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The dreaded odd navy pants... revisited

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I'm prepared to be burned at the stake, but....

I have a dark grey sport coat I wear with navy pants on a weekly basis.


I honestly can't imagine how it would be in bad taste, or any worse than a navy blazer with grey pants aside from tradition.
 

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Exactly the jacket that was thinking of having made. Maomao posted a similar outfit at his blog.
Wow, that's almost the exact outfit I'm wearing today. My jacket does have a herringbone weave and peak lapels, though, and my pocket square is an unimaginative white linen with light blue polka dots. Stitchy, I have only one gray jacket and my go-to trousers to wear with it are navy. It's a pairing that makes sense to me, as it does to you, as an inversion of the classic gray trousers with navy blazer. I suspect that I find gray trousers more versatile than navy simply because I have many different shades of gray, as well as various textures.
 
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^^ mao mao knows what he be doin ^^
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i am wearing navy chinos today. :)
 

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I honestly can't imagine how it would be in bad taste, or any worse than a navy blazer with grey pants aside from tradition.


Not interested in burning you at the stake or saying anything you wear is not in good taste, especially since I have not seen you wear this, but sharing my two cents...

Honestly I think grey trousers just look better in most situations where one is wearing an odd jacket (I think that navy can look good in linen with certain summer odd jackets but that's as far as the exception goes for me). I also think they look better when one is jacketless, though that is much more difficult to articulate.

As for taste or why navy jacket and grey trousers works better than the other way around, tradition is part of it, I think. There's also a practical point. If most men own one odd jacket, it is probably a navy blazer of some sort. If you want to pick a reasonably formal trouser to go with your odd jacket, you're left with grey. Obviously grey is not the only color trouser one can wear with a navy blazer but it is the most formal option that looks good. Grey also goes well with pretty much every other odd jacket option (except grey). I've never wished I had navy trousers to wear with any fall / winter odd jacket (even my grey herringbone odd jacket). I'm sure there are some odd jackets that navy looks okay with, but for me it's an issue of (i) they never look better than grey (outside of some summer outfits) and (ii) they often look worse. Seeing as we get two months or so to wear summer stuff in Chicago (I'm wearing a linen odd jacket today and it's cold outside in mid-June), thoughts of winter heavily influence my wardrobe acquisitions. Clearly we at SF are not most men, but I still think grey is much more versatile.

Most advocates for grey trousers tend to like medium grey (perhaps a bit lighter in summer) and would wear such trousers with a navy blazer, so you get more color contrast. Many think that an odd jacket / odd trouser combination looks best when the jacket is darker. This is achieved nicely with a navy blazer and medium grey flannels. Once you throw on the navy trousers, it's tough to get this contrast look to work. Obviously if you don't care about contrast, you could throw on a dark grey odd jacket as you describe. If it works for you, wear it in good health.
 
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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.
That's why I'm wearing it with a linen SC and an OCBD. No tie was involved in the making of that fit.
 

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This antipathy towards blue trousers is downright laughable, as is the convoluted rational employed to substantiate the view.
 

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At work most guys tend to wear dress pants and dress shirt. NEVER a jacket of any sort.

In this sort of context do you think navy wool trousers (with appropriate dress shirt and no jacket?) can work?.

It can get boring, wearing grey/charcoal all the time.

I look forward to your responses.
 

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At work most guys tend to wear dress pants and dress shirt. NEVER a jacket of any sort.

In this sort of context do you think navy wool trousers (with appropriate dress shirt and no jacket?) can work?.

It can get boring, wearing grey/charcoal all the time.

I look forward to your responses.

I assume from what you wrote no tie either. In which case this is casual dress or at best smart casual. Navy wool trousers are perfect for this. (And FWIW, I don't fully buy into the whole "no navy odd trouser" business - some sport coats cry out for blue trousers, and look excellent paired with them).
 

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I assume from what you wrote no tie either. In which case this is casual dress or at best smart casual. Navy wool trousers are perfect for this. (And FWIW, I don't fully buy into the whole "no navy odd trouser" business - some sport coats cry out for blue trousers, and look excellent paired with them).
Yes, no tie. Thank you for your most helpful response.
 

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Navy trousers work great with this coat fabric:
Huddersfield fabric.jpg
 

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At work most guys tend to wear dress pants and dress shirt. NEVER a jacket of any sort.

In this sort of context do you think navy wool trousers (with appropriate dress shirt and no jacket?) can work?.

It can get boring, wearing grey/charcoal all the time.

I look forward to your responses.
As long as the shirt sleeves are rolled up it will look good. Never with unrolled sleeves, though
 

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Interesting. Why do the sleeves need to be rolled up?
Full sleeves just doesn't work without some sort of a jacket. It looks odd. But roll up the sleeves and it looks great 🤷
It's the same thing as with buttoning a collar button on the shirt. It never works without a tie
 

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