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    Ideal Topcoat Color

    I'm on the hunt for a new topcoat and wanted to solicit thoughts on the ideal color. With today's J. Crew sale, the navy option is affordable but I wasn't sure if that would be the best choice. Black? Charcoal? Camel? I would need to wear this topcoat with a tux or dark charcoal suit from time to time.

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    I’ve got both black and navy. The navy is newer and fits better but I have only had one occasion over the past year when I opted for the black and that was with my tux. If you don’t need it for evening wear then blue will probably work with 90% of outfits.

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    I have a few peacoats and topcoats, but my only long formal topcoat is navy blue. I've worn it over a dark grey suit and a black tux and it looks fine. You'll only be wearing the tux in the evening and typically when it's dark out. And the topcoat gets taken off as soon as one is inside. So I'd second hockeysc23's recommendation for the navy topcoat. It's probably the most versatile option.

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    FWIW I think a camel topcoat would look classy AF over a tux.
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    I have a blue topcoat which I really like. Most times when I'm in formal wear, I rarely wear a topcoat because I'm in cars and directly into restaurants or event spaces. As such, I don't think that's particularly persuasive on choosing a coat of a particular color. I also think that a blue (or camel or whichever color you want) would work fine in any instance you're in your tux for any short period you'd be in a topcoat with your tux. Unless you have specific reason to be in topcoat and tux for extended periods, YMMV and maybe it's worth having two.

    I personally don't like black topcoats, seems very depressing to me. Then again, I don't really wear much black outside of occasional shoes and my tux.

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    I have a charcoal topcoat that I wear daily over a suit in the winter. I like its versatility with blues, grays, and black.

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    I have multiple topcoats, including camel, but if I had to pick one it would be charcoal.


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    Grey will always be the most versatile color (because it's a sort of non-color), with charcoal being the most formal, and also practical in terms of hiding dirt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bassoonguy View Post
    Black? Charcoal? Camel? I would need to wear this topcoat with a tux or dark charcoal suit from time to time.
    Oh. My bad. I missed the charcoal option. I would go with that one as well.

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    Dark probably would be more versatile. I currently have black, and would get charcoal or navy if I get another.

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