20 chic little grey pieces

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Grey is such a stylish alternative to black—if you feel like you might wear too much of that, which I definitely do. But it’s pretty tricky on me—it washes me out—so I take care to follow the advice a fashion editor once gave me, and wear another, more flattering color closest to my face. I realize that might be a tough trick to pull off with a turtleneck sweater like this one, but I still like it a lot: it’s nicely oversized, but has a good shape.

This pinstripe blazer from Cos is so very slouchily elegant.

A ribbed polo shirt that’d be great layered under a cardigan.

I’m still intrigued by all the sweater vests out there this season, and I really dig the collar on this one.

How cute are these Comme des Garcons PLAY sneakers in grey?

And here’s just a really perfect sweatshirt; I dig the side slits especially.

Certain colors pop really well against grey, and I’d argue that red is one of those colors, and therefore I’m a big fan of this easy flannel shirt.

This is the kind of turtleneck sweater we should all own one of: it’s comfy, soft cashmere, and thin enough to layer with.

I’ve caught flack from some quarters lately for showing clothes that are too boxy, and I’m trying to improve on that front, but this V-neck is appealing exactly because it’s boxy, and that is just going to have to be OK.

I like that these lace-up boots both look like suede and are water-resistant.

I think the jungle creatures on this sweater are just adorable, without being the least bit cutesy.

Here’s Madewell’s popular Whisper Tee, which is so soft and cheap, and will last you a while just so long as you keep it out of the dryer.

The breast pocket on this sweater from ATM is a nice polished touch.

I’ve never been a fan of long cardigans but this season they’re appealing to me; this one is especially good because it looks more tailored than most of them do.

This short-sleeved sweatshirt isn’t left in many sizes, but it’s so good and maybe you’ll get lucky.

Just a rather perfect recycled wool peacoat that looks pricier than it is (while still being not exactly cheap).

The contrast of grey fleece with brown details is so unexpected-but-cool on this jacket.

And here is Rag & Bone’s ever-popular Slade Blazer, which I still haven’t purchased but am forever tempted to.

I think this half-zip sweatshirt is very nearly perfect, and very of the moment.

And finally: a thick cashmere sweater that is splurgy, yes, but would probably kill it on the cost-per-wear.

 

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19 Thoughts on 20 chic little grey pieces
    Robyn
    29 Oct 2021
    5:21am

    I love gray, it’s my answer to all the warm toned clothes that have been popular the last couple of years. Being cool toned, warm tones do me no favors. It’s the same with boxy sweaters. I love the look but they look horrible on me and I’ve never been able to wear long cardigans either. When I do they look like bath robes. To go along with someone else, a post on gray cardigans. That’s the one thing I can’t seem to find. Light gray, dark gray, any shade of gray. And… some that don’t have dropped shoulders. It seems everything has dropped shoulders now. Not everyone can wear all styles. At 62 I’ve become very selective in the styles and colors I wear. Which eliminates most clothes.

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    cw
    25 Oct 2021
    1:24pm

    It is currently 80 degrees here and we are on our way to 90 later this afternoon so my enthusiasm for grey sweaters and jackets is on hold. YET, I think this is an awesome collection. I even love the boots because they have that handy side zip! Plus, grey is my go-to color since my hair is mostly white. And listen to Val (Mamavalveeta03) regarding blush–– her complexion/make-up or no is outstanding. I’d take her make-up advise anytime.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      26 Oct 2021
      1:43pm

      Aww….thanks, CW! <3

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    Cynthia
    25 Oct 2021
    6:16pm

    I love all of these, and would also love a post on gray cardigans, my winter workhorse!

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    eertmeert
    25 Oct 2021
    2:07pm

    I have the Vince lace up boots in black, and while they are so cute and go with everything the foot beds are very hard and unsupportive. Make sure to buy a size that will accommodate an insole.

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    themis
    25 Oct 2021
    11:21am

    Thank for the the reminder of the Whisper tee-! I’d been thinking I needed to replace some of my Velvet by Graham & Spencer perfect slub tees, but they run around $70 , so I was holding out for a sale. PS, I own three Rag & Bone Slade blazers – I haunt clearances for them – and this fall Banana Republic Factory did a perfect knockoff in a substantial stretch knit; they’re currently clearanced. They come in a greyish sage and a weathered black but most importantly, in petite sizes as well. My R&B Slades all needed alteration in the arms.

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      CS
      25 Oct 2021
      12:31pm

      Thanks for the BR Factory tip! Gray and greenish shades don’t play well with my complexion tone, but I snapped up that weathered black version.

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        Elisa
        25 Oct 2021
        8:10pm

        I went on BR Factory and bought the exact same jacket!

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    Mimi A.
    25 Oct 2021
    11:26am

    I hate side slits on sweaters too! I bought a Cos turtleneck three years ago in an acid green that looks the same as the one you just ordered, Francine. I usually don’t go for long sweaters, but that one is one of the best cashmere sweaters I’ve ever owned. It’s cozy, but light enough to tuck in and hasn’t pilled. The Shopbop high collared zippered fleece is tempting me, but I can’t imagine why recycled polyester should be dry clean only. Am I crazy to see the brown foulard trim as almost a menswear touch?

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    Tally
    25 Oct 2021
    11:40am

    Off topic, but Kim what is happening with pants??? Are we supposed to wear outrageously baggy pants now? Is skinny over? Please advise.

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      Sharona
      25 Oct 2021
      7:42pm

      I wish my Madewell tee had lasted. Never in the dryer, washed in a delicate bag, holes after the 3rd wash.

      Nice tee, though.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    25 Oct 2021
    12:02pm

    Maybe I’m over-confident or just delusional, but I figure I can make (almost) any color work if I’m wearing the right makeup. And a pop of blush does wonders! I’ve had that Alex Mill sweater in my cart for a few weeks – it’s pretty perfect

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    Eloise
    25 Oct 2021
    10:11am

    The boxy Madewell sweater looks perfect – and apparently many agree as it is gone in all but a single (and sadly not my) size.

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    Mouse
    25 Oct 2021
    10:28am

    I love boxy! Please don’t stop showing boxy. I’d be buying that Madewell sweater in an instant except that acrylic is an accelerant for hot flashes for me…..:)

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    Margaret
    25 Oct 2021
    10:29am

    Just want to say that a good reason to let hair go grey, if you’re considering it, is that grey clothing suddenly looks spectacular on you.

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    Francine
    25 Oct 2021
    10:47am

    I love wearing gray and many of these are dreamy (that pea coat…!) and the turtleneck is now in my cart! But With sweaters in general, I can’t stand the side slit. I don’t get it. They lay in a weird place and give hips where there are none. Also the front zip sweaters are too suburban Dad for me.

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      kimbersam
      25 Oct 2021
      2:05pm

      Re: Front zip sweaters. I thought the same. Then, for funsies, I ordered one from ShopBop (looked for the brand tag but I cut it out). The sleeves are slightly feminine and the body is cropped. Hence, not really dad-like. So–I kept it and find myself wearing it all the time. Kim’s selection looks to have slightly less feminine sleeves, but I bet it would work.

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    Jenny
    26 Oct 2021
    9:41pm

    Jax, I was going to say something related, which is that not ALL grays are easy/hard to wear; it really depends on the lightness/darkness and undertone.
    Light cool gray washes me out terribly, but medium to dark gray works great, no different than black really for me. I think it partly depends on the contrast between your hair and skin, as well as your skin’s undertone.

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    Jax
    26 Oct 2021
    12:00am

    I have issues with a lighter gray but am fine with a medium or dark gray. For example, carbon gray or steel gray or grays with blue in them (petrol!) usually look great on me. But I have to stop wearing lighter grays — they either fight my complexion or make me look vaguely ill. I think it’s because it’s a cold light color and I skew a warmer deep autumn.

    I’m loving all the quarter zip sweaters and sweatshirts. Haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

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