Going grey

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I feel grey is the secret weapon of a lot of truly stylish women (like British Vogue editor Sarah Harris here) because it’s less predictable and more sophisticated than black, and you can combine it with just about anything (I especially like how it looks with a pop of color).

This faux fur coat looks so Teddy Bear cozy.

 

I’m very curious about Everlane’s quite well-priced and just-introduced ribbed alpaca sweater.

A shirt that would be just as good for the office as it would be for knocking about on the weekend.

I adore a grey leopard print, and the one on this coat is so good. I also think it’s just a really excellent shape.

This sweater is pre-styled to look like you’re wearing a shirt underneath, which is nice if you like a layered look but are no so crazy about adding bulk.

A Chan Luu scarf in charcoal grey would go with pretty much anything.

I dig how excellently slouchy these chinos are.

I can’t believe I missed this sweater in my Fair Isle post from earlier this week, because it has such a chic combination of colors.

A nicely clean-lined cashmere turtleneck that rings in just under $100.

A pretty perfect long-sleeved tee for all your layering needs.

I do love a poncho, even though they pose sartorial challenges (like: how to carry a bag while wearing one) and this one is cashmere, which is lovely.

I was eyeing this sweater at the Vince store the other day, and I must say I’m pretty tempted: it just looks like the kind of piece one would reach for constantly.

The cocoon-ish shape on this herringbone coat is just aces.

A zip cardigan is always so snappy, and great for layering, too.

Just a nice pair of well-cut wool trousers.

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19 Thoughts on Going grey
    Liz
    9 Nov 2018
    11:56am

    What a coincidence. I just bought some leopard print jeans and was trying to find something more interesting than black to pair with them. I settled on a grey Vivienne Westwood wool cropped sweater (thrift score for $50!) and 60’s black and tan chubby fur coat, and feel kind of cool today. Grey is definitely my neutral of choice.

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      Viajera
      9 Nov 2018
      1:05pm

      Seriously would love to see pics! leopard print jeans!!? Vivienne Westwood sweater!!??? 60s coat?

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    Rae
    9 Nov 2018
    12:07pm

    Yes to grey! I don’t wear black well unless it is high summer and I have a bit of color. My favorite greys are lighter, silvery grey. I think there is a grey for everyone, warm, cool, light, dark — it really is a perfect neutral. I love the top image you chose Kim.

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    kimberly
    9 Nov 2018
    12:10pm

    I’m wondering about that Everlane sweater too. I wonder if there’s some scratchiness around the collar…..But I like the looks of it

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    Kathi
    9 Nov 2018
    12:35pm

    While I sit here in all black, I realize I have lots of grey in my wardrobe and like you said, it looks great with a pop of color. I like these items, especially the fair isle sweater and the Vince – ribs on a slight diagonal = genius.

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      Kathi
      9 Nov 2018
      12:46pm

      Just read Andrea’s blog I Want ToBe Her & wish I could be in NYC to meet you two next Wednesday at JDR and Company. Have fun!!

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    Emily M.
    9 Nov 2018
    1:04pm

    I love grey! Especially for fall or winter. And I love how several of these grey sweaters are styled with black leather. This is giving me some great ideas for a Thanksgiving outfit!

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    Ann
    9 Nov 2018
    3:41pm

    My wardrobe is white, black, navy, and a ton of gray in all shades. And that is it. No prints because I feel like I’ve been wallpapered. But I thought this post was about letting hair go gray, which I began in July and I struggling with almost daily. So tired of coloring, but my hair is long and this process is gonna take forever.

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      c.w.
      9 Nov 2018
      5:57pm

      When I decided to go grey (and I was in my early 40’s)––I cut my hair super short and just let it be. I wasn’t crazy about super short hair, but that was the solution that worked best for me at the time. Hang in there, you’ll be glad you did!!

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        Ann
        10 Nov 2018
        1:38pm

        I look like a calico cat right now!

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    Snowcapsnow
    9 Nov 2018
    3:43pm

    None of these super cool editor types seem to carry a purse! Am I missing a trend?

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    c.w.
    9 Nov 2018
    5:54pm

    I’ve been gradually phasing out many of my black pieces for grey. I find with white hair grey is much more flattering to my skin tones. Side note on Everlane: I recently purchased the ReNew light weigh puffer in Lilac––when I took it out of the packaging I thought it was grey! Turns out to be a very lovely pale lilac with very decided tones of grey.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      13 Nov 2018
      5:37pm

      Sounds amazing for your hair!

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    Claudia
    9 Nov 2018
    8:28pm

    Since allowing the gray in my hair to shine 🙂 I’ve found myself drawn to gray clothes in multiple shades. All black with gray hair can look cool but also quite stark. Gray looks softer. Agree there is a gray for everyone and it can go well with many colors. Love it with yellow.

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    Rachel
    10 Nov 2018
    12:49am

    Love this post! Love wearing grey and how it can be striking on it’s own or offer a strong grounding for other colors. It’s like that great friend who thinks you’re awesome and wants all of the interesting parts of you to shine brightly.

    And now that I’ve cut off all of the “warm” tones of my formerly balayaged hair, the “cool” silver tones that are coming in continue the brightness to the top of my head.

    Grey! I. Love. It.

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    Amber
    11 Nov 2018
    12:35am

    As a super pale person, I often find grey is easier to wear than black — less contrast-y. And I’ve always been weirdly obsessed by the combo of grey and mustard.

    Separately, I have two pairs of the Hope News trousers. It pained me to spend the money, but I love them SO much, and the cost per wear totally justifies them. They are slouchy enough to be cool and comfortable, but they aren’t so baggy as to be unflattering.

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