The Grey Suit Reinvented: How to Freshen up a Classic
How to give your classic grey suit a new look
The grey suit is a foundational business essential. Like your traditional navy suit, a grey suit is something you will wear over and over again throughout the course of your life. You’d be naïve to believe that you can’t find any occasion where a grey suit would be an appropriate option.
The belief that a grey suit has to look boring or unimaginative is completely false. I’m going to show you how to freshen up your classic grey suit to make it feel like it’s the newest addition to your closet.
So what type of suit is ideal? Spring is the time of year when the weather can be unpredictable. When it’s warm, wet, and windy, finding the perfect lightweight suit that can keep you cool without compromising on style can be tricky.
My recommendation: a grey suit in a fresco fabric. Fresco consists of multiple strands of yarn and high-twisted wool with an open weave, allowing the fabric to be airy, yet durable. It’s designed specifically with summer in mind and although the open weave allows airflow, its crisp feel and look doesn’t lend itself to wrinkle the way linen would. For maximum versatility, choose a partially lined version that can work for multiple seasons.
Brian has featured this type of look on HeSpoke Style a few times and for good reason. Wearing a t-shirt under your suit is one of the simplest ways to update an old suit, yet many men don’t explore it for some reason. Open to your thoughts on why down below in the comments.
There are simple ground rules I like to follow when wearing a t-shirt with a grey suit. First, always wear it tucked. We don’t have to get into why, just trust me. Second, keep it simple. Stick to a solid color. Especially if your suit has a pattern. If it’s a solid color suit, try a horizontal stripe in navy and white for a Parisian feel. Lastly, iron your t-shirt. You heard that correctly. Wrinkles affect all garments, so take the time to iron it so you look sharp.
| WEARING | Suitsupply fresco suit, Uniqlo t-shirt, white low-top sneakers, Eyebuy Direct sunglasses, Orient watch | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Mark Asuncion
The suit with sneakers thing can be a touchy subject, but in my opinion, it works perfectly with this relaxed t-shirt look. White being the most versatile pair to own, stick to something neutral. Also, make sure they’re clean.
Finally, top it off with the right pair of sunglasses. Don’t be that guy who always wears the same pair of sunglasses. Having a variation of different styles shows that you care about the finishing touches.
Tell us, would you wear the suit and t-shirt look?
Steven D. Elliott
He Spoke Style