Shades of Grey

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In recent seasons, some menswear designers tended to flood their runways with vivid hues and bold patterns in an attempt to get men to embrace bright colours.

And while the menswear arena is slowly adopting more Pantone brights, guys love to stick to a tried-and-true classic – grey.

It might conjure up images of doom or stormy weather patterns or at its most banal; dullness. But gray in its many varying shades can convey gentlemanly elegance in fashion.

At a recent cocktail party at the Harry Rosen flagship store in Toronto for an exhibition of portraits – Ralph Lauren in Pictures – several gentlemen turned out in gray. Whether it was tweedy or banker pinstripes, these sharply dressed men knows grey is far from grim.