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Merino Wool Sweater
Peter Millar
Sold by: Nordstrom

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This Peter Millar merino wool ¼ zip sweater is exactly the versatile sweater we all need in our wardrobes. The leather trim gives it an updated and polished look. It is dressy with charcoal or black wool pants, and easily pairs with a sport coat. Yet, it is casual with jeans and cotton twill pants. You can also wear it with a solid or pattern blue dress shirt and tie for a polished office look. See what we mean?
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09/16/2014

Is Grey the New Black? This Week It Is

We gents don’t always have the same kind of versatile options that the ladies do when it comes to our clothes. Sure, we can play with color and layers, and silhouettes change over time, but we know it’s not the same. And, frankly, that’s just fine. We can usually get ready in half the time, thank you very much. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want SOME versatility, and we do want to look up-to-date and dapper. Believe it or not, that is what brings us to our topic this week…grey. It’s always been a main stay in our wardrobes, but this season it’s everywhere. So, it’s a great time to get some fresh and updated pieces like an interesting button down, perfectly faded grey jeans, or a stylish new jacket. And it’s also an ideal season to stock up on the basics, like an amazing suit, or fabulous grey sweater. Shades of grey work well together as easily as they do with everything else in our wardrobes – white, navy, camel, and pops of color. Its just as adaptable as black, if not more so, since you can wear it with black, too.

Take a look at a few of our favorites here, and then head over to Fashion Finds, to see more of our favorites for work, after 5, and casual dressing.
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Theory - Rodolf Stretch Wool Sportcoat & Zaine Wool Blend Trousers
Sold a separates, this light grey herringbone suit from Theory can easily be worn as a separate sport coat and stand-alone pair of pants (click through the “shop it” button and scroll down the page to purchase these, as well). The color is fresh and classically works with any white or light pastel shirts – soft color palettes also being popular this season. To go a bit more modern, wear this with a small check dress shirt with a dark solid tie. On its own, the jacket looks great with black wash or grey jeans. And the pants pair easily with a medium to darker grey sweater for the office. Keep the tie and belt narrow to compliment the modern silhouette of the jacket and pant.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-cotton-twill-blazer/3772285
Vince - Cotton Twill Blazer
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Vince - Cotton Twill Blazer
Cotton Twill Blazer
Vince
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One of our favorite features on this Vince blazer are the tonal elbow patches – so subtle and cool. They are the perfect finish to this jacket’s modern fit - closer to the body and an easy fit for most gents. The black/white woven fabric creates an interesting grey tweed look that looks dapper with medium to dark wash jeans or any neutral cotton twill pants – dark olive looks great. It easily dresses up for the office or a night out with a sport coat, dress shirt and narrower tie.
http://www.bonobos.com/grey-beach-gingham-washed-poplin-casual-shirt-for-men
Bonobos - Washed Poplin Shirt
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Bonobos - Washed Poplin Shirt
Washed Poplin Shirt
Bonobos
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Gingham checks continue to be a popular button down shirt pattern. This grey/blue version from Bonobos is a great weekend shirt with your jeans or cotton twill pants. The shorter button collar adds a modern touch that keeps this shirt so fresh. As the weather cools, throw on a solid grey or navy solid sweater. It is available in classic or trim fit, so it works for everyone.
http://www.eastdane.com/slub-knit-cheap-monday/vp/v=1/1577010170.htm
Cheap Monday - Slub Knit Sweater
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Cheap Monday - Slub Knit Sweater
Slub Knit Sweater
Cheap Monday
Sold by: East Dane

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This wool blend pullover in grey mélange (that’s the mix of grey in the fabric) from Cheap Monday is a perfect on-trend sweater for the season to wear with your favorite well worn jeans – blue or black. Don’t let the brand name fool you – while this sweater is a great price, it’s certainly not “cheap” in quality. The line was developed in Sweden, where it started as a denim line and grew to a well-rounded, contemporary collection. Add grey, black or white sneakers to complete the look.
http://www.agjeans.com/the-matchbox-sulfur-cavern/d/9296
AG Jeans - The Matchbox Jeans
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AG Jeans - The Matchbox Jeans
The Matchbox Jeans
AG Jeans
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As we talked about a couple of weeks ago, grey jeans and selvage denim jeans are wardrobe musts this season. And this pair, from AG Jean’s, in grey sulfur dyed selvage denim has it all. The sulfur dying creates faded highs and lows on the seams and edges for a perfectly worn-in look. And it’s done in AG’s most popular silhouette, with a straight leg that is not too trim- great for most gents. Consider the dark grey color a neutral that goes with most anything. These jeans look great with a sport coat or sweater for a casual office look, though they look just as smart with a dressier button up shirt for a night out or with your favorite thermal shirt for the weekend. 


http://www.zappos.com/converse-jack-purcell-seasonal-jack-old-silver
 Converse Jack Purcell® - Seasonal Jack Sneakers
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 Converse Jack Purcell® - Seasonal Jack Sneakers
Seasonal Jack Sneakers
Converse Jack Purcell®
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Grey sneakers are a must – and not just because we are talking about the grey this week. They are a relaxed alternative to your basic white sneakers, with a more urban edge that is still perfectly neutral. The classic sneaker look of these Converse Jack Purcell ® are our sartorial choice for any jeans or cotton twill pants on an easy weekend day.
 

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