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September 16, 2014

Shades of Grey: But this Work Decision is Easy

As the French Neoclassical painter, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, said, “Better grey than garishness”. What exactly did he mean? Well, honestly, we’re not sure. But we can tell you our interpretation. Grey is subtle. It’s sophisticated. It quietly makes a statement. These are all reasons that make it the ideal color for work. As we talked about in our Clothes & Conversation this week, it works on all skin tones, with all hair colors, so there’s no reason to be shy. On a functional level, it’s a quick decision while getting dressed in the morning because it easily pairs with so many other colors. Wear it with black, camel, white, navy (yes, navy – we love this chic combination), and any pop color. This season, we are drawn to pastels with grey, If you have a pale blue or powdery pink cashmere sweater, a grey skirt or trousers will be sublime.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow for our After 5 finds and Thursday for our Casual picks. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
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Nanette Lepore - Folded Flounce Blazer & Flared Trousers
Folded Flounce Blazer & Flared Trousers
Nanette Lepore
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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There are so many great details in this Nanette Lepore blazer and coordinating pants. The contemporary, yet easy, fit is flattering in both the jacket’s single button closure and the pleat detail at the back. (Click through the “shop it” button to see this detail and scroll down for the pants to create the entire suit.) The pants are great on their own since they have a stylish flared leg, a bit of a higher rise and seam at the back of the knee – these are not your run-of-the-mill suit pants. And since the jacket has such great detail too, they work together or as separates. Since these pieces are charcoal, they look great with a simple shell in black – or a pop of color - for a stylish and conservative look.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446721789 BOSS Hugo Boss - Jadena Suit Jacket & Tulia Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss - Jadena Suit Jacket & Tulia Pants
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Jadena Suit Jacket & Tulia Pants
Jadena Suit Jacket & Tulia Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss
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With the importance of plaids this season, Hugo Boss has done a professionally appropriate interpretation with this pale grey check blazer and coordinating pants that are sold seperately. Wear them together for a classically modern look, with an ivory or pastel (pale blue, pink, or lavender would be beautiful and so on trend this season) blouse, or on their own for less conservative looks. The modern fit is easier and the jacket style looks great, even if you have a larger chest. You can absolutely wear a black shoe with this, too. There is no disputing the timelessness of these pieces.


http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Lafayette-148-New-York-Shira-Ombre-Wool-Blend-Coat-Long-Sleeve-Wool-Blend-Turtleneck-Slim-Suede-Legging-Pants/prod174950002_cat13770760__/p.prod Lafayette 148 New York - Shira Ombre Wool-Blend Coat
Lafayette 148 New York - Shira Ombre Wool-Blend Coat
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Lafayette 148 New York - Shira Ombre Wool-Blend Coat
Shira Ombre Wool-Blend Coat
Lafayette 148 New York
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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This gorgeous ombre top coat from Lafayette 148 New York speaks for itself. But hey, since we’re here, we’ll add our two cents…we adore the pairing of soft grey with camel (we actually talked about these colors earlier in the season). It’s the perfect example of classic style being anything but boring. This is a modern fitting jacket you will be able to wear in so many ways, for so many years. While it is shown with stunning camel suede pants, we suggest a more classic pairing for work – these Lafayette trousers are a best selling silhouette and have a great fit.
https://ayr.com/products/the-framework-jacket?color=heather%20grey AYR - The Framework Jacket
AYR - The Framework Jacket
We’ve talked about AYR, the new line that’s all about timeless pieces we can wear All Year Round. Their fresh take on a jacket, in this soft heather grey Italian wool is a great find. It’s actually One Size, so depending on you, it can be worn in endless ways. Whether you cinch it with a belt (if you’re petite, you can treat it like a kimono) or wear it as shown, it’s a crowd pleaser. While it can be worn with just a simple tank or sleeveless shell, we like to pair the short-sleeve with a long sleeve under it. Go with a an easy button-down shirt or simple turtleneck and slim trousers for an updated work look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/rebecca-taylor-grapevine-double-pocket-top/3836483 Rebecca Taylor - Long Sleeve Grapevine Top
Rebecca Taylor - Long Sleeve Grapevine Top
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Rebecca Taylor - Long Sleeve Grapevine Top
Long Sleeve Grapevine Top
Rebecca Taylor
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Feminine and pretty, this silk floral blouse from Rebecca Taylor is ground in a beautiful grey that works with black, navy or ivory seamlessly. The fabric itself is so pretty without being girly, and the details of solid grey fabric insets just add to the allure and sophistication. The split neckline works well with a blazer, cardigan, or on its own.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/donna-ricco-jacquard-knit-sheath-dress-regular-petite/3808014?origin=category&BaseUrl=Dresses Donna Ricco - Jacquard Knit Sheath Dress
Donna Ricco - Jacquard Knit Sheath Dress
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Donna Ricco - Jacquard Knit Sheath Dress
Jacquard Knit Sheath Dress
Donna Ricco
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We had to do a double take when we saw the amazing price on this Donna Ricco dress – you will, too. Not because it’s such a good deal (which it is), but because it’s so good looking! Really. This navy, grey, and white tight houndstooth fabric is so modern and stylish, while the simple sheath style is timeless. It is a modern fit in a large array of sizes, so we can all enjoy this one. Add a wrap belt to accentuate your waist and help create a smooth line.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418048&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446711401 Elie Tahari - Axel Dress
Elie Tahari - Axel Dress
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Elie Tahari - Axel Dress
Axel Dress
Elie Tahari
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There is so much great detail in this Elie Tahari dress. (Click through the “shop it” button to zoom in to get a better look). Not only are the black sides and arms extremely slimming (it’s a great little eye trick), but the grey menswear fabric has raw edging to give some added texture and well, edge, to this very work appropriate dress. Add black tights and heels, and your ready for the day.

http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Tory-Burch-Marcia-Sleeveless-Sheath-Dress-With-Piping-Accent/prod170750327/p.prod Tory Burch - Marcia Knit Sheath Dress
Tory Burch - Marcia Knit Sheath Dress
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Tory Burch - Marcia Knit Sheath Dress
Marcia Knit Sheath Dress
Tory Burch
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Another grey dress option, this one from Tory Burch. We love all the black detailing on the grey dresses – in case you weren’t sure what color shoes or tights/stockings to wear, there is no question here. The satin trim accentuates the waist and slims the torso with the clever vertical trim. You can add a lightweight scarf, slim blazer, or cardigan to this dress, too. This is a soft, comfortable dress – perfect for a full day at the office and dinner later.


http://www.toryburch.com/tauren-cardigan/30143105.html Tory Burch - Tauren Cardigan
Tory Burch - Tauren Cardigan
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Tory Burch - Tauren Cardigan
Tauren Cardigan
Tory Burch
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We were just talking about wearing a cardigan over a sleeveless or short sleeve dress. This is an ideal option because it’s not too long – that’s the key to a cardigan working well over a tailored dress, keeping your proportions in line. This wool cardigan has a zig zag pattern stitched into it, giving it some great interest, along with menswear-inspired elbow patches that we just adore. The zipper is a nice alternative to buttons, making it more like a jacket than a sweater, perfect for work or with a tank and jeans on the weekend.
http://www.shopbop.com/handknit-cableknit-turtleneck-sweater-ami/vp/v=1/1583107376.htm Ami Dans La Rue - Handknit Turtleneck Sweater
Ami Dans La Rue - Handknit Turtleneck Sweater
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Ami Dans La Rue - Handknit Turtleneck Sweater
Handknit Turtleneck Sweater
Ami Dans La Rue
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When looking for good sweaters for work, we are partial to beautiful tailored options. The trimmer fits create a polished appearance that looks great with anything from wider trousers to slim ones, as well as pencil skirts or pleated, midi versions. They also work well under blazers. This handknit turtleneck from Ami Dans La Rue - a sophisticated line that is all about luxurious sweaters and knits - offers a contemporary fit that is slim, but not at all tight. It even has a cableknit elbow detail. So timeless.

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306439428&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446731821 Vince - Tailored Track Pants
Vince - Tailored Track Pants
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Vince - Tailored Track Pants
Tailored Track Pants
Vince
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If you work in a more creative or casual environment, these are the perfect way to reinterpret a classic pair of work pants. Vince has taken wool trousers and given them a sporty banded cuff at the bottom. Such a stylish update – and they look great with pumps or booties. Wear them just as you would any pair of trousers for work…with a great blouse, blazer, or tailored sweater.

https://www.shopbop.com/camelia-pantalone-otto-dame/vp/v=1/1500929504.htm Otto d'ame - Camelia Pants
Otto d'ame  - Camelia Pants
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Otto d'ame  - Camelia Pants
Camelia Pants
Otto d'ame
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At first glance, this may seem like an edgy choice. But keep looking. This season, layering is such a big trend, and this skirt and slim pant is stylish – but not trendy - way to interpret it. These are actually 2 separate pieces that we love wearing apart, as much as we do together. (Wear tights or leggings, like this Free People pair, with the skirt when on its own, it does have slits on the sides.) They both have elastic waists, and stretch fabric, so they’re very comfortable. The brand is Italian, so note the size scale conversion through the "shop it" button (38=2, 48=12). The pinstriping is camel and black so the pieces look amazing with either color sweater or blazer.

http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?vid=1&pid=415263002 Bailey 44 - Snuggle Skirt
Bailey 44 - Snuggle Skirt
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Bailey 44 - Snuggle Skirt
Snuggle Skirt
Bailey 44
Sold by: Piperlime

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Bailey 44 calls this the Snuggle Skirt, and we can see why. It takes the cozy feel of a sweater and turns it into a lovely skirt that is midi length with a subtle flare – making that sweater a great work piece. It has a stylish and subtle raw hem, so if you do have to get it shortened, it’s going to be very easy. The fabric is marled (lots of different shades of grey) so it works with solids or patterns. Sizes are going fast - you can also find it on Shopbop.

http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1015932&vid=1&pid=426432002 Loeffler Randall - Pari Shoes
Loeffler Randall - Pari Shoes
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Loeffler Randall - Pari Shoes
Pari Shoes
Loeffler Randall
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We are fans of Loeffler Randall’s accessories for work- they have that modern, yet classic, aesthetic we look for. We are obsessed with these flannel grey pumps. The silhouette is classic with a high (but not too high) heel and rounded pointy toe. This wool fabrication is what makes them, though. They look amazing with camel, simple black, or darker shades of grey. Timeless and stunning.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446718972 Loeffler Randall - Calf Hair Work Tote
Loeffler Randall - Calf Hair Work Tote
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Loeffler Randall - Calf Hair Work Tote
Calf Hair Work Tote
Loeffler Randall
Sold by: Saks Fifth Avenue

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And then there is Loeffler Randall’s modern work tote in this season’s grey. It has such a rich look with its calf hair inset, but is completely functional with an interior slip pocket to slide in your iPad. And it’s big enough for all your essentials – it’s deep enough for a 13” computer and all your file folders. The self color trim studs are so subtle, and allows the push lock closure to give a nice pop.
 

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