| WEARING | Suit and pocket square c/o Ermengildo Zegna, Brooks Brothers shirt, J.Crew tie and belt, Vintage tie bar (similar HERE), Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Timex watch, Shoes c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo
There is no more timeless and versatile menswear piece than the classic navy suit. Just as there are nearly endless styling possibilities, there are also many directions you can go within the navy suit realm. Your choice of fabric has a huge impact on many things, including the the suit’s level of formality as well as if you’ll be able to part it out and wear each piece as a separate. Here are a few tips to help you decide what navy suit is right for you.
If you’re buying your first navy suit or planning on having only one, choose one in a “four season” lightweight wool fabric. I use scare quotes because there really is no such thing as a true four season fabric. There are different cloths that are right for different seasons, not one that will genuinely work all year round.
You’ll notice that the suit I’m wearing has a bit of a sheen. That’s because the fabric is a blend of superfine merino wool and silk yarn. Not an everyday “workhorse” kind of navy suit – in other words, not one that can be easily broken into separates – but a good choice if you’re planning to wear it in a very professional or formal environment. I wouldn’t recommend this as an “only” navy suit, but if you’re at the point where you’re deepening your collection, it would be a fine addition.
There are a lot of color variations within navy. Darker is more formal, lighter less so. Blue suits in this color have been quite popular recently, and can be just as versatile as a darker navy version – even working for a formal event.