So, it's obvious that having a navy and a dark grey/charcoal suit are indispensible to a business wardrobe -- and by extension pinstripes in both those colors are great options to add as well -- but what are the other colors that one would consider "indispensible?" I ask this question because though I have the funds to buy high end suits on discount, I can't just buy the panalopy of colors just for kicks. So, for instance, I bought a charcoal Oxxford but opted against the darkish medium grey Oxxford as a second purchase because it seemed to darn close in color to the charcoal to justify the $800 outlay. Here are my thoughts: (1) Light-medium gray -- a bit darker than a light gray, this might be a good option. My concern is that it looks better on older guys (read age 30 and above) as opposed to younger guys like myself; I could be dead wrong here. Also, what color shirt do you wear with it? White and white patterned shirts are an obvious choice, but even the lighter shades of blue don't work as well with this color as they do with a charcoal suit, IMO. (2) Tan/cream -- though it looks good in the movies and in pictures, I always worry it looks used carsalesman-like. Also, this is not a good choice in the winter months, and might be a seasonal color. (3) Steel grey/blue -- sort of like the St. Andrews that A. Harris was selling. I personally think this is an excellent color, but it is very hard to find in my experience. (4) Multi-color glen plaids or houndstooth -- I'm particularly thinking about a glen plaid Hickey Freeman that I saw the other day which was light-medium grey and dark-medium grey in a gledplain which gave it a very nice appearance. I have the same "older guy/carsaleman concern" with these though. I tried it on and really like how I looked (I didn't buy it due to price), but I could see my wife hating it. Anyways, I'm more looking for feedback here than anything. It is very tough in selecting business attire, because the standards are more than just whether it the look would be congratulated on styleforum. For example, I saw in my size an Oxxford in a very dark navy blue with electric blue windowpanes and in my size. I loved it and could have put together an infinite amount of sharp looks with it -- but there is no way I could have pulled it off in my office, IMO.
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9/22/04 at 12:39pm