Money in the Bank: The Classic Navy Suit

| 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.

Classic Navy Suit - He Spoke Style

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.

Classic Navy Suit - He Spoke Style

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.

Classic Navy Suit - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian
He Spoke Style

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  • Colin Smith

    That looks like a Zegna Milano cut in Trofeo wool. Very nice, I like! But, do you regret length of your pants? Don’t you think they should be a little bit longer in our post-Thom Browne world of men’s fashion?

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Good eye, Colin. You’re exactly right. I got a fitting in the Zegna showroom in NYC so the trousers are exactly the length I wanted them. Only thing I might change in the future is getting them just slightly more tapered at the bottom. The fabric drapes extremely well. Depending on the way I’m standing, the pants look different. There’s no stylist fussing over details in our shoots so it’s always what you see is what you get!

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