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How to Wear a Navy Suit?

How to wear a navy suit?

Whether it’s a light a breathable Fresco suit for the warm months, a flannel suit for the colder season or a mid-weight four season wool, navy suits are probably one of the most popular choices. A navy suit is a staple of every man’s wardrobe. If you are in the market for your first suit, a navy suit is also what we recommend. It is great for almost any formal occasion, such as work, conferences and weddings. However, other than wearing the full suit, did you know you can also break up the suit jacket and trousers to style it in different ways and get more use out of it?

Weekend

How to wear navy suit in weekend

When you have time off, it doesn’t mean your style has to take a day off. If you are looking for some inspiration on how to carry a sartorial wardrobe into the weekend, here is an idea. We took the navy suit and wore the jacket with a pair of cotton chinos, a turtleneck sweater and paired with some trainers. You can also change around some other elements here such as a different color sweater or even a polo shirt. Any contrasting chino would pair well from off-white to beige or even burgundy or olive. The jacket ties together the entire look and with a heavier fabric, it will give you an extra layer of warmth or in warmer weather opt for breathable wool and wear it over a polo. One major benefit about the jacket is it has a bunch of pockets for your phone, wallet and keys.

How to wear navy suit in weekend
How to wear navy suit in weekend
How to wear navy suit in weekend
How to wear navy suit in weekend

At work

How to wear navy suit at work

Wearing a full suit for work is always simple and easy. But did you know you could also easily wear the jacket with wool trousers for a formal day at the office? We call a navy jacket and grey wool trousers the “work uniform” nowadays because it’s so popular and easy to wear. You can pair it with brown or black oxfords or loafers and almost any combination shirt and tie. You can also try wearing other color wool trousers with a navy jacket such as brown or beige. The nice thing about wearing separate jackets and trousers is you get to be a little more creative and expressive. Are you feeling a little blue that day? Wear a dark tie and white shirt. Are you feeling upbeat and colorful? Wear a  colored stripe shirt and a floral print tie.

Wearing a full suit for work is always simple and easy. But did you know you could also easily wear the jacket with wool trousers for a formal day at the office? We call a navy jacket and grey wool trousers the “work uniform” nowadays because it’s so popular and easy to wear. You can pair it with brown or black oxfords or loafers and almost any combination shirt and tie. You can also try wearing other color wool trousers with the navy jacket such as brown or beige. The nice thing about wearing separate jackets and trousers is you get to be a little more creative and expressive. Are you feeling a little blue that day? Wear a dark tie and white shirt. Are you feeling upbeat and colorful? Wear a colored stripe shirt and a floral print tie.
How to wear navy suit at work
How to wear navy suit at work
How to wear navy suit at work

Evening

How to wear navy suit in evening

Do you have a party to attend, annual event or social mixer? If you are wondering what you could wear, look no further than a navy suit. It’s always better to be overdressed rather than underdressed at these types of functions because you won’t stand out in the wrong way if you are dressed in a suit but if you are underdressed at a nice event, you will stand and risk embarrassing yourself.

How to wear navy suit in evening
How to wear navy suit in evening
How to wear navy suit in evening
How to wear navy suit in evening

Remember, a quality made suit or item of clothing is meant to be worn,it can and should withstand your lifestyle and shouldn’t be stored in the closet only for special occasions. Wear it more, break it in and make it your own. 

How to wear navy suit in evening
How to wear navy suit in evening

Reimagine Principle M | Introducing our “Semi-bespoke”

Dear Readers,

By now, anyone reading this article probably already knows the Oxford definition of the word bespoke. But outside of its English definition, what does “bespoke” really mean?

Since Principle M was founded in 2014, we have mainly been focused on made to measure, (and throwing nice parties, ha!) and the only clear line between “bespoke” and “made to measure” is that in MTM, you cut the suit with a block pattern, whereas in bespoke, you cut the pattern from scratch. However, if you really think about it, all cutters have their methods of cutting. Cutters have “equations” that help them to translate the measurements into patterns, and those “equations” in many ways are just like block patterns except they only exist in the cutters’ head. To further complicate the argument, technically, though rarely, a bespoke garment can be made entirely by machines, and a RTW garment can be made entirely by hand. So how do you juggle through all of these rules, terminology, gimmicks, or even traps? Once I heard from a peer who is a merchant in the industry, there are over 1,000 tailor shops in Beijing alone, I can only imagine the number being more staggering in Shanghai. How many of these shops truly know the answer to our proposed question? How many of their customers know the answers? If some of the shops actually have the answers and their customers don’t, “will they inform their customers” is a big question all on its own.

Just like your Dyson v7, iPhone 6 or whatever it may be, needs to be updated. Though we have been quite happy with our MTM offering, it is time for a proper upgrade and new line at Principle M. We’ll still be offering made to measure at Principle M for its competitive price, quality and timing, but after two years of research and development, we are finally ready to offer something more exquisite and elevating to meet our personal needs and requirements as well as our more exigent customers. Over the past two years, we have invested time and money into developing this new product. Although we are not trying to send people to the moon, we wanted everything to be right before the launch. From the quality of the making, timing, the style and ability to vary the style, the canvas and trimmings and so on…we went through them all, and multiple times. Let’s just say, “fake it till you make it” is not our preferred way of working. We wanted to make it and have a product we proudly stand behind—or stand-in in this case.

So here it is, the Principle M “semi-bespoke” line. Yes, we are rather conservative with our wording, though I dare to say our “semi-bespoke” will rival any of the “bespoke” offerings on the Chinese market today. Our new line will have a higher scye (armholes) for better movability, softer shoulders for a natural fit that is comfortable, lighter construction again for comfort, cleaner lines for a sharper silhouette, fully hand-padded natural canvas, and most importantly, you can now choose from just about any style within the classical range. Our semi-bespoke suits have a great deal of handwork and finishing such as the collar attachment, hand pad stitching on the lapels, button and buttonholes as well as finishing stitching, all which add to the art and beauty of the suit but also add to the functionality of the suit since hand stitching has more elasticity thus being more comfortable. The process takes about a month and a half and we will insist on two basted fittings for first-time customers.

In terms of “house style”, I’m reluctant to dumb down matters by calling our semi-bespoke Italian, or English, and too strong of a house style, in my opinion, is almost against the nature of bespoke. So, we’d like to leave the final style decisions to our tasteful clients when you commission your order. However, we are more than happy to guide you through the process and will keep your wishes within the appropriate boundaries.

In regards to the potential question “will I be able to, or how can I tell it’s a Principle M suit?” Well, if I may kindly return by asking a question; “Why would you want people to be able to tell who exactly made your suit?” If a suit can be told so easily and precisely about who the maker was rather than who the wearer is, then it becomes, in my humble opinion, a style failure just like that big H that so many people are still wearing slightly above their private part these days or t-shirts with letters of the alphabet all over.

We welcome all of our friends, loyal customers and new faces with this official launching of our “semi-bespoke” line. It in itself shall be a testament that we’ll continue to offer better products, better services and reasonable prices, in the years to come.

Yours Sincerely,

Principle M