The foundation of any men’s wardrobe should consist of a navy and grey workhorse suit. The best thing about said suits is the ability to break them up into separates and create multiple combinations. However, navy suit jackets are a lot easier to wear separately compared to it’s grey counterpart. This ties in with a reader message I received recently, asking what to wear his grey suit jacket with as he found it difficult pairing it with other trousers.
If the grey is worsted or possesses a prominent sheen, I will exclusively wear it with it’s matching trousers. However I am also aware that not many of us possess a vast wardrobe and have to work with what we currently have. The evident problem with wearing grey suit jackets separately is that it often appears like you are wearing an orphan jacket – a jacket that was clearly meant to be worn with matching trousers. To avoid that, ensure that your grey suit already has blue-ish hues. What this implies is that the fabric should look a little blue under strong lightning and noticeable grey indoors. As you scroll down, the photos will further exemplify this.
When it comes to pairing any odd jacket, an option to always consider is textured grey trousers, like flannel, hopsack or wool, as they go with nearly everything. But they can often be a little repetitive and difficult to find, particularly grey hopsack. So to answer the reader’s question and to implement some creativity, here are three trouser combinations to effectively style your grey suit jacket without making it appear like you spilled Latte all over your matching trousers.
Cream trousers go well with almost anything and is often overlooked as a viable choice. I feel that most men are afraid of it as it’s too light in colour and may appear too outlandish. But in actuality, it’s incredibly easy to pair. It creates a strong enough contrast with most jackets, especially darker ones, making it the cornerstone for every man’s trouser wardrobe.
This blue-ish grey jacket has a 3 roll 2 and spalla camicia (pleated shoulders), features that I include in most of my recent commissions. A pleated shoulder adds additional mobility and makes it feel more like a shirt than a jacket. This jacket, from a distance, looks grey, however, closer photos reveals its blue-ish tone that makes it easier to pair with separates.
A denim band collar shirt can also be used to dress down the jacket. However, if you were to approach the pairing of a grey jacket and cream trousers with more formality, I would instead opt for a light blue shirt and tie.
Unusual Suspect: Denim Trousers
These trousers are one of my wardrobe favourites because they are not as casual as denim nor are they too formal. They tread in-between the lines of formality, which is very similar to my philosophy of remaining casually tailored.
Even though this suit jacket is a little sheeny, the texture of the trousers blends nicely with the jacket, making it appear less like a dreaded orphan jacket. Texture is key gents.
The navy bengal stripe shirt adds a pleasing subtle interest in the ensemble. However, to avoid overpowering it, a simple (and essential) navy knitted tie was used to, literally, tie everything together.
Or Just Denim Jeans
Denim trousers are quite a rarity and are mostly only accessible through bespoke or made to measure offerings. However, an alternative to consider are your good old jeans. With that said, I would be cautious with this pairing and completely avoid it if your suit jacket is completely grey or exceedingly sheeny.
The blue-ish hues from this jacket really comes into play here by exhibiting a tonal blue shade that can be quite appealing when done appropriately. Notice here that a white shirt, blue dotted tie and blue pocket square was used. Again, attributing to the blue that is uniformly present in the ensemble.
Monk straps are an ideal choice to pair with jeans. They are casual enough and you wouldn’t run into the problem of experiencing a large formality disparity, like an oxford shoe usually does.
Again, always remember though, a suit jacket looks the best with it’s matching trousers. And if none of these looks interest you enough, you can always fall back on a pair of grey hopsack (Summer) or flannel (Winter) trousers.
Thanks for reading, cheers.