Grey – A Bit Ambiguous & Under-rated

Grey is an equal mixture of black and white. It is a shadow colour associated with the god, Mercury, who moved easily between heaven, earth and the underworld.

People often only see the negative side of grey – bleak fogs, threatening storms and images of boring, austere old fogeys. Wearing grey can have a positive side as it helps you to be open to new influences and helps you form opinions on new things (ie using the grey matter of your mind).

There is a version of grey in every colour season swatch. Here are a few tips to make the most of grey as an addition to your fall-back, black business and corporate wardrobe.

Grey is a wonderful neutral especially for skirts, pants and jeans. Grey in pants is best in a darker charcoal grey which is just a softer version of black. For a suit or skirt, choose a grey in a pinstripe or check pattern. Grey and white lighten and soften; grey and black look darker and more sober.Grey mixed with silver, black or white can create striking or gentle combinations.

Grey and red go particularly well together. You can wear any colour with grey that you can wear with black. The effect can be softer, feminine-strong or more distinctive than all black.

Black and white makes grey; so a scarf or necklace in black, white & another colour adds professionalism and individuality.

As a hair colour, grey covers black & white, silver or pure white hair. Red, pink or aqua add wonderful contrasts to highlight grey hair.

Beware the light grey knit vest jackets that are around today. They can be quite aging. Choose with care. Go with your gut feeling not the salesperson’s advice.

(This is a combination of two articles Article sent to subscribers of The Fashion Translator eZine’ on 24 March and  14 July 2011. Click here to sign up for The Fashion Translator eZine.)

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