Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Can I Wear Grey for Dressy Events? Heavens YES!

I was asked to show some options for cool colors - especially including grey - for dressy events in cooler weather. Grey can be so elegant...

First I went "shopping" for cool clothes - mostly in silver grey, but I could NOT resist that luscious aqua sweater! It also comes in grey, as well as a really light beige heather, and a glorious bright but heathery blue... The aqua and the blue are such uncommon colors to see this time of year - you won't see yourself coming and going on the streets...

Four Key Pieces in mint and silver grey for the holidays
sweater – Lands ‘ End; cowl sweater – Uniqlo; blouse – Hillier Bartley; skirt – Ralph Lauren

To provide us with a basis upon which we can build some outfits, I'm referring back to A Common Wardrobe in grey that I used a few weeks ago. Realistically, you could easily wear both the grey sweater and the gorgeous silvery blouse with the lace skirt, but it's good to have a few other choices available... Owning a dozen pieces of clothing that are timelessly classic and that all work together will make ALL of your "getting dressed drama" much less dramatic!

A Common Wardrobe in shades of grey
grey tee – Lands’ End; white tee – Lands’ End; blouse – Banana Republic; washable wool sweater – L.L.Bean; white shirt – Lands’ End; long-sleeved tee – L.L.Bean; merino turtleneck – Uniqlo; washable merino cardigan – L.L.Bean; striped tee – Marks and Spencer; herringbone pants – L.L.Bean; cords – L.L.Bean; skirt – L.L.Bean

The sweater is a lovely, relaxed but pretty way to dress up any pair of pants you own - and it's never wrong to wear beautiful mint-green loafers...

two ways to wear a mint green cabled sweater with A Common Wardrobe
earrings – Auree Jewellery; mint flats – M.Gemi; socks - Muk Luks; bracelet – John Hardy; square earrings – Azuni London; mules – Diane von Furstenberg

Same general idea with the off-the-shoulder sweater (which I believe can be worn as more of a cowl neck style - it would depend on your shoulder width, I'd suspect?) Some amazing earrings and a pretty bag, and you're good to go!

two ways to wear a grey off-the-shoulder sweater with A Common Wardrobe
loafers – Nicholas Kirkwood; earrings – Nadri; clutch - Michael Kors; bag – Coach; ballet flats – Me Too; earrings – Baublebar

This blouse is an INSANE extravagance, but it's so beautiful that it would dress up anything... The top outfit could go so many places... and the bottom outfit is a comfortable way to look like you've gone to a lot of trouble!

two ways to wear a grey satin blouse with A Common Wardrobe
earrings – Ted Baker London; pumps – Prada; bag – Steve Madden; earrings – Oscar de la Renta; ballet flats – Børn; bag – Gigi New York

A lace skirt is always good to have stashed away. This one isn't dirt-cheap, but it's not insanely expensive by the standards of holiday attire... And it would NEVER go out of style, unless we all start wearing those space-suit uniforms that we were all promised for the 21st Century...

two ways to wear a grey lace skirt with A Common Wardrobe
earrings – Alexis Bittar; tassel necklace – Alexis Bittar; boots – Steve Madden; ball earrings – Lord & Taylor; infinity scarf – Treasure & Bond; boots – Sigerson Morrison

Some of these outfits might push your "comfort envelope" a little bit, but I would like to encourage everyone to think a bit creatively, so that we can all get as much mileage out of our clothing as possible... Being "out of the ordinary" can be a very good thing!

love,
Janice

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7 comments:

  1. Love grey for dressy! Seems a tiny less formal than black and sets off some modest bling jewelry. Pearls also do well with grey.

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  2. Can we talk tee shirts for a moment? The pairing of the white tee with the lace skirt really too me aback. NONE of my white tees would look AT ALL appropriate with a lace skirt, even with the cardigan. I'm okay with the silhouette, but the fabrics stump me. I followed the link to Land's End and noticed that the tee is a cotton/modal blend. Is that the secret? Choose more "flowy" fabrics for tees rather than the traditional cotton? I love the idea of mixing in a few fancy pieces with my everyday stuff, but I fear I would look rather hodge-podge!

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    1. I have found that viscose fabrics with a little elastane offers the best flow especially if the top has a trapeze style cut. I have just received the Lands' End satin ruffle front top which was featured a couple of days ago and was surprised how stiff the cotton/modal fabric felt. It fits okay, but it just looks like a v-neck t-shirt with a frill down the front - fine if you just want to wear it at home but not dressy enough (for me) to wear for an evening out. Sharon, U.K.

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  3. Janice, you had me at grey again! And then you kept on giving with that gorgeous grey lace skirt. I bought a grey lace dress for a wedding in June and now you've got me thinking how I can team it with something that wintrifies it. I'm on the case! Thanks for your inspo, as always, hugs, x.

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  4. I have had a lovely grey satin skirt for more than a decade and it's wonderful for dressing up - I wore it last week for a black tie wedding, with a velvet top and flats with rhinestones. - nancyo

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  5. I love grey. That grey lace skirt has me drooling and looking at fabric.

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