5 Reasons to Wear: Shades of Grey

Always a favourite on fashion’s colour wheel, this season grey is really stealing the sartorial spotlight. From high-shine to high-tech, sporty to sophisticated, this versatile colour plays a key role in the biggest looks of Spring/Summer 2014’

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You’ll shine your way into summer

At Saint Laurent, high-shine fabrics are a key component of Hedi Slimane’s much fêted rock‘n’roll aesthetic.
A metallic silver jacket gives eveningwear an opulent edge or combine with PVC and leather for punk-edged paradise.

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It’s a palette purifier

Grey is the ultimate shade for enhancing this season’s taste for technicolour. Whether you opt for Givenchy’s take on tropical, or Valentino’s love of camouflage, a deep charcoal or silver will elevate any pattern and prevent it from being too overpowering.

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It’s the linchpin of leisurewear

Grey-marl is a casual classic and its grainy finish gives comfort pieces a deeper dimension. Sweatshirts and bomber jackets are back in a big way for Spring/Summer 2014, proving that grey can be less about formality, and more about fun.

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It makes for sublime footwear

The bright footwear colourations of last season have been stripped back to reveal something more subtle for summer. Whether it’s an urban high-top or classic pump, a grey trainer complements any outfit.

05.

Be more like Bond

In the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun, a silver suit was Roger Moore’s most fashionable weapon. To tap into this season’s Ivy League fascination, pair it with a cardigan, a straw boater and, of course, a stiff drink.

by Laura Hawkins