Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wj4, Jan 30, 2012.
Thread needs to be merged: http://www.styleforum.net/t/230282/in-praise-of-brown
007 makes it look cool.
This is an old Sart shot. Would one consider this to be "brown"?
Great suit color for day-time. But unlike navy and grey it is far more dependent on the hair color and complexion of the wearer and it's not as versatile as the staple colors. A plain dark brown suit with light blue shirt and navy tie is a wonderful business combination, a little eccentric in the best sense of the word. Lighter browns and patterns are more dandy style but definitely nothing to be scared of. It's just not the first suit and maybe not the second either, therefore it's not too often seen outside of more fashion-friendly nations like Italy.
Besides, it's a fact that the suit as the only business clothes concept is on retreat in western civilizations, we can not deny that. But the suit as an aesthetic concept is still very much alive, I think. In certain social niches it may spread out to casual occasions as well in the near future and perhaps it will lose a bit of its typical restrained business sobriety on the way. The brown suit would profit from such a trend for the men who fit in complexion-wise.
It's true, brown is not a usual staple like navy or grey so best to keep it in very dark solid brown.
I think it's more of taupe.
Nrither of my brown suits are anything like that. Ones is a light brown/tan with a POW check pattern through it. The other is a brown/grey (I thought it was grey till the salesperson told me it was brown) with a light blue pinstripe. My brown blazer is similiar in color to that top jacket though but it is a woven jacket (think woven ties) in a silk/wool blend (thank you TF) and is one of my favorite and most versitile jackets.
Did I mention I have olive skin? I would not think brown would work well if you were extremely white.
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I have only one suit that could be considered brown, though it's more of a taupe, with light blue pinstripes. I agree that the specific shades of brown that look good will depend on complexion and/or hair color. I think my best shades of brown match my hair color (minus the gray ).
Quote: That's taupe. I wear mine with dark brown shoes.
My tan and light brown suits I wear with burgundy/walnut shoes respectively. I don't think they are a good idea as business attire (for men), but they are great as leisure suits. I often pair them with white shirts with brown or dark red stripes, no tie.
Quote: That's like saying that your black suits would clash with your black shoes...I hope you are not one of those people wearing brown shoes with navy suits. And if you are, then at this point you can wear whatever you like
I really hope that you are not one of those people wearing BLACK shoes with NAVY suits. The only time this is accptable is if you are wearing a navy tux or if you are in the armed forces and you can't wear whatever you like as their are uniform standards and you may be subject to the UCMJ.
Unless you are a funeral director or security guard, why would you own a black suit? This forum continues to deliver incorrect information--usually from people with less than 100 posts.
Quote: There are many occasions that call for a black suit, funerals for one.
Quote: So for all those posts of yours you are yet to learn the basics of matching shoes with suits.
Hint - the guy on the right is certainly a douche
Quote: My point precisely - if you don't want to dress following standards - you can wear whatever you want.
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I totally agree with the whole black-suit is a no, no.
But there's nothing wrong with a proper black suit? In my opinion it's a staple to one's wardrobe.
Let me see, do I think that the future King of England knows enough about standards of dressing to wear black shoes with navy suits, or do I follow the advice of some guy on some forum...hmmmm...Yeah, I'd have to go with Prince William on this one.
And again - once you have decided you would not follow basic standards - you are free to wear whatever you like, even black socks with sandals. To use those GQ pictures again to illustrate my point:
1. A man who knows the standards and follows them:
as. the man who knows about the standards but does not follow them (i.e. brown shoes navy suit):
From whom of the two would you rather get financial advice?
This has been covered at length here and on Ask Andy. Ronald Reagan frequently wore solid mid-brown and dark tan suits to work. Looked very good on him.
For example: http://www.styleforum.net/t/228896/chocolate-brown-suit-matching
(The famous Reagan chocolate suit photo)
(The famous AA mid-brown 3pc suit with DB vest illustration)
Manton's advice has a lot going for it. If you want a solid, and don't want the suit to be utterly drab, make it mid-brown (e.g., milk chocolate) or lighter (e.g., tan). If you want dark brown, then herringbones, pin stripes, chalk stripes, and checks can all work. Semi-solids like birdseye or nailhead might work too.
Either burgundy or dark brown shoes will look fine.
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