How to Wear Grey: 1 Outfit, 9 Ideas

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How to wear grey in your outfits? Grey, for many people, has a not always positive reputation: that of “turning off” the wearer and, therefore, of being particularly unsuitable for a season, such as winter, that is already grey in itself at times.

My personal opinion on how to wear grey is a little different: in fact, color theory teaches us that there are no right or wrong colors for everyone, nor colors capable of “turning on” or “turning off” a person in general.  



There are, instead, colors that are suitable and less suitable for each of us: our complexion, the color of our eyes, our color intensity and our degree of contrast. And, of course, colors that are suitable for our personal season, following seasonal color analysis.  


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And also our personal “color palette” – the selection of shades best suited to each of us according to the rules of color analysis – must of course be adapted on a case-by-case basis.

In any case, one of my favorite neutral colors for the winter is without a doubt grey, in its light to medium shades. But how to match grey so that our outfits always look bright and are able to make us shine even on a gloomy winter day? For this outfit I chose to match grey in a ton sur ton version, i.e. playing the whole outfit on various shades and patterns and on different materials of the same color shade.

To create a little bit of contrast, I also added black accessories (also because outside the weather was really horrible that day and black leather is really everything when it rains!).  


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What I’m wearing:

Grey coat, Benetton, very old, similar and very nice alternatives HERE, HERE and HERE

Grey faux fur scarf, old. See here for a really spectacular alternative, as a vest to wear over your coat for a similar effect HERE , and a wonderful model in light grey here

Earrings, gifted, similar HERE and HERE Handbag: this Givenchy Nightingale handbag has proved to be a real investment bag as well as one of the most successful fashion investments of all time for me.

It has beautiful leather, as I have never found it in other bags before.

Not only that, it’s one of those bags that ages very well, getting more and more beautiful over time. Unfortunately the newer versions of Givenchy Nightingale are, in my opinion, less beautiful; my version in particular can still be found on Vestiaire Collective: for a wide selection of this investment bag check HERE!

I got mine right on Vestiaire a few years ago, second-hand but still new.

If you are interested, or if you are aiming at some other bag, I also leave you a discount code that takes away 20 USD for every 200 spent on the first purchase made on Vestiaire Collective (or simply by registering with a new account): NOTIMEFORSTYLE20.

Combat boots, Sebastian via yoox, sold out, similar HERE Black Chelsea boots from the last photo, Sam Edelman, HERE





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Do you like grey for your winter outfits? Do you use it? And which shades do you prefer on you?



  1. Determine which shades of grey will suit you best: the grey family is a big one, ranging from warm turtledove to very dark grey. To do so, just drape scarves or garments and fabrics in various shades of grey around your face. Then, look how you look in the mirror in natural light: does your complexion look healthy and glowy, as if you were already wearing some makeup? Then that particular shade is for you!
  2. You can also experiment with different fabrics and materials: each one reflects the light in a different way and this also helps to determine whether it suits you and illuminates you.
  3. Put on some make-up and wear a nice, bright lipstick if it suits you.
  4. Combine different patterns, materials and fabrics in the same shade of grey: it’s a simple look, but also very chic.
  5. Color combinations: grey looks great with other neutral shades such as white or black, which it contains. Or try to combine medium or light-medium grey with camel: it always looks very sophisticated.
  6. But grey also goes well with color: it goes very well with pastel colors if they suit you, but also with dark blue.
  7. Grey and brown: dark brown is perfect for medium to light grey, while a hazelnut will go well with more intense shades of grey.
  8. Jewelry: Grey is fabulous with silver jewelry and other silver metallic details. I also like some shades, like taupe or light or medium light grey, very much with yellow or pink gold, though.
  9. Grey wool looks great with leather accessories: choose black for a cooler, more gritty look, camel or chocolate brown for a softer, more sporty look.



What about you? What are your favorite winter neutrals and why?  




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