It won't end officially until September 22 in the United States, and in California it will continue to be warm until the end of October, but the end of August has always been the end of summer in my mind. So here at A Suitable Wardrobe it's about time to stop looking at linen and think instead about worsteds in anticipation of the changing seasons.
Too much change of course can be disruptive, so while our topic will be different our model will once again be yesterday's Luca di Montezemolo, dressed for the coming season. He's wearing worsted here, in one of the classic combinations of blue necktie, white shirt and gray suit. Were it not that his jacket is double breasted and most likely buttoned to the bottom row of buttons, this would be about as conservative as the lounge suit gets.
Men who wish to dress conservatively and have trouble deciding on their color combinations can do much worse than to memorize and put into practice the mantra "Blue with gray and gray with blue." That is to say, with a gray suit wear a necktie with a blue ground, and with a blue suit wear a necktie with a gray or silver ground. The shades may change but the combination looks good -- and is appropriate -- year-round.