I generally don't wear it with a tie. In fact, I haven't yet. I also don't wear it with gray pants. I wear with with brown pants (mid-brown flannel, dark brown flannel, chocolate cords), oatmeal flannel, beige flannel, deep blue flannel, blue jeans, etc. Nearly always with a blue OCBD, but sometimes a blue and white university stripe OCBD. I also wear it with brown shoes whether in suede, cordovan, waxed leather, etc.