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.


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Jan 28, 2014 - 11:56pm


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Jan 28, 2014 - 11:32pm


@ Federal: I would agree. I believe that charcoal is more formal than navy. Personally I like navy more though.

There's no occasion where a wso/">charcoal suit is appropriate but navy (traditional, dark navy, not sharkskin or suitsupply "navy") isn't; they're equivalent. It's not like showing up to your aunt's funeral in glen plaid.
Jan 28, 2014 - 3:13am

I wouldn't say charcoal is more formal than navy or the other way around. Tie, wso/">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 wso/">suits.

As for which wso/">suits, there are some good stub articles on blogs as well as the GQ and Esquire website with information on selecting a wso/">suit. I would say theses are the factors, in order of importance, to consider when buying a wso/">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.

Jan 28, 2014 - 1:33pm

Indochino have free shipping which is great and their wso/">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.

Jan 31, 2014 - 6:41pm

Speaking of plebs, be sure that you have a high quality monitor that has been perfectly color calibrated, otherwise the color that you see on the screen may not be the color you receive when you get your orders. Blacks, whites, and grays are particularly prone to distortion on a pleb monitor.

Feb 1, 2014 - 5:29pm

What is a good example of a charcoal colored suit? (Originally Posted: 11/25/2016)

Looking to buy a charcoal colored suit, but haven't found a good example of it. People say stay away from black, but isn't charcoal close to black? can someone help me out?

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