Fade to Grey

25 Sep 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

Restrained and subdued, consider grey your wardrobe’s palette cleanser this season, says Penny Fray

Okay, this is your last chance. Step away from the sheaths of chiffon. Summer is officially over, making it time to tackle autumn’s trends.

I know Muscat is too hot for faux fur coats, boots and Burberry blankets, but that doesn’t mean you can opt out of the new season altogether. After all, there’s always grey. Softer than black and more practical than white, it’s the ideal trans-seasonal hue.

Consult with any of Oman’s yummy mummies and they’ll tell you that the grey marl sweatshirt has replaced the white t-shirt as the ideal staple. It works with everything.

And on the catwalk, grey has certainly made its presence felt with sober suits sneaking into DKNY and Jason Wu’s collections, while prep-school shorts were a major trend at both Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone. Personally, I prefer to match the subtle shade with softer shapes like Altuzzura’s loungewear inspired dresses in luxe cashmere. Think wrap dress meets dressing gown.

Of course, there is a fine art to wearing simple clothes in such a bland colour. The aim is to look deliberately understated rather than lacking in imagination – unless, of course, you’re embracing normcore on purpose. That’s why clever accessories are essential. A nod to the fur trend would be a fluffy bag or at least a fun pom-pom on your regular tote. Just don’t detract from the shade with a multi-coloured statement necklace. If you are wearing grey, wear more grey in different shades and textures. Own it. Nothing could be more now – until next week, anyway.


Elizabeth and James’ “Jack” shoulder bag is one of the easiest ways to work autumn’s shearling trend. Trimmed in brown leather, this soft shaggy piece has ample interior pockets to safeguard your essentials. Detach the shoulder strap to carry as a clutch. From RO324


With distressed inserts and zips, H&M’s grey jeans strike the perfect balance between edgy and wearable. From RO20


The French slogan on this Zara T-shirt adds a Euro spin to a simple wardrobe staple. We’re styling ours with ripped denims for a gorgeously grunge look. From RO10


The signature piece for the new season is the blanket coat, especially if it’s from Burberry and bares your initials. A cooler and less costly option is this pioneer wrap from Accessorize at RO12.5


These Call It Spring pumps are a classically feminine style with subtle panels and a perfectly pointed toe. Wear yours for sleek desk-to-dinner looks. From RO29


Gucci’s round acetate sunglasses combine a smoky matte gray frame with electric neon yellow. Wear yours on vacation or on Muscat’s beaches. From RO97


Penny’s tips on wearing this season’s chicest colour:

  1. Suits and sheath dresses aren’t the only way to wear grey. Try incorporating it into everyday wear with jeans and a sweatshirt. Dull? No way. It’s very normcore, darling.
  2. If you think you’re wearing too much neutral, punch it up with metallic silver. Going bright may be a little 2013, so make way for embellishment instead.
  3. If you really want to make a fashion statement and you’re young enough to get away with it, die your locks grey. “Granny” shades are still hot in hair circles.

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