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    Help me complete my office staple suits!

    I am looking to build my suit rotation to 10 over the next several months so I can spread out wears to every other week. I work in a relaxed office, but enjoy dressing up in a conservative manner. I have the following 6 suits, all from Spier and Mackay:

    1) Charcoal

    2) Navy

    3) VBC Medium Grey
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/vbc-m...orary-fit.html

    4) Medium Blue Sharkskin
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/mediu...-slim-fit.html

    5) Light Grey Sharkskin
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/light...orary-fit.html

    6) Light Brown Sharkskin
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/light...-slim-fit.html

    I have decided #7 will be a darker brown like this one:

    https://www.spierandmackay.com/vbc-b...-slim-fit.html

    For the last 3, I'm not sure what would be best. I was thinking of picking 3 staples like Navy, Charcoal, and Medium grey and just getting a second of each. I know Navy Pinstripe is a popular office suit, but I'm not sure I'm sold.

    What would your 3 be? My complexion is fair but not pale and I have dark red hair. Thanks gents!

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    Some windowpanes and subdued glen plaid. If you can find a green/olive that works with your hair it would also be good to mix up with your existing suits for a more casual option

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    I'd go with the staple colors (dark greys, dark blues) but maybe something with very subtle patterns/color variegation like a very fine pinstripe, houndstooth, herringbone, glen check, birdseye/pinhead, etc. Something that reads as solid but with a bit more visual depth to it.

    Most likely, the staple suit colors are the ones you are getting the most wear from, since they are the most neutral and conservative. So it would probably serve you better to stock up on those rather than getting more unusual colors/patterns that you may want to wear less frequently.

    If your plan is to buy three new suits, I would go pretty conservative with at least two of them and then maybe branch out to something more eccentric/unusual like a windowpane or a non-standard color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
    I'd go with the staple colors (dark greys, dark blues) but maybe something with very subtle patterns/color variegation like a very fine pinstripe, houndstooth, herringbone, glen check, birdseye/pinhead, etc. Something that reads as solid but with a bit more visual depth to it.

    Most likely, the staple suit colors are the ones you are getting the most wear from, since they are the most neutral and conservative. So it would probably serve you better to stock up on those rather than getting more unusual colors/patterns that you may want to wear less frequently.

    If your plan is to buy three new suits, I would go pretty conservative with at least two of them and then maybe branch out to something more eccentric/unusual like a windowpane or a non-standard color.
    Go with this

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    Zoot suit for Fridays. How about a
    burgundy suit? Since the office is more relaxed, you can have a little more fun with the colors.

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    Thanks for the responses guys! I actually really like the green idea- I read recently that dark green is a good color for gingers..

    I'll plan on a Navy with a subtle pinstripe, a mid-to-charcoal grey with a subtle pattern, and the green

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    I'd also go with a subdued pattern like a windowpane or stripe but in a wheelhouse color.

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    How about subtle patterns? The irregular "tic" patterns look solid from distance, but when you look close enough, it definitely adds some more depth. I would get one in charcoal or navy.

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    Navy/charcoal pinstripe is much more useful in the business world than anything brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coachcaseyd View Post
    I am looking to build my suit rotation to 10 over the next several months so I can spread out wears to every other week. I work in a relaxed office, but enjoy dressing up in a conservative manner. I have the following 6 suits, all from Spier and Mackay:

    1) Charcoal

    2) Navy

    3) VBC Medium Grey
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/vbc-m...orary-fit.html

    4) Medium Blue Sharkskin
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/mediu...-slim-fit.html

    5) Light Grey Sharkskin
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/light...orary-fit.html

    6) Light Brown Sharkskin
    https://www.spierandmackay.com/light...-slim-fit.html

    I have decided #7 will be a darker brown like this one:

    https://www.spierandmackay.com/vbc-b...-slim-fit.html

    For the last 3, I'm not sure what would be best. I was thinking of picking 3 staples like Navy, Charcoal, and Medium grey and just getting a second of each. I know Navy Pinstripe is a popular office suit, but I'm not sure I'm sold.

    What would your 3 be? My complexion is fair but not pale and I have dark red hair. Thanks gents!
    I have the brown texture suit you've identified as #7. It truly styles like charcoal, and is dark enough to register as charcoal to the brain, even though it's not. I've enjoyed having it.

    For the last three, I'd go with a blue Birdseye (I'd lean toward a Suit Supply sienna or similar) a gray Prince of Wales that isn't too wild (Spier has a neopolitan cut of this that I've just ordered and is promising), and then I'd pick something I just like for myself. I'm not much of a pinstripe fan, so in my case a medium gray herringbone is an option, or a dark green as you've identified.

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