Doesn’t wearing a suit make you feel good? In a suit, you look sharp and feel sharp, ready to take on the day. This physical and mental acuity isn’t just a placebo, either. Research suggests that formal attire actual changes your brain processes information. According to the study, formalwear makes people think more broadly and holistically about issues, allowing you to employ more abstract thinking.
Of course, if you’re required to wear a suit every day for work, it might get old. The cognitive benefits may wear off, or feel like they’ve worn off. To counter this, you need to add some variety to your wardrobe. Wearing the same old black suit every day can get boring, so let’s add some suit colors to your wardrobe.
Below is a list of the top 10 suit colors you must have.
1. Navy Blue
Like a black suit, a navy blue suit is an essential weapon in your formalwear arsenal. They’re perfect for nearly every occasion, whether you spending a day in the office, going to meetings, getting cocktails at a bar, or going to a wedding.
If you’re not that adventurous it’s a good way to separate yourself from the everyday boredom that a black suit can become and add suit colors to your wardrobe.
2. Charcoal Grey
If you’re the young executive in the office, this shade of grey is perfect for you as it tends to make people look a little older. And if you’re already on the flip-side of 50, a charcoal grey suit can make you look more wisened and distinguished, like a college professor.
Like a navy blue suit, this suit is very versatile. It can be worn for any occasion and because of its neutral base color, a variety of shirt and tie combinations work with it.
3. Medium Grey
Also known as “Cambridge” Grey, this intermediate shade has a similar professorial effect on the wearer. It’s important to add many different grey suit colors to spruce up your collection and give you some seasonal options. This shade can really be worn at any time of the year, but it really pairs nicely in the Autumn with fall colors.
4. Light Grey
Lastly, on the grey-scale, we have light grey. This color is the most casual of the bunch, so keep that in mind when picking it out. It’s particularly great when paired with a pastel shirt and tie color and really pops in the summer months.
5. Bright Blue
A true-blue suit really gives you the opportunity to get funky with your wardrobe. You can do this with the previously listed suit colors if you wish, but a true blue suit jacket really pops when you wear it as a sports coat.
Pair it with a wool pant, or a pair of khakis and you’ll really stick out among your office on casual Fridays. When worn as a complete suit, blue can work at any time of the year, but when paired with a different-colored pant, it’s perfect for spring.
6. Dark Brown
Aside from light or bright blue, a dark brown suit is the least formal of the suit colors listed so far, but it is still a great piece to have in your closet.
Buyer beware, however: A brown suit really works best with those who have a darker complexion, or people that have more of a tan or olive shade to their skin. For us on the pastier side, we may want to exercise our dark brown suits with caution.
Barack Obama’s use of a tan suit caused quite the controversy, but don’t let that deter you. A tan suit is a great addition to your suit collection. Like the light grey color suits, a khaki/tan suit is a perfect summer suit. If you’ve got some meetings to attend on a golf course or a rendezvous in Newport, a tan suit is for you.
Since it is a summer suit, you’ll also want to stay away from heavy fabrics. Consider getting a tan suit made from linen, or if you’re feeling adventurous, seersucker.
It’s important to have at least one suit with some depth in your wardrobe. You can do this by getting a suit with some patterning. You don’t have to do anything super intense, like thick pinstriping – you don’t want to look like a mob boss.
But consider trying out a suit with plaid patterning made with thin lines or a simple white-on-grey windowpane check. Patterns can look great on any colored suit, but they really stand out on top of a grey or blue suit.
Maroon may not be a great fit for the office, but it’s a fantastic way to stand out a formal, chic, nighttime event like a red carpet, the opening of a restaurant, or whatever similar event you may come across with your extravagant lifestyle.
Maroon also gives you some versatile fabric options. Red looks particularly good on velvet or a glossier fabric.
Of course, just because we advise adding some color to your suit repertoire, it doesn’t mean you should ditch your black suit. At the end of the day, it’s still the best and most classic option for any occasion.
You may, however, want to add some different kinds of black suits your wardrobe. A black work suit is fine, but a tuxedo is even better if you’re hitting the red carpet or heading to a black-tie event.
So don’t throw out your black suits, just add some more versatility to the color.
Looking To Add New Suit Colors To Your Wardrobe?
Finding one suit that fits is hard enough, nevermind finding a variety of suits in different colors. But with a quality tailor that can put together a custom-sized suit with a variety of colors and fabrics, it can be a breeze.
If you’re looking to spruce up your suit collection, and are in need of a quality tailor, consider contacting us.