Originally Posted by scharania
Please explain. ... I read around this forum for a while today and saw a lot of people really knew their stuff when it comes to mens fashion. So I wanted some knowledge.
1. Black suits are generally frowned upon on this forum and also considered to violate more traditional rules of men's dress.
2. Wearing suit jackets without matching pants is generally frowned upon. It looks like you're wearing half a suit and forgot the pants. Jackets that are intended to not be worn with matching trousers tend to look different than suit jackets (texture, pocket type, buttons, etc.).
3. Stiped odd trousers (i.e. trousers not worn with a matching jacket as part of a suit) are generally frowned upon. Exception if you are wearing a stroller (old school daytime semiformal that almost nobody wears anymore). Generally, pinstripes / other striped trousers belong as part of a suit.
4. Bonus points for black striped garments. Many around here who are less anti-black suit might still agree that a black suit, if it is worn, is best worn to evening dinners and social events and possibly to a funeral. Striped trousers / jackets would be inappropriate at both as they are considered to be a business pattern.
If you go the black suit route, make sure the matching trousers are actually matching trousers. If they are not an exact match (e.g. suit separates in the same fabric), you don't have a suit. You have pants and a jacket that sort of look the same but don't belong together. Welcome to SF, btw. Don't mean for any of this to sound harsh, more trying to give a summary answer to why someone said you might regret this post. If you'd like to delve more into any of the points, I and others I'm sure would be happy to discuss or provide links to threads on the subject.