Q:--I am in a service industry (bus driver) and wear uniform-type clothing for my work. For most social occasions, a tweed jacket with trousers is OK, or for slightly dressier occasions, I own a blue blazer and gray slacks. I am 40 years old and have never owned a suit, never really needed one. However, I'd like to own one good suit for that possible really special occasion. I've decided on the traditional single-breasted, non-trendy, business cut, in 100 percent wool.
For the one-suit man, would you recommend plain navy, navy pinstripe, plain gray (dark), plain gray
(light), or pinstripe gray (dark), pinstripe gray (light)? Oh, and is three-button truly more proper (as Southwick implies) or two-button?
A:-- I agree with you: Every man should own one nice suit for those times when even a navy blue blazer just does not cut it. Even men who don't need to wear a suit for work do have important occasions to dress for.
As to which is the best choice: I have two possible alternatives. The most versatile suit is a medium-to-dark or dark, solid gray, light-weight 100 percent wool. "Dark," because light-color suits are not so elegant, thus, defeating exactly what you are trying to achieve. "Light-weight," because it works year-round. "Plain," rather than pinstriped because it is easier to coordinate handsome striped shirts and patterned ties with a solid suit. "Gray," rather than navy because it is a shade less formal. If you are not used to wearing suits, you might feel overdressed in a navy suit. Almost every color shirt and tie works with a gray suit.