Classic Color Combos: Grey and Burgundy

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A suit does not require a tie, but make sure you're choosing the right shirt collar. For dressed down looks, a button-down collar is the way to go.

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A silk scarf is an elegant addition to a suited look.

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Every man must own a pair of burgundy tassel loafers. Shown here are the Johnston & Murphy Deerfield II tassel moc-toes.

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Don't be afraid of pattern or of mixing patterns. Bengal stripes and classic dots play well together.

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De Niro did the solid on solid solid thing in Casino but it's not the 1990s anymore and you're not De Niro.

One way to dress down a grey suit for the season

Grey and burgundy is one of my favorite menswear color combinations. It’s simple, it’s classic and especially around this time of the year, it’s very appropriate. Burgundy accents add an element of richness and warmth to a look and today I’m showing you one way to dress down your grey suit with some luxe, seasonal touches.

grey suit burgundy combinations

grey suit burgundy combinations

| WEARING | Knot Standard suit and shirt, Seaward & Stearn x He Spoke Style scarf, Carl F. Bucherer watch, Rebus signet ring, Johnston & Murphy loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Remember that wearing a suit does not mean you have to wear a tie. In fact, ditching the tie is a simple way to dress down a suit. That’s where choosing the right collar style comes in. A shirt collar should stand up underneath the jacket and a button down collar not only helps that but it also contributes to the overall casual, sans tie vibe.

When you’re accenting a solid suit with a color – in this case, burgundy – make sure those accents have a little pattern. De Niro did the solid on solid on solid thing in Casino, but it’s not the 90s anymore and these days that kind of pairing just looks amateur. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns either (here’s a quick guide). A burgundy bengal stripe shirt pairs effortlessly with a burgundy silk scarf with a timeless dot pattern.

grey suit burgundy combinations

Burgundy tassel loafers are a must. For a dressed down grey suit look, there’s no better footwear. I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of this pair from our friends at Johnston & Murphy. I’ve always been impressed with the comfort of a J&M shoe right out of the box and these are no exception. And the fact that they’re Goodyear welted only means they’re going feel better on my feet the more I wear them.

grey suit burgundy combinations

Thanks, as always, for reading and Happy New Year!

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


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  • Matthew Metcalfe

    Hi Brian, great article as always! Burgundy is definitely a preferred colour of mine, especially when used as an accent like this!

    I was wondering if you could write an article on matching colours (or colors!) for example blue trousers with what coloured shirts/blazers without going with a standard white shirt.

    All the best,


    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Matthew. And great suggestions! Will put them in the hopper.

  • Hiren Waghela

    You post have always been really good. Here and as well on Instagram. Have been following you for real long time. Keep up the amazing work.

  • Hubert Brown, Jr.

    Always look forward to a chic pair of tassels to compliment a dapper suit!