In Praise of Navy

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Parker, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    I would very much like to see this as well if anybody was up to the task. I have a hard time choosing between navy and grey, any nice collections might certainly push me in one direction or the other.

    Get both!

    I agree though, a grey thread would be full of win [​IMG]
     


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    I would very much like to see this as well if anybody was up to the task. I have a hard time choosing between navy and grey, any nice collections might certainly push me in one direction or the other.

    Any well-rounded wardrobe should include both in my opinion. They're both basics.
     


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    great thread Parker. blue and gray dominate my wardrobe too.

    any "how does my suit fit" thread should have this picture quoted as a response. just look and learn. Zegna's suit is another example.

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    Disclaimer - there are many other great examples of well fitting suits on teh fora. dont want anyone to get butt hurt.
     


  4. Achilles_

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    great thread Parker. blue and gray dominate my wardrobe too.

    any "how does my suit fit" thread should have this picture quoted as a response. just look and learn. Zegna's suit is another example.



    Disclaimer - there are many other great examples of well fitting suits on teh fora. dont want anyone to get butt hurt.


    Is that his house in the background? The suit looks so unwrinkled I would think that he must have just put it on and left the house. I would like to see a picture of him sitting down in that suit and what the fit looks like then.

    I agree of course. One of, if not the best picture of fit I've ever seen! Spoo usually does pretty well in that area as well IMO.
     


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    ^This combo is all win. The detailing on your bespoke pieces - button stance, chest, and lapel combo is very visually interesting. Are you using the same specs for all your new commissions or tweaking as you go? I'd be interested to see the progression. I have thought a lot about bespoke, more so to be able to dictate the small details, rather than for overall fit and would be interested to see how the process is shaping up for you.

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    ^Marzotto is one of the best dressed people out there and my personal style icon. Dude is a baller.

    any "how does my suit fit" thread should have this picture quoted as a response. just look and learn. Zegna's suit is another example.

    +1 I am always truly amazed at the cleanliness of VOx's trouser line. SHit is impeccable. I suspect he regularly pulls an ace rothstein and takes his trousers off when he sits at his desk.
     


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    Shades of blue are the only colors that work well for a monochromatic look IMO.

    As for color combinations, I can't think of anything nicer than a navy suit, brown shoes, light blue shirt, grey or brown tie with specks of pink or pink details on the PS


    Hate it, this would look much better to my eye with a white shirt and black tie.
     


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    Get both!

    I agree though, a grey thread would be full of win [​IMG]


    Any well-rounded wardrobe should include both in my opinion. They're both basics.

    Oh I very much agree. But once you have one of each... what color do you buy your third in? Once again, a toughie.

    Oh, and thanks niidawg3 for taking the time to make it.
     


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    Oh I very much agree. But once you have one of each... what color do you buy your third in? Once again, a toughie.

    Oh, and thanks niidawg3 for taking the time to make it.


    A different shade of grey, blue chalkstripe, glenplaid, pinstripe, three piece, etc.
     


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    The suit looks so unwrinkled I would think that he must have just put it on and left the house. I would like to see a picture of him sitting down in that suit and what the fit looks like then.

    I agree of course. One of, if not the best picture of fit I've ever seen! Spoo usually does pretty well in that area as well IMO.


    All of Bill's suits pretty much fit like this. He is the gold standard.

    With that said, blue is my favorite color.

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    ^^^ Last picture is my favourite [​IMG]
     


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    Big fan of navy (SC, sweater, tie) except for suits.

    Still havent figured out what shirt/tie to wear with a navy suit. If I wear a light blue shirt, I feel its too bluey. If I wear a white shirt, then what tie ? I generally wear something similar to this tie and a white shirt. Its OK but not great

    What shoes to wear are another problem area for me. I wear black shoes with it but it doesnt look 100% right.


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    I consider navy a neutral; like charcoal gray, it goes with everything.

    ^^ i will put it another way, replace the navy/blue suit in any of the pics with a grey one and it will look better. Same shirt, same tie

    I feel the same way about most gray suits: replace them with navy and they look better. But then, navy blues complement my baby blues.
     


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    Big fan of navy (SC, sweater, tie) except for suits.

    Still havent figured out what shirt/tie to wear with a navy suit. If I wear a light blue shirt, I feel its too bluey. If I wear a white shirt, then what tie ? I generally wear something similar to this tie and a white shirt. Its OK but not great

    What shoes to wear are another problem area for me. I wear black shoes with it but it doesnt look 100% right.


    I actually know what you mean.

    As an Asian, my skin-tone is high contrast (dark hair, light skin); and so, I invariably wear high-contrast combinations: mid-dark suit, light coloured shirt, dark tie.

    My shirts are therefore, almost always white, blue, and sometimes, lilac-toned; both patterend and solid.

    And the most suitable ties (for me) fall into the 'dark' end of the spectrum, ruling out a multitude of colours such as light gray, silver, yellow, sky blue etc; all of which would pair well with a navy suit.

    As such, these days, the only ties I wear with a navy suit are brown, purple, and maroon-toned ties. In fact, I frequently default to brown and purple, believing red and maroon to be overdone. The only exceptions to the rule are (1) the occasional black knit, but only if the suit is more mid-blue than navy; and (2) a midnight blue tie for evening affairs.

    Did I leave out navy ties? Yes I did, and deliberately so. Too matchy matchy imo if worn with a navy suit; shades of the horrid, two-toned 1990s.

    Gray suits, otoh, can be worn with all the aforementioned dark colours as well as navy. Therefore, I will always consider gray suiting to be just a tad more versatile than navy suiting.

    Love both colours though, and my closet is filled with navy and gray suits. [​IMG]
     


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