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Navy on navy: Prime Minister Cameron

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CrimsonSox, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. lasbar

    lasbar Well-Known Member

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    He is Conservative hence the blue tones...
     
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    Looks like the above wasn't the first time that Cameron wore a green tie. Stephen Harper also seems to have reached for a rather questionable tie that morning.

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    Notably, Cameron or his staff make better tie choices when he sees the Queen:

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    My takeaway is that even though the navy tie is more "boring," it is the better choice to go with the navy city suit, compared to the more "interesting," higher contrast green tie. Other ties besides navy can work too, but the key is that it is no criticism that the navy tie is supposedly "boring."

    Pretty amazing to think that Elizabeth was the Queen when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister (in his second term back in office during the 1950s).
     
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    Sorry to have missed this thread.

    What would people say are the parameters for 'navy on navy' working well?

    Mine:

    • Shade as close as possible or sufficiently different (not 'similar').
    • High contrast with shirt (if not white, then very pale blue or pale blue / white bengal).
    • Textural contrast advisable.

    Manton getting it* right:

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    *EDIT: typo corrected.
     
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    Absolutely. JFK had severe back problems and often had to wear braces and other orthopaedic supports. I bet the oddly buttoned jacket was his way of hiding that.
     
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    The Connery Bond look was what I had in mind, actually, when saying as close as possible.

    This is a close up of what I meant by sufficiently different: slate grenadine against navy worsted (with very pale blue narrow bengal reducing to solid at a few feet away):

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    There isn't much about Cameron that isn't tasteless.
     
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    Paddock jacket, I think it was called.
     
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    Another example of the tones being sufficiently different is a navy-grey tie worn with a navy suit. The grey in the tie adds just enough contrast, but the dark blue shade of it matches the suit. It's a very hard color of tie to find, though I've seen Turnbull and Asser carry it.


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    Following on Balfour's advice to vary the texture, here's a picture of Fred Astaire in Silk Stockings wearing what I believe is a navy knit (or perhaps grenadine) tie:

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    Another way to vary navy-on-navy is to have a simple white dot or stripe in the tie, which picks up the white of the shirt. I prefer smaller pindots, but here's Emperor Akihito with a polka dot tie:

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    Source: http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-p...emperor-akihito-and-empress-michiko-visit-the
     
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    Graydon Carter showing how it's done in navy on navy.

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    Our friend would approve:

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    Robert Redford rocks the navy on navy. It's not the only combination, but it's a classic combination:

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    Very simple and of course elegant..
     
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    I know a lot of people are not fans of Mr. Beckham, but I liked this combination of navy solid suit, white shirt, and navy pindot tie.

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    The navy hand tatt pushed this one over the edge for me.
     
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    You don't want to be wearing the purple and canary ties. Can someone call in a tailor to hem up those pants before these gentlemen see the Prince?

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    Let me show you politicians how it's done:

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    Nothing wrong with Cameron's break (although note the loafers with the suit).

    Canary yellow is the LibDem party colour, which probably explains Clegg's tie choice.
     
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    What really surprises me is how much the lapels are bowing in Cameron's and Miliband's suits. The Prince's suit, by contrast, is properly fitted.
     
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    Bleu marine avec bleu marine:

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    What do royals wear when they meet each other? Frequently, it's navy-on-navy. The solid navy suits have jetted instead of flap pockets. The Japanese Emperor with Prince Charles:

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    The Emperor and Empress with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip:

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    It's been a long time my friend -- Elizabeth with Akihito in 1953:

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    The Emperor with Ehud Olmert when he was Prime Minister of Israel (a non-royal, but the leader of a state):

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