You're very welcome. I hope my suggestions make sense. Others may have better ideas about this problem.OK. Thank you.
Probably correct.Black suits are bad. Add pinstripes and you’ve taken it to the next level…and not in a good way.
"Unless YOU are navy blue." LOL, I do know of one "person" who was blue, if not quite navy blue: That is Lord Krishna, who is worshipped by Hindus as one of the human incarnations of the god Vishnu. The word Krishna also means dark-coloured in Sanskrit.Probably correct.
I wouldn’t sweat the “contrast” matter. Dark suits are generally a safe choice for any man. You should, however, re-assess your inclination to buy a black suit (albeit one with pinstripes). Black suits are sub-optimal in the universe of dark suits.
If you are interested in a very dark suit, keep looking until you can find a good deal on one that is dark grey. Or navy blue. Can’t go wrong with navy blue.
Unless YOU are navy blue.
Then you’d have a contrast problem.
So my advice: Keep breathing. And keep looking.
I never overthink whether someone is a “high-contrast” or “low-contrast” person. I also don’t think in terms of rules; I’m more interested in the optimal versus the less-than-optimal. And the slightly less-than-optimal is OK unless you’re the groom or at a white-tie affair. (And if you’re the groom, you’d better not be having an affair.)But more to the point, Charles, if your logic is to be applied consistently, then a black man should not wear a black suit (or even a dark suit), right? Likewise for brown suits on brown men. Nevertheless, they do look good on men with black or brown skin tone, I think. Perhaps what matters is the exact shade of skin colour and suit colour.
If you're concerned about contrast, consider wearing a light gray shirt and a charcoal coloured tie.I'm a low contrast complexion and hair guy with dibbs on a three piece, pinstripe, black suit. Has anyone seen a low contrast guy look good in a black suit? If so, what did they do to deal with the contrast issue?
Excellent points, Charles. Thank you. I agree with all of your observations. It is indeed the balance and contrast within outfits that is important. And your points about extreme weather are well takenI never overthink whether someone is a “high-contrast” or “low-contrast” person. I also don’t think in terms of rules; I’m more interested in the optimal versus the less-than-optimal. And the slightly less-than-optimal is OK unless you’re the groom or at a white-tie affair. (And if you’re the groom, you’d better not be having an affair.)
I think that contrast within an outfit is more important than contrast between an outfit and someone’s skin tone. For example, an ecru shirt worn with very light tan trousers is going to be sub-optimal regardless of the skin and hair color of the man wearing those items. Switch out either the shirt or the trousers in order to achieve contrast, and the outfit will be fine regardless of who is wearing it. (The exceptions would occur with CASUAL clothing in extreme weather. A white or pale pastel shirt with very light-colored trousers would look good in scorching heat despite the lack of contrast.* And dark trousers, a dark shirt, and a dark coat or sweater would be fine in the winter.)
A charcoal-grey suit on a dark-skinned man will look good as long as the suit fits properly, his shirt is white or a very pale color, and his tie is dark. The stark contrast between the shirt and the suit and the shirt and the tie will provide all the contrast the man needs.
What about a dark-brown suit on a dark-brown man? I think that might not be ideal, but a white shirt would rescue the outfit because it would add the aesthetically pleasing contrast between his suit and his face. Thus, the dark-brown suit would be plenty good enough.
So if a man gets contrast within his outfit, then in the real world I’d advise him not to worry about whether he’s a high- or low-contrast guy. It’s not that big a deal.
* If the guy is really, really pale, then a white shirt and light trousers might not be the best choice. But if the temperature is up there, who cares if there’s not enough contrast? Be practical. The last thing you should be doing when you’re sweating is sweating the sartorial details.
Confused.Later found this navy pinstripe 3 piece, a 6 button, double vent, navy blazer that fits better than my current non-vented one, and some oddities I'll raise as I give them more consideration. View attachment 87598
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Yes, the three piece suit shown is navy, a bluer navy than my other navy suits.Confused.
Your text doesn't seem to match the pics. I see nothing with six buttons, or a blazer. Is the three piece navy? Looks black on my Cheez-it size monitor.
Your close-ups remind me of my eyesight after nine Molsens. Although I've never actually had nine Molsens, I have a state of the art beer imagination. If you are using a cell phone to take pics, rather than just touching the button, place your finger on it and hold it there and watch as the lens focuses (maybe 2 secs), then release.
Cuffs that are 10 inches wide? I don’t blame you for wanting to alter them.Some of the cuffs are currently 10" wide. If I keep the pants, i may change that.