Thursday, June 28, 2012
On sunny days the tan suit is somewhat more dressy than an odd jacket, falling into that neither fish nor fowl gray area inhabited by the navy blazer. That is to say, tan is probably too dandyish for a city finance job unless one either heads the office or is basking in the glow that comes from bringing in a whale, but it works very well in just about every other setting so long as one has the self-confidence to wear it. For though perfectly correct on social occasions and for work in the suburbs, tan is less common as well as seasonally good looking and so stands out more than gray or blue suits.
The extra visibility of tan, and cream its close relation, can be emphasized or not. Wearing either shade says that a man cares a bit about his clothes, which can be good or bad depending on those around him. De-emphasizing might mean a white shirt, black knit tie and conservative brown oxfords, while standing out will usually include a pair of spectator shoes and a shirt and tie combination that makes a statement.
In the photos, Andre and Keith Churchwell are happy to make statements in tan solaro and cream silk dupioni suits respectively.