Clean, classic, contemporary, and increasingly popular among young men — this is how to rock a grey suit for all manner of occasions.
Stick to white
Light grey suits the summer months better than black and navy, especially in comfortable lightweight fabrics like cotton, and if you’re after a really breezy vibe, match your grey suit with a white tee and simple white trainers — the sneaker trend has made it acceptable to pair not-so-formal wear with trainers (the more minimalist, the better). As with any suit, a white shirt is a safe bet — try an on-trend slim fit collarless shirt with brown loafers for a breezy, slightly more formal ensemble.
Play with pastels
You can’t fail with a white shirt and a solid black tie but pastels evoke a nice contrast with a grey suit, popping against the cool neutral backdrop by brightening the overall look. Deep coloured shirts can overpower a light grey suit so stick to muted hues — a gentle powder blue shirt with a navy tie is a nice combo for a summer wedding or an afternoon at the races.
Boss the office
Charcoal is a more conservative choice of colour for office wear, so it pairs perfectly with sensible black leather like simple black Oxfords — but burgundy or oxblood can inject a little more colour into the outfit, especially in a contemporary monk strap or brogue shoe. A white shirt is a failsafe choice and use the tie to inject colour — a shiny silk or knitted tie in a dominant colour, for example.
Back in black
Black button-downs are a controversial piece — plenty of blokes wouldn’t even have one in their wardrobe, because they’re like poison paired with a dark navy or black suit. But if they can work with anything, it’s a grey suit, intensifying the shade of grey in the suit — so long as you possess a swarthy complexion that isn’t flushed out by the black. Given black is an edgy, unusual look anyway, why not try a turtleneck to really stand out from the crowd.
Grey is such a neutral canvas you can afford to be ambitious with more daring colours — cool deep reds, vibrant greens, purples and pinks that pop against the grey. The key is to wear a complementary shirt a couple of shades lighter than the tie — a pink tie against a powdery pink shirt, for example, or a maroon tie with a red-and-white Gingham shirt.