Subtle Prince of Wales pattern: Ok for your basic charcoal suit?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by HanEyeAm, Jun 13, 2018.

  1. HanEyeAm

    HanEyeAm New Member

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    Hello, I need a basic, "do it all" charcoal suit for rare business presentations, interviews, funerals, etc. An HSM suit (their typical worsted wool, 1/2 canvassed line) at a local clothier fits me well OTR. A 30% weekend sale sweetens the deal. From a distance it looks like a solid but actually has all an grey/charcoal Prince of Wales pattern, similar to the one below.

    I understand that solid charcoal/dark grey is usually recommended for a "one suit," but it seems this would fit the bill as well. What do you think?

    [Edit] similar to this fabric (sans contrast stitching):
    https://www.mark-stephen.co.uk/medi...ab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/s/l/sleeve_1_3.jpg
     
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  2. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    The typical advice here is to go with a solid navy or charcoal, but in the case I think you’re fine.

    It’s sufficiently conservative and I think you can get away with it, especially if you don’t wear suits all that often.
     
  3. DCR

    DCR Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    I think that's a great pattern and conservative for business purposes.
     
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  4. fishertw

    fishertw Super Member

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    Boone
    I think it's a good solution. I also like POW fabric. Being retired and not wearing suits very often, if I did not have a will fitting suit that could easily be a"go to" solution.
     
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  5. Fading Fast

    Fading Fast Connoisseur

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    I'd argue that how you want to use it - as a suit for everything including weddings, etc. - that you are better off with the subtle POWs pattern as a solid grey suit has a bit too much of a "business suit" feel to it; whereas, the pattern in your grey suit makes it look less "Man in the Grey Flannel Suit" and allows it to fit in better at an evening wedding or other celebratory event. This way, you'll look more like you dressed for the specific event than just showed up at it after work.
     
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  6. Charles Dana

    Charles Dana Advanced Member

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    The pattern is dark enough and subtle enough to give the suit the utility you are looking for. So go for it.

    If you are going to wear it to a Very Important Event such as a job interview, funeral, etc. and you are feeling the slightest bit insecure about the suit because of its pattern, simply wear a white shirt with a point or a moderately-spread collar and a solid burgundy necktie (grenadine!), which will enable you to achieve all necessary formality.
     
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  7. Oldsarge

    Oldsarge Moderator and Bon Vivant

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    Oak Grove
    I'd use it as you want in a heartbeat. Great fabric.
     
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  8. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    The one caveat with this has to do with the weight of the fabric.

    It’s always hard to tell with a photo, but looking at it more closely, the fabric appears to be somewhat substantial and thick. Perhaps more appropriate for cooler months, but not when it’s warmer.

    Just something to consider.
     
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  9. StephenRG

    StephenRG Honors Member

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    Just don't order the contrast stitching nor have the last button unbuttoned.
     
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  10. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

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    Flanders
    That's really nice cloth. The glen check is possibly my favorite suit pattern. And one this dark and discreet is suitable for virtually any business, particularly if worn with with a white shirt and discreet dark accessories. Is it as formal as a solid, or some stripes? Perhaps not, but the difference in formality is so slight as not to be noticed in most business situations.
     
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