Q and Answer: What’s Wrong with a Black Suit?
Aliotsy writes to ask: I was wondering: what’s wrong with black suits?
There are times and places for black suits, but they aren’t what some men think they are: an all-purpose basic.  In fact, they’re one of the less-useful suits.  A few reasons:
They look bad on almost anyone.  Better on people with high-contrast coloring (black hair, light skin), but even then they tend to make the skin look sallow.
Black is a color for evening.  That’s why tuxedos are black.  Most men are buying basic suits for daytime wear.
Black is the color of mourning.  Unless you have a black suit-specific job, you would only wear black during the day if you were going to a funeral.
You will look like A) a waiter, B) a priest, C) an undertaker, D) a dork trying to look like a Quentin Tarantino character or E) some mix of the above (undertaker dork?).
Black is not complimentary to almost any other color and is thus quite difficult to wear.
The real key: almost anything that you can do in a black suit, you can do in a dark gray suit, and that suit will have none of the problems listed above. 
Our friend Trey Kirby wrote that he’s in a wedding party where the dress code is “black suit,” and wondered what he can do with a black suit, now that he’ll have to buy one.
Black suits are perfectly suitable for going out in the evening.  The high-contrast looks (usually black/white/gray) that they lead to are suitable for dimmer lighting.  Feel free to wear a black suit to a club or an art opening.  In the evening, black is just fine.
Also, from what I understand: business in Asia.  I’m no expert on that, though.

Q and Answer: What’s Wrong with a Black Suit?

Aliotsy writes to ask: I was wondering: what’s wrong with black suits?

There are times and places for black suits, but they aren’t what some men think they are: an all-purpose basic.  In fact, they’re one of the less-useful suits.  A few reasons:

  • They look bad on almost anyone.  Better on people with high-contrast coloring (black hair, light skin), but even then they tend to make the skin look sallow.
  • Black is a color for evening.  That’s why tuxedos are black.  Most men are buying basic suits for daytime wear.
  • Black is the color of mourning.  Unless you have a black suit-specific job, you would only wear black during the day if you were going to a funeral.
  • You will look like A) a waiter, B) a priest, C) an undertaker, D) a dork trying to look like a Quentin Tarantino character or E) some mix of the above (undertaker dork?).
  • Black is not complimentary to almost any other color and is thus quite difficult to wear.

The real key: almost anything that you can do in a black suit, you can do in a dark gray suit, and that suit will have none of the problems listed above. 

Our friend Trey Kirby wrote that he’s in a wedding party where the dress code is “black suit,” and wondered what he can do with a black suit, now that he’ll have to buy one.

Black suits are perfectly suitable for going out in the evening.  The high-contrast looks (usually black/white/gray) that they lead to are suitable for dimmer lighting.  Feel free to wear a black suit to a club or an art opening.  In the evening, black is just fine.

Also, from what I understand: business in Asia.  I’m no expert on that, though.