The Distinguished Grey: Channeling Classic Elegance in Three Modern Ways

Welcome back to the second instalment of our Spring Style Guide at Curry & Paxton. Today, we're celebrating the legendary Savile Row tailor, Douglas Hayward, whose craftsmanship defined the Mod period - an era of timeless elegance. His notable clientele, including Roger Moore, Steve McQueen, and Michael Caine, epitomised quintessential British style. Drawing inspiration from these icons, we delve into the world of grey suits, offering a modern twist on Hayward’s classic designs.

1. The Relaxed Diplomat: Inspired by Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen's style was effortlessly charismatic, often opting for a relaxed grey suit that resonated with his suave persona. Emulating this look, we suggest a contemporary single-breasted grey suit with a comfortable cut. This modern adaptation by Reiss, features lightweight fabric perfect for spring. Complement this suit with a slim pantsuit, a crisp white shirt, coupled with a silk lilac tie, also by Reiss and black leather loafers by Grenson, capturing McQueen’s easy elegance. Finish the look with a pair of our Glenn frames, adding a touch of contemporary aesthetic to your ensemble.

2. The Classic Professional: Roger Moore’s Refined Elegance

Roger Moore's portrayal of the quintessential British gentleman was often accompanied by a meticulously tailored grey suit. Our modern equivalent features a two-button suit jacket with matching trousers from Richard James, crafted in a lighter shade of grey to offer versatility. Style it with a light white shirt and a contrasting burgundy tie from Richard James to highlight the suit’s rich tones and monkstrap shoes by Church’s.  Our Ronnie frames will complete this look, offering a nod to Moore's iconic sophistication.

3. The Sophisticated Strategist: Michael Caine's Three-Button Suit

Michael Caine, known for his rugged sophistication, often wore a tailored three-button grey suit that perfectly framed his athletic build. To bring this look into the present, we’ve selected a sharply cut three-piece suit by Huntsman of Saville Row that offers both structure and style. The suit's fine blend of sheep’s wool ensures you stay sharp from day into night. Pair this with a formal blue shirt from Turnbull & Asser and a silk blue tie for a striking contrast. John Lobb shoes keep this look grounded, while our while our legendary Yvan frame will be the final flourish, ensuring your style statement is clear.

In each of these looks, we've sourced contemporary suits that resonate with the timeless appeal of Douglas Hayward's designs, yet speak to the modern man’s wardrobe needs. Each ensemble is thoughtfully paired with a piece of Curry & Paxton eyewear, ensuring that your style is not only distinguished but distinctly personal.




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