How to... rock a brown suit

After years in the fashion wilderness, the brown suit is making a comeback. Here’s how to pull one off.

EDGAR staff September 19, 2014

Up until recently, you'd be more likely to see a brown suit in an old wedding album than you would on the red carpet. But the classic Eighties hue has seen something of a revival in the past few months, with the likes of David Beckham and Ryan Gosling championing the trend.

As with any style that's making a comeback, getting it right is not easy, so we asked Samrat Amarnani, managing director of Dubai-based tailors Collars & Cuffs, for his expert tips on mastering the trend.

Complexion complication

When considering a brown suit, the first step is to check that it complements your complexion. Brown suits tend to match up better with fairer skin and brown hair – creating a frame for your features with the jacket and your hair. The suit’s fit is also vitally important. An ill-fitting brown suit can look shabby and dated regardless of the quality of the tailoring.

Mix it up

The recent revival of the brown suit has allowed men to become more creative when wearing them. Experimenting with designs and playing with the hue and fabric choice allows for a much broader range of options.

For example, choosing a quality Italian super 130s wool with a subtle pinstripe or herringbone pattern will really make an impact. Pattern-on-pattern choices, such as windowpane checks and an earthy tone with bold flare, can make the suit look even more distinctive, while a three-piece tweed brown suit can look very stylish indeed. Ryan-Gosling

Pick the occasion

Even though a sharp tailored, slim-cut brown blazer will set you apart from your colleagues and peers, it is still best avoided for formal occasions such as gala dinners. Give it time, but for now, stick to shades of navy, black and charcoal grey.

The right pair

Ideally, pair a brown suit with brown or oxblood shoes. If choosing brown shoes, it is generally better to have the shoe leather darker than the suit. Remember, a brown suit should never – and we mean, never – be worn with black shoes.

Details: Collars & Cuffs, Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai. For more visit