Wednesday, November 4, 2015

How I Wear My: Gray

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Happy November! It’s a busy but thrilling time of the year, with Halloween over and Thanksgiving on its way, the temperatures dipping into sweater and coat weather, and the realization that 2015 is coming to a close. But can we make time for a little elegance and glamour? Because Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I wanted to highlight one of the most beautiful neutrals around—gray!

I cannot believe I am writing this, but this is the 4th anniversary post of “How I Wear My!” I do not know where the time has gone since our original post on a Missoni for Target cardigan we both just happened to purchase, but I want to thank Adrienne, my gorgeous and hardworking HIWM partner, for another year of dedication and inspiration! I also want to thank all the lovely ladies (and sometimes gents!) who join us each month and make this series such a pleasure. I am truly grateful to you all!

This was a fun post to put together because of the range of grays and because everyone is looking so polished and wonderful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country,  above, says, “I am wearing a heather gray poncho from Mason Street Designs, currently for sale at Shop The Rich Life. As I wrote in my last post, I love grays of all shades, heather gray is no exception. I styled my gray poncho with a quilted mini skirt from Gap, tights, Aquatalia suede booties, and a tassel necklace from Kay and Star. I also carried my black Adora bag.”

I like this autumn outfit on Adrienne and I also like this just as a photo of her, isn’t it lovely with Adrienne in front of those colorblocked leaves?

Deborah of Fabulous After 40.

Deborah of Fabulous After 40 writes, “I usually think of gray as a drab color but when I came across this elegant wrap coat from Theory I fell in love. The two-tone gray makes it a little more lively, and when I pair it with this rich, burgundy ribbed knit sweater, it works for me. Gray makes a beautiful backdrop to all the fall harvest colors.”

This is my new favorite picture of Deborah. She looks so glamorous and gorgeous! I love the entire ensemble—from the wrap coat, to the burgundy underneath it, the big necklace, the red nails, the great aubergine bag, and the splashes of vivid color the pumpkins and mums provide!

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley says, “I was playing with several different gray tones, from the deep charcoal in the cape, all the way to the silver crown. I love working with monochromatic palettes and grays work fabulous for this, as there are so many shades to work with!”

This is one of those photos and ensembles from Tamera that really make me think of old Hollywood. I love this look and I think legendary costume designer Edith Head would have loved it too!

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness says, “I bought this gray Vince coat sweater at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in July. It’s become a staple in my fall wardrobe. I can wear it with just about anything, dressed up or down. Here I’m wearing it with my black leather trousers, a black Gap tee, and my Stuart Weitzman loafers. The big gold brooch is from the 60s and belonged to my mum. I bought that burgundy Marc Jacobs bag also at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in July.”

This is such a great outfit on Susan and you know I never get tired of a brooch so I am especially crazy for Susan’s choice in jewelry!

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style writes, “If I think about how I wear gray, I have three different ways. One is to go from all shades between white and black and at the end of the long winter I even add different pattern, shine or structure. Then there is the gray plus just one bright color, like gray plus red or gray and pink. The third way what I call my American uniform, gray, black, and blue. Think jeans plus gray top and black blazer, or black and gray cardigan. You get the idea. I use that scheme when I have to ‘dress up’ to give a talk at a science conference.”

An interesting color theory from Nicole and thank God she keeps them on their toes in Alaska, and at science conferences, with visually compelling outfits like this one. I am digging those silver pants on her, especially with the snakeskin high heels!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made is wearing “a pair of colored skinny jeans, made in America, by Bullet Blue Jeans. Here they stand out when paired with blues and black including the tall boots, jacket, print silk top and scarf for interest - perfect layered fall outfit. One of my favorites.”

Ana looks so casually elegant in this ensemble and I like the addition of the necklace, infinity scarf, and a pop of red on her nails. Ana thought we should take a poll on how people prefer to spell the color, so which is it for you, gray or grey? I always think of grey as the way it is spelled in the U.K., but if you have any firm information on this, let us all know!

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun says, “I’m wearing head-to-toe gray, including my favorite soft gray blazer from Banana Republic and a vintage floral scarf that was my mother’s.”

I like this mix of edgy and girly in different shades of gray on Dawn Lucy and I think this may also be my new favorite picture of her!


My good friend Rosie joins us wearing a long pale gray blouse tipped in white and paired with slender black trousers. Her bag is in one of my all-time favorite shades of red and that, along with her glam sunglasses and chunky watch (and maybe the palm tree fronds too), make the whole ensemble pop!

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen.

Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen writes, “When I was younger I used to think gray was slightly boring as a color. The innocence of youth! How wrong I was! In a post from last month, I used gray as the color for all my accessories - beret, bag, shoes and even my jacket - to showcase how varying shades of gray can work together as a light counterpoint to another color.”

I am loving this combination so much, especially the bag, which features different photos of Marilyn Monroe, some of them showing her trusted makeup man, Whitey Snyder, touching up her face. Good ol’ Marilyn! Jacqueline looks amazing in a range of grays, especially with the burgundy as a backdrop. Love this look!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says, “Gray is a color I often wear, unlike white or black I find it isn’t too harsh next to my face. The black leather midi skirt and burgundy boots are two wonderful thrift store finds. I’ve had the cashmere gray sweater forever and the handbag shows off my love of vintage embroidered bags. I made the necklace myself.”

What a lovely fall look on Suzanne. It makes me want to add a skirt like this to my closet.

Malia of Style by Malia.

Malia of Style by Malia writes, “Gray and blush are one of my most favorite color combos. It feels sophisticated and girly all at the same time. The inspiration for this outfit was the gray and blush floral scarf from Charming Charlie’s. The blush pleated skirt I picked up this summer. I have been waiting for this fall to wear it.”

I love that the inspiration for the whole outfit was built around the scarf! I often do the same kind of thing. I also really like that Malia is wearing these pale colors in fall, when most people are reaching for black, navy, and dark gray (myself included).

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life is wearing a skirt by Ricki’s with a contrasting beige and gray sweater from Banana Republic. She says, “I never thought beige and gray would be a good combo but darn I liked this look.”

I like the colorblocked stripes and love the addition of the sparkly collar above the sweater. I hope that is snow from last year and not the current weather where Linda lives in Canada!

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “Fall weather in California does not come until November. Wearing a hat and sweater vest is the best way to feel fall-like without adding extra layers. This Banana Republic drapey vest makes me feel very fall.”

Alice—our resident mix-master looking so stylish!—brings up a great point about using certain articles of clothing to contribute to the feel of a season, without adding extra clothes. Do you ever do this too?

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40.

Pam of Over 50 Feeling 40 says, “This sweater top, ponte knit skirt, and scarf are all in the November collection for J. Jill! I love the color gray!”

This is such a nice outfit on Pam and I love the additions of both the lavender scarf, the long necklace, and the dark nails. Elegant and feminine and perfect for November!


HappyFace313 writes, “I like anthracite gray, because it goes with everything. But pure gray can be kind of boring. Since I like color, I added pink to spice it up - the color is in my T-shirt as well as in my Cent Plis des Miao silk scarf.”

I always love dark gray with a shot of deep color and this is the exact kind of combination I would favor myself: a cardigan paired with a bold Hermès scarf! Happyface has also added a lovely little Louis Vuitton bag and a collection of bracelets!

I love this dark gray worn with a deep pink scarf.

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society writes, “I am wearing our brand new Florence Jacquard Blazer which is a mix of black and gray jacquard Italian fabric with my Zara gray pencil skirt, red pumps for color pop, Hermès bag, and two of our brand new necklaces. The jacket and the necklaces are both available on our website.”

I love jacquard fabric so much so I am a big fan of this look. I am also dying over her vintage Hermès Lydie bag—so beautiful!—and the addition of red high heels. Nora always inspires me with her jackets and jewelry, as well as her terrific bag collection!

Trina of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina writes, “Love this month’s theme, it’s my very favorite color palette. While some women gravitate towards black, some neutrals, others vibrant colors, I find as I shop I always head directly to the shades of grey. They’re just so easy to accessorize with. This is how I’m embracing heather gray. Keeping it all heather and light in color but a little heavier with the textures.”

I like that Trina is so true to gray! I also like that she is wearing lighter shades of it, which is something I’d like to try myself this winter.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades.

Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades says, “I’m a huge fan of all-gray looks but I also love adding pops of color to an all-gray canvas.”

I love this look on Cynthia so much, from the pattern in the pale gray sweater, to the trumpet skirt, to the vibrant color of the scarf she paired the ensemble with. So glamorous!

Cherie of Style Nudge.

Cherie of Style Nudge says, “One of my favorite things to throw on is an oversized boyfriend cardigan over a pair of skinny jeans. It’s a simple way to look chic and stylish. Add a great pair of over-the-knee boots and a red leopard vintage handbag and you’re ready to go. Come on over to Style Nudge’s Vintage Shop and check out more one-of-a-kind vintage items.”

I am so into this look on Cherie, from the terrific over-the-knee boots, to the long cardigan and hallelujah, it is nice to see an old school frame handbag in red leopard. Love it! The bag is already sold (darn it all), but there are many more to love over at Cherie’s shop!

Love that handbag! I hope it went to a good home.

I really love all shades of gray but once fall is underway I am always drawn to a charcoal tone, like this shawl-collared long cardigan from Express that I have had for a few years. I like that the shawl collar offers an opportunity to show off sparkly jewelry so I pulled out my trusty J. Crew crystal baguette necklace that I bought a couple of years ago and still love so much. I have featured it on the blog several times because it is one of the best jewelry purchases I have ever made. It looks good in all seasons next to all colors, but it is especially wonderful when paired with gray!

I love the gray tones in this necklace.

I also love red with gray so I pulled out my Tahari patent loafers in Ruby Red which were part of the post “How I Wear My: Burgundy and Bordeaux” back in 2012!

This shade of red looks so good with gray.

By time we meet again the holiday season will be in full swing! With so many occasions for dressing up, it would be lovely to break out your best jewelry in honor of the season, and these days we are partial to pins! So join us in December for “How I Wear My: Brooch.” Whether it’s an heirloom piece given to you by a family member or some little vintage (or modern) gem you picked up at the thrift shop, we would love to see how you style your brooch! Send photos to us at by December 7, 2015 and be sure to include details!

Do stop by Adrienne’s to see even more fabulous looks in gray.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month and who have helped to make this series so great for four years! Woo-hoo!


Suzanne Carillo said...

Thanks for hosting again ladies! It is always such a pleasure to see so many versatile looks based on one theme.

This post shows that everyone can wear some shade of grey and look great.


Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, it was great to have you with us once again. That skirt looks wonderful on you. So elegant paired with gray! xx

Happiness at Mid Life said...

Always so fun to see all these stylish ladies wear a different theme. I am lusting after those loafers jill!


Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

Anonymous said...

Everyone looks gorgeous in grey! Loving all the cute grey jackets, coats, sweaters, etc. Jill, your necklace is so pretty!

Sorry I missed the challenge, I had recently bought a charcoal grey plaid poncho (inspired by the last challenge!) too. Next time!

Jill said...

Hi Alice, I loved your print mixing once again, as I always do. I will definitely be joining TBT link-ups this month! xx

Jill said...

Helen my dear, I know you have an Elizabeth Taylor-like love of jewelry (and I mean this as a supreme compliment!) so I hope you can join us for "How I Wear My: Brooch." xx

Adrienne Shubin said...

Thank you for being such a wonderful partner and friend! Who would have thought - FOUR years??
Everyone looks fantastic. I just love gray and wish I had more in my closet.
Looking forward to Brooch!
Many hugs, A

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Love the grey BC I wear it a lot. Is it okay if I send a pic already posted on my blog for the next brooch one?

Jill said...

Hi Adrienne, I thank YOU, I admire your work ethic, your writing talents, the way you connect with other people and--of course!--your fashion sense! I still cannot believe it has been 4 years. Wow! I tip my cap to you and I want to thank you for always inspiring me! xx

Tamera Beardsley said...

Jill thank you for once again hosting your lovely HIWM roundup! Always one of my favorite posts to see all of the different style interpretations of the topic! I agree with you … Trina's use of all light grays looks so beautiful! Kudos to you for your lovely ensemble working the dark gray! I am so looking forward to some real sweater weather here in SoCal!

Jill said...

Hi Naomi. Are you kidding me? Yes yes yes! Especially if it is your VCA lion brooch! Please send it to me! In glorious detail! You have to join us for this one! xx

Nora Minassian said...

Everyone is looking lovely as usual. I love your red loafers Jill and that necklace is so stunning. Thank you so much for hosting yet another fab HIWM!!

A Labour of Life said...

Thank you for managing to include me and yes, snow from Last year because the only grey I had worn this year so far was my poncho. ( but I am in grey today to celebrate your link up

HappyFace313 said...

:-) Dear Jill,

thank you so very much for putting this post together!
Every month I look forward to seeing all these wonderful ladies showing their special way of wearing whatever was asked for. It's always inspiring and fun to see and read.

Your sweater is lovely, the shawl part comes in handy the colder it gets. And you've just found yourself a new fan for your shoes…they make all the difference and yet they look very comfy.

I'm already thinking about the December brooch(es).

Big hug and thank you again!
Claudia xo

Jill said...

Tamera that is one of my all-time favorite pictures of you now. So glamorous! xx

Jill said...

Hi Nora, I love the new jacket and the jewelry is killing me because I want it all! I predict I am going to be buying several pieces of yours to give as gifts over the holidays! xx

Jill said...

Hi Linda I'm glad you could join us and I really liked those colorblocked stripes of beige and gray. I'm with you--I like those colors together! xx

Jill said...

Hi Claudia, I bought those loafers in both black and red because I loved the look of them so much and they are pretty comfortable to walk in! I am so glad you joined us for the gray roundup and I can't wait to see what you will share for Brooches! xx

Mossy said...

Jill, i do like those ruby reds with that charcoal but we still need to lift your go round just think about having a drink in Chicago...

cherie at said...

Jill and Adrienne, Thank you so much for hosting another great link up - Gray is one of my very favorite colors. And, I never know, is it grey or gray?? I am already looking forward to your next one - The Brooch!


Petite Silver Vixen said...

So chuffed to be included in this month's series especially amongst some of my favourite bloggers too! And thank you for adding the detail about Marilyn's make up artist - Whitey Synder. I didn't know that - you really are a Marilyn fan!

Thanks to Jill and Adrienne for hosting. Love the fact that the next one is The Brooch as I do love wearing brooches.

Beth @ said...

Another fabulous HIWM feature! Really loved all of the gray looks since gray is my favorite neutral. Also, happy happy anniversary to HIWM!

rosie said...

Hi Jill,

Another great post. Gray is an absolute staple in my wardrobe & now outnumbers my black pieces. And that's saying a lot.

For jackets, sweaters or knits I prefer charcoal. For lightweight clothing I'll do softer grays in light to medium tones.

I have read in a couple of places that French women (yes, them again) also wear a lot of gray.

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

Jill, you and all the ladies look lovely!
Here in Canada we spell the colour as grey.

FunkyForty said...

Super cute grey looks! What is best is that you all look so proud and happy in what you are wearing - good on all of you and keep it up!!!

Yvonne from

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Thanks, Jill, for another amazing "How I Wear My:" post - it inspired my look the day it came out! And mostly because I love your cozy deep gray sweater. It looks great with that necklace, too - only wish it were made in America. Can't wait 'til the next one as I am sure you have a fabulous brooch collection. : ) Ana

Jill said...

GSL/Mossy, I guess I do have my pouty face on. I am still in the middle of the NYC high school process and it has not been fun! A drink in Chicago sounds mighty fine! xx

Jill said...

Hi Cherie! Your look was one of my favorites this month and I am just wild about that bag, whoever snagged it is one lucky lady! xx

Jill said...

Hi Jacqueline! I am so glad you joined us this month, it is always fun when we have new people at the party! I am a big Marilyn fan and am really interested in how she created her glamorous look. I have read that Whitey said she had makeup secrets that she wouldn't tell to anyone, even him! There is a great tutorial video over at Lisa Eldridge's site that shows Lisa's take on what some of those secrets might have been.

I hope you will join us for brooch! I am crazy for brooches these days and I did admire the one that you wore, the little pave diamante eyeglasses. Loved it! xx

Jill said...

Hi Beth! I am so glad you joined us again and thank you for the HIWM anniversary wishes. I don't know where 4 years went! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I am thinking of adding more gray to my wardrobe too--I really want to wear brighter colors in accessories like scarves, jewelry and shoes so I need to a low-key palette to hang those on! I was buying a fair number of patterned clothing in the past year or so but that has since stopped and I'm back to black--and gray! I hope you join us for brooch. And I am so excited about NYC holiday windows, I just saw that BG's premiere on Nov. 17. Woo-hoo! xx

Jill said...

Hello Duchess of H! A-ha, finally someone answers it for us--it's "grey" in Canada! I feel like Americans use both spellings but I veer toward "gray" more often.

I LOVED your story of wearing a black Chanel suit to get married in, it was such a charming post, one of the best things I've read in awhile! xx

Jill said...

Hi Yvonne, thank you for the kind words. I hope you will join us next month! xx

Jill said...

Hi Ana, your look was one of my favorites this month! I hope you will join us next month for Brooch. I feel quite certain that you own some beautiful ones! xx