Grey: it’s a only short word, and you might not have much to say about it. We say that you should think again – whether you want soft and pale, to make a statement, or to play with textures and patterns, it’s all here, and it’s trending for winter 2014.
Blend layers of grey, and you’ll be surprised by its depth and diversity. There’s charcoal, marl, silver, pepper or granite, and then there’s mottled, flecked or pinstripes. Mismatch as Stella McCartney did, and you’ll bring out its best qualities. As well as layering your outfit, contrast collars and cuffs for a harder edge.
Yes, we can state categorically that grey on grey is having a moment, and this is nowhere more apparent than in knitwear. Wrap yourself in cashmere, or party in a draped jersey dress by Isabel Marant. Team a slouchy sweater with a full skirt, like those floating around at Dries Van Noten. Alternatively, pull it over a midi or a pinstriped pencil, and complement with brown boots. And if Jennifer Aniston dons a grey bouclé dress, and it’s by Dolce & Gabbana, we’ll go with that.
Team a mottled sweater with a black leather mini – Alexa Chung will show you how. Olivia Palermo plumped for a waist-cinched shirt dress, while Cat Deeley threw an embellished leather jacket over pale jeans and tee. Heidi Klum matched her maxi dress with a long scarf, but you could go for a dark ribbed version on a pale coat, or a turtle-necked knit.
Bright shades or pastels are stunning with grey, but they could swamp the subtleties of this surprisingly warm colour, so stick with the discipline of close relatives, to complement rather than compete. We’ve already mentioned black, but a white tee under a pale sweater will soften the whole. Team trousers of the same with a grey coat, or break the monopoly of head-to-toe sameness with white sneakers. Similarly, accessorise this trend with black in oversized bags, embellished clutches, and cut-out boots, and top with sunglasses plus a dark fedora.
Break out in keyhole fabric or its more delicate version, lace, for a lighter touch, perfect with a pop of silver in the party season, but take care – you may get to like your monochromatic self so much that you’ll be permanently hooked.
The featured photo is of Vanessa Hong wearing a grey knit turtleneck and skirt from Whistles, backpack from the The Row and the boots are from Zara
Why not combine various layers of grey through a blazer and jeans, like Mary Seng! The tight fitting nature of these jeans contrasts excellently with the oversized look of the blazer; we highly recommend this sophisticated style!
Boots: Stuart Weitzman.
Christine Andrew is looking effortlessly stylish in this grey on grey ensemble consisting of a wrap coat, a pair of grey skinnies and a cute fringe detailed top. This colour scheme is ideal for everyday neutral wear!
A matching coat and trousers combo will always afford you with an elegant and collected style. Mandy Shadforth looks ultra suave in this double grey outfit, paired with an Aztec style printed clutch for added glam.
Coat/Trousers: Anna Quan, Sweater: Rachel Pally.
Combine the grey on grey and culottes trends to steal Jill Lansky’s awesome and individual style. Consisting of a grey turtleneck, grey culottes, and simple white sneakers, this look is perfect for work and leisure!
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Mandy Shadforth is absolutely rocking this androgynous grey on grey suit, paired with a white tee and a matching grey cashmere sweater. Feminise this outfit with simple silver jewellery like Mandy if you want that sophisticated vibe.
Jacket/Trousers: MCQ Alexander McQueen, Shirt: MGSM.
Noor De Groot is wearing the grey on grey trend through a knit sweater and thigh high boots. Not only is this style perfect for the winter cold, but it is also sophisticated and classy, and we love it!
Knit: Asos Blouse: Asos Boots: Public Desire Bag: Chanel
Ann Taylor wears the grey on grey fashion trend in a sweater and matching cashmere skirt; two pieces which go together perfectly for a wonderful winter look.
Sweater: Madewell, Skirt: Theory, Pumps: Jimmy Choo.
Combining various shades of grey is always a good idea. Figtny wears a slitted grey midi skirt with a cute grey knitted sweater and a matching scarf. Both ideal for the winter cold and effortlessly stylish, this look is a winner!
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Matching varying tones of grey can really enhance your everyday look. Alexandra Pereira wears a dark scarf with a paler knitted sweater and looks totally ready for work or play.
Jeans: Anine Bing, Sweater: Zara, Bag: Celine, Boots: Ulanka.
Try pairing casual grey wide leg slacks with a matching knit sweater and swanky white platform flats in your all grey outfit this fall. Via Diana Z Wang.
Sweater: J.W Anderson, Trousers: Topshop, Sneakers: H&M.
Jenny Tsang wears a gorgeous grey two piece with classic Adidas Superstars.
Knitted Set: Few Moda, Bag: Coach, Sneakers: Adidas.
Beatrice Gutu wears grey skinny jeans with a rolled up sweater and white sneakers.
Sweater: H&M, Jeans: Forever21, Sneakers: Stan Smith.
Kristin Sundberg wears a grey sweater dress matched with a grey overcoat.
Skirt: Lindex, Top: Gina tricot, Coat: Misspap, Boots: H&M.
A matching grey two piece looks great on Stella Wants To Die. She wears the look with Adidas Superstars and shades.
Top/Trousers: Purificación García, Sneakers: Adidas, Sunnies: Ray-Ban.
Grey skinny jeans will look great worn with a pale grey wrap coat and black heels. Via Barbora Ondrackova.
Shirt: Mango, Jeans: Topshop, Coat: Zara.
Sarah Mikaela looks sophisticated in a grey overcoat and stylish brimmed hat.
Coat: Neon Rose, Boots: Ugg Australia, Hat: Next.
Finish off your grey on grey look with a pair of edgy cowboy boots like these ones, worn by Mary Seng.
Boots: Sam Edelman, Jeans/Top: Nordstrom.
Wear your grey knit sweater with a grey skirt, grey socks and a pair of Dr. Martens. Via Jacqueline Mikuta.
Sweater: VILA, Skirt – Anncha, Boots: Dr.Martens, Bag: Zara, Sunglasses: ZeroUV
Annette Haga layers grey jacket over grey midi dress with simple black lace ups.
Johanna Olsson is wearing a grey v-neck over a darker paired of grey skinnies.
Jeans: River Island, Top: River Island, Shoes: La Strada
Lisa Dengler looks striking in this long grey dress worn casually with a pair of sneakers.
Dress: Opening Ceremony, Sneakers: Nike
We think you should try Johanna Olssen’s all grey outfit of skinnies, suede shoes and a casual tee!
Jeans: River Island, Shoes: Rag & Bone, Tee: Vince
That grey top is just perfect for summer. Via Nada Adelle.
Tank Top: H&M. Grey Outfit Ideas
Go casual like Stephanie Sterjovski in grey trousers and a matching tied vest!
Top: Urban Outfitters, Pants: BDG, Sneakers: Stan Smith x Adidas
This grey outfit and matching hair… Via Angelica Blick
Skirt: Gina Tricot, Bag: Asos, Sneakers: Adidas, Top from Adidas
Grey Outfit Ideas: Kenza Zouiten is wearing a Ginatricot pale grey tracksuit set
Victoria Tornegren is wearing an all grey outfit, with the trousers and top from Gina Tricot
Grey Outfits & Ideas: Camille Callen is wearing an ash grey Asos coat with a Zara scarf and a faux fur clutch bag
All Grey Outfit: Dorota Jawinska is wearing a pale grey tank top with a pair of skinny jeans both from Zara
The Pearl Oyster is wearing an ash grey Nordstrom blazer with Flying Monkey skinny jeans and a pair of pale grey ankle boots
Helena Glazer is wearing a grey outfit with a knitted Zara sweater, ripped Topshop skinny jeans and Manalo Blahnik heels
Grey coat and jeans via unknown fashion blogger
Grey Pants Outfit: Tamara Kalinic is wearing all grey, boots from Lacoste, suit from Sandro, great coat from River Island and the bag is from Proenza Schouler
Grey Outfit Trend: Caroline Louis is wearing a grey T-shirt from Alexander Wang and the matching hat is from Maison Michel
Grey Outfit: Dorota Jawinska is wearing a grey knit jumper from LeBrand and the grey hat is from River Island
Grey Sweater Outfit: Marie Ullevoldsater is wearing all grey, sweater from Lindex and the hat is from H&M
Charlotte Groeneveld is wearing a pale grey coat from Jaeger, grey knit jumper and trousers from Zara, bag from Chanel and Converse trainers
Sandra Buisan is wearing grey on grey, most items from 080 Chic
Krystal Bick is wearing all grey, leather acket fromIRO, sweater from Everlane, jeans from J.Brand and the shoes and bag are both from Saint Laurent
Grey Outfits: C.J. is wearing a grey coat from Zara and grey skinny cords from Gap
Oversized Grey Coat: Sofie Valkiers is wearing a grey coat from Filles a Papa, trousers from 3.1 Phillip Lim, sneakers from Nike and the bag is from Proenza Schouler
Grey Outfits And Ideas: Courtney Trop is wearing all grey, top from 10 Corso, trousers and skirt from Tibi, bag from Chloe, scarf from Equipment and shoes from Rocha
Sheryl Luke is wearing a charcoal coal from 7 For All Mankind, grey jeans from Joes Jeans, sweater from J Crew and the bag is from Mansur Gavriel
Lovely by Lucy is wearing a grey knitted top from Asos, grey trousers from Selected and the white trainers are from Nike
Figtny is wearing a slit skirt from Jax, and a grey knit sweater from Prony and grey cashmere scarf from Helmut Lang
Joyce Croonen is wearing grey on grey, jumper from Acne, skirt from Monki and the brown boots are from H&M
Aimee Song is wearing a grey zip detail sweater from French Connection and grey slouchy jeans from AG
Grey On Grey: Joyce Croonen is wearing a pale grey coat from Cos, matching sweater gfrom Acne, white trousers from H&M and the grey scarf from Balenciaga
Zina Charkoplia is wearing a grey skirt and top from Zara, sneakers from Adidas, sunglasses from Marc Jacobs and the bag is from Celine