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    Dressing Down a Charcoal Suit

    I have a SuSu charcoal herringbone suit (well I bought the coat on eBay because I found Luxire had the fabric in stock and made me some pants, so not technically a SuSu suit). It is the Washington cut and I'm wondering if this is even possible. I mean, can anyone dress down a charcoal herringbone suit? Thanks for the replies ahead of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nleaders View Post
    I have a SuSu charcoal herringbone suit (well I bought the coat on eBay because I found Luxire had the fabric in stock and made me some pants, so not technically a SuSu suit). It is the Washington cut and I'm wondering if this is even possible. I mean, can anyone dress down a charcoal herringbone suit? Thanks for the replies ahead of time.
    Yes - don't wear a tie. Also try wearing a non-white shirt with more color. Blue, green, purple.

    You can also wear loafers instead of cap-toe shoes or something formal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nleaders View Post
    I have a SuSu charcoal herringbone suit (well I bought the coat on eBay because I found Luxire had the fabric in stock and made me some pants, so not technically a SuSu suit). It is the Washington cut and I'm wondering if this is even possible. I mean, can anyone dress down a charcoal herringbone suit? Thanks for the replies ahead of time.
    Gingham shirt with no tie. I've done this with a blue gingham shirt.

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    Wear it with a henley. It's a hot look if you can pull it off ...


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    Another vote for no tie and some gingham.

    Also, throw on a pair of nice boots rather than something more formal like a black cap toe.

    Your grooming can also dress down the suit; if you're the type of guy that's always clean shaven and won't let a hair out of place, try a day's worth of stubble (if the look works on you) and a less rigid hairstyle. The picture above is a good example of grooming helping to dress down the suit.

    Another thing to consider is accessories: if you have multiple watches, choose the least formal option. If you rock a pocket square, fold it loosely.

    As always, one of the biggest factors is your attitude -- you've got to wear the suit with the same casual abandon and comfort that you would have in Jeans and a T-shirt. If you're fidgeting with any part of the outfit, it calls attention to its dressiness. Part of that means leaving the jacket unbuttoned more than usual -- don't button it every time you stand and unbutton every time you sit (like one normally does).

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    These are all great ideas, and they definitely lean towards the ideas I had. More than anything, I just wondered if it could be done. You've effectively answered my query.

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    Here's my effort for today. Sorry about the phone pics... terrible lighting for a photo.

    As a side note, comment on the fit of the suit for me, will ya? I just want to know if you all think any alterations are needed.

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    Respectfully....

    I think the sleeves are too short.
    I don't think charcoal is the suit color to try no socks and loafers with.

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    Looks to be a good fit through the shoulders. I'm not sure if the jacket is too short or if there is bunching below the crotch. I'm guessing the latter; if so, this could be caused by wearing boxer shorts or could need tightened up by a tailor. Minimal sleeve lengthening is required. All-in-all you're one of the lucky ones. It appears you fit Suitsupply OTR quite well. The suit is great too, BTW.

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    Looks good - check other posts for the fit. I would wear socks with any dark pants that are not denim or cotton.

    My only other comment is that the suit has peak lapels - that is usually more formal than notch lapel. Only style geeks like us will care though. That shirt works without a tie.

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