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Taupe or Grey Suits for summer wedding?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hellah fresh, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. hellah fresh

    hellah fresh Active Member

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    Im trying to decide which color suit to go with for the summer. My close friends wedding is coming up in June so i just want to make sure i have something nice to wear. I only own 1 suit and that is a charcoal grey but since it will be a summer time wedding i want to wear some lighter colors of thats ok. If you had to choose between Taupe or Grey.. which would you prefer? Or is there any other?
     


  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I greatly prefer light grey (or medium grey if you are considering this) to taupe; they are far more elegant IMO. What time is the wedding? I'd err on the side of wearing something darker for an evening wedding, even during the summer, unless you know that this is the sort of wedding where a lot of people will be in summery outfits. Medium grey is probably fine, but why own a dark grey and a medium grey suit as your two suits? If you only have one suit which is charcoal solid, you'll get a lot more utility from a second suit that is navy blue. Light grey can be lovely, but it's not the most versatile. Medium grey is a bit more versatile but not so useful if you already have a charcoal suit IMO.
     


  3. YRR92

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    I think of "taupe" as a color for cheap cars and motel rooms -- that unpleasantly washed-out shade of tan. A tan suit is a little less formal than a gray one, but it's also more eyecatching. It depends on the formality of the wedding -- particularly formal, and the darker suit would be better. Right about the middle, and light gray could work well. More casual, and the tan suit would be appropriate, but perhaps too noticeable.

    What about (and if I'm barking up the wrong tree with this, somebody should tell me) a glen plaid suit as a substitute for the light gray? That's a traditional tie pattern for a wedding, but from twenty feet it would read as a light gray solid for a suit. Add a solid navy blue tie, and I think it could be quite elegant for a wedding that's on the casual side -- the kind of thing you'd wear if your date was in a floral cocktail dress, n'est pas?

    edit: archibaldleach has it right -- navy blue wouldn't be wrong, and you'd get the most mileage out of it.
     
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  4. hellah fresh

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    A cheap color.. lol yeah you are right i can see it. Im cant seem to dress myself well when it comes to formal wear or button down and ties. I just cant match. Well the reception is later in the evening so you think i should just ditch both of those colors and go with a navy suit?
     


  5. YRR92

    YRR92 Senior member

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    For an evening thing, if your gray suit is a good one, then you can wear it. If I had to dress for something similar, and I had a nice gray suit, then I'd make sure I had a good shirt, tie, and shoes before I bought a new suit. If you get a chance to, try and have a look at Alan Flusser's books -- probably the best resource for learning about tailored clothing.

    Although wanting to wear light colors for the summer makes sense, a fair generalization is that, in terms of the kind of clothes that we talk about on here, the impulse to wear darker colors after dark is stronger.

    And I have no problem with a tan suit -- but it has to be the right shade of tan. Taupe ain't it.
     


  6. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    If you're getting something in wool, then I wouldn't get taupe. If your suit-wearing occasions are really infrequent, such that you only really need one good suit and this charcoal one already fits the bill, then you could branch out and get something in an odder color. But I'd suggest that it be linen instead of wool. In that case, if it's a fairly informal wedding, you could get something in a kind of natural linen color, or light grey. Look at it on you first though, it's a color that doesn't work for everybody. Navy is the easier choice, and not in a bad way.
     


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    YRR92 Senior member

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    I like to phrase that kind of thing as "the path of least resistance" -- it has the right connotation, for me.
     


  8. hellah fresh

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    I will have to look that book up now because i know it will help me out. Well as for how often im going to be wearing these suits... its not that often. Most likely these suits will be worn mostly for wedding. As for asian wedding its not strictly formal but i just want to make sure i look nice. As for the suits.. i was just looking into getting them from the Banana Republic. I don't want to spend too much on a suit that im going to wear once in a good while. Here is a list of the tailored suit that they have to offer:

    http://bananarepublic.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=75310#style=85424

    or i can just goto Dillards or something like that and buy a suit and then have it tailored to fit. Which ever is best.
     


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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Don't go to Banana Republic; you can do way better. You'll probably get better store suggestions if you have a particular budget you can share with us. "I don't want to spend too much" can mean a number of things.

    I'd argue that you want to have at least one really nice suit for when you do wear it and it's worth spending a bit of money on it. This way, whenever you put it on, you will look your best and love wearing it. In a sense, it's easier to spend a bit more on something you only need one or two of than something you wear everyday. I completely respect that not everyone is as into clothes as many of us on SF and you may have different priorities with your money, just want to bring this up. Also, if you do have a really nice suit, you might find more occasions to wear it.
     


  11. VinnyMac

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    Buy grey. It will look good in other situations too.
     


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    He already has a dark grey suit. Why should be buy another grey suit?
     


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    Banana Republic has had declining quality over the last 5 years, but before that they still had excellent quality. Some of their pre-2005 tweed jackets and topcoats are superb and worth twice the price. I can't say much for them now, but they do still have the best-fitting clothes (BR have always had a normal tailored-fit even when there was no "tailored-fit" line) and always fit TTS if you have a standard to slim body shape. Up until a few years ago, only the high-end couture lines of clothes had a standard fitted style (before tailoring). Now it's more common, but still far less common than the more roomy "boxy" fit of PRL and other mid-line brands.
     


  14. hellah fresh

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    Yeah the only reason why i was suggesting BR was because of the fit. I definitely DO NOT want to buy stuff from express. I wouldn't mind spending around $600 for a suit if its really nice. Anything over $800.. i really have to think about it. Oh yeah BTW im 6'2'' 225lbs.


    unbelragazzo - That site have some really nice suits. Hmmmm
     
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  15. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    At 6'2" 225 you might not have a great time at SuitSupply - still worth checking out for sure, but they are cut pretty slim. They have a few different styles to sort through though.
     


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