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Five Great Suit Colors

September 25th, 2009

Business suits

Any man needs to have in his wardrobe at least one suit. Because we dress casual 99% of the time, we tend to care less about formal outfits.

And when we DO need one, we hurry up to the nearest store (probably an expensive one) and buy one for a huge price.

Needless to say, that suit might not even fit us. Since we’re in a hurry, we just get the first one we try and… end up paying a small fortune on it too!

Price is important, fabric is important, but there’s one more aspect you should consider… and we’re going to talk a little bit about that today: color.

If you don’t want to have too many suit and would like a color that works well on occasions, I will give you a few color ideas for your first suit.

It’s important to remember that the color needs to work well with your skin complexity. if you want to know which colors flatter your skin type, I’ve talked about this in detail in the Be Stylish! ™ Package. In fact, I talk about the suit from every point of view imaginable, so you can find the right one for you.

But, as a general rule, you want the suit to match your skin to and the shirt to contrast with it. If you have darker complexion, go for darker suit colors. If you have a lighter complexion, go for the lighter ones.

OK, let’s see some basic suit colors that you may want to try.

Gray suit

  1. Gray. If this is your first suit, this would be option number one. It’s considered a staple in men’s style and it will definitely not go out of fashion.
  2. businessman in navy suit

  3. Navy. Navy is the best choice for businessmen who don’t want to stand out too much. It’s overused but will never go out of style. If you wear this at a formal event during the evening, it will look AWESOME at sunset. Highly recommended.
  4. men style ebook

    man in charcoal gray suit

    photo: gearpatrol.com

  5. Charcoal gray. This is a great color, more formal than regular gray, perfect for more formal events. Don’t worry if it’s too dark, this is actually an opportunity to make some contrast with a nice white shirt (or some other light color).
  6. Dark Brown Suit

  7. Dark brown. I own one and I’m very happy with it. If you’re afraid you’ll go unnoticed in the sea of black and gray suits, here’s a very subtle way to stand out.
  8. some guy in black suit

  9. Black. I left this last because, at some occasions, such as weddings, it’s not the best choice. Still, black always looks good, it shows class and it will never go out of style.

Final advice

The color you eventually choose depends on how many suits you already have and of what color. If this is your first, one of the five colors above is perfect. If you want to get a second one, you can go for colors that make you stand out more, such as white, beige or green.

Just remember that the color should complement your skin complexion. This a golden nugget that almost always separates the guys who look good in a suit from the guys that don’t.

If you have a dark skin tone, go for charcoal gray, navy or brown. If your skin is lighter, go for lighter shades and add a darker shirt to the mix. Easy as pie.

One more thing: the way you choose your other clothing items is just as important as choosing a suit color. I’m talking about the shirt, the tie, the pocket square etc.

I really hope you get these aspects down because formal events are crucial times to look stylish, and avoid making a fashion blunder. If you’re hesitant, please do it. ASAP. You need the style basics down.

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  1. October 21st, 2009 at 15:51 | #1

    Very nice suits command respect.

  2. Ade
    August 29th, 2013 at 13:29 | #2

    Great piece of write-up. But what do you think about stone suit? Does it go for formal occasions?

  3. jamal
    September 24th, 2013 at 15:34 | #3

    hi buddy ,,, am a lean guy .. no dress suits me well.. give me some tips to have a better outfit ..

  4. Alan Hartnett
    December 21st, 2013 at 23:58 | #4

    Is a waste coat unsuitable if you are heavy?

  5. January 20th, 2014 at 22:12 | #5

    Question – I have a wedding plan in the last quarter of this year,so i am planning to go for a Dark gray suit what you suggest as i have a wheatish color and a shorter height of around 5″7′.Also tell me which color shirt and tie best suits on me

  6. Arun
    April 18th, 2014 at 07:08 | #6

    Nice piece of advice, would implement them in selecting one.

    Where can i find how to select new clothes?

  7. April 28th, 2014 at 20:04 | #7

    What type and colour of suite should a guy where for his valedictory service.

  8. Macedonia
    May 1st, 2014 at 23:40 | #8

    Hey, my prom is few weeks and I want to wear smth other then black suit. I was thinking about wearing white chinos.. but, I don’t know what should I combine them with?

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