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The dreaded odd navy pants... revisited

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I couldn't agree more with this statement.


they are masters of their art. caution should be taken befor imitation is attempted.
 

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One of my favorite tweed fabrics has been a grey/blue herringbone. It looks great with navy wool pants in a fine twill. Navy moleskin looks pretty goos as well.
 

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I don't understand how people can hold "navy trousers are always bad" in their heads with "jeans are acceptable" at the same time.

I agree. The only difference is that I AM looking for navy trousers.
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I don't understand how people can hold "navy trousers are always bad" in their heads with "jeans are acceptable" at the same time.


I generally agree with this sentiment, though one big difference is that one is far less likely to be wearing an odd jacket with jeans (though some people do pull off this look very well). When one is wearing an odd jacket, I think there are few things that navy odd trousers do that medium grey odd trousers do not do better (exception being pairing with a grey odd jacket). I can see "navy trousers are always bad" applying in a classic menswear context where one is wearing a jacket and being disregarded in other contexts. To the extent that cotton / linen are the fabrics one is getting navy odd trousers made of and these fabrics are worn more in summer when it may at times be too hot for a jacket, this explanation seems to work as well. Maybe I'm giving people too much credit, but that's how I understand it.
 

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^Very nice. The Armoury guys often look great doing things I didn't think could or should be done.

Jrd, ya, I think tropical wool pants would be nice.

Thinking over unbel's distaste for worsted pants, I was wondering how much of this could be traced to Michael Alden's internet-famous statement that a man could be elegantly dressed with just linen and fresco for the summer and flannel and tweed for the winter. I'm sure some of my initial sympathy for unbel's position can be traced to this.


Hmm...I can't remember ever reading that statement, but it's possible I read it and it influenced me without me remembering it. But I think that some visual interest in at least texture, and preferably some color mottling or differentiation, helps for a SC/odd trouser combination. If you're wearing a suit, the intent is to be conservative, and really accentuate the silhouette. Dark, smoothly finished fabric does that well. But once you break from that, worsted looks boring and flat.
 

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I work in a 100% casual environment where dress pants for 99% of the people means black polyester pants (even the majority of salesmen dress poorly). I understand the issues with navy pants, but I happen to like them in heavy moderation. You will stand out in a workplace such as mine, in a good way, while wearing navy pants. But I can see how it can be disliked.
 

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cotton navy pants works for me, but I find grey pants still works much better than navy pants
 

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As I have ofttimes before remarked on this topic, this silly taboo on navy odd trousers has always been simply incomprehensible to me! I find that they are an excellent complement to my odd jackets in cream, tan, light brown (less so with darker shades of brown but still acceptable) and olive, often much more so than any shade of gray (at least among the gray odd trousers in my wardrobe). I would never want to be without a pair of navy worsted slacks.
 

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This thread needs moar pics!
Grey jacket with odd navy trousers. Grey+navy is the best combination imho.
looks good, and i agree, gray and blue is always a winner.
As I have ofttimes before remarked on this topic, this silly taboo on navy odd trousers has always been simply incomprehensible to me! I find that they are an excellent complement to my odd jackets in cream, tan, light brown (less so with darker shades of brown but still acceptable) and olive, often much more so than any shade of gray (at least among the gray odd trousers in my wardrobe). I would never want to be without a pair of navy worsted slacks.
some sense. finally.
 

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:eek:
 

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Grey jacket with odd navy trousers. Grey+navy is the best combination imho.

Honestly, I don't find navy odd trousers, donned with a coat and tie, to be tasteful, but a linen one with a cream jacket would be, imo, be best shot (and Will, from a suitable wardrobe, agreed with me in a personal conversation). However, I do have a light gray db fresco suit that I'll split up to try a combination with my (also split) navy linen trousers.
 

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WEARING NAVY PENTS TODAY!!


I'm also wearing navy "pents" today, made of linen, along with a cream shantung silk jacket. Although I wear various shades of gray more often than navy, I really like the look of navy trousers with chestnut brown shoes and belt (this thread was my inspiration for breaking out my navy linen pants).
 
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^^ nice :slayer: ^^
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it boggles my mind/makes no sense to me, how gray trou and navy SC will be considered supremely tasteful and the opposite will be labeled as not tasteful. it makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever.
 
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