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From the relaxed heather suits seen on Canali’s runway to the more traditional slate versions at ErmenegildoZegna, many great menswear options this season come in subdued shades of gray. “The gray suit is clean, crisp, and classic,” says District stylist Lauren Rothman, whose first book, Style Bible: What to Wear to Work (Bibliomotion; $22.95), debuts in October. “It is sleek yet understated, which makes it the perfect power color for a conservative town [like DC].”
For fall, the image consultant is particularly fond of Emporio Armani’s slate silk checked styles and Gucci’s charcoal iterations seen on both the Italian labels’ respective runways. “Darker shades [of gray] suit more body shapes and physiques, and they can be worn year-round. Every Washington man should own a charcoal version. It’s slimming and it easily moves from day to night,” adds Rothman. In terms of cut, she recommends a two-button, single-breasted style in a trim fit. “Men here prefer classics with a modern twist, and a slim-fit style offers a fresh, modern take. You can dress it up for a business meeting, or wear the pants as separates in a more casual office environment. From K Street to the Hill, this look works,” she says. Currently, Suit Supply, Alton Lane, and Michael Andrews Bespoke are among her favorite local shops for men’s suiting, while she suggests Hugh & Crye and Thomas Pink for superior shirting and accessories.