A few weeks ago we mentioned that black suits aren’t appropriate for corporate settings. In my opinion, black is too stark for midday and too formal for the office – not to mention it doesn’t work well with the typical colors of business shirts and ties.
Shortly thereafter, we received this question: if you can’t wear it for business, why would anybody buy a black suit (other than for a funeral)?
The short answer: socializing after dark. A slim black suit is one of the most versatile and functional garments a man can own, once the sun goes down. It has been my nightlife go-to for years, no matter the occasion or event.
Here’s three examples.
1. Upper West Side Gala
In a pinch, a black suit can serve in the place of a tuxedo.
Just make sure it’s well tailored and pay attention to the details (white dinner shirt, black bowtie, cummerbund, plain-toe shoes).
Wear it with confidence and nobody will be the wiser.
Check out other solutions for formalwear-in-a-pinch: “Tuxedo Rental Alternatives”
- Black wool/mohair suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke (cloth by Ariston)
- Black bowtie by Brooks Brothers
- White cotton pocket square
- White hidden placket formal shirt by Boss Black
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Grey birdseye cummerbund Vintage
- Black Seamless Lace-Up Shoes by Ferragamo Tramezza