In warm weather, all tones of beige are appropriate for business wear. But what of brown, of which it was once said that it wasn't worn in town? Well, I blame Al Gore's adoption of the color for the election of George W. Bush in that famously close U. S. election. But lets's not hold recent events against it.
Indeed, brown is a very good look on men like the fellow in the Esquire illustration, who look washed out in gray and worse in many blues. These gentlemen have what is known as a muted complexion, made up of dark blond to mid-brown hair, eyebrows and lashes, light to olive skin and eyes in blended tones of brown, green, gray or blue. Brown tones are the easiest for them to wear.
For the rest of us, brown is a useful color when a suit is required outside a city center or in the suburbs. And brown cloth looks good with black shoes, something that can't be said of many men's suitings. But for me, living as I do in a sunny climate, I prefer beige. Indeed, spring will find me with four tan suits in my wardrobe to just one brown.
And that's what I have to say about brown.