Do you own more than one Navy suit?

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  1. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Navy Blue always works - always. And it works with such a wide range of tie/shirt/square combos. I used to prefer gray or even olive or brown when I was younger - I thought Navy to just be meh. I've changed my mind.

    I have but three

    Canali - 2 button in a 140s weight worsted- VERY dark - Looks black in many lighting situations
    Corneliani - 2 button (very recent cut - open quarters, etc.) - Medium navy with dark navy undertones ( more or less a sharkskin but more subtle)
    Canali - 3 button - fairly heavy worsted - Navy (not much in style at this point - but I rarely need heavy weight suits so I just deal with it)
     


  2. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Not quite. The reason is that they look good enough, but they're generic enough that people who dress like crap or don't have much exposure to wearing suits or people who do (rural midwesterners, for example) aren't threatened.

    Those same people are the ones who make sure that suits on prominent pols don't fit perfectly. Shoulders too wide, chest too baggy, pants and sleeves just a little too long. The suits will fit well enough to appeal to rich donors, but they'll be off enough that those same rural farmers aren't turned off by how precise the tailoring is. Shoes are slightly scuffed, but not too much, for the same reason.

    It's calculated, and aesthetics are quite secondary.
     


  3. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Yes, 3 solid SB of which one is a 2B 3-piece and one is a 3/2B and the other is 2B. I also have 2 SB navy pinstripes of which one is a 2B 3-piece and the other is a 3/2B. Navy is my favorite color.
     
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  4. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

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    4 SB navy suits. I've been contemplating getting a DB made sometime, too.
     


  5. Geezer

    Geezer Senior member

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    I mildly disagree. The ill-fitting suits are rarely deliberate and often the sign of a pol who won't fully take advice or is not being advised. The ideal (see any photo of world leaders at the G8/G20/NATO summits) is a suit - usually bespoke - that fits conservatively well but is styled (SB 2 button, plain colour, worn with white shirt and boring tie) blandly, so the farmers don't actively notice it. At least in Europe.
     


  6. MattR

    MattR Senior member

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    2, both 2B, single vents. One solid, one pinstripe. The pinstripe could work out year round, but I'd like to get a lighter solid as well, b/c the wool is more fall weight.
     


  7. urfloormatt

    urfloormatt Well-Known Member

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    If the Republican primaries in the US are any indication, the suits generally fit well (Ron Paul's don't, but if you've seen old pictures of him, that's due to him shrinking with age and not re-tailoring, rather than poor tailoring). However, I'm also starting to think they purposefully pick the ugliest ties so as not to offend their least informed voter with the quality of their clothing.

    I always figured navy suits were the preference over charcoal (at least in the US) because of the patriotic visual--red, white, and blue. Looks good in front of the flag.
     


  8. GiltEdge

    GiltEdge Senior member

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    I have a Lesser Tropical DB, with a vest, and for the winter Drapers 12oz in a herringbone, SB with a vest. For stripes I have a Smith 120s and Cashmere for the winter, and for Spring, Summer, Fall a vintage 10z narrow stripe. Both of those are 3 piece DB's. I have a bolt of navy flannel with a gray windowpane I am dying to use. For my furnishings, navy as a base color is the most useful.
     


  9. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Navy is one color that looks good with all skin types , hair colors and complexions. It also looks very good on TV and in night clubs. Many associate navy with authority.
     


  10. sellahi22

    sellahi22 Senior member

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    I have one solid dark navy, from Lesser 13oz. 2 additional blues on the way - a lighter navy and a air force/marine blue, both from Smith Botany 13oz. Next I'll venture into pinstripes and lighter weights.

    I used to wear only grey but increasingly I feel like I look sharper and more energetic in blue.
     


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    atlrus Well-Known Member

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    I have one dark navy solid SB that has been hanging in the closet since the day it was tailored. It's a just-in-case suit, I'd rather wear pinstriped blue/black/char, tan or gray. I've been thinking about getting a light blue one, though.
     


  12. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Navy Plain (3 piece)(Worsted)(Stollery's)
    Navy Plain (3 roll 2)(Super 100's)(Rega-John Escapa)
    Navy Window Pane (3 roll 2)(Super 100's)(Zegna)
    Navy Pinstripe (2 button)(Super 100's)(Canali)
     
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  13. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Solid/semi-solid navy:

    -flannel 14 oz DB
    -birdseye 10 oz DB
    -worsted twill vested SB 10 oz
    -mohair and wool 10 oz DB
    -fresco 10 oz SB

    and a 10 oz dupioni DB in the works.
     


  14. Elegantly Wasted

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    How does it all apply to CEOs?
     


  15. aj_del

    aj_del Senior member

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    I dont have a navy suit but I intend to get one. I had 2 but got rid of them.

    Navy as a color confuses me, to be honest. I am wearing a solid navy tie and it looks great. But I have a navy Baracuta jacket and the color is yuck as if some purple or turquoise has been mixed into it. The reason I gave away my 'navy' suits was they were not the correct shade of navy IMO.
     


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