A few weeks ago you might remember I published a posted titled ’How to build a suit collection - my belief. Part 1’ This was the start of a collection of posts I hoped to build upon regarding how to build a suit collection, through my own personal style. The response I received was overwhelming, so I thought it was only fair that I followed it up with part two. Again, as with all of my posts this is my personal tastes, my biased opinions of how I choose to dress.
#2, The Grey suit.
Considered a classic, but not always the go to choice.
For me when I look at my grey suit, or to be more precise, my light grey suit - it just screams classic British tailoring. It’s a suit you can wear to the office, funeral, wedding and to take a lady out for dinner - all in one day. Then swap the trousers for jeans and go out for the night.
Similar to my post regarding ‘the blue suit’ - the grey suit is just as easy to accessorise, and possibly even more versatile, it’ll work with every pair of dress shoes in your wardrobe, and who knows maybe even the correct pair of trainers - or ‘sneakers’ for my American readers (majority).
Get the fit right first, and the rest rolls together, I’m going to save fit for a separate post, but find your fit, find you style, try it on, buy it - take it to a tailor. My grey suit, similar to my others is single breasted double buttoned, doubled vented slim fit. I always choose slim, mainly because I am slim, and just because I feel uncomfortable in anything that makes me look like a tent. Contrary to opinion I don’t believe I look like a mod revival, take a look at the gentleman below - slim fitting suit, showing off his figure, slim legs to make him look taller and leaner, but altogether it just makes the suit look better fitting.
This post is aimed at light greys, tones that you would instantly look at and say ‘yes grey’ not the shade that you might consider if it’s black or not, that’s reserved for charcoal. The colour then is quite universal, it’s the fabric texture and thread count that changes the tone, and with this can change it’s implied meaning. So if you’re wondering whether in a dark light it might be mistaken as black - it’s not grey.
For me the shirt of choice is a simple white, wide collar. I’ve tried every other colour combination there is to try, but for some reason, whenever I go back to the white shirt it just seems to fit perfectly. I feel as though I’m wearing a thousand pound suit, just because I can feel it all fitting together. My second choice however is a pink, or more of a lavender coloured shirt that I own. Real men wear pink blah blah - simple as, if you want to wear pink, wear it, don’t make excuses. I love my pink shirt, it fits amazing and works so well with my grey suit. Blue stripe is a colour not be to missed, although most would reserve this for the blue suit, worn with the right tie this can be a look that few can pull off. I own a couple of more casual check dress shirts that seem to work perfectly with the grey suit for a more casual look without a tie, or even with a tie for the office - just don’t wear these to a funeral.
If you’ve got a white shirt on, almost every single tie you own will work perfectly, pink shirt go for a darker grey tie and blue shirt a darker blue tie. Put on some glaring socks, a contrasting pocket square and you’ve completed one of my favourite looks - casual and formal.
Part 3 coming soon.
Thank you for reading - TSG