I am very proud of the fact that my husband is a smart dresser. While he does occasionally ask for my advice, he is perfectly capable of putting together fantastic outfits on his own. Today's look is a prime example that a black suit and a blue shirt need not be one's only option for a more formal office environment.
In this case, we don't even have a suit - the entire look consists of perfectly-coordinated separates. The jacket is gray with very subtle white pattern from Geoffrey Beene at the Blowing Rock outlets. The slacks are charcoal gray and came from a discount store like T.J. Maxx or Marshall's. The shirt is actually lavender (proof that men can wear colors that are traditionally considered feminine) worn with a sharp purple tie with a geometric pattern. Both shirt and tie are from Haggar (also from an outlet store).
The shoes and belt are brown leather - proof that black is not all that, and that your accessories need not be stuck in the black territory forever. The watch is one of my favorite details here. It's very inexpensive (I think it was something like $30 at Dillard's), and is not strictly a dress watch, but still looks sharp. Gerry wears it both ways - with business and with casual outfits, and it works fine most of the time.
So, here is a look that is interesting, sharp and didn't cost a fortune. There is no law against looking good, guys. Give it a shot - you might even enjoy it. :-)