Donning the Gray Suit and Making Jaws Drop

All men need a great suit that they can count on in times of need. This suit not only comes as a timely rescuer, it also makes you look like a timeless charmer straight out of a classic movie. While the basic black and the maverick blue suits are always going to be around, men often tend to either overlook or underestimate the worth of the gray suit.

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A lot of men keep their distance from gray suits simply because they find it to be a tricky color to wear. Often, they get caught in a web of questions related to carrying off such a suit. Well, truth be told, gray suits for men may be tricky to work with, but by keeping a few pointers in mind, any man can make a style statement in one.

The black suit is a must-have in every man’s wardrobe. In fact, every man needs at least one black suit, which is safe to be worn to almost all occasions. It is sophisticated enough for formal and semi-formal occasions, and looks good on everyone. You can’t go wrong with it.

But is that how you really want to plan your entire wardrobe? Is that what you want to make your personal style? Wear certain garments that every man wears just because it is safe?

Having said that, I do not mean to imply that gray suits are too flamboyant; in fact, they’re as conservative as you’d like them to be. But, when you wear a gray suit, at least you can rest assured that every guy you know isn’t wearing one already. So yes, a grey suit can definitely give you that edge over the others.

Going Gray

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When it comes to owning a gray suit, one must-have is the two-button suit. If you’re new to the world of suits, or are looking to upgrade your wardrobe, consider getting one of these. Unlike the black suit, which has a more formal air to it, the men’s gray suit remains formal, but lends an approachable quality to the wearer.

Donning a gray two-button provides you with a solid and a timeless base, upon which you can add distinctive elements such as a flashy/printed shirt, a bold tie, or a pair of new shoes.

When you do add unique touches to your gray suit, remember, your objective is to complement it, and not overwhelm it. A suit made of wool would be most versatile as the fabric does not wrinkle, and can be worn almost throughout the year.

The two-button construction is the customary requirement of a modern suit. Three-button suits tend to look boxy and old-fashioned. The current trends in men’s suits include a trimmer fit and a slightly shorter jacket, which emphasizes the wearer’s natural structure and lends a more contemporary and suave look. A grey two-button suit would make for a sound investment for those looking for modernized as well as timeless suiting.

Light Grey Suits

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Most of the time, dark-colored suits are considered more formal than their light-colored counterparts as the former are easier to match shirts and ties with. Most business suits come in dark colors, which can leave light suits as largely a casual wear option.
Light gray, however, is the most versatile of all the soft colors and holds a place of pride in the wardrobe of most suit connoisseurs.

Most men have a tough time telling a light gray suit from a medium-gray one. One easy way to distinguish between the two is to remember that, any shade against which a white pinstripe stands out is medium-gray. A gray suit that looks devoid of white threads throughout is surely light gray. However, the thread should be visible upon the close inspection of the fabric.

Typically, light gray suits are considered casual wear, ones that do not belong anywhere within conservative offices that adhere to strict business standards. So yes, light-colored suits do have their limitation.

A light gray suit is more suited for wearing to dinner, out dancing, or for going around town on a day off. Look for light gray summer suits in linen or cotton (especially one that is unlined) for a stylish evening out in warmer weather.

These suits are rarely patterned as patterns would further reduce the formality of a light gray suit. When they do incorporate patterns, they make use of darker threads, typically in pinstripes, faint plaids, and checks. Such designs are, however, seen in novelty garments and are usually worn by entertainers and cultivated eccentrics.

Gray Suits for Special Occasions

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Did you know gray suits are great for wearing to certain occasions such as the prom or a wedding? A gray prom suit is will make you stand apart from the crowd as well as lend you that much-desired cool quotient.

When it comes to the prom, you want to make sure that you wear a suit that makes you look your best i.e. accentuates your strengths and hides your flaws. Keep it stylish with a light gray two-piece suit in a slim cut. Wear it with a crisp white dress shirt and a bright-hued tie to add some color to your overall ensemble.

Moreover, you can also wear a light gray or a classic charcoal suit to a summer wedding. Mentioned ahead are a few tips that can help you up your game and not make you look like you’ve come right out of an office meeting.

Accessories your suit with ties in unusual colors such as turquoise, black, silver, orange, brown and purple. As far as shirts are concerned, wear light colored shirts. Dark-colored ones do not go very well with grey suits. Avoid wearing shirts with a rounded or a button-down collar as that can make you look too casual. You can wear a white dress shirt, but ensure you wear aesthetic-looking cufflinks and a pocket square with it. This look should hold you in good stead.

Get Off on the Right Foot


Medium and light grey suits can be worn with a pair of black, brown and burgundy lace-up shoes. Medium-gray suits are pretty versatile. You can pair them well with just about any shade of leather. Black, however, is the best choice when you’re wearing a white shirt and a necktie.

With light grey suits, you’re better of wearing light brown or black shoes. Avoid wearing loafers at all costs, unless you want to go for a look that’s too casual.


All said and done, a gray suit isn’t a wardrobe necessity for any man, but it surely is a color that can make any man look good, when worn properly. Having a light gray suit in your clothing arsenal will give you an impactful garment, fit to be worn on social occasions and stand out in a crowd. The above tips should help you figure out what it takes to wear a grey suit confidently and make heads turn your way.