A fruitless shopping trip turned into a wardrobe epiphany this week when I was out and about in Central London with my friend Judith, although she may have been at the end of her tether and exhausted by my quest to find a winter coat, I had a break through. I left without a coat but a huge wish-list that only included grey sweaters. Colour – I love, I buy, I don’t wear. I have too many clothes (not that many in comparison to some) but plenty for someone who is always trying to embrace a simpler life with less decisions and the perfect capsule wardrobe.
Enter the grey jumper. I touch every one and admire it’s individual virtues each time I hit the high street, when I do break free of my joggers and sweatshirt when working from home, this is my garment of choice. I have a few including a slouchy River Island number that has well earned a gold star in my daily life – I wear it with jeans, shorts, leggings, skirts . . . My serious romance with grey started about nine years ago with the Farrow and Ball paint chart and has only gained momentum. This colour suits me, I feel confident wearing it and I can add as much colour as I like with accessories when the mood suits me.
When starting the serious beginnings of a capsule wardrobe you have to have a starting point and for me this is it. Start with a signature piece and then build around it. Over the next few weeks I will think more on the other essential things that work around my central cog – The Grey Sweater. Are you a leather jacket fanatic? or a jean addict? Do you have an item or colour of clothing that you are always drawn to when out shopping?
The grey knit is my favourite piece of clothing, I am equally attached and drawn to it as Karl Largerfeld is to his black suits white shirts and fingerless leather gloves. If I cleared all the crazy and unworn right out and this was the main simple understated substance of my wardrobe it would surely make dressing every morning an easier task and I’ll never clash with my interior decor!
For all of you fellow grey lovers I have scoured the rails and pulled out enough understated grey beauties to last three weeks!
Above Wool Blend Batwing Jumper – Jigsaw, Big Sloppy Jumper – Hush, Fine Wool Long Sleeve Top – Toast, Short Sleeve Sweater with Embossed Polka-dot – Mango, Draped Cashmere Pullover and Draped Cashmere Tee – Toast and Cashmere Oversized Jumper – Hush.Above Cashmere Colour Block Sweater – Jigsaw, Leopard Print Pintuck Cardigan – Mango, Minako Mesh Jumper – All Saints, Scoop Neck Sequin Jumper (top) - Laura Ashley, Sequined Metallic Sweater - Mango, Fair Isle Sweater – Toast and Star Appliqués Sweater - Mango.Cashmere Izzy sweater – Hobbs, Chunky Waterfall Cardigan – Hush, Char Boyfriend Jumper - All Saints, Boswyn Boucle Coatigan – Celtic Sheepskin, Fluffy Metallic Batwing Jumper – Jigsaw, Caitlin Cardigan - Hobbs and Lambswool Blend Dropped Hem Jumper – Jigsaw.
All images in the top collage can be found over here with links on Pinterest.