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Bespoke Navy Cotton Suit?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thinking of ordering my first bespoke cotton suit. If it's in a plain navy w/ brown horn buttons, can I use the coat as a blazer with light grey trousers? Or does the wool + cotton combo look weird?

Thanks,
GC
post #2 of 19
I think it would look better with "dress chinos".
post #3 of 19
Dark blue coat/blazer and grey trousers equals security guard, Don't.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

Dark blue coat/blazer and grey trousers equals security guard, Don't.

 

 

Not to me it doesn't.  Navy and greys are a classic combination.  If you can't distinguish yourself from a security guard, you aint doin' it right.

post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

Dark blue coat/blazer and grey trousers equals security guard, Don't.

You must be joking? So a navy blazer coupled with light grey flannels (possible the classic non-suit combo) equals a security guard?
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Grammaton Cleric View Post

You must be joking? So a navy blazer coupled with light grey flannels (possible the classic non-suit combo) equals a security guard?

I think it probably used to be the classic non-suit combo, but ever since Securitas, G4S, Blackwater, et-al, went from using more military or police looking uniforms for their guards. It probably depends on the setting of course, e.g. are you in a place where you might be mistaken for a security guard? I spent a few months as a guard in a Job Centre, and that's what I wore.

BTW avoid wearing black MA1 type jackets as well, unless you want to be mistaken for a nightclub bouncer.
Edited by MikeDT - 4/23/13 at 7:19am
post #7 of 19
You people are honestly out of your minds sometimes. Navy coat w/ light grey flannels is perfectly fine. A staple look really.
post #8 of 19
To the OP - I think the juxtaposition of a cotton coat with wool trousers is a bit much. I would wear it only as a suit, or otherwise with cotton khaki / sand trousers.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post

You people are honestly out of your minds sometimes. Navy coat w/ light grey flannels is perfectly fine. A staple look really.

Location: New York

I think this is a UK vs US thing possibly. GBR and myself are from the UK. Where IMO blue blazer with gray trousers tends to mean security guard these days. Especially in hotels, Job Centres, museums, art galleries, public events, etc, where they might need conspicous but discretely dressed security personnel. What do security guards normally wear in the States, baseball caps with the company's name, cargo pants, holstered side arms?
post #10 of 19
Dealing with a similar issue (ie. bespeaking navy cotton suit and wondering about versatility of the jacket alone) - woud cotton jacket and tan linen pants be less incongruous?
post #11 of 19
And they're eating fried hamburgers, reading the Bible, and singing God Bless America, too...
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post

You people are honestly out of your minds sometimes. Navy coat w/ light grey flannels is perfectly fine. A staple look really.

 

This.  Saying that wearing navy and grey makes you look like a security guard makes about as much sense as saying that wearing a black tuxedo makes you look like a mortician.

post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post


Location: New York

I think this is a UK vs US thing possibly. GBR and myself are from the UK. Where IMO blue blazer with gray trousers tends to mean security guard these days. Especially in hotels, Job Centres, museums, art galleries, public events, etc, where they might need conspicous but discretely dressed security personnel. What do security guards normally wear in the States, baseball caps with the company's name, cargo pants, holstered side arms?

 

No baseball caps - stetsons.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by LEVOOSH View Post

Dealing with a similar issue (ie. bespeaking navy cotton suit and wondering about versatility of the jacket alone) - woud cotton jacket and tan linen pants be less incongruous?

 

I dunno - still doesn't sound quite right to me.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

And they're eating fried hamburgers, reading the Bible, and singing God Bless America, too...

That's what they might believe here actually, and I've met people who are under that illusion about the US, that you all just eat french fries, hamburgers, God fearing, etc.

I'm just thinking it might be a staple combination Stateside, but pretty much any time I saw anyone wearing that combo in the United Kingdom, they were a security guard. And that's what I used to wear when I was doing that job, and it's kind of stuck with me. Although where I am now, I could wear blue blazer and gray trousers and think nothing of it. because guards here are dressed very much like police.
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