How to choose your suit colour
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05 May How to choose your suit colour

The colour of the suits is the first thing anyone notices about a man. First impressions are incredibly powerful, therefore choosing the right pattern/shade for the right occasion could mean the difference between making a positive or negative impact. There are many factors that go into suit colour selection. Suit wardrobes should be built on a foundation of versatile, conservative suits followed by different pattens and colours. Here are a few simple rules for how to choose a colour for your suits:


I recently made suit for a customer who was a tradesman by profession and obviously was not required to wear a suit everyday for work. He wanted a suit that he could wear to a formal occasion, work functions, a wedding or even at a funeral. For someone who needs a suit for an occasional wear or that can be worn for most occasions, charcoal grey or navy are the 2 best options. As a first or only suit, I suggest people to go for charcoal grey suit as it is dark enough to be worn at any formal events and official enough to be worn at work functions and interviews. At the end of the day it’s a personal choice, as the navy blue suit will be as versatile as a charcoal grey.

Seasonal Suits

While most suits can be worn anytime of the year, there are some colours and wool weights suited for different times of the year. It is a common knowledge that darker colours like charcoal and dark navy should be worn in cooler months and lighter shades like light grey and light navy are worn in spring/summer. You should also choose the suits for a particular season by the weight of the wool. As a general rule for spring/summer months anything between 250g and 350g is acceptable and can also be used for winter months. As winter in Australia is not as harsh as some of parts of North America and Europe, I usually suggest people to go for all season fabrics. For those who like the feel of winter suits or travel to the cold parts of the world, should look at getting a suit or jacket in flannel or tweed fabrics.

Black Suit

I get this question asked quite often, whether black suit is the first suit someone should be buying. I believe black suits are to be predominantly reserved for formal occasions like weddings and parties or funerals. If you still like to buy a black suit as your occasional business attire, you should choose a black suit in pattern, for e.g. herringbone or birds eye. These can also be used for formal occasions like black tie events.

Suit Patterns and Styles

The kind of suit you wear should compliment your body shape by adding to its strength and minimising its weakness. Tall and skinny men should select lighter colour, heavier wool fabrics like flannel, tweed or worsted wool to add some weight to their frame. Tall men can also choose to have a 3 button suit or a suit with double breasted jacket. Bulky men should choose well fitted suits in darker colour in either plain or pinstripes. They should either choose a 2 button or 1 button (casual) jackets. Bulkier men should also avoid loud patterns particularly window checks. Short men can choose most most fabrics but again should avoid loud patterns and should at least have one pinstripe suit in their wardrobe to create an illusion of lengthening. Short men should always choose a suit with 2 button jacket or 1 button if they are looking for a more casual look.

So whether you are looking for a suit for work, a wedding or a versatile all occasion suit, here at Panache Design, we carry more than 2000 samples of suits at any point of time and would love to help you find your favourite colour and pattern. If you have any questions, please visit our enquiries page.