How to wear a navy suit: 5 classic looks

Always wearing the same shirt & tie combinations with your navy suit? Here are 5 classic looks – from business casual to very conservative, to add to your sartorial arsenal.

Refined Casual Prep

We do encourage you to wear separates and color, whenever the office environment permits this. Everything is better with color. M&Ms. Chinos. Fridays.

The key pieces for a preppy look include chinos with a strong character, an oxford shirt (button-downs are even preppier), a regimental stripe tie and a navy blazer. The Navy Pick & Pick Suit in Vitale Barberis Canonico wool (available both as a custom suit and in standard sizes) is easy to break up into separates – the pick & pick fabric has quite a bit of texture, making it ideal for this look. For custom orders, stick to medium or wide notch lapels & flap pockets, but consider requesting brass buttons (contacts us via email) for a traditional nautical look.

Preppy blazer look

A Bolder Look for Spring & Summer

Spring is coming and now is the time to bring energy, colors and patterns to your style.

It is not at all difficult to pull off this look! We have always been strong proponents of the salmon royal oxford shirt. It is very masculine and also serves to add a bit of color to men with a pale complexion.

Floral patterns are very much on trend. You will not see us embrace floral jackets or even floral shirts – the right garment for floral patterns always has been and always will be the necktie.

floral styling

Conservative at Its Best

Navy, light blue and brown – easily the best conservative, yet sophisticated color triad. Brown is very underestimated – if we cannot yet convince you to invest in a brown custom suit, at least consider brown as an excellent option for ties and pocket squares. Brown ties with stripes and dots work better for most looks than solid brown. Need more brown style inspiration? Here’s one more brown-tie look.

Blue and brown suit combo

Red, White & Blue

Red, white and blue, accessorized with a pocket square with blue stars – for the fellow gentlemen on the other side of the Atlantic, it doesn’t get any more patriotic than this. It is also a full-proof stylish combo.

The key piece here is the patterned silk tie – you really need a strong, bold accent to avoid looking like a politician running for office.

red white and blue style combo

Business Casual

When you embrace wearing separates, the color & style options become endless. This look draws elements from prep (striped oxford shirts are very preppy, and feel free to customize yours as a button-down), makes good use of a pair of brown tweed pants and has a subtle burgundy pocket square and a red pattern on the silk tie to complete the red-white-blue combination.

For your business casual ensembles, remember to pick garments with some texture. Rugged, traditional fabrics such as tweed mix with ease with other textured fabrics for a splendidly refined look.

tweed styling