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Why let a pushy sales guy take advantage of your lack of fabric knowledge to sell you something inferior? We've boiled down everything you need to know into 5 simple techniques to guarantee you pick the best fabric for your next men's suit. The first of these is colour.

When it comes to selecting a fabric for your next men's suit, there's almost an infinite amount of information to digest, much of which is twisted into a slick pitch by pushy sales people.

One thing we've learned in our experiences in the custom tailoring industry is it all comes down to these 5 simple things. Remember these, and you're guaranteed to get top quality at a great price.

1. Colour

2. Composition

3. Weave

4. Pattern

5. Weight

In this article, we'll explain the importance of colour.

Picking the Perfect Suit Fabric Colour

Colour is the obvious place to start because the colour is usually the first thing anyone notices about your men's suit. We can all agree first impressions are influential, and that's why the colour of your suit needs careful consideration.

However, choosing the colour for your men's suit need not be a daunting task. Follow these simple rules to make colour selection an easy task:

Staples: Charcoals, Greys, Dark Navy Blues and Black

Almost every man's wardrobe includes a few staple colours, which are used primarily for business suits. Every man's wardrobe should be built off a selection of dark suits as they are appropriate in almost any circumstance.


Specific colours depend on the wearer's preferences, but as a rule of thumb, you should own one of each of the foundation colours:

  • Charcoal grey
  • Navy blue
  • Black

Best Daytime Event Shades


Lighter Charcoals and Greys, French Navies and Browns

There are probably many social occasions on your calendar that require a dressier look than that bland old business suit you've always worn to work. Why look like you've just left the office when you could seriously turn heads in a suit made especially for special daytime wear?

These special occasions, like the races, garden weddings, and daytime social events deserve different coloured suits. The safest choices for these events are:

  • Lighter charcoal
  • Grey
  • French navy

For the gent who's more of a dandy, brown can also be a good option.


Black-tie or White-tie events

For very special occasions like gala or charity events and black-tie or white-tie dinners, you might wonder if you could venture away from traditional workplace suit colours into other colours for dinner suits and tuxedos. However, since such occasions generally impose strict dress codes and standards, the safest option is to choose a suit made from black or dark navy blue (often called midnight blue) fabric.


The only special event that breaks the colour rule above is your own wedding. You are free to choose any colour you wish for your wedding suit, and it's not uncommon forsuits for grooms to be made in sky blue, greens and even reds. As crazy as it seems, on your big day, it's all about you and why shouldn't you be able to do whatever you like?


If choosing a suit fabric colour still seems like too much of a chore, relax! At Montagio, we've got your back when it comes to fashion and style.BOOK YOUR FITTING and allow us to custom design a personalised style just for you.

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Since 2010, we've paved the way for uncompromising men to get suited up in style with our full service tailored mens suits, shirts and coats. Our showrooms are packed full of suit samples and thousands of fabrics making it easy for you to get the look and fit you want. We offer a remarkably personal shopping experience and specialise in individually hand crafted garments for business, weddings, formal and casual events. We have personally tailored mens suits for thousands of happy customers, and you too can experience the same red carpet treatment. Book your personal appointment today to have your uniquely styled and perfectly tailored garment ready within a few short weeks.

Simon Frazer

Montagio did a great job on wedding suits for me and my two groomsmen. Bally provided us with fantastic service and the result was definitely superior to an off-the-rack option... more »

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I have bought a total of 11 pieces custom made so far - quality and attention to detail is spectacular, material choice is broad and the input customers have in creating the exact look they want is a great experience... more »

Roy Soliman

I went back for another suit, a few shirts and some ties. Outstanding! I had so many complements on my new suit yesterday! more »

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