Grey Matter: Three Coats and A Pair of Boots
With the exception of a little black and white, I really could have an entire closet filled with grey. It is without a doubt my go-to color, so much so that my friend threatened to stage a “grey sweater intervention” a few years ago. But I can’t be stopped—for the shoot this week I chose my my grey FRAME denim le skinny destroyed jeans, (similar here without the distressed element) a Vince cashmere sweater, and a DVF silk grey and white button down. It’s a uniform of sorts for me--I think owning a lot of grey things means I can mix and match all I want. This summer I added another grey piece: the Joie Jamilee C Fauz Fur Collar Wool Cardigan I bought at the Nordstrom sale is super luxurious even with fake fur, and can double as an outer layer. It is on sale again, by the way. Here are three of my favorite grey coats that have different personalities but go with everything and of course my grey suede boots.
Burberry Grey Suede Moto Boots
Ankle boots are a wardrobe staple and you can choose look you want from a multitude of styles. From dressy high heeled booties to latest chunky block heels and flats, booties come in styles that elevate your look even if they don't elevate your height. I love my Burberry Brit Worcester Flat Boot because even though they are Burberry, there is just a hint of the classic plaid on the back and the moto style and buckles make them unique. This style is from last fall (and I have seen them on eBay if you must have them) but I love the look of this season's Burberry Wool Felt Panel and Leather Boots as well as these gorgeous Kenzo Suede Zipper Booties. Don't be afraid of suede either: spray your suede boots with water repellent and save them for drier days. It is a perfect way to add rich texture and detail to your fall and winter looks.
rag & bone Wool Pea Coat
The military style peacoat coat is a classic that is makes an appearance every fall so it is a good idea to invest in a well made one you will wear year after year. This dark charcoal grey rag & bone Battle Pea Coat is a traditional style so I like mixing it with non-traditional pieces, like the destroyed look of the denim. And navy and grey are beautiful together, so I paired it with the fabulous pebbled leather Carolina Loyola Dark Blue Elephant Clutch from Favery. It is roomy enough for your essentials, and has a cool swingy tassel on the zipper that I love.
This oversized coat is from non other than lululemon. Both this version and the Savasana Softshell Jacket I have are made with a water resistant exterior and a soft interior. The Savasana coat is slightly longer than the one pictured and has a giant hood that keeps out the downpour. I have worn this with workout gear and with dresses and heels--it is quite versatile. I love the boxy look which gives it a cool factor. It was discovered in the sale section at lulu by the way, so remember to look off the beaten path when you are hunting for a great looking coat that might be practical as well.
Mackage Leather Jacket
This is another purchase from MB's Finds Consignment, but you can find Mackage at Shopbop, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom and at the company's website. A leather jacket is a must have wardrobe essential--it is the workhorse of your closet. This particular jacket has a detachable knit vest with a fur collar that makes it not only warmer but more chic with a little downtown cool. I wear my leather jackets year round with dresses, jeans--well, everything but pajamas.
Grey is chic, sexy, beautiful and universally flattering. The color makes skin glow and is a chameleon that flatters all other colors. Whether you go for a monochromatic look with all shades of grey or mix it in with other neutrals, pattern or brights, the many shades of gray have no limits in their possibilities.