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Choosing the best suit colour – no, it’s not black

When it comes to buying a men’s suit, the black colour might have been the go-to suit colour for a long time. Nowadays, that’s not the case anymore. Black lost its status of an indisputable colour king of men formal wear and instead gave way to a variety of other more versatile colours and shades.

Choosing the best suit colour

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What colour of suit should you buy?

This is not to say that black colour has disappeared altogether – it hasn’t. It still has its firm place in a modern man’s wardrobe as it’s a part of the three classic suit colours – charcoal grey, navy blue and black. What makes black colour our less preferred and recommended choice is its use limited to special occasions, such as weddings or funerals.

Choosing a men’s suit colour if you…

  • Rarely wear your suit

    Let’s put it this way – if you were to own only one suit and would rarely wear it, then black can still be one of your options, although not necessarily the first one.

  • Wear your suit regularly

    However, if you intend to wear your suit beyond rare occasions, then charcoal grey and navy blue are the superior choices. Why? They are the most versatile and useful suit colours that provide a great value for those who have to wear formal suits regularly and look for a classic and timeless option.

Lets put black colour aside and take a look at each of the two colours – charcoal grey and navy blue – in more detail.

Charcoal grey suit

Charcoal grey is an excellent and versatile suit colour option suitable particularly for business occasions. This may be due to the fact that this colour projects authority and makes its wearer look more mature.

A charcoal grey suit is very easy to colour-match with the rest of your outfit. As it lacks any colour (grey is colour neutral), it matches well with a wide range of colours, allowing you to be more adventurous with the shirts and ties that you selected to pair this suit with.

As for your dress shoes, this will also depend on your desired look. Black dress shoes are the safe choice for any gentleman, while brown leather will be a more modern, daring choice.

Note that charcoal grey isn’t the only option in the family of grey-coloured suits. If charcoal doesn’t quite fit the bill or occasion, you may find other shades of grey more suitable for you and your needs.

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Navy blue suit

Wearing a navy blue suit has the exact opposite effect from its charcoal grey sibling – it accentuates the youth of its wearer. That’s why the end use of the suit is very important to consider when selecting the best colour for a men’s suite as wearing it will send a certain message about you.

Navy blue suits are a great choice for the use at work as well as attending events, conferences or dinners. It is a versatile colour(everso slightly more than charcoal grey), easy to match with others and is a popular choice among men, particularly in Western cultures. Therefore, wearing a navy blue suit makes men fit in rather than stand out from the crowd.

Most men pair their navy blue suits with either brown or black dress shoes, with black leather colour being the safe choice.

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Final thoughts on choosing the best suit colour

Overall, if you are just starting to build your wardrobe or expanding your selection beyond just black, then choosing the best colour for your suit is straightforward – you can’t go wrong with either charcoal grey or navy blue suit. Both are highly versatile and considered conservative and traditional, which is the desirable look in many formal professions, such as politics, finance, law and others. These colours are also timeless and aren’t susceptible to trends the same way designer fads are.

Once your classic suit collection is complete, you can start looking at other more daring colours, for example, brown, tan or bright blue. Just note that these colours are less versatile and are often used at particular seasons, but on the other hand, they can better highlight certain personality traits in a way that the classic coloured suits can’t. Alternatively, another way you can spice up your suit collection is to experiment with various patterns and fabrics.

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