Going Grey: A Guide to Mastering This Timeless Colour


Grey is a versatile and timeless shade, making it a perfect addition to any minimalist wardrobe. The beauty of grey is its ability to elevate other neutrals as well as tone down more vibrant colours. Investing in multi-functional grey pieces can help to break up a primarily black-and-white wardrobe, offering a subtle switch-up without deviating too far from your comfort zone. In addition to its versatility, grey has a calming effect on the eye, creating a sense of balance in your outfits. (This is especially true when grey is worn top-to-toe in tonal dressing – nothing feels as cosy!) Basically, grey is easy to style, making it an ideal buy.

Blame it on the resurgence of ‘90s fashion, but grey is also a serious seasonal colour trend. The most recent round of F/W23 runway shows showcased the shade at its best, from office-inspired mini dresses cut in pewter suiting to classic charcoal knits. Street style offered up plenty of top-to-toe tonal inspiration too. For us, the best fits drew on minimalist silhouettes plucked straight from the closets of the ‘90s and early 2000s.

So, how can you incorporate grey into your autumn/winter capsule wardrobe? Start with considered basics, slick suiting and classic outerwear. All tones of grey pair back with neutral separates (like a plain white t-shirt or black button-up shirt) and denim, making it easy to mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe.



A mainstay of minimalist dressing, a silky slip dress in a soft shade of grey can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Pair it with a cosy knit and ankle boots for a casual daytime look, or dress it up with strappy heels and statement jewellery for an evening out. Easy tanks and tees in grey can be layered underneath blazers, cardigans, or denim jackets for an understated cool-weather look. The key to dressing in grey is to choose timeless pieces that can be worn season after season, rather than focusing on fleeting trends.


For those who prefer a more tailored approach, incorporating grey into your wardrobe is a must this season. A sharply cut blazer in grey pairs just as well with slouchy trousers as it does a midi skirt for a modern take on office wear. A tailored grey vest is another versatile piece that can be layered over a crisp white shirt to work or worn solo for a more casual vibe. Stick to simple, classic silhouettes and let the colour do the talking.



A classic crewneck sweater in grey works with everything from jeans to tailored trousers, and can also be layered over a collared shirt for a polished look. A grey turtleneck is another versatile knitwear option, worn on its own with high-waisted pants or layered under blazers or jackets. For a cosier option in the depths of winter, try a chunky grey knit thrown over a long-sleeved tee for an effortless yet stylish look. And let's not forget about the grey knit dress – a perfect option for dressing up or down, it’ll never steer you wrong.


A classic grey coat can be worn season after season, making it a worthwhile investment. Look for silhouettes that’ll last with clean lines and minimalist details, such as a tailored wool coat or a longline trench coat. Paired even with simple outfits, like a white t-shirt, jeans and ankle boots, it’ll create an effortlessly chic look. 

Grey outerwear is also a great way to try tonal dressing. Try pairing a soft sweater with a darker charcoal skirt or trousers, adding a classic wool coat in another complementary shade of grey. The key to tonal dressing is to play with layering, using different colours and fabrics to add depth and interest to your outfit.

Embrace this versatile seasonal shade with our considered edit of grey pieces.

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