The colour of your suit can tell others a lot about you. First impressions are very powerful, so it is important that you pay attention to what your suit says about you. Before people notice the fit or cut of your suit, they will first look at the colour. 

Unless you are in a creative field, or you’re daring with your fashion choices, most men’s suits consist of black, blue, and grey. Below, we go through different colours of suits, and how they may be interpreted by those around you. 

Navy Suit 

A navy suit reads as:

  • Trustworthy
  • Intelligent 
  • Serious/professional 

A navy suit will be ideal for interviews and meetings, as blue signifies honesty and reliability. A light blue suit is usually best in non-formal settings, while a darker navy blue will be ideal for a more serious setting. 


A navy suit reads as: 

  • Professional 
  • Experienced 
  • Neutral 

A gray suit gives the look of confidence and experience. Gray is a great neutral colour and looks great with every skin tone, making it a great everyday suit. Another great characteristic of gray suits are that they match everything — you can wear a wide variety of ties, such as green and burgundy and pair them with brown, black, or even blue shoes. 


A black suit reads as: 

  • Sophisticated/classy
  • Powerful 
  • Intimidating

A black suit is the most formal of all. It comes across as sophisticated and luxurious, but also can read as aggressive and intimidating. A charcoal suit would be best suited for day-to-day use as it is less stark. A black suit will command authority, and would be great for an evening of entertaining clients, if you are a professional. If you’re single, a black suit would be an excellent choice for an evening date. 

Earth Tones Suits 

Earth toned suits read as: 

  • Calm 
  • Relaxed 

Earth toned colours (brown, green lead, cloudy sky) give off a good rapport. They are best suited for less formal events such as a dinner or a beach wedding. They are drastically different from traditional suits, which are better suited for formal settings, and are great in a social setting or casual days at the office. A soft white linen suit is a popular choice for warmer climate destination weddings. 

A general rule of thumb for suit colours:
Dark colours → Read as dominant and authoritative. 

Light Colours → Read as friendly and approachable. 

Bright Colours → Read as confident and full of energy. 

Muted Colours → Read as conservative and non-threatening. 

Whether you are looking to match your date’s dress or preparing for a wedding, you’ll want to make sure your suit matches the event perfectly. For all your formal dress needs, visit us at Belo Fashions. We offer a wide variety of dresses and styles, and will have you and your date the best dressed at your next event.

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