Suit Color

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  1. LTD

    LTD Member

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    What do you think of a suit that is a cobalt blue color? Is it formal, Can it be worn 4 seasons, etc.
     
  2. johnnynorman3

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    Can be a nice color, but it all depends on the fabric grade -- a bad fabric and it could look very cheap, almost leisure suit-esque. In a good fabric, it good look beautiful, especially is it has some texture relief to it (nailhead, glen plaid, etc.). More difficult to pair things with than true navy. However, I have a suit in the color I think you are describing -- a winter flannel nailhead -- and I think it is really beautiful.
     
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    I have one as well, a Corneliani, with a bit of a subtle black nailhead, melange type mix in there. It is a really nice suit, in light fabric and I wear it for summer.
    JN3 is correct -- with a subtle pattern it can be a great color. Without though it could look like one of those suits Bernie Mac wears.
     
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    NBA players love them. [​IMG]
     
  5. johnnynorman3

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    That's baby blue, dude -- not cobalt. Cobalt is a completely different color. It's much darker.
     
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    I personally don't like cobalt. I've seen too many cheap polyester fabrics with that color, and too many cheap fused suits made of said fabrics.

    Edit: Even worse is royal blue.
     
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    I have a Cerruti royal/cobalt nailhead suit that I quite like; it's a bit casual in feeling, with a largely unstructured jacket, and hence looks particularly well over a black turtleneck or long-sleeved silk T. Thus I'd say, if cobalt or royal blue works with your coloring, go for it. As long as there's enough black in the weave you should be fine.
     
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    Who the hell would wear a royal blue suit?.?
     
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    (Alias @ May 24 2005,10:38) Edit: Even worse is royal blue.
    Who the hell would wear a royal blue suit?.?
    yeah... Especially when they could wear Black. [​IMG]
     
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    I have a vintage cobalt blue double-breasted suit that was made during the war, exactly to the standards of the War Production Board: flat-front trousers and no cuffs to save fabric, button fly to conserve on metal and double-breasted jacket to avoid a drastic change in men's fashion, limiting the demand for new clothes.
     
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    Very cool...
     
  12. Etruscan

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    I repeat: As long as there's enough black in the weave you should be fine.

    Mine gives the impression of being dark blue without appearing to be navy. That shouldn't be too hard to imagine.
     
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    I'll add -- or "navy." My fabric is basically a cobalt and navy nailhead flannel. You've got it exactly right -- looks "sort of like navy" without being navy.
     
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    [​IMG] Here is a swatch of the color that I am looking at. This is actually a canali suit I believe. LTD
     

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