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Navy vs. Grey. What’s the RIght Suit?

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Depends on your coloring? Not necessarily. Everybody looks good in navy blue. The question becomes one of which shirt to wear and what tie to choose to set off your beaming face.

Grey seems more patrician, although I have no evidence to back it up. And at one point if a man owned only one suit, chances are it was navy serge.

Of course we’re speaking of worsted fabrics. Woolens, tweeds, flannels of all sorts are inherently more casual and that’s a different post.

Think instead of your coloring. If you look best in blue shirts, a grey suit will set them off better. If white is your go-to, the blue suit is a natural choice and presents to the world a dark column relieved by a sober tie.

Then too, we have the question of your wardrobe of ties. Do you favour ties with a primarily blue background?

What about shoes? Browns in suede and polished calf look fine with greys. Oxblood and black are the choices for navy.

Either suit is …. errr … suitable for business and all but semi-formal and formal affairs. Earth tones, lighter blues and greys. That’s where the fun begins.

So are you a blue or grey?


5 thoughts on “Navy vs. Grey. What’s the RIght Suit?

  1. Personally, I prefer grey for a couple of reasons – First, grey comes in a much wider variety of shades, from very light all the way to a dark charcoal or almost black. Second, grey can be worn with lots of different shoe colors – almost any shade of brown, black, and oxblood. Navy suits on the other hand really look best with either oxblood or mid brown shoes. Black shoes really don’t look very good with Navy and, during the day, navy suits can look a little too severe in all but the most formal corporate environments.

  2. I think, both shirts are wrong for business. Checked shirts are best for smart casual and in combination with Tweed.

    The pinstripe suit demands a plain white or plain light blue shirt (maybe with a contrasting collar). A knit tie is more for sports jackets, not for (business) power suits. I would go for a solid dark navy tie.

    Same with the light grey suit. Choose a plain white shirt and go for a plain white pocket square.

    As both looks should talk business, black oxfords are the only option. Wear brown and oxblood for sports jackets and Tweed. Or if you’re in Italy.

    I really like your other outfits, but I’m sorry to say, that especially the first look is so wrong.


  3. Hi Mike, I hadn’t intended the styling to reflect business wear on The Street or in banking or one of the more conservative arenas. Those happened to be photos I had of a navy suit and a grey suit. I agree that I break all kinds of rules. I’m in a creative industry. That I wear a suit at all sets me apart and I’m allowed to have more fun with it. “Wrong” is for people who don’t know they’re breaking rules. Just my two cents. Thanks for the comment.

    Sybarite. I’m on GoodReads. At the moment I’m reading “The Looming Towers: Al-Queda and the Road to 9/11” by L. Wright and “Back to Blood” by T. Wolfe.

    Robert, grey is always more interesting to my eye, too.

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