The Navy Suit

For today’s post I would like to present a new series of articles where we will look at my view on wardrobe staples. We will start the series to look closer at my personal favorite, the navy suit.

Some of you have probably heard about the expression “Black suits are reserved for funerals and weddings”. Where this may be true with some expectations, the most common mistake men do is to choose a black suit for their first commission. The first suit is normally the one that you buy for your graduation in school. In terms of formality, this may not be incorrect but a navy suit would be a much better choice in many perspectives.

The main reason in my opinion is that the navy choice gives you a lot more value for your money. It can be used in so many different occasions, it does not matter if it for the office, a wedding or evening events. Another argument that favors the color is that it more than less suits everyone. You will always look sophisticated and elegant, and not pale that can be the case sometimes when wearing black or grey suits.

A fabric with some type of texture such as birdseye, herringbone or hounds tooth will also give you the option to use the suit as separates. Try to combine the navy jacket with a pair of grey trousers for the ultimate menswear outfit, or why not a pair of brown trousers for a subtle but elegant look? The navy trousers in the other hand will be a great companion with just a white shirt or a brown jacket. The choices are endless as you will be able to combine navy with almost every color.

When it comes to fabrics, I would recommend to start off with either the worsted, three or four seasons wool fabrics. These kind of fabrics will first of all make your suit more durable and resistant. And due to the weight and weaving, the suit will all also be wearable nearly all year around.

The rest is up to personal references, but I would highly recommend to choose a more classic fit, details and length like the options that I have provided below.

A s160 wool fabric may not be the most durable choice, but it breathes really well and feels luxurious. Here from Orazio Luciano.

A s160 wool fabric may not be the most durable choice, but it breathes really well and feels luxurious to wear. Here from Orazio Luciano.

Medium weighted navy suit in a navy and blue nailhead pattern from Eidos.

Medium weighted navy suit in a navy and blue nailhead fabric from Eidos.

Navy suit in the subtle checked fabric from Loro Piana. Here from Caruso.

Navy suit in the subtle checked fabric from Loro Piana. Here from Caruso.

Navy perfection from Sartoria Formosa.

Navy perfection from Sartoria Formosa.

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Bespoke suit from B&Tailor.