Expand my wardrobe - only have navy and grey suits

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  1. terrier

    terrier New Member

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    So I work in a conservative field and have stuck to the conservative mantra of navy, grey and charcoal suits: 1 solid navy, 1 navy with very fine stripes, 1 light grey, 1 flannel dark grey, 1 charcoal. All 2 button, notched lapels. Also have 3 blazers, one of which is grey and one of which is navy. Wear a suit or blazer with tie 4 days a week.

    I was thinking the next would be navy or grey with pinstripes and perhaps peak lapels to change it up, but am starting to notice that I may be taking the navy/grey for business rule too far.

    What's next for me? Ay recommendations? Should i get more blazers, which probably give me more flexibility in fabric/colors than suits (eg, brown tweed)? Pinstripe peak lapel power suit? Plaid pattern suit? Brown suit?

    Share ideas bros.
     


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    Pingson Senior member

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    It's virtually impossible to answer this without knowing what kind of job environment you are in and what kind dress code you have there. Maybe if you gave some indication of this, it would be possible to come up with suggestions......
     


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    Academic2 Senior member

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    Yes. Also, do you wear your suits outside of work, if so, in what circumstances?

    Knowing a bit about your climate might be useful, too.

    Where you live, are there types of suits that other people in your line of work frequently wear that you don't own?

    Anyone in your business ever wear a three-piece suit?

    Assuming that your climate is such that every suit you own is part of your rotation twelve months of the year, it does sound like you've got the basics covered.

    If it was me I'd want a medium to light gray flannel in addition to your dark one, but that's an expression of my taste, not yours.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


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    For work in a truly conservative field or attending formal events, you should stick to navy and various shades of medium to dark grey for your suits (you can maybe get a bit lighter in summer). If by conservative you just mean people wear a jacket and tie each day and there's a lot of variation, I'd still stick to the above since there isn't a lot out there that also looks good (maybe RAF blue or light grey). Brown can be an option in this case, but not everyone likes brown suits.

    If you need more suits, I would consider a few with stripes (though these are more suitable for the office than events in the evening so plan your days accordingly) as well as looking at different textures (e.g. subtle herringbone, nailhead, birdseye). Double breasted suits are also an option, but you have to judge if they'd fly in your environment. You could also consider a grey Price of Wales check suit (if you can wear an odd jacket / blazer some days, this suit would work as a more casual choice). Another thing to address is seasonality if you have enough variation in temperature where you are to make it worthwhile. Heavier fabrics in the winter (more flannels or heavy worsteds), lightweight fabrics in the summer (tropical weight wool, Fresco, etc.).

    A bit more information on your work environment and location (to address seasonality) would be helpful. I'd also be curious to know more about these blazers and whether they are true blazers or you are just using the term blazer to refer to odd jackets more generally.
     


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