A black suit would never be my first choice.
Although black is the colour of authority, power, formality, prestige, sophistication, stability and intelligence – it can also look unimaginative or sombre on its own. It is also associated with fear, death, mystery, evening wear and anonymous waiting staff – black can easy overwhelm people and be seen as intimidating, unfriendly and unapproachable.
As a colour black absorbs light and contracts – for this reason it works well in contrast with bright colours and will make you look slimmer, however when black and yellow or orange are put together the message is a warning of danger.
So when buying a formal suit for business I would start by recommending a navy suit followed by a mid grey suit. In order to create an interesting wardrobe and add variety especially if you wear a suit every day, you need to vary the shade, the weave of cloth and the styling.
A note about black: I would avoid the black suit as a business choice for men because it reminds me of the dinner suit or waiting staff. Some woman can carry black off during the day (those are usually the ones with dark hair and black, asian or mediterranean colouring) however what I have discovered over the years is that a great deal of senior business women avoid the black suit because it is so common. What they have said to me is “I don’t want to look the same as the intern” who just starting her career and purchased a black suit from Zara!
A business suit is an investment in your whole look – and if purchased well it will last many many years.
I recommend putting time, energy and money into finding the “right” one. So that you not only look good but feel really good while wearing it.
The cost of your clothes is not what you pay for them
but what you pay for them divided by the number of time you wear them.
I now leave you equipped with the challenge of suit shopping!
REMEMBER BE YOURSELF AND LOOK GREAT!