Getting It Right: What to Wear With Grey Trousers

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD IN GREY TROUSERS

Even the least fussy and fashion conscious of men tends to be comfortable in a nice safe pair of black trousers – they’re smart, they’re versatile, they’re safe, but aren’t they also just a little boring sometimes?

 

SO, WHAT GOES WITH GREY TROUSERS?

Corduror Chinos

A grey trouser is a simple, effective and easy way to shake-up your look. Team them with almost any shoe colour (matching your shoe tone to your belt tone is a great tip for a pulled together look). Similarly, you don’t need to feel restrained when choosing what colour top to wear with grey trousers.

The great thing about grey is that, like black, it’s a neutral and one of the easiest colours to work with. A grey trouser has an automatically smart appeal – it’s a little different without ever running the risk of being offensive. You really can’t go wrong, but there are a few ways to get it even more right.

GO FOR AN OUTFIT IN VARYING SHADES OF GREY

For a confident look that actually takes very little thought, team your grey trousers with a shirt, jumper and shoes in tones of grey or with grey detailing.

You need not to worry how much the tones vary as they’ll all look great together. In fact, the only thing to avoid is a whole outfit in exactly the same or very similar tones of grey! You don’t want to look like you’re sporting a onesie. This is a look to give a suave overtone to a casual or smart/casual outfit.

IX GREY TROUSERS WITH POPS OF COLOUR

Being a tonal shade, rather than a colour in itself, you really can match grey in any colour. A darker grey trouser will match well with a lighter colour shade top – whether it be green, blue, purple or whatever – and vice versa. A light grey trouser will work well with a dark red, blue, green or black.

Matching a small colour detail in a trainer with a similarly subtle flash of that colour in your top will add a note of surety to the look, such as the black heel detailing on the sneakers above being matched with a black t-shirt.

It’s fine – in fact aspirational – to go bold in either your top or shoe colour, as above, but avoid a strong colour in both. Even if this is in a matching shade it’ll look overdone.

WHAT TO WEAR WITH GREY TROUSERS IN THE OFFICE

Grey trousers are a no-fail option for a sleek, smart and assured office look. Teaming grey trousers with a simple white shirt and black shoes is a perennial look that exudes confidence and class. It’s the antithesis to matching a black office trouser with a simple white shirt which can scream waiter.

Many workplaces no longer demand a tie but as with all fashions, the tie will come round again. Be ahead of the game by sticking with a tie for the ultimate in professional looks.

With a simple grey trouser and a white shirt, you can choose whichever colour or pattern tie you fancy. Go for a plain navy or red tie to complete a timeless look or a pattern or more unusual colour for a splash of individuality.

HOW TO WEAR PATTERNED GREY TROUSERS

A crosshatch or plaid detail through your grey trouser will add an extra depth and fashionability. A nod towards a subtle pattern indicates someone a little bolder and with extra imagination.

Make the look more contemporary still with a trainer and round neck knit for a smart/casual event.

Dress it up with a matching suit jacket or wear without for a still more relaxed feel.

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Remus Check SuitRemus Check TrousersHackett SweaterBoss White Trainers

WEAR GREY TROUSERS WITH A BOLD, PATTERNED SHIRT

Grey trousers are such a versatile garment, they provide the perfect blank canvas for a bold, statement shirt.

As grey matches so well with all colours there isn’t any need to include any grey into your shirt of choice – choose a shirt you love and wear it with confidence.

A lighter hue of grey trouser will complement this look well, giving it a lighter freshness. This is a particularly cool summer vibe. The look works just as well for en-route to the gym as it does for a few drinks in the sunshine on a weekend afternoon.

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Guide Leaf ShirtTed Baker Berman BagRemus Lazio TrousersBoss Titanium Trainers

COATS TO WEAR WITH GREY TROUSERS

A SMART OUTERWEAR LOOK TO WEAR WITH YOUR GREY TROUSERS

grey trousers and coat

Depending on the occasion grey trousers can be dressed up as an even smarter look with a dressier coat such as a wool long-line style with lapels. Equally, they can be given a more relaxed feel with a quilted jacket or will work with your favourite more robust country walking coat.

As always with grey trousers you can match them with any colour – a bright or more vivid shade coat will work just as well as a tonal black, brown or tan jacket.

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Douglas and Grahame CoatGant Shetland SweaterBarbour Tartan Scarf

WEAR YOUR CASUAL COAT WITH GREY TROUSERS

Outerwear and Grey Jackets

Grey trousers need not be ‘kept for best’ – they’re a versatile garment to wear for all occasions. Match with a more casual coat for a dressed-down look that still carries a touch of class.

Pull on a pair of robust Chelsea boots and you’re as ready for a stroll as you are for Sunday lunch at a country pub.

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Barbour Wax JacketEA7 Tipped PoloGibson TrousersRM Williams Comfort Turnout Boot

ROB IS HERE TO HELP!

Don’t let yourself believe you’re not the kind of guy with style – you can take a step away from the look you’ve always had, and match slightly different items together to give yourself a more modern feel.

Sometimes just adding one new item to your wardrobe can give old favourites a refresh or allow you to wear an item both for the office and pub.