The black suit can so easily be forgotten – shafted for a hipper blue suit, or a stylish grey number in windowpane check or sleek charcoal. Yet, in a menswear world obsessed with the new and the bold, a well-tailored suit – in black – is a surefire way to looking sophisticatedly chic. Especially, among the sea of navy, light grey and beige suits on parade this minute.
Not to mention, black goes with everything. And it’s slimming. A triple win, really. To help you out, we’ve put together a selection of our favourite street, celebrity and lookbook shots, which showcase the very best in black suits. With a plethora of men working black this season – from the office, to weddings, to that all-important first date, black is certainly worth a look when deciding what suit to wear today.
For more ways than one to wear it, click through the slideshow for an incredible 50 ways to wear a black suit. Then, read on to found out exactly how, and when, to wear the black suit, followed by an expert tip from menswear designer, tailor and suit connoisseur.
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Simple Rules To Follow When Wearing A Black Suit
- As a rule, styling should be simple but varies on the occasion. Formal or black tie events look best with a classic white dress shirt, with a bow tie or long tie in woven silk.
- An all-black outfit can look sharp and slick, especially for the party season. Start by contrasting the textures between individual pieces, creating depth and spiking definition. For example, textured tie and shirt combinations.
- Then, play around with accessories – silver tie pins, a lapel pin in rose gold or a brass and mother of pearl cufflinks creating sophistication and old-world charm. These fixtures will add warmth to the monochrome palette of the black-and-white too.
- For smart casual, exchange the button-up shirt for a t-shirt in summer or a roll neck sweater in winter. Just keep the layer piece’s colour neutral (maroon, navy, olive, beige) and patterns tasteful (think Breton stripe or a contemporary geometric mosaic).
- Not into ties? Don an open neck, button shirt and grab a neckerchief, tying it in a loose knot around the neck before tucking the loose ends into the shirt or letting them fly about – like a rockstar – in the breeze.
- Finish a formal black suit with a smart pair of black dress shoes or a more rockish outfit with Chelsea boots. Look to a black suede cap-toe for a tonal match that will add some texture to your outfit too.
- Take the formal edge off a two-piece by splitting the suit into separates and pairing the jacket with slim grey trousers or jeans.
- Black tends to show up the dirt (not red wine, luckily) so be sure to do the once-over with a damp cloth to rid your gear of any stains. Dry clean, only when necessary or every two to three months.
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Expert Tip On Wearing A Black Suit
Second rule of the black suit club: make sure your suit is made from a natural fabric – wool, linen, cotton or a blend (wool, silk, cashmere, linen etc). Under no circumstances are polyester or poly-blends acceptable.