When is a gray suit not a gray suit? When it’s the beautiful gunmetal blue/gray “James Sharp” knockout I saw recently at Hugo Boss. The star of this Italian shorn wool ensemble is a traditional two-button jacket that has a five-button vest, with black vents on either side and contrasting under-collar and jacket lining. “Since last year, two things have been blowing off the shelves,” sales consultant, Quintin Torres told me. “Double-breasted and three-piece suits.” What makes this piece different, besides Boss’s impeccable fit and cut, is its blue/gray hue. It stopped me, and, despite the fact that I have three gray suits, with this unusual number, I could certainly see making it four.

$945 at Hugo Boss, Shops at Northbridge, 520 N. Michigan Ave., 312-321-0700