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Herringbone instead of solid in a suit wardrobe?

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I am a mid-20s banker in the process of building up a business wardrobe. My first suit from WW Chan is a very nice light blue on navy pinstripe suit from WW Chan. For my second suit from WW Chan, I got a very subtle navy herringbone suit. Although it looks very nice I do wonder if I should have gotten a solid navy because the convention dictates that everyone must have a plain navy suit. Do you think I should be able to get by with the herringbone navy without having to add a plain navy to my wardrobe?
post #2 of 11
My navy suit is herringbone. if it's subtle, it should be fine. In fact I get compliments on it.
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Originally Posted by mikeway2000 View Post
I am a mid-20s banker in the process of building up a business wardrobe. My first suit from WW Chan is a very nice light blue on navy pinstripe suit from WW Chan. For my second suit from WW Chan, I got a very subtle navy herringbone suit. Although it looks very nice I do wonder if I should have gotten a solid navy because the convention dictates that everyone must have a plain navy suit. Do you think I should be able to get by with the herringbone navy without having to add a plain navy to my wardrobe?

Banking convention? SF convention?
I have no navy suit and I am not intending to get any. My only dark blue suit is not navy. It is very dark blue. Very dark and very blue. I simply do not like navy.
In what regards your situation: I think that it will depend on your environment. All your colleagues wear navy suits and your position makes it advisable not to stick out from the crowd? Then get your solid navy suit. If not, get what you like as long as it will not hurt your carreer.
post #4 of 11
I have both a solid navy and navy herringbone and they get about the same wear in my wardrobe - most people won't notice any difference since the herringbone looks solid from more than a few feet away. Just stick with your herringbone suit.
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I have a navy herringbone and a plain navy. They both work in the context of wearing a plain navy suit. I wear my herringbone to every job interview I have and no one ever bats an eyelash, herringbone navies come across to people as plain navy.
post #6 of 11
I'm wearing a charcoal herringbone right now. Everybody thinks it is solid unless I point out otherwise. I think you're in fine shape.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Problem solved then. Thank you!
post #8 of 11
I'm a lawyer, albiet for an association not a firm, and I don't have a solid navy suit. I have two solid navy sport jackets though, one light weight, one cashmere. I guess I associate solid navy with sport jackets. I would get a suit, though, in herringbone or some other textured fabric, so it was clearly differentiated from my sport jackets. I do have a navy suit with a light blue pinstripe.
post #9 of 11
I'm a lawyer as well. I own a navy suit in a subtle pinstripe. I find plain navy looks silly on me, I tend towards a bit of a pattern on all my suits.

All I know is in a busy chambers filled with plain black and navy, subtle details are what stand out.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by nexus View Post
I'm a lawyer as well. I own a navy suit in a subtle pinstripe. I find plain navy looks silly on me, I tend towards a bit of a pattern on all my suits.

All I know is in a busy chambers filled with plain black and navy, subtle details are what stand out.

The questionis for a banker of lawyer, do you want to "stand out"?

I was formerly a banker and now work at a hedge fund. Although I have quite the sartorial flair today, when I as an analyst/associate in IB I always kept my suits/shirts/slacks as plain and solid as possible.
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Originally Posted by buddha123 View Post
The questionis for a banker of lawyer, do you want to "stand out"?

I was formerly a banker and now work at a hedge fund. Although I have quite the sartorial flair today, when I as an analyst/associate in IB I always kept my suits/shirts/slacks as plain and solid as possible.


I'm sure that the good people of the forum will be the judge of that.
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