Nightlife Essential: The Slim Black Suit

March 18th, 2013

A few weeks ago we mentioned that black suits aren’t appropriate for corporate settings. In my opinion, black is too stark for midday and too formal for the office – not to mention it doesn’t work well with the typical colors of business shirts and ties.

Shortly thereafter, we received this question: if you can’t wear it for business, why would anybody buy a black suit (other than for a funeral)?

The short answer: socializing after dark. A slim black suit is one of the most versatile and functional garments a man can own, once the sun goes down. It has been my nightlife go-to for years, no matter the occasion or event.

Here’s three examples.

3. Night Club


Dressing for a night out at the club is easy: slim black suit, solid colored shirt (in this case heather grey), and black loafers. Just keep it simple and lose the restrictive accessories – no belt, no tie, no socks if it’s warm out.

A black suit is sexy – it’s the menswear equivalent to the little black dress. Every man should have one.


Black penny loafers with leather soles make for great dancing shoes.

12 copy
  • chalkstripe ·
  • Grey cotton shirt ·
  • Silver rings from NYC Street Artist ·
  • Necklaces from NYC Street Artist ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Oxidized cuff bracelet by Men in Cities ·
  • Black horsebit loafers by Gucci (Vintage)


Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford