Originally Posted by mafoofan Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Think seasons, not degree of formality. At only ten, you really don't have much room for strictly casual suits. So:
5 flannel (navy, air force blue, charcoal, medium grey, light grey)
5 fresco (same colors, but feel free to ditch the charcoal and/or navy for lighter colors)
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
I think the staples of a good suit wardrobe depend upon where you live, it's climate and where you work.
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Everything you pick should fit your personality and fit in with your workplace. Having your wardrobe made gives you control over every detail.
My experience is clients tend to buy in one general weight for the bulk of the wardrobe. The weight they choose is different for everyone. Have clients who wear 18 ounce twills in Texas summers and others who think 9 ounce is winter weight. It depends on your tolerance and preference but it is good to know what weights you can be comfortable wearing. You will also want to form an opinion about texture, what you like and don't like.
Look at navy blue and pick the home runs in several patterns, the cloths you are drawn to.
Edit down and pick 3 or 4. You might end up with...
Navy beaded stripe. I like the contrast of a silver stripe against navy more than grey. Beaded stripes are more lively. Pick the width between stripes you like most.
Navy hopsack. The texture will give you options how to wear this.
Solid navy in a shade different than the other 2 blues. Sharkskin if you want a dressier finish or a worsted.
Navy pindot is beautiful. Looks like a solid from 5 feet away.
When you need to wear a navy suit, one of these will work for you.
Get 5 grey suits, mix up the finishes and patterns. Sharkskin, nail head, stripes etc.
Grey between medium and charcoal Nailhead/Birdseye, It's not really about the texture with nailhead as much as surface interest. This is a conservative, do anything, go anywhere suit.
Medium grey rope stripe
Medium grey sharkskin
Lighter grey in a dressy finish or a textured cloth.
Add a plaid if you like them, Can be a high contrast pattern or very subtle. You will have lots of grey options but look for a brown. If you don't see a plaid you like try windowpane. They don't have to be loud. Find something with a subtle color and not high contrast.
Get one suit that travels well. Ask the tailor about what cloths to use and pick the color and pattern you would use the most.
If you get these ten suits in a weight you can wear anytime and with this diversity of color and pattern you will have something to wear anytime for any occasion. You won't avoid wearing something because it looks too seasonal.
The next suits should be season specific and a contrast to the season you dress for most.
If you are in a warmer climate where winter is the short season get two heavier weight suits.
If you are in a seasonal climate with shorter summertime, get two summer weight suits. Could be linen, linen/wool blends are better, mohair or a tropical weight cloth in whatever color or pattern you want. After you get these two get the two suits for the other season so you have 2 specific summer and two specific winter suits.
Add trousers along the way, all types but mostly shades of grey.
At Some point get a navy jacket or 2 or 3. If navy isn't your thing get one navy and get a very dark brown, almost black odd jacket.
One light colored jacket to wear over dark trousers
One medium carmel brown jacket that works with lighter trousers or darker trousers for versatility
One rustic jacket you can wear with cords, cottons, or flannel.
You wanted to make some of the suits casual by using patch pockets but you could do the opposite and make some dressier by adding a vest to one grey and one navy suit.
Make some pieces DB if you like that.
A wardrobe like this has some diversity to it which is only one point of view for a wardrobe.
Some build a wardrobe that is more similar, slight variations on a theme. After wearing things a while you will see what you wear often and maybe somethings not so much. That's part of the learning curve.
You have about 20 pieces now and should have your own blog or at least tumbler sharing your experiences.