Gray and Brown: A Great Combo for Spring

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I’m really loving the gray and brown combination these days. I was given this brown tie from and asked to style it. The challenge was to pair it with some of the company’s accessories and come up with a look. Always up for a challenge, I was ready to take it on.

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Washington, DC has been unseasonably rainy and cool for this time of year so I took my look to sunny San Jose who was embracing a nice sunny warm spell. To go along with the tie, I selected a brown and pink striped pocket square, a hot pink tie clip and some cufflinks to match. Unfortunately, I received the wrong cufflinks but I thought a bit of bling from the ones I received could be fun.

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I figured I’d pair the tie and the accessories with a nice gray suit. I’ve previously went tonal in a heavier gray suit for winter (see The Down Puffer Vest Part II)  so I wanted to see what I could come up with for spring. I think gray and brown both get a bad rap so bringing them together was my next choice. The pink served to add a nice pop of color and is great for this time of year. Even the cufflinks, which were a little flashy for my tastes, added some fun to the outfit. I finished off my look with a light brown pair of monk straps and of course a fantastic pair of sunglasses.


Gray is a great color for spring especially in the nice lighter shades. Brown is not that drab color that people make it out to be and yes it can be worn during the spring too. If styled correctly gray and brown can be fantastic pieces to add to your fashion arsenal.

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Shop my look/Details

 Light gray suit – Hugo Boss (similar Perry Ellis); Brown tie, Pink Tie Clip, Brown & Pink Pocket Square and Cufflinks (these are the ones I actually ordered) all from, White shirt – Armani Collezioni, Brown monk strap – Gaziano Girling, Sunglasses – Retrosuperfuture

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My new hat fascination

I’ve always had a hat fascination but lately I think it’s become an obsession. A hat is a great way to finish off crisp tailored attire. There’s something about it that adds a cool sophistication to a smartly suited look. But it can also add a bit of pizazz to casual attire as well. This versatility is part of the reason that I’ve been drawn to hats lately. It adds another dimension to my looks.

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Recently I was asked to write an article about hat styles to choose if you’re moving away from the baseball cap. Surprisingly, I was never really a baseball hat kind of guy although I’ve owned and worn my share of the popular cap. Nor did I really know much about the different types of hat styles. I just seemed to go with what I liked.

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When in doubt it’s always a good idea to seek the advice of an expert if there’s something you want to learn about. Believe it or not there are actually real people who can teach you a thing or two. You don’t always have to opt for Wikipedia. In my case I sought the advice of Ari Harris from Goorin Brothers in Georgetown. Ari is knowledgeable on hats and the Georgetown boutique has a great selection to choose from.

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Thanks to her, I was able to get my article out but now I’m ready to up my hat game. I don’t think this hat fascination is likely to go away anytime soon. I think I look pretty good in the ones she picked out for me.

Check out A Beginner¹s Guide to Hats Beyond the Ballcap

by Barnette Holston at Mode

What do you think? Which should I choose? I’d love to hear your comments on my hat fascination.

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White House Correspondents’ Brunch Attire

So what does a guy wear for brunch attire? It really depends on the occasion. In my case it was the culmination of the weekend’s events. I was heading to the Hay Adams to attend the Thomson Reuters Correspondents’ brunch. So naturally any event across from White House meant that my brunch attire meant suit and tie.

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The White House Correspondent dinner is one of the events that the city looks forward to each year. Celebrities and socialites flock to the dinner to town to hear the president speak and to attend a series of pre and after parties that in Washington’s own way rival Hollywood or New York.

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The brunch was held on the top of the Hay Adams, which is directly across from the White House. A presidential view and politically inspired dishes by cheftestants from Bravo’s Top Chef was a great way to sport a great suit and end a great weekend.

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A gray suit with a pastel plaid tie was my choice for my brunch attire. It’s much easier to change up your tie game then to buy a new suit for every event on your calendar. A great way to do this is to subscribe to a subscription box service. My tie and accessories came from Harrison Blake. For a monthly fee, you receive a tie and 4 other accessories.

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May’s subscription box is a celebration of spring with the brightly colored plaid tie and coordinating lapel flower. I think the light blue tie bar added a neat touch to the look. Also included in this month’s subscription was a purple pocket square and cufflinks. Pairing these pieces with my gray suit and lavender shirt, I was ready to show of my brunch attire and hobnob with the politicos and celebrities.


Shop my look/Details

Grey Suit Blazer – Theory; Grey dress slacks – Theory, Lavandar patterned dress short – Hugo, Tie, lapel pin and tie bar – Harrison Blake

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