The Power of Grey 3 Ways featuring Indochino

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No matter how you spell it, gray or grey is quite possibly the most versatile color in your wardrobe (especially in your business attire). Grey often falls into the trap of only being paired with black leather shoes and white shirts, however; the range of colors that complement grey are seemingly endless. The lighter end of the grey color spectrum is the way to go for the most versatility. If possible invest in a three-piece grey suit in wool or a donegal (which would be reserved for the colder months). Below are three looks for a bit of grey inspiration.

Style Tips

  • Corporate blue, pink and lavender are three complementary shirt colors that will really pop against a grey suit.
  • Break up the pieces of your three-piece suit for more versatility.
  • Don’t be afraid to pair brown or tan leather with your grey ensemble.
  • Don’t forget that a classic black shoe always works.
  • Skip the completely tailored look and throw on a varsity jacket or cardigan in a bold color.
  • Mixing a blazer and waist coat from another suit with the grey trousers is a fun and smart combination.
  • Socks!! Mix it up. Bold colors and patterns are appropriate with grey trousers. If you want to stay conservative, opt for solid grey socks.

(Also, if you are in NYC now through the 29th, visit Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station for the Indochino Travel Tailor (Tell Them That Men’s Style Pro Sent You)


1. Vested

Custom Grey Trouser & Waist Coat by Indochino

Custom Spread Collar Shirt by Ratio Clothing – Rose Gold Watch by Michael Kors

Loafer by Johnston & Murphy – Skull Socks by Mossimo Supply

2. Varsity Style

Green Wool Varsity Jacket by H&M

Cooper Oxford Brogues by Fin’s For Him

3. Suit on Suit

Custom Navy Blazer & Waist Coat + Grey Trouser by Indochino

Striped Wool Tie By Gap

Pocket Square by The Tie Bar – White Oxford Shirt by Frank & Oak

Cooper Brogued Oxfords by Fins For Him





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Categories: Versatility

Author:Sabir M. Peele

Founder & Creative Director of menswear style & lifestyle blog Sabir serves as an independent brand consulting working with brands like GQ, AskMen, Indochino & Z Zegna (among others). Selected as #GQFall Best Dressed in 2013 & one of Esquire Magazine Best Dressed Real Men in America in 2010. Follow @MensStylePro on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Email with your inquiries.

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14 Comments on “The Power of Grey 3 Ways featuring Indochino”

  1. Jose M.
    October 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM #

    Is the black silk knit tie in the first look from the tie bar?

    • October 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM #

      Hi Jose,

      That tie is by Club Room for Macy’s.

      – Sabir

  2. October 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM #

    I love the way the blue socks balance the suit on suit combination.

    Those are great indo suits by the way, great work!

  3. Dominic
    October 24, 2012 at 8:56 AM #

    Great post. Love my gray suit with brown shoes, really makes the outfit pop.

  4. October 24, 2012 at 9:40 AM #

    Great article. Gray is always an underrated color. I remember trying to convince a customer (at my job) that anything will go with this gray blazer – still didn’t stop her from looking at every shirt in the store, haha.

  5. Kiel
    October 24, 2012 at 4:37 PM #

    Hello sir. Has anyone said anything about not being able to see your images before? I’m on a Mac, using Mozilla, and I never see your images. Not complaining, just letting you know in case others have said as much.



    • October 24, 2012 at 4:38 PM #

      Hi Kiel,

      I’ve never heard that from anyone and I am sorry to hear that. Have you tried IE or Google Chrome?

      – Sabir

  6. Jeff
    October 24, 2012 at 9:45 PM #


    What style lapel did you select for your grey 3 piece? Notch or peak?

    • October 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM #

      Hi Jeff,

      I actually only have the waist coat and trousers, however; I am a peak lapel guy in general.



  7. October 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM #

    Hey Sabir,

    Just out of curiosity, what size was the varsity jacket from H&M?

    • October 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM #

      Hi Dylan,

      The jacket is a medium.

      – Sabir

  8. Arun
    October 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM #

    Hi Sabir, is there anyw ay you could have requested a “U” shaped navy vest from Indochino as opposed to the “V” shape that you’re wearing? I much prefer the grey “U” shaped vest you have in this post.

    • October 31, 2012 at 3:43 PM #

      Hi Arun,

      Just like when you make the customization to your trousers/blazers in their system, when you are on the vest page and selecting the details, you will see a silver button that says, MORE OPTIONS. You’ll be able to select the U Shape.

      – Sabir

  9. Cody Gascoigne
    February 28, 2013 at 4:56 PM #

    Sabir! Mad respect for what you’ve got going on. There is photo of you with a 3 piece navy suit, double pocket on the right side of the blazer, blue/white striped shirt, blood red pocket stuffer and brown shades. My question is what kind of tie are you wearing in that photo? It looks like denim with navy stripes? who makes it? Ive got a navy colored suit just like it and ive been looking for combinations to wear with it.

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