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Is black suit an acceptable business attire?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mussel, Feb 3, 2005.

  1. AndrewDu

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    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.
     
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    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
     
  3. David Reeves

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

    (2) That tends to happen on StyleForum.
     
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