Originally Posted by Luddite
So, if navy is out, what am I supposed to wear with a grey sportcoat? Is it, to you, unacceptable to wear light blue shirts with navy pants, but acceptable to pair grey jackets with different grey trousers?
I can answer for me -- others can answer for themselves. With a gray sportcoat, I wear tan or brown. This is a wide range of colors really, since tan can be yellow to orange and maybe even sometimes greenish. I don't think it's unacceptable to wear light blue shirts with navy pants, but I would feel like Little Boy Blue if I wore a blue shirt, blue pants, and a navy blazer or a blue/gray plaid or a navy plaid sport coat. Half or more of my sport coats are navy or blue or blue/gray. And a lot of my ties are mainly blue. So dark navy trousers don't appeal to me. And I don't like dark navy trousers with most brown shoes. Like gnatty, I don't like them much with black shoes either. This is a personal preference. You may think that dark navy trousers looks great with all brown shoes, and you may want to sport this look every day of the week. Again, personal preference. Really the question is not about what is acceptable but what is practical: how large do you want your wardrobe to be? I could find use for navy trousers, but not every week. I can think of about 20 other colors and shades (of brown, of gray, of olive) that I'd want before navy. If someone wants to build their wardrobe around dark navy pants, more power to them. I'll still wonder if they fantasize that such pants are "slimming," because I'm a jerk I guess.