STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Shades of Grey

Style Advice of the Week

Although black usually steals the show when it comes to monotone dressing, this Fashionista shows us that the color grey is putting up a fight. Her grey wool pea coat is boxy but looks great against her petite frame. She wears it over a simple black and white striped top, an item every Fashionista needs to own. It never ceases to amaze me how often my own horizontally striped black and white shirt comes in handy. Whether worn under basic pieces like these or paired with bright colored denim or prints, the stripes can pull any outfit together and give it a classic touch.

These grey skinny jeans look great with the black and white striped top and match the shade of the coat almost perfectly. Who say’s matching is out? The streamlined color combination elongates this Fashionista’s frame, which flatters while giving off an “I’m too cool to care” vibe. In New York, this is often the exact vibe we go for.

With her look, this Fashionista is giving an early nod to the runways of fall 2012’s fashion week. Designers like Vera Wang and Stella McCartney showcased all grey looks in their ready-to-wear shows that make the in-between color a true contender for the season’s spotlight. This gal didn’t wait until the fall semester to embrace the trend; instead she chose to make grey on grey work for a chilly New York spring day. Her early bird attitude is inspiring to say the least.

Combine different shades of grey from your closet to mimic this look and get your own head start on fall 2012 trends. Pair grey basics with black accessories like leather booties and plastic-rimmed glasses like these for a real minimalist look. Don’t be afraid to let grey speak for itself because if this Fashionista has anything to say about it, gray is the new black.

 

 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Shades of Gray

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Gray and black is not a color combination most Fashionistas jump to for an eye-catching ensemble. It is easy to write off the mix as boring or run of the mill. Even though I am strong believer in wearing vibrant colors, I know a muted color palate is sometimes all you need to make a statement. Today's Fashionista is the perfect example. Wearing only two colors, she is composed with an aura of grunge.

This Fashionista grounds her ensemble with the ever-so-popular Dr. Martens. These shoes are the ultimate signifier of underground cool, despite the fact that Fashionistas everywhere have invested in a pair recently. Her gray tights lead the eye up to a simple black mini-dress with a button placket. For cozy protection from the cold, she adds an oversized gray cardigan. It doesn't take much else to complete her outfit. Look up and you will see her bandana, the finishing touch. A quick knot on the top of her head adds a trendy feel to her look, a trend many other Fashionistas have been sporting lately as well. It is fun to see various head wrap interpretations from college students in the nation and abroad. Check out this Fashionista from Hampton University or this one from McGill University in Canada who are also wearing head wraps.

Take a cue from today's Fashionista if you are in a rush in the morning. Early classes leave us flustered and grasping at clothes to throw on but keeping our outfits simple can solve this problem. Matching two neutral colors will ease the morning rush. Rather than contemplating how to balance various hues in an ensemble, you will only need to find a few pieces that match or are a similar color. White House | Black Market is a retailer who embraces this “keep it simple” mantra. Basing their collections around the two neutral hues in their name, this is the perfect place to pick up some interchangeable staple items.

So if you are like myself and love to hit that snooze button every morning, maybe gray and black should be the first combination in our arsenal for quick dressing.

 

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