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The Grey or Navy Suit for Business Rule?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TyCooN, Feb 5, 2013.



  1. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Distinguished Member

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    I think it is a male only rule from what I can gather.

    Women in general have a lot more flexibility in what they wear in a business setting; I once was in a meeting with a member of the management committee of a Wall St. investment bank who was wearing a very well cut burgundy blazer, something no man at that firm would have been caught dead in including the CEO. I believe women's suits have also been around for a shorter period of time than men's lounge suits, so the same norms probably never developed.
     


  2. Macallan

    Macallan Senior Member

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    It is a male-only rule; however, from my experience 'dark business suit' is more common now, with a mid-grey suit being a 'grey area'

    Women generally wear black suits and when they do not wear black, they avoid navy and dark greys.
     


  3. TyCooN

    TyCooN Distinguished Member

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    thanks for the info this clears up a lot


    very interesting
     


  4. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior Member

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    I think I asked this question a little while back in the "Ask a Question" thread...And basically was told that men are from Mars, women are form Venus, and the "rules" of classic clothing for each are just different, with a different history and different traditions.

    Example: a criticism of men wearing black suits is that it looks too similar to a tuxedo. Obviously the tuxedo doesn't play a role in a woman's wardrobe, so she's more free to wear a black dress.

    However, that doesn't explain how many criticize black suits becuase they make men look washed out, but that criticism is never leveled at women.

    I know I prefer midnight blue to black for suiting; maybe women's dresses would look better to me in midnight blue as well.
     


  5. TyCooN

    TyCooN Distinguished Member

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    Maybe because most men aren't particular about a woman's appearance as long as she's physically attractive. Barring a mud stain on her outfit many men will be forgiving about a woman's outfit
     


  6. AlexE

    AlexE Distinguished Member

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    My guess is that the "rule" is from a time when women in business were rather rare and did not wear suits.
     


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