What to wear with a dark navy pinstripe suit?

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  1. doctorj!

    doctorj! Senior member

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    So I recently purchased a dark navy blue pinstripe suit that fits me very well. I was looking around as to what should be worn with it. I saw some that suggested light blue shirts with a simple tie, or a white shirt with a lighter blue tie. And black shoes.

    What does everyone here think? I will probably wear it out to dinner with my wife or to a party.

    Ankur
     


  2. CruzAzul

    CruzAzul Senior member

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    Lots of options for shirts with that -- light blue and white are great (particularly in summer), also lavender, pink, pale greys, etc. Never wear black shoes with navy, only brown. As for ties, I don't wear 'em (don't have to), but I'm sure some fan(s) of the silk leash will chime in with recommendations for you [​IMG] For going out, I'd do the navy suit with a white shirt, white pocket square, brown slip-ons, no-show socks. Cheers!
     


  3. Luddite

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    Never wear black shoes with navy, only brown.

    I have been told the opposite. Both rules are equally silly. If you're appearing in Court, or attending an important (and conservative) meeting, consider black shoes. If you're not, consider brown.

    A navy suit is one of the basics, and is wearable with most decent shirt and tie combinations. That said, I haven't been brave enough to try pairing a navy suit with a navy or black tie yet...
     


  4. Doc4

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    this time of year you probably have a nice tan going, so a lighter yellow dress shirt will go very nicely.
     


  5. Pennywise the Clown

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    I think black shoes are fine for navy (as long as it's a dark navy). It's unfeasible for many people to wear brown shoes with navy suits and the navy/black shoes look has been around since time began... Lilac and pink shirts go very well with navy pinstripe suits I find...
     


  6. phillyesq

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    I think black shoes are fine for navy (as long as it's a dark navy). It's unfeasible for many people to wear brown shoes with navy suits and the navy/black shoes look has been around since time began... Lilac and pink shirts go very well with navy pinstripe suits I find...

    +1

    Nothing wrong with black shoes and a navy suit. Brown shoes are fine, as are merlot or any similar color. All of the shirts suggested in the thread make sense -- light blue, white, pastels, etc. Just about any tie you can come up with should be fine as well.
     


  7. JohnsNotHere

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    This is one of the great things about navy and charcoal... brown and black shoes "go" in most cases. Whereas the much despised black suit (at least on SF) really have only one option.
     


  8. Rob_Sutherland

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    What colour is the pin stripe? That will make a lot of difference to what you can wear it with?

    I'm squarely in the brown shoes with solid navy suits, but with pin stripes I'm more partial to black shoes. In my head navy pin stripes = City = black shoes; whereas solid navy = West End = don't need to wear black, so I can wear my prefered brown.

    As as for shirt and tie, my favorite is a light pink shirt (solid, gingham, check, stripes can be done but are harder with a pin striped suit) with a navy grenadine tie.
     


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    I actually wore a navy stripe suit today with a white shirt, yellow tie and merlot shoes.
     


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    I actually wore a navy stripe suit today with a white shirt, yellow tie and merlot shoes.

    I've got some merlot shoes and have a navy suit in process (not quite pinstripes, but thin blue stripes). I think these shoes would be great, but then I remember on one of the anti-Naples tailoring threads someone posted a picture of guy in a grey pinstripe suit with merlot shoes and ridiculed the shoes for being too light. I realize we have a deep pool of potential ridicule here on SF, but what can anyone provide guidance on the "light/dark" guideline when it comes to matching shoes and suits? What is too light for example for a navy suit?
     


  11. doctorj!

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    Will post pics in a couple days wearing different color shoes.
     


  12. Chips

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    I have the same choice to make this weekend. Going to see Wicked in SF, wearing a nice Dominico Spano peaked lapel navy pinstriped SB suit. I want to wear some nice patina'd brown wholecuts, but I might have to stick to a pair of black monks.

    I had the buttons replaced with nice smoked mother of pearl that goes perfectly with the stripe. I can't wait to pick it up Friday and see the results. I think it will become my first WAYRN post when I do.
     


  13. RUSSBHEEZ

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    Navy suits are so flexible. There are no rules on blue or black shoes, just depends on the event and how YOU feel. Outside of important business meetings(black shoes are my personal preference), brown shades or cordovan are perfect shoe choices for navy suits. http://www.russbheez.com
     


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    I think black shoes are fine for navy (as long as it's a dark navy). It's unfeasible for many people to wear brown shoes with navy suits and the navy/black shoes look has been around since time began... Lilac and pink shirts go very well with navy pinstripe suits I find...

    Agree. People on this forum hate on black shoes too much. Navy and brown is a tricky combination if you don't know what you're doing. Navy (especially dark navy) and black is a lot safer.
     


  15. jhcam8

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    Almost anything.
    Shoes - I often wear C&J cigar shells PTB's by Polo w/navy.
     


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