50 Shades of Grey

The Hottest Hue of Summer

Depending on one’s skin, hair, eyes, or stature, different colors can suit people differently. It’s said that black and white are usually surefire choices for everyone, but the often unsung universal color for most people is grey. Emanating strength while also slimming, grey can be combined with most everything and is a shade that gets poshed up or dressed down. Of course, you’ll always need to try things on to see what works best on you, but there’s something sublimely slick about grey. Be it with tees, blazers, or sneakers, shades like charcoal and slate can give you a major leg up in your quest to strut your stuff.

TEES

How many times have you seen a worked-out guy flexing on the cover of a magazine clad in a grey tee? It’s become a ubiquitous symbol of masculinity, and with good reason. Grey tees are supremely flattering and work on most everyone. Paired with jeans, you can even dress them up with a blazer if you’re heading out for the evening.

Banana Republic’s Luxury-Touch Texture Stripe Polo in Heather is a prime example of this. The fine white, horizontal pinstripes are delicate enough that they won’t overtly widen your midsection. There’s also a little extra room in the arms, chest, and waist, so it won’t hug you too tightly. If a preppy top doesn’t do it for you, perhaps the rocker route is more your thing? John Varvatos Star USA David Bowie Tee is a feather-light crewneck top featuring the iconic mega- star, complete with his trade- mark thunderbolt makeup.

SHORTS

Since summer is here and the heat is on, you’ll need a few pairs of shorts to keep your- self cool. Grey shorts work incredibly well with lighter tops. J. Crew’s 5” stretch short in Spokane are a steely, weather-beaten staple for your summer wardrobe. Apparently, the designer was playing tennis and came up with these babies to keep comfortable and polished on the court. That same ease can be yours, no matter if you’re playing a few sets, running around on an errand- heavy afternoon, or having some folks over for a backyard cookout.

H&M has a beautiful pair of Chino Shorts in a chambray gray that will accentuate your pins without breaking the bank. Their slightly nautical flavor is especially dapper when they’re threaded with a chocolate brown leather belt and perhaps a white button–down.

SNEAKERS

Another place to give yourself a subtle hint of trendy fun in your summertime trousseau is with your shoes—sneakers specifically. We’re not necessarily talking about gym shoes here. They don’t have to be wild neon explosions and can sometimes be an awesome accompaniment to an ensemble.

Nike has a great option in their SB Portmore Mid-Top Sneaker. Outfitted with their trademark swish (in black), the blue-grey uppers contrast beautifully against the bright white bottoms. What discussion about trendy sneakers would be complete without Converse? Chuck Taylor’s All Star Codura High-Top Sneaker will have you rock- ing classic sporty, laced-up, with a heavy dose of cool. These are cost-effective
kicks that won’t ever go out of style.

SUITING

What if you’re on the hunt for some new threads for a formal affair? Well, if you can only manage one new suit for the summer, you can’t possibly go wrong if you go grey. It’s a brilliantly youthful mien and yet extraordinarily sophisticated, not to mention wonderfully masculine. Also, word to the wise: the key to menswear in summertime is light fabric. If we have to wear a jacket in the extreme heat (and sometimes we can’t really avoid it, can we?), we need to be kind to our- selves. There are ways around suffocating under the weight of a jacket that might work in winter but just doesn’t cut it for summer. Be mindful of jacket linings because they add an entire extra layer.

Reiss’s Reggie Blazer is a double-breasted masterpiece that summons classic old-world panache. The light grey weave and large, dark buttons are eye-catching without being at all stuffy. The shoulders are angular and structured, but won’t leave you looking boxy. Hugo Boss Novan/Ben Wool Silk Linen Suit is the epitome of sexy, light, summertime formalwear. The slim fit keeps everything streamlined and trim, while the exquisite blend of wool, linen, and silk will keep you cool.