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.

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

Choosing best suit colour - 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 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.

Navy blue suit

Choosing best suit colour - 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.
Choosing best suit colour - navy blue suit
Choosing best suit colour - navy blue suit

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.

When you look back on your wedding day, you’ll remember the poignant message in your vows, the jubilant feeling from the moment you said, “I do”, and the love and support of your family and friends. But perhaps the one thing you’ll remember most is what you wore. Your wedding suit will define one of the most important days of your life, and it’s crucial that you get it right.

Common Mistakes
Men’s fashion is evolving, and the line between office dress codes and casual outfits blurs more and more each day. But weddings are still an occasion that calls for tradition and formality—especially if you’re the groom.

But formality doesn’t need to be boring, a concept that so many grooms get wrong. All too often, men choose bland, lackluster suits to avoid upstaging their brides. They also assume they should wear a tuxedo, avoid modernity, make every piece match exactly, and that their overall aesthetic should be serious. The best way to process this advice is to throw it out.

General Rules
Before we get into suiting specifics, there are a few general rules you should heed:
1. Coordinate with your bride: Though your wedding suit is all about you, the day itself is a joint effort between you and your bride-to-be. Your suit should play off the colors in her dress to create a look of cohesion in your ceremony.
2. Dress for your body type: Not every suit style works for every guy. If you’re slim, a double-breasted jacket can add some depth. If you’re heavyset, work with your tailor for a fitted suit that accentuates your strong points.
3. Go rogue with your accessories: From your bride to your groomsmen to your wedding colors, there’s some element of coordination happening between you and almost everyone else at the wedding. Have a little fun with your accessories and choose socks, lapel pins, pocket squares, or cuff links that make a bold (and individual) statement.

Fit and Fabric
When it comes to the fit of your wedding suit, you need to find the compromise between two aspects: comfort and modernity. Wedding days are long, drawn out affairs. Though you’ll be having a blast, your suit will need to withstand a lengthy day. Work with your tailor to craft a suit from lightweight wool or jersey. These fabrics are light, breathable, and, in most cases, crease-resistant.

Your body type will determine the exact cut of your suit. Tall, lean guys will luck out with most tuxedos and slim fits. Skinny guys and heavy guys will need to make appropriate adjustments. But overall, you should aim for a streamlined look that’s sleek. This means a jacket that hugs but doesn’t squeeze the torso, and trousers that slim down your leg. Keep your pockets empty to maintain a clean silhouette.

Your groomsmen’s suit should be cut from the same cloth as your own, so to speak. But you should be the best dressed man at the wedding. There’s no requirement for them to match each other or you exactly. However, the colors they choose should stem from those you’ve chosen for the wedding. If you’re wearing a navy suit with charcoal accessories, perhaps they wear charcoal suits with navy accessories. One area where your groomsmen should be aligned is with their shoes and accessory choices. If there’s one place to have a look of uniformity, it’s in the minor details.

A lot of planning goes into your wedding day, and you’ll have dozens of amazing memories. Make sure your suit is one of them. Schedule a session with Patrick & Co. today to get started on your wedding suit.

Every modern man knows a perfect fit is the key to pulling off a great suit. However, not every modern man understands how to get to the perfect fit. Popular retailers offer the promise of an amazing suit at an affordable price but those suits are plagued with issues. It’s rare that you’ll buy a suit off the rack without needing at least one adjustment. Whether it’s the sleeve length of the jacket or the break in the trousers, a tailor’s expertise will be needed. Instead of doing double the work, go bespoke from the very start.

What is Bespoke Suiting?
Bespoke suiting is a time-honored menswear tradition that has been perfected since the late 1700s. From Italy’s Domenico Caraceni to Savile Row’s Gieves & Hawkes, the world’s most stylish men have known that bespoke is the only choice to look your best. This is clothing tailored to your body. It’s personalized and customized to your every need. Made from scratch every time, bespoke suiting goes through a meticulous and analytical process to ensure that your garments are flawless in every sense. And once you try a single bespoke suit, you’ll never head back to those popular retailers.

How Does Bespoke Suiting Work?
Bespoke suiting involves a great relationship with your tailor. He’ll be your resident expert and partner in creating the suit of your dreams. When you first meet, you’ll have a hand in customizing every aspect of your suit. Want pink contrast stitching on the interior of your jacket sleeve? Prefer a single vent over a double? Are you a fan of a slight break or a fuller, classic break? Whatever you desire, you can have it done. And if you’re unsure that these elements will work together, your tailor can help with that, too.

Once you have a vision of your suit, you’ll need to be measured. This isn’t your standard store measurement where a sales associate wraps a tape measure around your neck and moves on to find your suit. Bespoke suiting calls for up to 25 measurements. This may sound like a lot, but every guy is unique. You may have one arm that’s a tinge longer than the other or very broad shoulders. These measurements account for that.

Your measurements are used to build the perfect suit—a process that takes 4-6 weeks. Then, you’ll have a fitting and see your dream suit come to life.

Why Should You Choose Bespoke Suiting?
Bespoke suiting gives you the perfect fit every time. When you buy off the rack, you’re taking a gamble, and that gamble almost never pays off. Suits at popular retailers are made from standardized patterns. They take a one size fits all approach to suiting. However, you (and every other guy out there) aren’t built alike. You need a suit that takes your specific build and body parts into account. The only way to do this is through bespoke suiting.

If you’re tired of ending up in ill-fitting suits that don’t last, it’s time to upgrade your style once and for all with a bespoke suit.