Blazer ($360), vest ($80), and shirt ($60) by Tommy Hilfiger, 212-223-1824. Tie ($150) by Burberry, burberry.com.
From five feet away it seems to be that perfect shade of charcoal. But upon further inspection it's not a solid color at all. There's actually a barely there pattern, which, unlike the plain gray of your standard two-button, will earn you a second look.
Blazer ($685) by agnès b., agnesb.com. Shirt ($380) by Dior Homme, diorhomme.com. Tie ($225) by Isaia, isaia.it.
Settle on a tightly woven wool with a subtle surface effect reminiscent of TV static—not to be confused with large-scale patterns, like window-pane and houndstooth. Most men already have plenty of those.
Blazer ($795) by Burberry London, burberry.com. Shirt ($695) by Maison Martin Margiela Sartorial Collection, martinmargiela.com. Tie ($225) by Isaia, isaia.it.
Just because your suit has an abstract pattern doesn't mean you need to play it safe with a crisp white shirt. Faintly striped shirts in dove gray, blue, or pink, like those below, add a measured shot of sophistication.
Suit ($1,295) by Calvin Klein Collection, 877-256-7373. Shirt ($125) by BR Monogram, bananarepublic.com. Tie ($60) by J. Crew, jcrew.com.
Photographs by Brad Bridgers