We asked blogger Carl Thompson to show us how you can raise your grey suit game.
A grey suit is a hardworking addition to any man’s wardrobe – in a mid-toned shade and a classic tailored fit, you’ll find you can easily style it up for everything from day-to-day meetings to a special occasion.
It’s worth investing in a great fabric if you’re looking for a lot of wear out of your suit. Carl chose an Italian checked wool through our Tailor Me service. Crafted in super 110s wool from Italian mill, Marzotto, the fabric’s Prince of Wales check design is key this season but still a classic that’ll remain stylish for many more to come.
We’ve used the same fabric on this Moss 1851 tailored fit suit from our ready-to-wear collection – an affordable way to add a little luxury to your wardrobe and a great choice for a suit that’s both everyday-wearable and special enough for more formal looks.
As founder of shirt company Hawkins & Shepherd, Carl knows how a bit of colour or a simple detail can switch up your look.
As he says, “a tonal grey suit is extremely versatile and easy to style but there are some colours that work well and some not-so-well … with a grey suit, I would avoid wearing really dark, bold shirts – such as dark navy or black. Stick to white or pastel coloured shirts then add some of your personality with a tie and pocket square.”
Watched the video? Now here’s a break-down of Carl’s looks and a few suggestions to recreate them for yourself:
This look is a lesson in how just a little pattern and colour can lift a grey suit for everyday meetings. Carl’s dark brown brogue-detailed shoes and richly patterned pocket square are a great way to take your grey suit from summer to autumn, while a slim, pinned black tie keeps the look sharp.
Sometimes simple really is best. Here, Carl’s let his checked suit do the talking and kept the rest of his outfit sharply monochrome with a pristine white shirt, a slim black tie and discreetly patterned pocket square.
Got a wedding to go to? Nod to the romance of the occasion and pair your trusty grey suit with a pastel striped shirt and silvery accessories in soft patterns and textures. Carl’s added monk strap shoes as a fashionable finishing touch.
Showing that pattern is nothing to be afraid of if you handle it appropriately, here Carl’s pulled off checks, stripes and paisley in one look. There’s enough going on here to potentially stray into ‘too much’ territory, but note how he’s kept things in check by matching the width of stripe on his shirt to that of his suit’s checked fabric, and coordinated his pocket square in tone to his shirt.
Pink and grey have long been a perfect pairing and the combination is actually very versatile; keep the look buttoned up with a tonal silk tie for office-wear, then loosen the collar and add a lively patterned pocket square to take the look through to an evening out.
In the market for a new grey suit? Check out our latest selection here.