For most guys a black suit feels like a safe choice. It’s easy to match with just about anything in your closet. It’s appropriate for serious occasions and works for the office. In short, it’s a go-to suit. So why do so many men look like scrubs when they go to their black suits? You can’t screw up black, can you? Yes. Yes you can. So what’s the deal? What are the secrets to black suit style? We’ll show you what to do and what not to do to pull off the black suit with panache.
If you are a fair-haired, pale-skinned guy, a black suit can just steamroll your whole look. Contrast is your enemy. Unless you’ve got a darker complexion, smooth the transition between light (aka you) and dark (aka your suit). Go with ties and pocket squares in shades of gray and muted colors (instead of black and white). For shirts, opt for ones that have small patterns (rather than stark solid whites)