Charcoal suits

Dear WSO
Please could some of you post an image of what exactly a charcoal suit should look like.
I live in rubbish South Africa where it is next to impossible to get a decent wool suit.
Also, I've seen about 5 different "charcoals" here in wool so please help a brother out.

Also I have no idea what I am doing on this site I came here hoping for some sort of respite but I guess I'm going nowhere fast.

Thanks.

 
Best Response

I wouldn’t say charcoal is more formal than navy or the other way around. Tie, shirt, and accessories would determine formality between these two colors, not the color itself. Yet they both are usually considered more formal when compared to olive, brown, gray, or tan suits.

As for which suits, there are some good stub articles on blogs as well as the GQ and Esquire website with information on selecting a suit. I would say theses are the factors, in order of importance, to consider when buying a suit: 1) Fit 2) Style 3) Color 4) Label/name brand

Obviously, everyone has different degrees of price-consciousness, so that will come into play somewhere. For fit, focus on shoulders and waist in particular.

 

I've bought suits before and I've read enough to know exactly how they should look and fit. I am just concerned as to what exactly charcoal is in these parts but I think I will make it.

 

Indochino have free shipping which is great and their suits are apparently stellar, problem is I will have to pay important duty apparently which is up to 40% so I have to go local. At least I have a better idea of the colour, more to the black than grey side. Thanks fellas.

 

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