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Light grey vs black suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cdumas10, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. cdumas10

    cdumas10 Member

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    So I need help deciding on a black or light grey suit. I will be using the suit
    for weddings, holiday functions and maybe nights out. I will not
    use the suit for work or any work related activities. I have a dark charcoal and chocolate brown
    suit for these situations.
    I will be getting the suit made in a madmen type styling, (narrow lapels, fitted and high arm holes) 2 buttons, double vented. I will also have a waist coat made. I'm leaning towards the light grey as more shirt, shoe and belt combinations will work with it, however, I'm unsure how "off" I'll look at a night time weddings. It's hard to beat a black suit and white shirt at night. Keep in mind that people will show up at the weddings in slacks and shirt only.
     
  2. Tomasso

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  3. cdumas10

    cdumas10 Member

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    are you suggesting a dark grey/charcoal suit? I understand it would be the best option, however,
    I already own a charcoal suit in a very classic cut. I'm hoping to get a different color as I'd like to expand my suit collection.
     
  4. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    then get a navy suit
     
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    ferguscan Senior member

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    Navy is your friend. Navy is the ultimate versatile suit.
     
  7. DeanCorso

    DeanCorso Well-Known Member

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY4Vi...eature=related

    It's like the bodysnatchers around here. Men can look good in colors other than charcoal and navy. There's a reason they still make fabric in other colors.

    And he's not looking for "the versatile suit." Cdumas has quite clearly expressed that he's comfortable with his suit options for those situations where navy and charcoal and blending-in is required. He's looking for the unorthodox, something that stands out from that aesthetic, for functions that allow a little more flexibility.

    I think you should decide which will work better with your complexion and hair color and matches the look you're going for with the shirt, ties you like.

    Black is obviously not the popular choice around here, but I have an inexpensive (well, dirt cheap, really) custom plain black suit similar to the design you're going with. It isn't the most conservative look, but we aren't always going for that, are we? I've never worn it without receiving compliments.

    Lighter gray can look equally great on the right person. It wouldn't go as well on me, but if you think it works for you, it could be a smart look - if perhaps a touch more seasonal.
     
  8. blackbowtie

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    Light grey! Light grey!
     
  9. Tomasso

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    Men can look good in colors other than charcoal and navy. There's a reason they still make fabric in other colors.

    Thank you so much for the education.......................................................
     
  10. acl1

    acl1 Senior member

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    It might depend on how each of the colors look on you. Do you generally look better in light gray or black sweaters/polos/shirts? It could affect your decision.
     
  11. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    It's hard to beat a black suit and white shirt at night.

    Get the light grey, and wear the charcoal one you already have for going out at night. A black suit may be border-line acceptable in certain situations (although many on this forum will disagree), but it is completely unwearable during the day-time other than to funerals.
     
  12. raphaelargus

    raphaelargus Well-Known Member

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    It's like the bodysnatchers around here. Men can look good in colors other than charcoal and navy. There's a reason they still make fabric in other colors.

    A lot of the regulars around here definitely seem to get their panties in a bunch if you don't follow their groupthink.

    My vote is for light grey.[/I]
     
  13. centrix

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    It's hard to beat a black suit and white shirt at night.

    i never did like this, day or night...
     
  14. George

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    Get the light grey, and wear the charcoal one you already have for going out at night. A black suit may be border-line acceptable in certain situations (although many on this forum will disagree), but it is completely unwearable during the day-time other than to funerals.
    This is wrong. Black with a hint of Mohair or a faille weave is a smart look for going out, especially on a younger man. As regards business; black suits are everywhere; look in any high street store, which is indicative because this is where the vast majority of men in get their suits.
     
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    JayJay Senior member

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    Navy is your friend. Navy is the ultimate versatile suit.
    +1
     
  16. George

    George Senior member

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    +1

    No, if you're after flexibility you'll find grey is the most flexible. Grey is probably the first coloured suiting you should get.
     
  17. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    I already own a charcoal suit in a very classic cut. I'm hoping to get a different color as I'd like to expand my suit collection.

    Navy, navy and navy! You can never go wrong with one...[​IMG]
     
  18. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    Light grey! Light grey!

    A medium or light grey would look good with a dark blue shirt for evening events.
     
  19. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    A medium or light grey would look good with a dark blue shirt for evening events.
    I'm not a fan of dark shirts with suits.
     
  20. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    I'm not a fan of dark shirts with suits.

    A medium blue shirt would work too, as would the right shades of pink, cream, etc.
     

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