As part of the Atelier Saman Amel evening wear series we have already introduced the tuxedo and the dinner jacket in earlier posts here and here. In this final text on our evening wear we thought we might cover what we consider the epitome of understated elegance: the evening suit.
The evening suit is more versatile than both the tuxedo and the dinner jacket. It can be worn for most formal or festive occasions and is hence to be considered somewhat of a safe card in most cases. An Atelier Saman Amel evening suit is dark in tone and is commonly made in a fine twill cloth with a lot of luster. Commonly, the cloth has some mohair or silk in it, making it finer and slightly shimmering. The idea of the evening suit is to find a cloth and a color that appears near black in a dark room but is actually made in a color giving it some depth. Paradoxically, a midnight blue suit can look even darker than black in the dark.
Finding the right color can be tricky. We usually opt for charcoal grey, deep brown, midnight blue, burgundy or dark bottle green. Grey and blue are obviously the most classic examples that are to be considered if the aim is to get as much use of the suit as possible. Our friend Alex exemplifies this rather well in this picture where he, by adding some alternative styling and a straight up boss attitude, makes a grey double breasted suit look anything but corporate. Brown, green or burgundy are slightly more daring alternatives that will have a narrower area of usage but will feel slightly more festive wearing on a special occasion.
Lastly, accessorizing is important when wearing an evening suit in order for it to really stand out from the daily office wardrobe. Skip the derbies and go for a sleek black oxford or loafer. Skip the patterned or wool tie and stick to something minimalistic like a dark twill or grenadine like in this example. Just a tip.