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If you are a reader of men’s style magazines, style blogs, or if you’ve talked to any guy with a bit of style know-how, they’ve probably preached the versatility of the navy blue suit. So for the millionth time, invest in a well-crafted navy blue suit (preferably a 3 piece). Getting your suit off the rack is a suitable (pun intended) choice when buying a suit for most guys, however; the option of getting a custom suit made has now become affordable. If finding a local tailor in your neighborhood is not possible due to high prices or availability, turn to Indochino. The key to working with an online custom menswear company is getting accurate measurements taken. You’ll need to get your measurements from a local tailor, a dry cleaner or maybe a friend with some tape measure skills. Once that part is done you can start building your suit online, and within three weeks you’ll have a suit customized to your personal preferences, delivered right to your door.
The next step is styling your navy suit once you get it home. I’ve decided to show a few looks to inspire you to rock your new navy suit or give your old suit some new life.
Waist Coat & Black Shoes
The general rule of thumb when it comes to pairing shoes with a navy suit is to avoid black. Don’t let the nay sayers dictate your style. A pair of black shoes can look very distinguished with a navy suit. The most important thing to remember when pairing black shoes with your suit is that the silhouette of your shoes should be sleek and your soles shouldn’t be chunky.
For this particular suit, I selected a 1.5 inch cuff on the trousers. One inch cuffs on pants are pointless because they don’t add enough weight to your pants. The purpose of cuffs on trousers is to weigh down the legs of your pants and keep them straight. Personal preference will dictate the amount of break you will allow in your pants(break refers to the slight dimple when your pants hit your shoes). My preference is no break because I like to show my shoes and my socks. This type of break isn’t for everyone, so choose wisely.
Full 3 Piece (Dress like a boss)
3 piece custom navy suit by Indochino – Silk tie by Merona – Custom Purple & white bengal striped shirt by Enzo Custom Clothier in Philly – Cabarris Penny Loafers by Johnston & Murphy – Egg White Pocket Square by Armstrong & Wilson
When in doubt, brown or camel colored shoes complement a navy suit best.
Sneakers and a Polo
Pairing sneakers with a suit is often referred to as “sacrilegious”. Listen up guys. If you want to wear sneakers with a suit, you must keep your kicks simple. A pair of leather or canvas white sneakers pairs best with a navy suit. If you’ve decided to rock a pair of sneakers, dress down your look by going with a casual shirt. Pairing a polo shirt with your suit is a great option to switch up from the norm.
Honestly, there is nothing better than having a suit custom-made for you. Indochino is definitely an innovator in the online menswear market and there suit are top-notch.
Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM