The navy blue suit has become one of the latest must-have items in a man’s wardrobe. And why not? After all, it is extremely versatile and is suitable to be worn throughout the year for almost every professional or personal occasion.
Thanks to modern-day fashion, the blue suit is more popular than ever. There’s a wide spectrum of blue to choose from. From the bright and the light to the bolder and the darker shades, men have been lapping up these suits and wearing them with élan.
However, with so much to choose from, one can easily be left confused about which hue is the right one for him. Some of the considerations that put most men in a tizzy are the colors of the shirt, and the tie to be worn that complement it.
However, because of its versatility and universal acceptance, the navy blue suit makes it easy for its patrons to carry it off without much hassle, irrespective of their age. That’s right, older men can wear it too. In fact, don’t be surprised to find it taking a few years off you.
If you’re a buying a navy blue suit for the first time, you should keep a few considerations in mind.
A navy suit is great for formal occasions.
Before you zero in on a suit and buy it, you should know that it is important to differentiate navy from the other blues. Your suit should be a deep, almost midnight color, and not just any shade of dark blue.
As far as the navy blue suit combinations are concerned, you can wear one with a white shirt and a conservative tie and make your way to that that “black tie optional” event and make heads turn.
For a less formal look, go for a navy blue pinstripe suit.
Thinking of picking up a blue pinstripe wedding suit for your big day? We’d say go right ahead. A white shirt with a patterned tie (more on that later) and maybe even a boutonniere, and you should look like Prince Charming just walked out of a fairytale.
This may also be a great option for the modern businessman looking to achieve a sleek corporate appearance.
Pinstripes are a common enhancement to plain navy suits, and are also acceptable in business scenarios.
Choosing your navy suit wisely is key to your looking smart.
Navy is a rich color which looks best when created from 100% virgin-wool fabric. It looks especially great in thick weaves devoid of too much sheen. Avoid going for excessively smooth fabric as that can give it an awkward-looking glossy appearance. Go for thick fabrics with a matte finish as that will highlight the color of your suit well.
A lighter wool fabric will keep you comfortable in the warm weather, and yet extend the naturalness to the drape of the wool, which will allow the suit to sit well on your body.
You can go for exotic blends such as mohair and cashmere as they are light in weight and feel soft against the skin. In order to lend your suit a degree of strength and stretch-resistance, you can go for a fabric that has an acceptable level of synthetic fiber woven into it.
Remember, a suit with too much artificial fiver in the weaves will only look flat with an unnatural sheen, thereby making it look cheap as well as decrease its longevity.
Wear your navy suit with complementing shirts.
Navy suits look the best when worn with crisp white dress shirts with stiff collars. However, to add some color to your look, you could go for shirts in other light shades such as blue, cream, beige and even pink.
Feeling a little too adventurous? Wear your navy suit with a gingham shirt. However, try this only when attending a casual event.
The perfect navy suit will have the right fit.
We’ve said it before and we’ll always say it – getting the fit of your suit right is crucial. This is particularly true of suits in deeper shades as they emphasize the shape of the wearer.
Oversized suits will make you look out of shape, as they will hang on your body. Needless to say, a fit that’s too tight would be disastrous too! Get your measurements right and find a suit that gently embraces your body rather than chokes it or clings on to it.
As far as the suit jacket is concerned, you need to be careful with the shoulder paddings. The shoulders and the sides of the jacket should fit perfectly. Put one on and try raising your hands up and to your sides to see if you’re comfortable doing so. If not, keep looking for a better fit.
The same applies to the “rise” (the part between the waistband and the crotch) of the suit’s trousers. Nothing will give you a better idea of the fit than trying them on, sitting and moving around while wearing them. If the fit makes you twinge, it’s not for you. You don’t want the trousers to sag, and you definitely do not want them to be tight, but be just right!
The style of the suit should be in keeping with the purpose of wearing it.
If you don’t wear suits too often, you’ll probably do fine with just one multipurpose suit meant for all occasions. A single-breasted, two or three-buttoned jacket in plain navy should do the trick.
However, if you wear them daily, you may want to add more variety to your wardrobe.
If you want to depart from the traditional look and add a bit more flair to it, you can go for peaked lapels and shorter vents at the back of the jacket. That way it will sit more neatly on you even as you continue to move around. A double-breasted jacket with a waistcoat can offer even more novelty and lend you a more sophisticated and erudite look.
Your trousers should ideally sit on your waist and go from over the front of your stomach rather than hang over your hips. To ensure this, you may want to give suspenders a try. If you’re broader in the middle region, you’ll do well in wearing trousers with pleated fronts. Slim men, however, can wear flat-fronted trousers for a more modern appeal.
Let your tie do the talking.
Your tie will probably be your statement piece, so it makes sense if you want to go slightly bold with it. Don’t hesitate in incorporating interesting patterns and loud colors (even if they contrast).
In an office setting, however, you need to keep things understated. Opt for a tie in solid blue, red, brown or gray and you will never go wrong.
A navy suit is the perfect combination of elegance and functionality.
It is a must in every man’s wardrobe as this is one garment which is sure to get you out of many a sticky wardrobe-related situation. Selecting the right one requires a bit of time and effort. But once you find the one that’s meant for you, you’ll know that it was worth all the hard work.