How to: wear grey

Grey has emerged as a firm favourite in menswear and a contemporary choice in both digital and industrial design. Wearing it could not be simpler – always understated, it has what architect Kisho Kurokawa called ‘richness in sobriety’.

When wearing grey casually, use the colour’s natural minimalism to introduce new textures to otherwise standard looks. This grained leather backpack’s stony matte shade ensures the piece is noticeably premium without sacrificing versatility. Our AW15 collection was influenced by the British Isles, so Donegal’s flecked nep yarns feature heavily in both our knitwear and accessories. That fabric’s rich tonal variety makes flat colour particularly complementary – this fisherman’s roll neck jumper would work well under simple black jacket.

After Tom Rath’s midlife crisis in Sloan Wilson’s 1955 novel ‘The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit’, wearing a grey suit lost its luster, having become symbolic of the corporate yes man. But, with the boardroom now dominated by navys and blacks, grey feels fresh and contemporary again.

When wearing a grey suit, play to the colour’s strengths and stay understated. As worn by Cary Grant in ‘North by Northwest’, it looks sharp with a simple white shirt and a tie in a darker shade. Black leather shoes, preferably derbys, are a must. As the weather cools, try wearing it under an overcoat in a darker shade.

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