Menswear Academy

Compositions in grey

Grey quilted waistcoat BO18A014101

An outfit in grey from head to toe may not sound like the most exciting of looks. Read on and we’ll try to provide some examples of the opposite: greys can be combined to create a very sophisticated aesthetic, both in formal and casual wear.

Herringbone wool overcoat

Of course, grey is fantastic at setting the stage for a highlight colour. It’s more complicated when the highlight is another tone of grey. But then again, grey includes a huge variety of colours, with the scale from white to black, and the vast range of colour greys which can be cool, neutral or warm, depending on the hints of yellow-orange, or blue-violet, that they contain. So when you are combining separates, you have plenty of scope to vary the shades within an all-grey outfit. It’s also fun to differentiate textures as well, as in a herringbone-weave overcoat over a wool jacket over a cashmere sweater.

Jacket and luxury cardigan

A sequence of layers and textures expressing complexity, starting from the wool-cotton-cashmere blend jacket, beautifully informal with its lightly-padded shoulders, a fine expression of Italian tailoring. Underneath, a luxury cardigan in knop cashmere – a material with random variations in yarn colour providing a three-dimensional, flecked appearance – with shawl collar. The look is completed by a cotton jersey T-shirt, which this season is the protagonist of a Boggi Milano style innovation: it is in full unabashed view. Up until this season, traditional menswear canons dictated that an undershirt had to be avoided at all costs, or should have a V-neck so that it would remain invisible under the shirt. In this look, it is the first of a series of layers. The trousers shown here are versatile piece-dyed stretch cotton tricotine. Click to purchase this look the garments in this look.

Grey jacket and cardigan

Field jacket

In this look, a pivotal role is played by the field jacket in a prestigious flannel by Vitale Barberis Canonico, named Earth Wind & Fire as a result of its impermeability to cold and rainy weather. Its raised collar provides extra neck protection, and incorporates a rainproof hood that can be accessed by opening a zip. The epaulettes and pockets give it a distinctive style. Underneath, a cosy cardigan in 100% supergeelong mouliné wool, a long-sleeved polo shirt, and stretch cotton moleskin trousers. A houndstooth scarf continues the grey theme. Click here to purchase the garments in this article.

Grey Field Jacket

Sporty waistcoat

Boggi Milano has given a name to the innovative fusion underpinning the Autumn/Winter 2018-19 collection: Sporty Gentleman, highlighting the combination of sportswear and more classical style. This quilted waistcoat is made in a high-tech fabric that creates a soft, wool-type effect, with goosedown padding for optimum warmth. The stand-up collar incorporates a rain hood. Below this, a cosy full-zip hooded sweater in alpaca blend with ribbed sleeves, and a white T-shirt. The drawstring trousers are pure Sporty Gentleman, with their smart pinstripe fabric by Vitale Barberis Canonico and innovative drawstring waist. Click here to purchase the garments in this look.

Grey quilted waistcoat

Light grey jacket

This look shows that you can’t go wrong with grey as long as you choose shades with sufficient tonal difference. The jacket is a versatile fully-lined garment in houndstooth check wool jersey, soft, warm and immaculately tailored by Italian artisans. Worn over a turtle-neck sweater and a pair of Donegal tweed stretch wool trousers, the scarf provides another layer with yet more textures. Click here to purchase the garments in this look.

Light grey pure wool jacket