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post #1051 of 1068
Weird to see this thread brought back from the dead after so long. The whole idea of CBD and reason for following certain rules that are in place for menswear IMO is that, while not everyone knows the rules, there is a degree to which people understand the broad strokes on at least an unconscious level. Most people will not think, "OMG. I can't believe that guy is wearing a black suit. Doesn't he know better?" Of those who think it, most will have the good manners to not say it. But they may prefer the look of a navy or dark grey suit even if they don't know exactly why. The main reason to break the rules is to look better and I don't see many cases where wearing a black suit makes one look better. Especially since black looks better in the evening and business is conducted during the day (yeah, I've worked plenty of jobs with long hours where one is in the office well into the evening, but y'all know what I mean).
post #1052 of 1068

No its absolutely not a business attire. You can read it on number of blogs. Black suit only works well if you are going any formal business meetings or highly recommendable for Funeral. But it not a good option for every day business attire !  

post #1053 of 1068
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No its absolutely not a business attire. You can read it on number of blogs. Black suit only works well if you are going any formal business meetings or highly recommendable for Funeral. But it not a good option for every day business attire !  

 

So is it acceptable for business or not? You haz me confuse....

post #1054 of 1068
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Originally Posted by Robert Glenn View Post

No its absolutely not a business attire. You can read it on number of blogs. Black suit only works well if you are going any formal business meetings or highly recommendable for Funeral. But it not a good option for every day business attire !  

This makes ZERO sense.
post #1055 of 1068
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Originally Posted by EliodA View Post

So is it acceptable for business or not? You haz me confuse....

No.
post #1056 of 1068
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Originally Posted by Robert Glenn View Post
 

No its absolutely not a business attire. You can read it on number of blogs. Black suit only works well if you are going any formal business meetings or highly recommendable for Funeral. But it not a good option for every day business attire !  

Second sentence contradicts your first.

post #1057 of 1068
An old and maybe dead thread but I am in favour of black suits, typically paired with a pale to mid blue shirt. Far more acceptable than brown in town but sadly less choice than blues and greys.
post #1058 of 1068
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Originally Posted by AndrewDu View Post

An old and maybe dead thread but I am in favour of black suits, typically paired with a pale to mid blue shirt.


That's good to know, but I think you may find yourself in a minority on this forum. For daytime wear, black is so...stark.

post #1059 of 1068
I usually wear my black suit to funerals and in a choir I sing in where it is the uniform (with a black shirt). Still, I sometimes wear it to the office and I think it works fine, tho I still think charcoal grey is better.
post #1060 of 1068
Black suits are great...if you're an undertaker.
post #1061 of 1068
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That's good to know, but I think you may find yourself in a minority on this forum. For daytime wear, black is so...stark.
I can't disagree with either of your points, but I think it is the starkness that is part of the appeal for me.

With the right contrast of colours it can be striking rather than stark. However, not all blacks are the same so it's important to get the right shade/texture.
post #1062 of 1068
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Instead of black, go for charcoal. Still very dark, but much more fitting for business attire. -boston

Completely agree, the midnight charcoal gray is black at night and totally appropriate for business during the day, the white shirt at night makes it elegant, a light or ice blue during daytime makes it business appropriate.
Where it becomes questionable is when it looks so dressy/formal during the day charcoal gray-white shirt that it draws attention to the clothing, not the man.
The key here is the suit fabric itself, Black is just too severe for daytime, charcoal gray should be muted, absolutely no shine to it, beware any tendency toward sharkskin
post #1063 of 1068
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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

Black suits are great...if you're an undertaker.

There's also different types of black cloth (well obviously) H Lessers is flat and somber, clearly meant for a funeral or funeral director, quite different from say a mohair or Dormeuil Amadeus with a paper press finish.

I think though it depends on the type of business you are doing, obviously people with time on their hands working in offices post a lot here but this is not the whole world of business.
Edited by David Reeves - 9/19/16 at 10:58am
post #1064 of 1068
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Weird to see this thread brought back from the dead after so long. 

 

In at least partial defense of beating the dead horse, I read the first 50 pages of responses and found lots of responses about alcohol, semantic debates about the meaning of words, philosophical debates about whether fashion rules exist at all, and rehashing of old internet grudges, but very little relevant to the original question.

post #1065 of 1068
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In at least partial defense of beating the dead horse, I read the first 50 pages of responses and found lots of responses about alcohol, semantic debates about the meaning of words, philosophical debates about whether fashion rules exist at all, and rehashing of old internet grudges, but very little relevant to the original question.

(1) You're quoting my post from 18 months ago.

(2) That tends to happen on StyleForum.
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