What Colour and Style of Suit Should I Buy?

So you need a new suit. You might need something for work, a special event, or even your wedding. One question we receive a lot is "what colour and style of suit should I get?"

It may come as a bit of a shock, but do not buy a black suit. Black suits are for funerals, school formals and security guards. Black, as a colour, just doesn't work with many other colours, and it clashes with many skin and hair colours too.

Our advice is no matter whether this is your first suit, or one of many, keep it simple. While more flamboyant colours and patterns can work well, make sure you cover the basics first. It will look odd at work if the only suit you ever wear is a bold pinstripe or check.

The most versatile suit is one made from a plain navy blue fabric, with a little bit of variation in the weave. A navy blue suit will see you right at work, out to dinner, to a wedding or anywhere you might want to go. You can wear the blazer separately with chino trousers for a dressed down but still elegant look, and indeed a bold pocket square or tie may make the outfit pop without looking out of place in the daily work environment. 

So, start with navy blue, and then move into a charcoal suit. These colours are versatile and if you only have one or two suits, you can wear these regularly, to most events, and not feel like you are out of place.

For styling, either a notch or peak lapel is fine, just make sure the lapel isn't too narrow. Two buttons and single breast is the best option for most people.

If you're interested in a new suit but are unsure on where to start, let us know and we'll gladly arrange an appointment for you with our designers to step you through the creation of your first made-to-measure garment.


A navy blue suit is a must for your wardrobe. Conservative enough for any workplace, You can still make a statement through your choice of accessories such as ties, pocket squares, and boutonniere.

A navy blue suit is a must for your wardrobe. Conservative enough for any workplace, You can still make a statement through your choice of accessories such as ties, pocket squares, and boutonniere.