One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a suit is how much wear you’ll get out of it; you want to pick something you'll look forward to wearing often. From that perspective, a gray suit is the most versatile choice: it’s less formal than black and less businesslike than navy. Whether in a darker charcoal color or a lighter fabric, gray suits offer a lot of flexibility. You can feel free to experiment with your choice of shirt, shoes and tie (for more dressed-up occasions).
Apart from just color, gray suiting usually offers plenty of choice of texture, from rugged speckled wool to something smoother and more breathable. If patterns are more your thing, a subtle windowpane is always a smart choice. Just be sure that your choice of shirting and shoes is a sensible match to the fabric of the suit. For more casual outfits, you can experiment with socks that offer a pop of color to offset the gray. Playing around with how you wear a suit can make it seem like a whole new outfit.
The other major thing to be mindful of is fit. An abundance of literature on this very topic can be found online, but there's nothing like going in and trying several suits to find what works best for your body type. Make sure there's no pulling in the shoulders or chest when you button the blazer and take care to hem the trousers and sleeves to the perfect length. Just as with the suit itself, when it comes to tailoring, you get what you pay for, so don't buy an expensive suit and cheap out on the alterations.
There’s tons of choice out there, but some brands you may want to look at for inspiration are Thom Browne, Jil Sander, Boglioli, Brunello Cucinelli and Dries Van Noten. A perfectly fitting gray suit is a purchase you won’t likely regret and there’s no better time of year than fall to wear one.
About author Rocky Li: "I grew up in Toronto but currently reside in New York City . I started blogging as an outlet for me to share the products and clothes liked . My current men’s fashion blog Third Looks was launched in late 2011. Third Looks is a personal take on the stylish individuals I meet and a way for me to share products and brands I love. I also try to involve my interest in photography, music and art into the content. "Like what you see? Follow Third Looks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr for more.