Should I Buy a Black Suit? A Flowchart

Should I Buy a Black Suit? A Flowchart

Should a Man Wear a Black Suit?

If you're a guy who needs to buy a suit, especially if you're new to suits, there's a very high chance you think you should go with black. It's versatile and classic, you think – it's also one of the most common mistakes guys make. Everything you can do with a black suit, you can do with a navy suit. Or a charcoal suit. Or lots of other options. Navy, charcoal, and gray – solid or patterned – can be formal and elegant, or stylish on a dressy date. They look great in every conceivable business situation. Sharp in the day or at night. They pair perfectly with black shoes or brown. Unless your work specifically requires a black suit, or your heart is just dead-set on the look, we'd recommend starting off with a different color, like one of the 15 options below.

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