. The only combos that I really like is with a plain white shirt. Both black and white are formal colours, so my plain black suit is reserved for formal situations.
I respect the fact that many people here disagree with me. Not only do I respect that, but I am glad. The world would be a very boring place if we all dressed the same. But to claim that only people of poor taste or people who know nothing about fashion share my views is just plain wrong. No one is the owner of good taste. Taste is taste. There is no right or wrong. It is a matter of opinion.