Towards the end of last month, USA’s President Obama took time off his work ‘uniform’ of navy blue suits, white shirt and ties and showed up for a press conference with the press in a tan (we call it brown here) suit!
The brouhaha on Twitter and other social media sites could very well denote Armageddon. You wouldn’t have been wrong to think the world as we know it was at end point. But heck, it was just about a president wearing a tan suit!
That is the reality of not dressing to the occasion or as expected – being naughty – and trying out the unexpected. There are ramifications. For Obama, or his handler, I am not so sure they were prepared or required to engage in that Twitter war, given that he wore the tan suit to a press conference to issue another stern warning to Syria!
But how do you choose what colour is best for your suit? Usually it’s navy blue, black or grey, and these can either be plain or with pin stripes and not much else. So, when does the brown suit come in, or like I have seen occasionally, the white suit?
Most men choose a suit colour based on two factors. The salesman or wife says the colour looks good, and bingo! The problem here is that most men do not know what colours complement their complexion, and instead of choosing a colour that enhances their looks, they choose a colour that simply fits in, or on recommendation.
In choosing to wear navy blue suits, most men are not looking out for accentuation of their complexion but, rather, being safe, as this complements almost every complexion andor is simply more available than other shades. But let us explore for those of you who wear, or should wear, suits to the office what does a blue, black or grey suit say about you? These three colours dominate the men’s suit industry, and for good reason.
Most men are complemented by one or more of these dark colours. Dark suits have the ability to seamlessly transition from business to pleasure all one needs is a change of shirt or simply getting rid of the tie. The other day I attended the CEO’s forum and I was least surprised that almost everyone was wearing a navy blue suit.
That was good and bad. We know the good they all looked sharp, suave and debonair. But bad, because how can you stand out when 90 per cent of your body looks exactly the same as over 50 per cent of the room? We tend to forget that our dressing sends off g signals, and if you want to be anything but average you want to present yourself as such, not always try to blend in.
For the young folk, I am told you should avoid this colour as it supposedly has the habit of making the wearer look much older. Black could be a funeral or wedding suit colour, but it certainly does tremendously well in boardrooms if matched well with shirt and tie.
In an article on this issue in mysuitshop.com, charcoal grey suits seem to get the nod better than the black or navy. It mentions that, “Charcoal grey suits project an image of authority, stability, and professionalism. It is an excellent choice for a first suit, especially for young men as that it does accentuate youth.” Don’t we all love and crave this?
Next week, we move away from these traditional colours and explore which other shades of suits the office guy could wear and not raise eyebrows.
Source : The Observer