How to choose a color of suit to make

One of the question clients often ask me during our style consultation is; Emeka, what color of suit should I make? In this guest post, top designer Samuel Udoma of Meks Couture share his advise. A lot of factors are considered when choosing a color of suit to make. Men’s suit are available in a […]

One of the question clients often ask me during our style consultation is; Emeka, what color of suit should I make?

In this guest post, top designer Samuel Udoma of Meks Couture share his advise.

A lot of factors are considered when choosing a color of suit to make.

Men’s suit are available in a wide range of color. While black is the most common, there are literally dozens of color the choose from.

 

A general rule of thumb that guides your choice of color when making a Bespoke suit is the FUNCTION of the suit.

Suit functions vary from business to evening to leisure.

 

Aside function, factors like skin tone, body type, pattern often determines the color your suit will come in.

Getting a suit based on its function eg business narrows the choice of color down to the tradition GBB (Gray, Blue, Black).

Gray has replaced black as the must-have for formal and semi formal office wear. And because it’s just a little more casual than black, it still works well during the day or for a dressy evening out, making it the most versatile of all suit colors. If you’ve got one suit in your closet, it oughta be gray. Gray has come to be the modern day gentleman’s go-to color.

While gray may have a modern edge, navy blue which oozes sophistication is always in style and makes a great choice for the second suit in your closet. It has a slightly more relaxed and gentlemanly feel – especially when paired with brown or burgundy shoes, though black shoes work well, too. And the jacket can always double as a blazer when paired with a different pair of dress pants or a pair of jeans. Oh and yes, this color screams “I’m here for business.” Have you ever asked why whenever you flip through the pages of the newspaper almost all top executives are wearing a blue suit?

Despite what you might hear, black works really well for a lot of guys and should be the third suit in your wardrobe. Wear it any time you want to mark a special occasion, whether that’s an anniversary. Black also projects a sense authority.

Designer: Mai Atafo

Looking to add some flair to your wardrobe? Then an earthy tone like brown should be your go to guy.

Brown is another popular base color for suit fabric, with options ranging from tan through to deep chocolate hues. Many men look their best in earth-tones, making the brown suit an important part of their wardrobe; it is also a popular color for casual options.

Leisure suits affords a man the opportunity to experiment with colors such as burnt orange, burgundy, red, pink etc. However, caution must be applied not to wear a color that will dampen the complexion and personal features of the man.

Is there any color you favor personally over others when choosing a color for your suit?

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