The colour navy gets a bad rap for being boring. That's probably part due to its association with uniform, but we're here to tell you otherwise - particularly when it comes to the navy suit.
Firstly, and for the benefit of any pedants reading this, let's just say that by "navy" we really mean any definition of dark blue that could conceivably be described by the term. And that means options, lots of them. KARL LAGERFELD cameo rose Leather jacket IKONIK ODINA What's more, navy is without doubt the most versatile colour in the palette.
While the classic black tuxedo suit is typically something you slip into on a handful of occasions per year, its navy cousin is far more versatile and can more easily be used as smart-casual separates. That said, don't underestimate its impact at a formal function. While everyone else is Denim Dresses sporting monochrome, a rich midnight blue evening suit can really stand out from the crowd.
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A wool or cotton version might be better suited for smart day-wear though, when you can wear it with some suede driving shoes and a simple t-shirt. Don't think that you need to stay on the right side of convention with a silk contrast shawl collar. Increasingly, suit makers such as Richard James are producing evening suits with matching peak or notch lapels and often in patterned fabrics, making them much easier to wear during the day.