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Color for overcoat

JohnnyCrockett

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Camel's out because it doesn't look good on me.

Black, charcoal, or navy? I've always been at a loss as to which is better/more versatile/more proper, eh any and all of the above? Can I wear navy with a charcoal suit?

I'm thinking single breasted 3 button, probably fly front full length coat here.
And do I want a herringbone pattern?

I really need some help here.
 

alliswell

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Black's for formalwear only. Plain charcoal or plain navy will look good; choose the one which will contrast most with your suit selection.
 

JordanH.

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i believe a navy overcoat will go very well with a charcoal suit. a charcoal overcoat will probably go well with a navy suit also. either would be a good choice.
 

JayJay

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I find that I rarely wear my navy coat, even though it's a nice coat with an excellent fit. My charcoal/black coat is worn almost daily in winter. I also have a medium gray that gets very little wear.
 

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I apologize if this is a plagiarization someone's post from a much earlier thread on this topic, but my mind immediately spits out the following:

First buy charcoal
Second, navy
Third, camel (not an issue for you, OP, so skip this one)
Fourth, medium grey
Fifth, black (for formal occasions (possibly bump this up to #2 if you attend black tie often))

Charcoal is definitely the universal color that can be worn on any occasion (except to a luau or volleyball game, perhaps).
 

Skyler

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Originally Posted by lordofpi
Charcoal is definitely the universal color that can be worn on any occasion...

Exactly right... The Great Chain of Being for overcoat colors from Lordofpi is dead-on, too.
 

Gherkins

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charcoal, dark brown or ... dark purple, if you feel adverturous
 

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