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IF black and navy are the fallback colours for autumn/winter, then grey is the new neutral on the block.

Banish visions of starchy school uniforms. It may not be the most exhilarating hue, but design houses upped grey's cool factor by turning the catwalks dove, slate and charcoal.

Need convincing? "Grey is less harsh against most complexions than black and there is a shade to suit everyone," says Colour Me Beautiful's Fiona Wellins.

MINIMALIST MODE GO cold turkey on your summer brights and prints with the complete antithesis - super-strict and restrained grey.

This is minimalism in its purest form.

Think unfussy details and straight lines that will elongate your silhouette. If you're not quite ready for the influx of luxe grey coats on the high street, ease your way into autumn with a longline wool waistcoat or sleeveless jacket.

Create a streamlined, tonal look by layering multiple shades of grey together to add interest to your look.

FURRY MONSTER IF YOU'RE more about texture and cosiness, give grey instant depth with this season's fuzzy and furry statement pieces.

The number one rule for voluminous fabrics is to balance out your proportions with a contrast. Go for Right: Grey V-neck dress, PS350 Jaeger ( a double grey hit by teaming a big, fluffy knit with a slick A-line leather skirt.

If you're unsure about combining grey tones and fabrics together, the high street has plenty of ready-made contrasts with jumpers, coats and tops featuring furry panels.

Gargantuan faux furs are huge for autumn, but if you want to wear a strokeable texture now, try a faux ponyhair boxy top in grey.

GLAMOUR GREY WITH a little boost, grey can be just as dazzling as black for eveningwear.

Look for a jacquard top or dress with a grey backdrop and a hint of metallic.

Give grey accessories a boost with a touch of metal hardwear to add some gloss to your outfit.


Grey featured heavily in Lanvin's ready-to-wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 2, 2014
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