One of the eternal questions I keep coming back to and do try to give a satisfactory answer to is this, which colour can be considered the absolute classic colour in a suit: navy or dark grey? Although the dark grey is the more universally popular of the two today, especially in Northern Europe, I would say that the navy is the father. This is the colour of preference for Beau Brummel’s blue coat had when he unwittingly defined the core of the suit at the start of the 18th Century and – as I recalled recently – that is the hue of Werther’s renowned coat in ‘The Sorrows of the Young Werther’ from 1774. As mentioned in this entry dated the 6th September:
“It cost me much to part with the blue coat which I wore the first time I danced with Charlotte. But I could not possibly wear it any longer. But I have ordered a new one, precisely similar, even to the collar and sleeves, as well as a new waistcoat and pantaloons.”
Blue stands for a fresh start, in the world of suits if nowhere else.