With the world returning to normal it’s time to go formal. Everyone needs at least one good suit, suitable for funerals, weddings and job interviews. Black suits may not be the go-to choice for men of today’s society, yet they’re still as versatile and suave as ever. Investing in the right one for you doesn’t have to be a big commitment either, as black suits can be worn for a variety of occasions.
With today’s consumers preferring soft blues, contemporary pinks or slate grey, the humble black suit can often take a back seat – yet it’s the most sophisticated option and you’re bound to stand out given its timeless appeal.
What’s more, black is incredibly slimming and suits everyone and any taste going. You can’t go wrong.
We contacted the experts at Suit Direct for advice on how to style a black suit. Here is there useful guide below with the brand’s top eight picks of men’s formal shirts and find the perfect one for that black suit now.
- Black Suit and the White Shirt
The tuxedo is a tale (that feels) as old as time, but its origins date back to the Victorian era. Whether you want to jazz up your own with hints of velvet or elaborate jacquard, or you’d prefer to keep things simple in soft cotton, the black tuxedo is here to stay and will never date.
Pair yours with a crisp white shirt, a suave black bow tie and black leather shoes for the very best in men’s traditional dresswear. If you want to steer clear of seasonal trends and feel timeless, this is your best bet.
- Black Suit and the Black Shirt
Into your monochrome? Opt for a black suit and black shirt combination. This is hugely contemporary in comparison to the tuxedo, and feels way more laidback – perfect for proms or days at the office.
Keep your shirt smart with a button-down collar and opt for a classic black tie to finish.
- Black Suit and the Pink Shirt
Another contemporary look: the pink shirt works wonders with a black suit – leave the blues and greys at home! Style yours with a clashing red bow tie and black leather brogues.
- Black Suit and the Floral Shirt
Put an alternative spin on your suit with a floral shirt. Whether your style is subtle or louder the better, there’s a floral shirt with your name on it – just add a bow tie in a complementing colour and keep shoes comfortable. Trainers or brogues would do the trick.
- Black suit and the Oxford shirt
The ultimate classic from Ben Sherman at Suit Direct, the Oxford shirt is a hero piece and has been loved for generations. This is the perfect shirt for smart-casual events: unbutton the collar and style with trainers.
- Black Suit and the Gingham Shirt
Another winning classic, the gingham shirt is as versatile as the black suit – but be mindful of colours. Suit Direct recommends sticking to traditional black and white checks, for this one. Team with a black tie and loafers.
- Black Suit and the Paisley Shirt
Take a trip back to the ‘60s with playful paisley shirts for men. From large foulard to micro paisley prints, keep the colours on the dark side and pair with accessories in complementing berry tones.
- Black Suit and the Checked Shirt
In the same field as gingham but a lot more laidback, the humble checked shirt is another style icon that pairs perfectly with black suits. Keep your checks small, your sleeves long and your colours neutral – then you’re onto a winner.