All Business: The Classic Charcoal Grey Suit

Getting down to business with a classic charcoal grey suit

If you’re going to make your first suit a navy suit – which you should, by the way – your second suit should be a charcoal grey suit. It’s got all the versatility of a classic navy suit, which means even more wardrobe and styling options. Here, I’m showing you how to style it as a timeless piece for the office.

charcoal grey business suit

Like a navy, charcoal grey is very easy to pair with a variety of different colors, making potential shirt and tie combinations almost limitless. White can be on the formal side, so choose blue for more of an everyday look. You can never go wrong with a striped tie, but again, those stripes can come off as more formal and severe. I like a classic madder print as a show of sartorialism.

charcoal grey business suit

| WEARING | Knot Standard suit, Michael Andrews Bespoke shirt, Seaward & Stearn x He Spoke Style tie, Cubitts glasses, Rolex watch, Shoes c/o Allen Edmonds | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Other than lapel style, the type of pockets you choose for your jacket has one of the biggest effects on how formal or “less formal” your suit comes off. While I’ve been in the habit of getting many of my made to measure suits with patch pockets recently, I chose jetted pockets for this one and it’s a direction I’m planning on going for my next few suits as well.

Why? For starters, I like how clean the jacket looks with jetted pockets. Second, if I do want to wear the suit more formally, I can quite easily with this pocket style. Although it cuts down slightly on the versatility of the jacket – particularly wearing it as a separate – I’ve reached a point in my own wardrobe curation that I’m becoming a little more focused on each suit as a monolithic piece. Can I still break it out into separates? Sure, but it won’t be nearly as versatile as my navy hopsack suit with patch pockets.

By the way, we’ve quietly been working pretty hard behind the scenes to give the HSS YouTube channel the reboot that it deserves. We’ve already shot 12 videos and the first one is up today. You can expect at least two per week and the first is up today. Next week, you’ll see this suit five different ways so be sure to subscribe.

charcoal grey business suit

A classic suit deserves some classic shoes. You know I’m a big Allen Edmonds fan and here, I’ve got the Fifth Avenue resplendent with its brogued captoe.

charcoal grey suit business

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • Sam

    Hey Brian. I like this suit, and how you put it together. I have a suit that I believe is a very similar grey from Proper Cloth (purchased at a sample sale!) They also had one in a darker shade of grey that I called (in my head) charcoal. I thought mine (which, again looks a lot like this) more of a medium grey. I may be splitting hairs here, but what are your thoughts on that?

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Sam. I suppose you could call this a mid or medium grey. Charcoal can definitely be darker, but I’d consider this a light charcoal. Appreciate the comment!

      • Sam

        Light charcoal. I can get behind that.

        • tomas



    Great suit, channel looks top shelf, just subscribed. Good luck with all the new YouTube nonsense that they have established to make life more difficult for creators.

  • The Suit Effect

    Great post, and love this suit. This shows that simplicity speaks volumes over a crazy color or pattern. I feel like today when guys want to be “stylish” they overlook the power of a simple, well-tailored suit.

    I also think this lighter charcoal gray is more versatile than a darker charcoal.

    Thanks, Brian!

  • Jerad Michael

    A grey suit is a classic suit!


  • Sorry For What

    very interesting. i love the classic suit but it also need some thing extra. i usually wear bracelet with suit need tois stay with trend.
    most of time i get free bracelet for:

  • Ferbena Makeup & Fashion

    Your outfit so cool!!

    Love that!

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  • Humble & Rich Boutique

    What belt are you wearing? Can’t really tell and I’m curious :)

  • Jordan James Harvill

    Grey is ALWAYS a classic! The pattern on the tie is KEY to break up the solid colors. Well done!


  • Tim Sabat

    I love grey suits, they are so universal.

  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter

    This is really stylish and looks elegant. I like the grey suit.

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

  • Jonathan Haze

    I really like your style and the advice you give!
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    They provide me with a tie and matching accessories every month for only $35 CAD. You should check them out: