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When reflecting on style staples of the 21st century, it would be remiss to leave out the humble navy
Worn by style icons as diverse as David Beckham, Justin
However, as with many staples, the devil is in the details and it’s the little things that can help your take on a navy suit pull away from the pack. Concentrating on fabric,
For the everyday shopper, you’d
But where to start?
The benefit of made-to-measure versus off the rack is that you’ll have a
At Oscar Hunt, we’ll help you understand the difference between sharkskin and pin-dot, French navy and midnight blue - in short, we’ll help navigate the sometimes impermeable jargon and mystique that surrounds men’s suiting.
Occasion and frequency of wear are good places to start
From here, think about patterns
At Oscar Hunt, we live by the rule of keeping things simple - even if you’re dressing up. Pairing a classic navy mohair suit with a crisp white shirt and tie is a good jumping off point. Look at quality shirting, focusing on details like a French cuff and semi or full cut away collars. Experimenting with thicker shirt fabrics -
Finishing touches are equally important when taking out your navy suit for a more formal turn. Look for classic silk ties from the likes of Biagio Santo that add a luxurious element to this otherwise corporate outfit and consider adding a complementary (but never matching) pocket square to top it all off. Brown, burgundy and blue all look terrific against a navy base but don’t be afraid to break them up with patterns like dots or floral motifs for a more distinguished
The beauty of wearing a navy suit formally is that it is a catch-all for most dress codes (black-tie excepted). Suitable for weddings, formal dinners and any other major event, it’s an excellent foundational piece for any wardrobe.
Just as a navy suit can
Wearing this mix and match ensemble lends itself to a more casual style of footwear too. Don’t be afraid to go sockless with a pair of brown penny loafers or even a crisp pair of white sneakers. This adds a youthful element to your outfit and stops it from becoming too preppy.
The most common mistake we see is people dry-cleaning too regularly. While it depends on your chosen cleaner, many use heat and chemicals that weaken the fabric fibres and therefore lead to faster wear out.
The Oscar Hunt recommendation to keep your suit in top condition is to reduce regular dry cleaning by instead hanging your suit while you shower. Steam will help creases drop out naturally and spot cleaning should cover anything except the most disastrous red-wine stains. Investing in a
Finally, if this