Oh fuck no.
Luke, thank God you posted....
It's true that navy or grey is nicer and easier than black. But the issue with black is more about aesthetics that social acceptability: it looks a bit washed out and greenish in bright light, usually, whereas dark blues tend to keep their hue in any light. So wearing the black, if it's all you've got, is not a problem. I can't say I like the cut of it (although it's hard to say when you're not wearing it), and the skinny lapels make me think of Justin Bieber (that's not a good thing, by the way). But you are, presumably, a young fellow, and it is the fashion these days. I doubt you'll lose marks for it. So, as long as it fits, the suit is fine.
But three things:
- Firstly, burn that skinny, floral, evil motherfucker of a tie. Find something with a deep colour - burgundy, navy blue, even bottle green - that's either a solid colour, a very small pattern, or a subdued stripe. And preferably between 3 and 3.5 inches wide at the widest point. Not straight and skinny. Again, you might see it on Bieber, and to some mothering older woman it might look boyish and endearing. But to a gentleman over forty, it will just make you look like a cunt. So wear an average-width tie.
- Secondly, if you're worried about the stark black and white contrast of your suit and shirt, you can always change the shirt. Light blue, or a very narrow stripe, would be the obvious alternatives and soften the look a bit. But keep it muted, and if white's the only formal shirt you've got, go with it. The tie will add sufficient colour. If you're a young man with very limited formal wardrobe, as we'd assume, then it's simple: pick the most formal shirt you have with the best collar! No scruffy edges, no silly collar shapes. A nice, neat, old farts' shirt that fits your neck and doesn't have dirt or holes in it.
- Thirdly, and this is a biggie: if you come to frequent this forum, it might well take over your life. Shoes, son, shoes. (The following links are just examples of what these things look like) You have a black suit, so black shoes are your only option. They should preferably be captoe oxfords or wholecuts. A plain or cap toe derby is acceptable - although not as formal in my book - and the Norwegian split toe is quite common in America, and passes too. Some people don't like brogues with formal wear, but I think they're fine. Partial brogueing is slightly smarter. Either way, get one of these. If you're really desperate, yes you can get away with loafers, although monks are arguably a touch smarter. But here's the thing: you will polish them. Polish the absolute fuck out of them. And make sure you wash the polish off your hands and clean your nails. Oh, and with a black suit and black shoes, you'd better wear black socks - especially if you only have loafers.
Good luck. Your journey to being the best dress man at work, starts here.
thanks a lot for taking the time out for giving me such a long reply! i do have a limited budget/wardrobe, i had to rely on topman (uk) for basically all of my suit purchasing. but i kinda swear by skinny jeans etc. so my thinking was the same with the suit, basically everything is skinny haha. the only other ties that i have which isn't black is this:
but i have a lot to learn i guess, i'm only 19 so i have plenty of time to up my suit game.