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Fifty Shades Of Grey: How To Make A Grey Statement

By Ilemona Akpa
08 August 2022   |   10:26 am
So let’s rail off Christian Grey for a second. There are over 500 shades of grey identifiable by the human eye and they can make for a fashion statement when done right. When you think grey, you would almost always think of office suits and sweat pants. A seemingly unattractive and conservative colour with a…

So let’s rail off Christian Grey for a second. There are over 500 shades of grey identifiable by the human eye and they can make for a fashion statement when done right.

When you think grey, you would almost always think of office suits and sweat pants. A seemingly unattractive and conservative colour with a bland taste. If world history had a colour, it would probably be grey.

Industrialisation and war, the palette of Picasso’s Guernica and Whistler’s grim landscapes. It has also been the colour associated with worker bees in every economic phase. Whether it was the grisettes, factory girls dressed in grey in 19th century Paris; the quintessential ‘man in a grey flannel suit’ from 1950s America, slogging every day to get his family and the country out of the Great Depression; or one of the multitudes of software fellas in grey t-shirts and tracks somewhere in the world — the colour grey has belonged to the worker that drives the economic engine of the moment.

The colour was made popular, the Nobel Westerner in the 18th century both for men and women. It was also a popular colour, almost Monks and Nuns. However, Grey, which is a common neutral colour, provides a softer alternative to black and is actually easier to wear.

Ever heard of the ‘groutfit’? That’s a grey outfit, the sheer volume of cloudy, skate-coloured, head-to-toe looks. Fashion designers and street styles have elevated the concrete tones out of its thought boring realm. Ariana Grande in a grey Giambattista Vaill ball dress for the 2020 Grammy award show was a glam take on the thought flat colour. It’s all about texture and tones.
Looking to set out in a few shades of grey?

Grey blazers and jackets: Grey jackets are the perfect add-on to pair with a dress, skirt or a pair of jeans or pants. And because it is a base colour, you can be adventurous with your colour choices.

Grey boots: It is no secret on the streets that boots are taking a walk of fame. Try out a pair of grey boots to elevate your look. With the right pair, you might just snag a spot on the best-dressed list.

Play with different shades of grey: From darker shades to lighter shades, explore grey shades for a more sophisticated look and, what’s more, add a little pop of colour with your accessories.

Grey items range in different fabrics and textures. Working with the right fabric and shade can be the pace for the final look.
From jackets to pants, jeans and boots, grey items can make the perfect base for other colours. And just like black, grey sets a great slimming effect with a brighter and elevated appeal.