Guy Garb:
Gray-on-Gray Suiting


Rarely would I dare to call a groom's wedding look "perfect." (Life's difficult enough without impossible ideals, am I right?) But when Patrick O'Rourke married Kayla Hull in Grass Valley, CA last month, there was no other word to describe his subtle, two-toned gray suit. Just perfection. The combination of minute dark and pale gray stripes gives the suit a dimensional quality in the same vein as seersucker or cord, but to season-less effect. Perhaps what I love most about Patrick's choice of gray is that his suit befits a fall celebration just as easily as the the summer gathering he and Kayla hosted. All perfect Patrick would need to do is switch out his pale yellow tie for a darker autumn color, such as plum. And as if the groom's style were not brilliant on its own, the pairing of his mid-grade gray suit with the summery, light gray worn by his groomsmen creates a dynamic that allows the groom to take the sartorial lead without leaving his friends behind. Cohesive, yet compelling. Had the groom's party worn coordinating instead of matching ties, I might have even been forced to use the end-all guy garb descriptor: enviable. —Phillip B. Crook

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