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Pinstripe suit...navy or charcoal

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Geran Brown, May 10, 2012.

  1. Geran Brown

    Geran Brown Senior member

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    I am in the process of getting my third custom suit made and after getting a solid navy and light gray suit I figure I should move on to pinstripes. Unfortunately I can decide on the color. The options are navy or charcoal? I'm thinking of getting it as a three piece suit as well.

    So I'm reaching out to SF for y'alls opinion...navy or charcoal?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. mandjo

    mandjo Well-Known Member

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    Navy pinstripe.
     
  3. Macallan

    Macallan Senior member

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    In terms of your collection, charcoal may be better; although I prefer navy striped over charcoal striped

    Have you considered charcoal flannel before moving onto stripes?
     
  4. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    Navy Pinstripes here too
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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  6. dragon8

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    Navy pinstripe but I got both
     
  7. GBR

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    You have to wear it so your call. There are no objective tests which can determine the choice. Or are you thinking of a poll to determine your wardrobe? That would be a crazy idea.
     
  8. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Eventually get both, but I'd start with navy.
     
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    Navy is more versatile and also sharper.
     
  10. SirGrotius

    SirGrotius Senior member

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    Navy is better for pinstripes. Charcoal pinstripes is sort of somber, paradoxically.

    Make sure you have the solids first, right?

    But pinstripes are coming back.

    that should have been in haiku format
     
  11. Geran Brown

    Geran Brown Senior member

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    Thank you for your opinion :)
    Charcoal flannel? Wouldn't that be too warm for summer?
    Thank you for your opinion.
    Thank you for your opinion.
    Thank you for your opinion. I eventually want to get both but trying to decide on which one first.
    No poll on my wardrobe...that would be silly lol.
    Thank you for your opinion.
    Thank you for your opinion.
    I currently have the solids already (Navy and Medium Grey). Thank you for your opinion.
     
  12. ballmouse

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    I like charcoal pinstripes. For wide stripes, I would go for navy though.
     
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  13. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Depends on your needs and where you are wearing these suits. I would do a medium grey sharkskin next so you have light grey, medium grey and navy suits. Then I would add a charcoal grey nailhead/birdseye. Then a stripe. Decide how pronounced you want the stripe to be, how far apart and how wide each stripe is and how much contrast you can handle for your workplace. I like the contrast of a silvery stripe against navy more than silver on grey but both have their place. You also have a choice of beaded, rope, pinstripe and chalk for the style of stripe. Most important is picking suits that work in the context they are worn.

    In my scenario you will have light, medium and dark grey suits in 3 different textures and finishes, a solid navy and then add a navy stripe and you have a diverse basic wardrobe and something appropriate for any occasion.
    The downside of this wardrobe is your closet looks like a paint sample card, light to dark, and if you rotate thru your suits every week you have very diverse looks. Best is to analyze your needs and pick your suits. If a navy pinstripe would only get worn once a month, get something more practical.
     
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  14. EdmundChas

    EdmundChas New Member

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    Its gotta be navy....seen some pics and if u can get a rich navy colour it looks amazing
     
  15. Big Texas

    Big Texas Senior member

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    +1

    I wouldn't go pinstripe on a third suit, especially if this rotation is going to see a lot of wear. Build the basic collection first. If you've got navy and light grey, get medium grey and plain charcoal (in whichever order you choose, though charcoal is probably more versatile). And strongly consider re-acquiring these colors across the spectrum of seasonal weights, as CD advises. (Though your mileage may vary, especially if you live in a climate without a lot of seasonal shifts).

    When it comes time for stripes, I concur with most of the posters on this thread. Navy is a sharper look.
     
  16. mhdena

    mhdena Senior member

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    Why should it be either or?

    Get both.
     
  17. Timeless Fashion

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    For a third suit, I think a solid charcoal may be more versatile than getting a pinstripe, unless you really like pinstripe suits. I don't know how old you are, but in general I think navy pinstripes look better than gray pinstripes in younger individuals. Maybe it's just my personal preference, but a pinstripe or chalkstripe gray suit seems like it is more suitable for older individuals.
     
  18. CentralParkMan

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    I'm a huge fan of pinstripe suits and I don't think you could go wrong with either choice, but if I were you I'd go for a navy pinstripe suit. I have both colors and surprisingly I get more wear and more compliments out of the navy suit.
     
  19. AlexE

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    I think you first should get a charcoal solid suit (next to solid navy this is the essential suit) to have the basics covered. For pinstripes / chalkstripes I like navy best, followed by light grey.
     
  20. BerlutiLover

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    I am not a good source of advise because I do not like grey suits. I would go for another blue and then yet another blue... :)
     

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