Grey & Brown

December 5th, 2014

One of my favorite color combos is grey and brown. It’s simple, masculine and understated. It also works anytime of year, regardless of season or weather.

Medium grey. Chocolate brown. Here’s some examples.

    All Business


    A medium grey suit is a business staple that can be very unassuming and versatile. When tailored to the nines, however, it can also be a real show-stopper, like this two-by-one beauty by Alexander Nash.


    The chocolate silk tie and the burnished crocodile lace-ups add a certain richness to the look that you don’t get with navy or black.


    • Bespoke suit by Alexander Nash
    • White Italian Collar Shirt
    • Brown striped tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label
    • Crocodile captoe lace-ups by Scarpe di Bianco

    Leisure Suit


    You gotta love southern California, where getting ready for winter means layering a merino v-neck under a linen suit. The chocolate linen suit is one of my all-time favorites since it’s so easy to dress down. Just the other day I wore it with a t-shirt and sneakers.

    Shout out to my man Angel Ramos for the lush collar.


    A grey wool sock completes the color story and balances out the weight of the sweater.


    Western Weekend


    Things you won’t regret adding to your wardrobe:


    As always, you can find additional looks featuring these items by using our Style Guide.


    • Brown felt hat by Borsalino
    • Grey stripe polo shirt by Uniqlo x Michael Bastian
    • Grey jeans by Red Cotton Denim
    • Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
    • Brown cashmere sweater Vintage No Tag
    • Chocolate suede captoe boots by Johnston & Murphy

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier

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    • NickH

      Brown is the best! Such an underrated color. Some people cant stand it but I seem to work brown into just about every outfit. There’s nothing like navy pants with a brown tweed jacket with a knit tie. Killer look.

    • Tom

      Dan, what is your usual leg opening size (diameter)? I feel like you have mentioned it before, but I just can seem to find it.

      • Cweasy

        I’ve been wondering the same thing

        • Brock

          I’m gonna say 8.5″ across. Just a guess.

          • The Dude

            Not likely. 17″ is big for such a slim dude. I’m a burly guy and I generally stick to 16″-16.5″. He’s probably more around 15.5″-16″.

            • Brock

              Maybe… I’m 5’6″ 130 lbs with super thin legs, and I wouldn’t go any narrower than 14″. Dan’s not a small guy (slim, but not skinny, and tall), and he’s got more of an athletic build.

              If only there was a more scientific way to figure this out…

    • Caboom

      Have you/could you do an article on standing out w/ out being a peacock haha…? Any thoughts from other readers? Cheers.

      • TO

        Caboom! Something that come to mind that I learned from this site– Stick to one Bold item per outfit.

        (–>otherwise try to stand out w/ high attention to fit :)

    • harvey

      I have a really round face, so never thought hats look particularly good on me. I do love classic hats like the fedora and newsboy caps. Any suggestions?

    • Harrison Krupnick

      Dan, when is it acceptable to wear a hat like in the last look? What is the functionality of the hat? I very rarely see people wearing hats like this on the streets of Manhattan.

      • Dan Trepanier

        I’d say anytime you’re outside, really. Up until JFK pioneered the hatless look, men wouldn’t leave the house without one. The functionality is to keep the sun out your face, mainly. Cheers Harrison!

    • JoeFromTexas

      Very nice. But don’t forget about that charcoal and dark chocolate brown combo.

      I really like the minimalism of the DB in the first look. I wonder how it would work with only the buttoning button? I like the single button SB, because the second button is a vestigial piece anyway and a single button takes it to bare essentials. But I don’t know that I’ve seen this done on a DB, necessarily making it non-symmetrical, but maybe it could work (maybe a ticket pocket on the other side to balance the weight?).

    • Ali Naaseh

      This is quality TSBmen era stuff. Don’t change this.