Why can't i have a black suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by graphite, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. Xiaogou

    Xiaogou Senior member

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    How much have you contributed to the discussion? Why don't you make a definitive guide to business dress or the black suit?


    +1.

    I love how this topic comes up a couple times a month and still ends up a 50+ post thread.
     


  2. 82-Greg

    82-Greg Senior member

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    I own one. I wear it from time to time. I don't believe it works everywhere and really doesn't work very well during the summer. I also wear brown and tan suits; and even worse, I wear them in the city! Brits in particular regard as this brazen act as nearly if not clearly criminal.

    Black is not favored by Americans aware of men's style. However, fashion houses are always showing some male model in black. If you go to European cities, everyone wears black.

    For a first suit, I would opt for navy or blue. Far more versatile.

    I don't see any problems wearing black. Of course I also work for a secret government agency...oops, I'm not supposed to talk about that. Just look at the pretty red light on the end of my pen....
     


  3. Captain.Kia

    Captain.Kia Well-Known Member

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    For a first suit, I would opt for navy or blue. Far more versatile.
    This a trap? [​IMG]
     


  4. Big Pun

    Big Pun Senior member

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    long text

    Holy shit, 2 posts since sep 2007 ? Lurk much ?
     


  5. ppllzz

    ppllzz Senior member

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    "Between 1875 and 1998[citation needed], Brooks Brothers did not make an off-the-rack black suit, because of the myth that Abraham Lincoln wore a bespoke black Brooks frock coat when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. As a result, the traditional American rule is that black suits only are proper for servants and the dead[2]." from wiki article on brooks brothers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooks_Brothers
     


  6. Stavros

    Stavros Senior member

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    I find it hard to understand how otherwise smart and practical dressers in this forum dislike the idea of the black suit so much. I think a black suit makes sense for someone of young age who doesn't wear suits at work. A well-fitted black suit can be smart club-wear and paired with the right, subdued, accessories has a certain hip/urban vibe about it. What is wrong with wearing it with a white or very pale blue shirt, with or without tie, especially if your complexity is one of "high contrast". It can also be dressed down with a pair of dark jeans and casual shoes (e.g. black casual boots or sneakers) for situations spanning a range of casualness. It is finally weather-proof as, assuming it is a fine wool cloth, can be worn all year-round.

    A lot of women regard black suits/jackets sexy, and even in my eyes, this bold look is associated with nightlife and youth. When you are young you care more about women and looking good when you go out, than being correct in the "sartorial tradition" sense.
     


  7. ginlimetonic

    ginlimetonic Senior member

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    "Between 1875 and 1998[citation needed], Brooks Brothers did not make an off-the-rack black suit, because of the myth that Abraham Lincoln wore a bespoke black Brooks frock coat when he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. As a result, the traditional American rule is that black suits only are proper for servants and the dead[2]."

    from wiki article on brooks brothers

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooks_Brothers


    whats this got to do wtih black suits? You mean they got inaugurated in black suits? My memory isn't very well, but when Lincoln got inauguriated, the only film that could capture the moment was in black and white anyway.
     


  8. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    whats this got to do wtih black suits?

    "Between 1875 and 1998, Brooks Brothers did not make an off-the-rack black suit"

    You mean they got inaugurated in black suits? My memory isn't very well, but when Lincoln got inauguriated, the only film that could capture the moment was in black and white anyway.

    Who said anything about inauguration?
     


  9. ysc

    ysc Senior member

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    A lot of women regard black suits/jackets sexy, and even in my eyes, this bold look is associated with nightlife and youth. When you are young you care more about women and looking good when you go out, than being correct in the "sartorial tradition" sense.

    Yeah, a black suit can be good for night-life, there is a certain something about a black suit with a skinny tie and a white shirt, but they can seem pretty stark in the day with a white shirt, and don't look as good with a coloured shirt as a navy or charcoal suit.
    If you are getting your first suit, then it stands to reason you want it to be as versatile as possible, and the navy or charcoal is probably going to be more versatile.
    That said if you really like the black go for it, but make sure you look at the suit out in the sunlight before you do anything irrevocable.
     


  10. TEDSgrad

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    Holy shit, 2 posts since sep 2007 ? Lurk much ?

    Feel free to punish my opinions. Personal attacks prove you to be small - Punisher.
     


  11. clee1982

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    I like black suit, but not pure black but black with pinestripe or black with shadow stripe. I have 3 black suit, all has some sort of very subtle pattern, but then I also got 4 navy, 2 chorcal, so not really a problem as far as switching things around. If you're only going to buy 1 suit, then my suggestion would be navy blue with or without pinestripe. That's the most versatile in the business world in my opinion (and various other events). For going out or party theme, I would say a black suit is sexier, and that is not decided by me but by ladies, and in the end of the day, their opinions counts...
     


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    I don't like black suits in the summer because I find them to be too hot. Black retains heat. Or maybe thats just me.

    I also think that a plan black suit can look...boring? I prefer them with a subtle pinstripe or texture, something to break it up a bit.

    theber
     


  13. SkinnyGoomba

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  14. Philip1978

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    Nothing wrong with, as long as it's not your only one and your careful when to use it.
     


  15. TheWraith

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    Nothing wrong with wearing a black suit, so long as it's a quality suit that fits you well and compliments you. But that should be a given no matter what the colour.
     


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