Which Colour Suit Should You Buy?

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Men don’t have that many choices but it’s helpful to know which shade of suit best matches your day-to-day needs.

Navy blue

If you only have one suit in your wardrobe, make sure it’s navy blue. The hue suits every completion, every occasion, and every accessory — navy provides a neutral backdrop to accessorise with bright colours like a flashy pocket square or loud socks, as well as more daring shirt and tie combinations. There’s nothing wrong with a classic white button-down but navy is the perfect canvas for a soft pink shirt or other bright, playful colours.

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Grey

Similarly versatile as navy for its ability to pair easily with various skin types, shirt colours, and occasions. There’s hardly a single event where you couldn’t carry off a nice charcoal number, although lighter shades of grey are certainly less formal, and conducive to patterns like herringbone and windowpane because the light colour amplifies the visibility of the design. A mature and sophisticated colour that can be dressed up or down with any number of suit and tie combos, as well as brown and black leather.

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Black

Not as adaptable as navy or grey because it doesn’t suit all skin types — you need a dark complexion otherwise black washes you out — nor all occasions — black only works at very formal events like black tie weddings, otherwise you risk rocking up to work looking like you’re about to duck out at lunch for a quick funeral. Should always be paired with a white shirt and monochromatic tie, and left out of the office in favour of grey or navy.

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Tan

Not a bad colour to have sitting in your wardrobe for the warmer, more casual summer months, pairing nicely with pastel hues as well as a classic white buttoned shirt. Cotton khaki also goes nicely with shades of blue, which complement the warm hue of the tan suit, but is undeniably casual — same goes for deeper chocolate hues, which should be restricted to less formal occasions.

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White

Certainly draws attention . . . just not always in a good way. Worn well, on the right occasion and with the right accessories, the white suit makes a very strong statement about your innate cool. Just ensure it doesn’t look like a novelty suit from some dodgy tailor in Bangkok for 700 Baht.

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