Nice post, @emptym. Just on this, it was already long past the heyday of brown suits by then. However, we keep saying on SF that we aren't interested in fashion but in style. This seems to me one of those times when it becomes clear that this is not exactly true and that a lot of the 'style' advice that gets given here is actually fashion advice, albeit fashion on a rather longer cycle than GQ's short attention span. We've got a set of basic style values that were basically set down between the late 1920s and early 1960s, but on these foundations, there is actually quite a lot of more superficial stuff that goes on, and the recent (last 20+ years) Anglo-American rejection of browns (and let's not forget the colours on either side of brown - the rusts and reds on one side, and the greens on the other) as a colour for wool suiting is just one such area. Personally, and I know this is apparently not a popular view here, I hope that this is coming to an end in favour of a rediscovery of a fuller range of colour possibilities (without disappearing off into the overly loud and unsubtle realm of primary colours). As far as I am concerned, brown wool has never been unstylish, it just became unfashionable (and has some admittedly unfortunate associations).