Muslinski has one very valid point about black, though. Just because pieces are black doesn't mean they will go together. There are shades and shades of black. When black wears out, or is cheap, it can take on a very unpleasant greenish cast. However, I think the use of colored shirts and ties can distance the black from the skin so that black can flatter everyone. Anything goes with black, even brown, if done properly -- and no brown shoes with black or variations, please! A lot of black fabrics pick up lint dreadfully, though. The Professor, who dresses himself, prefers a pin stripe for that reason, for his suit, which he wears seldom. He has a dinner jacket, so those do him. If he bought a second suit, it would probably be a summer weight light grey pinstripe, from recent mutterings. He is a slacks and sport coat fellow mostly, tending towards tweedy things, or linen in summer, with collared shirts and usually ties, sometimes turtlenecks. Jeans or khakis with polos or turtlenecks seem to do him for casual wear. I wish my clothes were that easy!