Black suits

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  1. Classic

    Classic Senior member

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    I am seeing more and more black suits being worn in the workplace. To make them less conservative, generally they are being matched with shirts of various colors, but predominately blue tones.
    Based soley on my observations, it appears to me that this trend is also happening in the evening at more formal functions. Although white shirts continue to be the hands on choice, some are chosing to wear light blue tone shirts.
    Is this strictly a "fad", a case of people just trying to be different, or a combination of both?
    Personally, while I am a big fan of black suits, and like the combinations for work, I still hold the opinion that at more formal functions, the shirt must be white.
    What do others think? Is there a changing of the guard?

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  2. ilvangelo

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    I personaly have never understood why would people wear a black suit on a daily basis. It is not very elegant at all. I have various suits but no black one, and don't plan on acquiring one anytime soon. Then again, I am Italian and we don't normally wear black suits, so my upbringing might be biased.

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    ilvangelo:  I must respectfully disagree with your  assessment that black suits cannot be elegant.  Let us remember that a man achieves his highest level of sartorial sophistocation and elegance when clad in formal attire of black and white.  I do appreciate that you are referring to business suits and not formal wear, but I believe that the black suit tastefully and thoughtfully accessorized can be attractive, and an integral part of the well dressed man's wardrobe.
     


  4. NavyStyles

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    Classic,

       I like the idea of wearing black suits with colored shirts.  It livens the look up a bit.  I'm not sure about wearing a black suit during the day time, though.  And I completely agree that - on formal occasions - a man should wear a white shirt underneath his elegant black suit.
     


  5. ilvangelo

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    Thanks for your input rayk.

    I still believe that a deep blue suit, when well cut, is better looking than a black suit. The same thing for a grey suit like the Campagna one that Pierce Brosnan wears in the beggining of "The Thomas Crown Affair". As for formal wear, a midnight blue tux works better than a black one, since black tends to looks a little greyish under bright tungsten light. The midnight blue will looks blacker than black in those situations.
    The black suit was very popular back in the day since it represented a socialy succesful person, and little room for creativity or individuality was allowed.
    Furthermore, people in Italy seldom wear black suits, only for mourning ceremonies and other events of the kind. Therefore, my opinions might be biased.

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    IlVangelo
     


  6. rayk

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    ilvangelo:  I concur with your assessment that in business or formal wear, a properly cut suit of midnight blue is more appealing than one of black, and particularly so under fluorescent lights, which impart to black fabrics that unattractive greenish hue; however, it is not an uncommon experience to see a man who is able to achieve an elegant appearance through the combination of a properly tailored suit of black that has been tastefully accessorized for maximum effect.  I guess that I was simply defending the black suit as an option for the man who enjoys that look.  It should, however, be restricted to evening wear, as I find a black suit too stark for day wear.
     


  7. Classic

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    Good comments.
    Personally, I wear black suits, even at work because they add a touch of elegance. Hence, in my case, while my office suits are blues and greys for most of the times, once every while, I wear a black suit.
    I know it is all a matter of what one likes, or dislikes. However, having said this, I still hold the believe that on more formal occasions, black suits should only be paired with white shirts.
     


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    I'd never wear something purely black. I always go for a dark charcoal grey. It tends to make the overall ensemble a bit easier on the eyes; the contrast isn't so staggering.
     


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    the color you wear is an expression of you or the the mood you're in on that day. it is ridiculous to say that one color is inherently better or more appropriate than another without having a deep understanding of the person wearing it.

    classic, colored shirts with black suits are nothing new. a personal favorite is the solid light pink shirt/black suit combination. tom cruise tried in vain to make this trendy last year, but i've liked it a long time.
     


  11. Classic

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    Matadorpoeta, I recently ordered a light pink shirt, but with contrasting white collar and french cuffs. I think that this combination looks quite good for office wear.
     


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    I'm a huge fan of contrasting collars and cuffs (french only.) I think that such would look sharp with a black suit, particularly if you have jet-black hair.
     


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    Don't jock on me for this reference, but in the movie "The Kid" Bruce Willis goes to work in a double breasted black suit with a yellow shirt and a tie with yellow stripes. The shirt may have been yellow striped with contrasting white collar and cuff though. Its been awhile since I saw it. Anyway, it looked pretty good.

    As for me, I wear a black suit occassionally. It can be a little formal or over dramatic, but like everyone has said, the right shirt and tie can lessen that and relax it.
     


  14. Zubberah

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    I LOVE black suits and here in Australia they have taken off quite well despite the heat and all-year summer conditions. I have two - one by Gucci in Super 140s and another by Gianni Versace. I love them and they make a great contrast to the navy and grey brigade. I even have a black suit by Richard James with purple pinstripes - all three suits always get accolades. I often wear black suits with black, burgundy and royal pruple shirts and ties and the effect is swooning if the comments and compliments from women is anything to go by. Or on casual Fridays I will wear a simple plain black t-shirt underneath. Of course, when I used to work in the fil industry, it was always de rigquer to wear black suits to openings etc. But of course I would love Black - my whole wardrobe is black and when I am not in a suit or at home, I am in ... guess what? ... all BLACK.
     


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    haha, I won't ask why you saw it [​IMG] . But I've gotta say that this post almost makes me want to rent it to see the suit.
     


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