The Unstoppable Navy Suit

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Classic business styling.

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What shoes should you wear with a dark navy suit? Dark ones.

A dark navy suit is just as formal as a black suit, but with much greater versatility.

Fact 1: Every man should have a navy suit in his wardrobe.

Fact 2: There are lots of gradations within the navy color spectrum.

A dark navy suit is one way to go and has plenty of merits.

dark navy suit mens business outfit ideas

A lot of guys make the mistake of buying a black suit as their first suit. The reason is that they probably need a suit for some type of formal-ish event, like a wedding, evening cocktail party, or special occasion such as a graduation or anniversary dinner.

dark navy suit mens business outfit ideas

| WEARING | Reiss coat, Ermengildo Zegna suit and shirt, J.Crew tie, Rolex watch, Cole Haan shoes | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

And a black suit can definitely get you through any of those events. The problem is, now you’ve got a suit you can only wear for a very limited number of situations. Honestly, if you’re going to spend the money, a much better choice is a dark navy suit. It’s got all the formality of a black suit, but is infinitely more versatile.

DON’T MISS: This suit styled with a more “classic banker” look.

Make a statement with subtlety. You don’t need a red tie for a for a suit to be a power suit. A charcoal grey tie imparts a different kind of seriousness. Perfect for the guy who has powerful ideas and opinions but doesn’t need to be the loudest person in the room to influence people.

dark navy suit mens business outfit ideas

The question of what shoes to wear with a dark navy suit is one that always comes up. The quick answer is that they should be dark – obviously, and complement the other elements, like your tie and pocket square, that you’re styling with your suit.

I always like to style mine with grey, so a pair of classic black cap toes work perfectly. If you’re working in richer, earthy tones dark brown, burgundy, or oxblood would do the trick.

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Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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  • Seth Nelson

    I see your point, and don’t disagree. In my case, I’m not sure. I am in the market for both a black suit and a navy, both three-piece, but I can only afford to do one at a time. As a musician that sometimes plays as part of an orchestra, it is really looking like the black suit needs to be first.

    Also, I don’t want a plain solid black. I want something that looks traditional black from afar, but has a nice texture or design that becomes evident upon closer inspection. I’m thinking a faint black-on-black plaid, or maybe a very slight brownish pinstripe. I’m thinking made to measure is the way to go.

  • Thisguy

    This is a beautiful topcoat, I can’t seem to find it in Reiss’s collection, can you provide me with any more information about it?