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Can you really wear a colourful suit in the winter? Two editors test the trend

Can you really wear a colourful suit in the winter? Two editors test the trend
Colourful suits on Chris Evans, Sacha Baron Cohen and a guest during fashion week

How daring can you be when it comes to colour and fabric? Here, our fashion editors discuss how to make them work for you...

For - Hikmat Mohammed

I know the prospect of wearing a statement velvet or corduroy suit might be a bit scary. But luckily it’s awards season and you have the Hollywood red carpet to take inspiration from.

At the Golden Globes, Sacha Baron Cohen’s electric-blue number took Pantone’s colour of the year into uncharted territory, while Chris Evans’ burgundy suit and white shirt landed him on best-dressed lists, offering the less starry a lesson in subtle peacocking.

The trick is to keep everything else sleek – in my case, a simple polo neck – and to go for moss green rather than paintbox brights. Navy is a classy option too, if you’re not feeling as brave as me.

Credit: Hair: Nandi Kai using Shiseido and Kevin Murphy. Grooming: Patrizia Lio using Dyson and Chantecaille./Silvana Trevale

Against - Stephen Doig

I’m not anti the bold suit per se, but it’s a style best left to those who can carry it off. And those that can are generally younger. When it comes to colour in particular, I’ve yet to be convinced that a Crayola-bright suit is something a man in his mid-30s can wear without looking like he’s absconded from the set of Wacaday.

Leave these to the younger generation and opt for richer tones – fawn, claret and sage. A coloured suit, even in the most discreet shade, isn’t made to be business-appropriate, so dress it down with a T-shirt and trainers, instead of making it overly officious. And strip accessories away to let the colour speak for itself.

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