Originally Posted by kitonbrioni
I would do light blue or green in linen. Are you trying to get a year around suit in linen by getting a dark linen color?
I believe linen softens up navy and makes it an interesting summer choice. It is a dark color that is still easy on the eye and casual with its wrinkles. For that reason, it goes well with white suede shoes or spectators. And if you work in an ultra stuffy environment, it is a way to wear it to the office without being thought too much of a sartorial maverick. There is also the question of showing dirt and dry cleaning etc...
I would get both a dark tan and a navy suit in linen. Maybe a cream odd jacket, white linen pants (maybe pale yellow for resort wear) and black linen pants (very hip), hell maybe an olive drab green pair of pants and a medium to dark grey pair of pants to go with the odd jacket.
For patterns I would probably want in a blend with silk and/or cashmere or mohair. Here a medium blue suit would have the requisite texture and color marbling to provide interest.