Wearing Winter Grey | Written by Paula Joye


Grey is the new navy.

From cardigans and sweaters to ankle boots and biker jackets, if you want to update your wardrobe then buy something in the grey family.

The secret to making it all look effortless is to wear it in exactly the same way you would your other neutrals: a white t-shirt, a black skirt, a cream jumper…insert piece of gorgeous greyness here.
Personally, I’m a sucker for marle anything. Particularly if it’s a knit. I also love wearing grey with crisp white, pale pink, and show me a woman who doesn’t look amazing in a grey sweater, blue jeans and a slick of red lipstick.

Seriously. Find me one.

Here’s some affordable buys that will sprinkle some moody magic over your winter wardrobe.

The Biker Jacket.


Just look at this jacket… it’s pretty damn good.

The crop, the hardware, the shade…it’s a softer, more feminine alternative to its classic black cousin.

Biker jackets will toughen up any outfit and this one ticks all the right boxes.

Grey, narrow, cropped.

CLICK TO BUY: Grey biker jacket, $89.95 from Katie’s (Available in May) Long sleeved t-shirt, $39.95 from Katie’s; Current Elliot Distressed Skinny Jeans, $364 from ShopBop; Rag & Bone Newbury Booties, $702 from ShopBop


And just to underline it’s versatility (and also any excuse to wear a tutu), I’ve dressed it up here, with a grey silk shirt and tonal pumps.

Wear this jacket over everything from my gym gear to a ball gown. It’s the school run, the shops, the office, Sunday breakfast..done.

CLICK TO BUY: Brett shirt in Gunmetal, $124 from Equipment, Grey biker jacket, $89.95 from Katie’s (Available in May) My own vintage tutu, Grey pumps from Saint Laurent.

The Over-Sized Roll Neck.


Grey and wool go together like Paris and Autumn.

Few things are prettier than a soft, storm cloud sweater.

This oversized jumper is the great addition to your knitwear wardrobe and the lack of sleeves makes it an all year round buy.

When choosing a roll neck, look for large, textured weave and a relaxed, loose neck line.
This one is as soft as a kitten.

CLICK TO BUY: Sleeveless Roll Neck Sweater, $39.95 from Katie’s

Tweed Blazer.


Sometimes a hint of grey is a all you need and it’s great way to extend all your black work basics.

Try switching out you favourite blazer with a tweed jacket like this one. Team it with pants, skirts, shrugged over the shoulders of a little black dress.

It will give any corporate outfit a nice kick along.

The cut on this jacket suggests a much higher tag. It fits really well and I like how narrow it is through the arms and across the shoulders.

CLICK TO BUY: Tibi black camisole, $276 from Matches Fashion; Tweed cropped blazer, $69.95 from Katie’s; Black leather pumps, $555.86 from Saint Laurent. Skirt from Joseph. Bag from Chanel.

The Wrap Cardigan.


Every woman needs a Marilyn cardigan moment.

Those pictures of her on the beach (her final sitting before she died) forever changed the way I viewed the humble cardi.

I mean….


A long wrap-style cardigan in soft grey marle is a true wardrobe friend. Choose a style that is lightweight enough to layer under a coat or blazer.

This type of cardigan is genius for travelling – keeps you warm, doesn’t crush and rolls up to nothing.


CLICK TO BUY: Marle grey wrap cardigan, $69.95 from Katie’s

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