The navy blue suit is probably the most versatile suit a man could own. Able to be dressed up or dressed down for any occasion its adaptability is only beaten by its exquisite handling of complex colours and patterns. Throw a suspect pattern or colour at navy blue, and if styled correctly it will more than likely pass the test. The wealth of options though can sometimes become a little confusing for men. Offered so many choices, the natural reaction is to go safe and stick to the typical formal white shirt and brown shoes.
In this article we are going to show men a few different options to wear with your navy blue suit.
Not underneath your formal shirt, oh no! Purchase a 100% cotton, fitted white t-shirt and it is going to take pride of place. With summer on the horizon, men will want to break away from the conformity of a restrictive shirt and a white tee is the best way to go. It delivers on comfort, whilst keeping you cool, just make sure the suit is slim fitted as you will have lost the structure of the shirt you would have had beneath the jacket.
Update your work wardrobe with a touch of gingham. It will give you an added dimension for the sometimes tedious task of wearing a suit to work everyday. The more variations you have, the more your wardrobe will look fresh and you will enjoy planning what you are going to wear each day. Keep the colour in blue tones or a light red, and keep the tie a neutral colour if you aren’t confident to play around with more patterns.
Step out of your comfort zone if you need to with this one, because pink will be a great colour to wear for the summer months. By pink we aren’t talking about a lurid, fluorescent colour but a subtle tone that works well with blue. Use a salmon pink for example as a shirt colour or men can use it through their accessories like a tie or pocket square. If you haven’t tried it before, there is nothing to be afraid of, and you might just like it.
Now we know that a plain white slim-lined trainer looks great with a navy blue suit. But men should also be looking outside of this for their footwear inspiration. Steer clear of hi-tops (full stop), and look at trainers in colours that compliment the suit and t-shirt/formal shirt you are wearing. As we mentioned before, colour alone should’t be a problem for navy, but remember it has to go nicely with the rest of the outfit.
The Striped Tie
So if after all that you still want to stick to your traditional white shirt, then that is absolutely fine. But I would suggest playing around with some bold accessories. It is a great way to introduce some colour and liven up your work suit without trying anything too adventurous. Take some inspiration from the men above and invest in a statement tie.
Sam Brady is a menswear expert, having worked in or around the field for the past 14 years. He has built up a keen eye for detail when it comes to the production of clothing, and is happy showcasing the craftsmanship of Savile Row and Jermyn St. But he understands the need for an interchangeable modern man’s wardrobe that mixes high street and luxury clothing.