What are you going to wear? Sometimes it’s good to look at a few suggestions then add your own tweaks and ideas. That’s what these are for. Welcome to three style scenarios singing the praises of the medium gray suit. Not super dark charcoal. Not pale dove-gray either. A shade like one of these suits:
- Spier & Mackay Medium Gray Half Canvas Wool Suit – $378
- Suitsupply Mid Grey Italian Wool Half Canvas Wool Suit – $499
- Banana Republic Italian Nailhead Wool Suit Jackets + Matching Trousers = $600 (but $360 when 40% off)
A gray that’s somewhere in-between. And in this series, you’ll find out just how far that investment can go.
The Suit: Suitsupply Mid Grey Italian Wool Half Canvas Wool Suit – $499. Nice fabrics, half canvas construction AND they ship and return for free. Know that their sleeve cuff buttons are functional. Which can be an expensive pain to have tailored. If that’s gonna be too much trouble for you, go with Spier since their sleeve buttons are non-functioning.
The Shirt: Ledbury The White Sutton Stretch Twill Custom Shirt – $135. The slightly lowered 2nd button on Ledbury shirts make them perfect for going tieless. The perfect collar for no-tie is either their mid-spread dress or hidden button down. The more affordable option: TheTieBar’s pinpoint white dress shirt for $55 does great here too.
The Pocket Square: Banana Republic Navy Silk Pocket Square – $30. Usually you see white pocket squares with colorful borders. But we’ve got a solid, bright white shirt here. So let’s flip the script for a bit of contrast.
The Watch: Orient Ray Automatic – $170 on a Crown & Buckle Supreme Nato – $34. Now’s a great time to wear a diver on a striped watch band. Just like skipping a tie, it helps dress the suit down a little. Going tieless also means you can add a bit “more” in other places. Like on your wrist. So instead of a super slim dress watch, maybe consider that chunkier diver you like to wear.
The Belt: Marino Ratchet Belt in Amber – $19.99. Yes. These again. Because they’re as comfortable as a belt gets. Ratchet system leads to super precise, easy to adjust fit. And unlike a lot of other ratchet belts, which can look clunky as heck, these look like a regular belt.
The Shoes: Spier & Mackay Balmoral Cap Toe Oxfords – $178. Best bang for the buck dress shoes on the market. Hitting that rare under $200 price point but still has nice leather, a Blake stiched sole, and a goes-with-everything shape. Full review here.
The Socks: Bombas Men’s Merino Wool Dress Knee High Socks – $24. Don’t be fooled by the pics on the Bombas website. These are true knee highs.
All three in case you missed them:
- The Versatile Medium Gray Suit 3 Ways: #1 – Casual – The first of three style scenarios showing just how much you can get out of one gray suit.
- The Versatile Medium Gray Suit 3 Ways: #2 – Tieless with a pocket square – Danny Ocean meets 007.
- The Versatile Medium Gray Suit 3 Ways: #3 – All dressed up with a tie – All business.