Inspired by… the colour grey

I haven’t done an “Inspired by…” post since my first (here), and as there seems to be a myriad of things of late inspiring my style, it’s high time I get round to writing another!

Today’s post is all about the colour grey. I am so innately attracted to this colour at the moment that everything I am looking at or reaching for within my own wardrobe is grey. I do not discriminate between my greys – I love every grey on the grey spectrum. I love grey as a tweed, a pinstripe, a check, a knit, a satin or a skin. I love grey for work, for special occasions and for downtime. I just love grey.

I am particularly enamoured with grey sweaters and have been gravitating to them most of all. I love the thought of throwing them on with denim of every iteration (boyfriend jeans with brogues or wedges for a Saturday of shopping; dark, high-waisted, skinny leg jeans and coloured suede stilettos for an evening out; a denim pencil skirt and knee-high leather boots for a casual Friday at work), because grey pairs beautifully with white, light, dark and black denim.

♥ Star Style ♥

Left to right: Olivia Palermo pairs her slouchy knit with slim, distressed boyfriend jeans, neutral flats and a neon clutch (image source: Blond Attack), whilst Rihanna wears her oversized sweater with light jeans, nude accessories and a statement necklace (image source: Daily Mail)

♥ Street Style ♥

Left to right: The fullness of the jumper is offset by skinny jeans and ladylike pumps, with definition at the waist created by tucking the sweater in (image source: Style Is My Pudding); the grey marle knit is made super feminine with a denim skirt and thigh-high suede boots (image source: Russian Doll)

I am also inspired to wear grey sweaters oversized, drapey or cocoon-like with stretchy pencil skirts (printed, plain, cashmere, leather, jersey) to balance the cosy fullness. Grey jumpers look amazing in an office environment, just skimming the body, hitting at the hip (or tucked loosely into your pants) and worn with black pants of any style – tuxedo, wide-leg, skinny, cropped. By injecting a statement accessory, such as silver hoop earrings, a bejewelled necklace or leopard print pumps, the grey jumper/black pant combination is elevated from basic to modern, timeless and fabulous.

♥ Fashion Editors ♥

Left to right: Holli Rogers wearing a cable knit sweater with a side-slit pencil skirt (image source: Elle); Capucine Safyurtlu in a grey sweater with cuffed black chinos (image source: By Squid/Tumblr)

You can see from each of these real-life snaps that grey sweaters work for a number of occasions, and that there is a grey hue and texture for every age, colouring and style. There are a few grey sweaters I have in my various wish lists at the moment, including the following (click to shop!):

Top row: Schumacher sweatshirt, reduced to US$61; Inhabit sweater, reduced to US$150
Bottom row: Anthony Thomas Melillo sweatshirt, reduced to US$169 (currently with another 50% off!!); Belstaff sweater, reduced to £222

Whilst I am harbouring a particular fondness for grey sweaters (I’m possibly holding on to the last shred of cool weather here in Perth!), I am loving grey everything else. I am loving grey knit dresses worn close to the body, grey t-shirts in fine linen or viscose that drape to perfection, grey skinny jeans that act as perfect layering pieces, grey pumps and grey ankle boots as a more workable neutral than black or nude, grey cardigans worn fitted and cropped, grey silk camisoles edged in delicate lace and grey jackets, rendered in suede or nubbly wool, thrown casually over the shoulders. Below are my picks of the grey pieces over which I am currently lusting (click to shop)!




Top row: Iris & Ink fluted skirt, J.W. Anderson perforated skirt, Isabel Marant knit skirt, all from The Outnet
Middle row: Hamish Morrow wool dress and Notify ruched jeans, both from yoox
Bottom row: Laurence Dacade for Thakoon pumps from yoox, Cole Haan suede boots from Nordstrom Rack, Eastpak sneakers from yoox

I don’t think my love for grey is going to abate any time soon, especially given how inspired I am to swathe myself in this most glorious, accessible, wearable, classic hue. Even though much of what I have featured in terms of my inspiration seems suited to cooler weather, grey is the perfect colour to wear all year round. Expect some grey-inspired posts and enjoy exploring (and experimenting with!) this wonderful hue 🙂

Tips for wearing grey:

* Grey is considered a neutral, which means it can be worn with all manner of colours (unlike black). Some of greys’ best pairings include yellow, pink, mauve, orange and sky blue:

grey and yellow grey and pink grey and mauve
grey and orange grey and sky blue

* Don’t be afraid to wear grey head-to-toe! Tonal shades of grey in one outfit is incredibly sophisticated, and much softer than an all-black ensemble.

* Look for luxe fabrics (soft washed viscoses for t-shirts, 3 to 6 ply cashmere for sweaters, fine gauge merino wool for trousers) that will maintain the perfect grey hue throughout washing and wearing.

* Grey looks best slightly oversized, slouchy and skimming the body as it evokes a casual yet elegant insouciance.


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