Introduce shades of gray for an instant wardrobe update.
The key to making other trends work this autumn/winter is to build on basics. Bold and bulky accessories are best matched with more subtle colours. Chunky knits, opaque tights and cute knee highs are winter wonderful. Tailored sophistication debuted on the runways - good news for those of us stuck in the city all week. Glamour continues to inspire with beautiful silhouettes gracing the runway in all things gray.
If you’re thinking boring – think again. Choose shades ranging from rich charcoal to ashen gray. Innovate with metallic pewter or silver and you’ll be pulling off two trends at a time. Not sure where to begin? A few basic items will give you a head start.
Invest in a classic. The beauty of the gray trend is that it’s a colour that won’t really date. Pencil skirts, tailored jackets and elegant trousers are items that will last. To achieve a playfully chic look, you can then add some faddish fashion.
Statement colours are all the rage: purple, scarlet and canary yellow amongst the favourites. Make it work both in the office and on the weekend. Slip a violet blouse under a tailored skirt suit for boardroom class. Pair with soft denims for urban casual. A cheap way to cheer up a gray day is to mix up with a pair of opaque tights in a brilliant hue. If you’re feeling less adventurous, stick with gray tones and keep those pins toasty in knee high woollen socks or silky stockings. A pair of red heels will add a splash of colour without taking too much of a risk. Cover up with a silvery trench or even better: a coat with dazzling trim.
If you can only afford to splurge on one item, make it the chunky knit. For understated style wrap your LBD in one with a waist-cinching belt. They work wonders with a pair of wide-legged trousers too. If you’re after a sleeker silhouette, try a jersey dress. Choose between one of the newer snug fits or a contemporary layered design.
You will be astounded by how simple accessories keep you in fashion and on budget. For a sophisticated finish to an all black ensemble (we all have plenty of those), drape a lead coloured woollen scarf over your shoulders. A clutch purse in a daring canary yellow will add some sass to your newly acquired gray staples. Hats are so hip this season - don’t leave home without one. If you haven’t already bought a statement neckpiece – do it now. Bangles have been replaced with jewelled cuffs in metal or plastic.
Now that you’ve got all you need, it’s a good idea to create your very own lookbook. Take snapshots of a few outfits, incorporating newly purchased treats with what you already have. Put them up on your wall or in your closet. You won’t ever have to wonder what to wear next!