“No brown in town” – who wouldn’t have heard this age-old proverb. However, having a strong history both in and out the city limits, a brown suit is one of the most versatile pieces of functional wardrobe. Together with a blue blazer and light colored trousers they form the essential parts of a practical everyday menswear. Of course, as with every piece of clothing, the selection of material affects to the result. A sharp, brown silk-wool suit is a statement piece that leaves nothing to be questioned, whereas a relaxed, pleasantly crumbly linen shows the more playful side of its wearer.
When it comes to combinations, a blue shirt is a classic pairing to a brown suit. A crisp white shirt with a black knit tie is an another foolproof option. Of course, for a trained eye, almost any colour works with any other, so why wouldn’t you try a purple-striped shirt, for example.
A brown suit can make a very sharp business attire, especially during the warmer months. If the brown shoes are substituted with black ones, the suit extends its potential all the way to the boardroom.
Text: Anu Rautalin and Jussi Häkkinen
Photo: Anu Rautalin and Jussi Häkkinen