Shift Into Neutral: Browns and Greys

| WEARING | Al Bazar double breasted blazer and shirt, Vintage Yves Saint Laurent pants, Gitman Bros. tie (similar HERE), Timex watch, Nordstrom pocket square, Boots c/o Jack Erwin | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Blue, grey, and brown. Three of menswear’s great neutrals and perfect starting points for building any look. Creating something interesting, however, doesn’t mean having to add a splash of color with a tie or pocket square. Mixing neutrals can be anything but plain. Here’s one way to do it with a simple brown, grey, and blue combination. No flash necessary.

Al Bazar Blazer - He Spoke Style

The beauty of foundational menswear colors, like blue, grey, and brown is that whatever the season, they’re never out of place. Always in style, always in season.

A light grey double-breasted blazer is elegant, classy, and versatile. Look for one that is snug, but not tight – think of how your waistcoats fit and feel – and not too long. I was blown away by the fit of mine off the rack, which I picked up at Al Bazar in Milan. We just let it out one centimeter on each side. One my favorite pieces and best investments.

Add some dimension to a look built on neutrals with the addition of patterns and textures. The subtle houndstooth in my shirt and the texture of the silk knit tie is all this look needs to give it a little something extra.

Al Bazar Blazer - He Spoke Style

The chelsea boot is the ultimate combination of comfort and style. This pair from Jack Erwin has become a staple of my fall/winter wardrobe.

Al Bazar Blazer - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • Jared

    Great blog! Are those pants brown? If so, I would have never thought of wearing brown pants with a light grey jacket but it totally works!

    BTW…how do you feel about SuitSupply suits?

    • Gregory Haney

      Suitsupply rocks. Hard to go wrong with the Napoli cut, and if you can afford it, the LaSpalla turns all the heads.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Jared. I don’t have any experience with SuitSupply so can’t give you any advice one way or the other. Happy New Year.

  • Jermaine

    Really like that look, you just gave me an idea for colors to wear tomorrow for work. I really enjoy your site, just learned about it. Thanks.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the support, Jermaine. Will look forward to seeing you around more in 2015!

  • Delano Scott

    I officially like this and am stealing this look for myself!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Do it! Happy New Year!

  • Gregory Haney

    Thank you for this post, great pairings! I have a very similar light grey (yet labeled “light brown”) Washington cut sportcoat that I won during the very brief Suitsupply Outlet sale. Been wondering how to wear this properly, and you provided a template.

    Suitsupply jackets, Bonobos pants, and Allen-Edmonds shoes. I owe it all to style blogs.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Glad to assist! Thanks for the comment and Happy New Year!

  • Male Extravaganza

    Great style! I have always wanted a double breasted blazer, it looks so nice. Agree with guys above, never thought of wearing brown pants with a light grey jacket but it totally works! Thanks for the post!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers. Thanks for reading.