How to Wear a Bold Suit
You’ve got your suiting basics down. In your closet, you’ll find tailored charcoal, navy, and khaki suits. Although these suits will take you through the seasons, it’s time to take it the next level. Fall and winter call for heavy, textured fabrics. Spring and summer, on the other hand, encourage you to go bolder. We’re talking about color. A bold suit, on top of being a fun alternative to your usual, will demonstrate confidence. Don’t’ doubt that all eyes will be on you as you stroll down the street. But, the sun’s out, and the flowers are blooming and sporting their best looks. Let us help your suit wardrobe abide with some helpful suggestions.
Confidence is key when it comes to wearing bold colors. You’re going to be wearing a lot of a single color, something that you may not be accustomed to. Wear the suit as if you’ve been wearing it for years. In fact, you were born in it. The rest of the world might be wondering why you’d don such a flamboyant suit, however, instead wonder why they aren’t.
Muted and rich colors are a safer and a more elegant bet for a suit. Ideally, you want to avoid any colors that look like they might glow in the dark. Cobalt, burgundy, and hunter green are a popular choice for colored tailoring. When it comes to the shirt, work with a white or black. Depending on whether you’re looking to dress it up or down, use a dress shirt or v-neck t shirt respectively.
Accessorize with dark shades and neutrals. You’re already wearing a show-stealing suit, the last thing you’d want is for your accessories to distract from that. You want your ties, shoes, lapels, etc. to complement the outfit, rather than draw all attention. Think in terms of brown, tan, beige, and black. This isn’t to say that other colors are doable. If you want to add more color, it is possible, but requires a more in-depth understanding of color combination.
Mind the occasion, because there’s a time and place for everything. Of course it depends on your dress code, but your workplace might not deem it appropriate to wear non-traditional colors. Bold suits are very much about self-expression, and at work, you’re representing someone else. At celebrations, like weddings, mind what the hosts expect you to wear. Even if it is okay to wear a bold color, keep in mind the focus should likely be on someone else (like the bride and groom).
Fit is king. We’re sure you know this already, but it always helps to get down to the basics. Unless you’re buying bespoke, most suits will need tailoring. Learn how to talk to your tailor, and make sure your fit is pristine.
Because they’re not traditional, the general public will see it as a bit of risk. However, bold suits are the next step into defining your personal style, and a little risk can go a long way. Step out of that comfort zone. You’ll be better for it. Pick a color, find the suit, tailor it, and above all, have fun with it. Stay classy, gentlemen.
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