Medium Grey vs. Charcoal Suit?

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  1. Jay687

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    Navy?

    Both look good, but if I had to buy one suit and suit only it would be Navy.

    I love medium gray, it really opens up some nice brown shoe options, I find you can dress it down a bit better than the other options.
     


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    How will you be using the suit? Is it for work? What is the dress code for work? Is it for a formal occasion or interview? Is it for fun, meaning dressing up for social occasions? It makes a big difference. The color and style of your suit sends a message like, "I mean serious business." or "I'm relaxed, but I'm still a professional." or "I want to have fun but still look classy."

    So, what image do you want your suit to project?
     


  5. JayJay

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    I'd get charcoal if I only had one suit.
     


  6. Jay687

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    I will be wearing it for work on rare occasions (generally business casual environment). Other than that, just for dressing up for social occasions.

    I MIGHT wear it to an interview depending on what I feel like deciding in terms of career choice (currently in public accounting). Would the medium gray not be acceptable for job interviews? The interviews would likely be for accounting / finance jobs.

    And both is an option I suppose... but it's a pricey one! Especially considering I won't wear a suit very often or anything.
     


  7. PhiPsi32

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    For an occasional suit that you want to rely on for more formal occasions such as a job interview, go with the charcoal or dark gray. If you wear it infrequently, you will look sharp and draw approving looks. I mean that people will notice you, especially around the office.

    You can supplement the suit with a smart sport coat in navy or light to medium gray. You should think about a sport coat with some texture, a small check pattern or glen plaid. You can match the sport coat with chinos, dark jeans, or odd trousers (gray flannel etc.). It's great for a night out when you want to dress up or for the business casual office. A well tailored jacket will always improve your appearance.

    If you want some flare, you can also pick up a vest (waist coat). Again, it goes well with chinos or odd trousers and a button down oxford with or without a tie. You'll make an impression and stand out from the crowd (if that is what you want).
     


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    I notice that both of those suits are listed on the site as charcoal. I assume that the darker is the charcoal and the lighter is in fact medium grey. I'm shopping for a suit as well, and find the terms used by manufacturers for different shades of grey very frustrating. When browsing brand and department store websites I find the classifications seem arbitrary.

    I really like the medium grey you posted though. I too am in the accounting field. I think it would be an excellent choice for the often ambiguous business-casual environment.
     


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