- Jan 10, 2011
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Probably, a short foreword is necessary: I am Italian and I presently live in Italy. I have lived for a while in the United States; yet, my viewpoint on clothing is quintessentially Italian. Since I was a child, I have been taught a simple scheme on suits and shirts: Morning: gray suit, light blue shirt; Evening: navy suit, white shirt. Of course, I have always tried to take this cum grano salis, with a pinch of salt. Still, I don't think I have ever happened to wear a navy suit during the day, sticking either to gray in its many hues or to navy jacket-charcoal slacks (the latter is a combo I particularly like). Now, for a series of occurrences, I find myself without no suits available that even barely resemble gray. In particular, all I have is a choice between two navy suits: the first is a 2-button-and-a-half suit with a subtle herringbone texture, the other one is slightly darker with a matching waistcoat. Here is the question: do you think is it appropriate to wear such a suit in a dressy business environment in which I am expected to strictly adhere to a conservative dress code? Amplifying: at the end of this week I have a 4 days long work engagement. Everybody around me will, most likely, be wearing a suit and a tie. As for myself, I am supposed, due to my role, to have a particularly sober and conservative attire (eg., no pink shirts, no flashy ties, no faddy fashion shoes, et cetera). As far as possible, I tend not to buy suits off the rack; a feasible alternative to going navy could be to buy a pair of dark gray trousers and to match them with one of the navy jackets. Thanks, L.