THE BLACK SUIT

If you're like most men, your experience with black suits has centered around either a rousing rendition of "Shout" (a little bit softer now) or a corpse. For all its seeming ubiquity, the suit noir is still considered evening-only attire outside the funeral home. But it's time to let that special-occasion uniform see some sun.

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If you're like most men, your experience with black suits has centered around either a rousing rendition of "Shout" (a little bit softer now) or a corpse. For all its seeming ubiquity, the suit noir is still considered evening-only attire outside the funeral home. But it's time to let that special-occasion uniform see some sun. There are few items of clothing more handsome on a man—and it's the only time he should be described as "chic." Plus, it's idiotproof. Pair it with a white shirt, a blue shirt, a pink shirt, a black tie, no tie, a clown nose, wing tips, or sneakers. It doesn't matter—you'll still look chic.

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