While Jamie Dornan, of Fifty Shades of Grey fame, is nowhere in sight, the color gray is making itself known as the great neutral of the season. (Fact: in America the color is spelled g-r-a-y and in England, it is g-r-e-y so do not fret, either spelling is correct). We have seen everything from ball gowns to jeans sporting variations of gray. One need look no further than a Benjamin Moore store to see that there are countless shades of this color ranging from cool to warm. Typically, gray is considered to be a cool color; but, depending on the many undertones such as brown, blue or green, gray can actually brighten up an ensemble. I was immediately drawn to this cozy, cropped sweater from Club Monaco and could live in it (if Houston’s weather would permit!).
This cropped find has a subtle cable knit detail and is the softest Fall item I own. I love that it can be thrown on with jeans or paired with a cute A-line midi in black leather. Or whip out your inner-stylish Librarian and pair this cable-knit piece with a pencil skirt. It is a classic “with a twist” look for board meetings and court dates. Speaking of skirts, this high-waist black skirt is such a fun find. The pleats fall below the high waist line and give this skirt a flirty vibe. Plus, since the sweater is cropped, I can still get away with wearing this to the office sans showing too much skin. Win! As the days get cooler, a pair of great tights will carry this look through the winter months (Jack Frost rarely appears in H-town, but one must always be prepared).Pairing these pieces with a snake skin clutch by Houston’s own Presmer adds a little edge to the look. A plain black bag would have faded into the background. Presmer handbags are luxurious and timeless. Plus, these stylish ladies adapt their creations in various colors that add such a uniqueness to their pieces. I fell in love with this clutch 3 years ago and it still looks brand new. The quality of the construction of these bags is amazing. Another fun option is to go with a bold color and switch the clutch to a modern cross-body or even a structured satchel. I typically don’t pair red with black or gray, but a bright yellow or green would certainly pop with this pairing. While I kept my jewelry to a minimum, gold, chunky accessories would be fabulous with this for a night on the town.We clearly are obsessed with booties and there was no exception when I styled this look. These black suede wedge booties were a no-brainer. Adore is not even a strong even word that I have for these shoes. I have paired them with long flowing skirts, jeans, sheath dresses – you name it. They are so universal and go high style or low depending on the pairing. Bonus: they are comfortable. In a crowd sometimes I swear I hum in my head “you can do anything you want to do, but don’t you step on my black suede boots.” However, I can see high boots or even tall (I’m talking runway tall) pumps with this skirt as well.
While this sweater and skirt ensemble marries well, a great high-waist pair of slacks in yellow or persimmon (think Fall palette) would make this an Autumn must have look as well. Also, cute suede shorts, leather booties and a tailored jacket would allow this sweater’s sassy twin to some out. As for this skirt, I have already paired it with a fitted suit jacket and peep-toe heels for a theater outing and a striped, silk blouse tied at the waist for work wear. This skirt is truly an office to outing gold mine! To find separate pieces that can compliment other pieces of your wardrobe is always a closet triumph. Plus, both pieces can be utilized for so many different genres (office, church, dinner with the ladies, et al). Now, if only Christian Grey would pop in to give up some style tips…..