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Buying 2 suits, mixing jackets.

post #1 of 10
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This may seem silly, so feel free to say so. I'm starting out at a small company in Vancouver, and I need to buy a few suits. It's a mix of casual/dress setting, where some will wear suits, some wear jackets and jeans, and others are in khakis and t-shirts.

I was wondering, if I buy 2 suits of the same type (like 2 BB Fitzgerald, or 2 TaT's with the same cut), but one in gray, and the other in navy.... can I mix the jacket with the pants? I'm always seeing people mixing gray jackets with navy pants, or vice versa, and I was wondering if this was a good way to go about it, before I go and buy separates which may or may not be cut right for the pants. I'm still brand new at the whole suiting aspect of clothing, so please correct me if this is completely wrong.

Thanks for the help.
post #2 of 10
No, you can't.
post #3 of 10
I think the issue with it is the jackets are just that, suit jackets and not sport coats. Sport coats generally have different details than suit jackets so the mix and match combos will look off. For example sport coats have different buttons generally and sometimes have sportier pockets like patch pockets. Also in odd jackets the colors can be more vibrant, or the patterns louder. Also, sport coats generally have a different weave or finish to the fabric so they don't look just like orphaned suit jackets.
post #4 of 10
A while ago I was contemplating the BB Fitz navy linen suit which had white buttons. If it were something like this you might be able to make it work.

Hey, my boss does it all the time. He wears a different suit jacket as a sport coat everyday. No one says boo. Mind you everyone is afraid of him.
post #5 of 10
You are absolutely wrong with this idea.
post #6 of 10
Vancouver is a bit odd when it comes to dress. It's definitely a less formal city than Toronto. If your new office is a mix of casual to dressy, it might be an idea to get a navy blazer and a gray sports coat to start instead of two suits. You'll be able to dress them up and down with anything from jeans to wool pants and it will give you a lot more options than two suits.
post #7 of 10
I have a navy suit and sometimes wear the jacket with odd trousers; nobody who isn't a styleforum member will notice that it's not a "blazer". Plain grey might not work so well as an odd jacket, depending on the shade, and definitely not with navy trousers.
post #8 of 10
This sounds like a much better idea if you don't actually need suits. Otherwise, you could also buy one suit and one sport coat, and buy another suit/sport coat later as needed.

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Vancouver is a bit odd when it comes to dress. It's definitely a less formal city than Toronto. If your new office is a mix of casual to dressy, it might be an idea to get a navy blazer and a gray sports coat to start instead of two suits. You'll be able to dress them up and down with anything from jeans to wool pants and it will give you a lot more options than two suits.
post #9 of 10
You might well be able to pull it off with suits with casual styling. I have two suits from Chan that are casually styled (patched pockets, 3 roll 2). One is tan and one is medium blue. I have thought if I went on a cruise or something that it would be possible to mix the jackets and trousers for a bit of variety. (Both are from Harrison's Frontier fabric).

With conservative suits meant for business, I don't think you could pull it off well. Maybe a navy jacket with solid tan or gray trousers would work, but the whole concept is "iffy."
post #10 of 10
You are 100% right.....it is silly!
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