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the stylist’s notebook | grey denim

30 July 2009

Hi!  Love your site…

I am late to the skinny gray jean trend and find I need some help.  My wardrobe consists of lots of black and I thought incorporating some gray would be a nice change.  However, I find its tough to pull off gray without looking too drab or too grunge.  Any suggestions to keep the look fresh and chic?

Thanks from Los Angeles!

Grey skinnies truly are staples, second to the classic blue jean and/or black denim; they are pants of versatility with a Though grey is grouped with the likes of black and white as a classic color, in denim it possesses edgy unconventionalism. It has oftentimes been associated with rock ‘n roll or mild punk over the years, regardless of its ability to be worn with items other than vintage band tees and such music-related paraphernalia. Grey skinnies can be smartly androgynous or oh-so feminine; dressed up, or made quite casual. As with all denim the possibilities are endless – let not the color hold you back from experimenting as you would with blue denim!

Do keep in mind, however, that certain colors look especially lovely with greys: black, white, pinks, peachy-corals, murkier purples (brown & gray undertones), and Carolina and cornflower blues. As for shoes, opt for classic black or a dark, metallic silver.

{dressed up & quite smart.}

Grey Denim

I do so love the look created by a tailored, well-cut blazer over grey skinnies; somehow it makes the lines of the jacket much sharper – smarter even – especially when paired with oxfords, pumps, or dressy flats. This color denim does, however, limit the color palette in regards to the blazer: black and white look best with gray, whereas navy and creams become a trickier task that depends on the undertone (leanings toward a particular primary color) of the jacket’s color. Substitute a leather jacket for a more rock-chic vibe.

{girlish & feminine.}

Grey Denim 3Airy, sheer blouses work quite well with skinnies, as do smarter cuts. The above are samplings of cuts and colors that work especially well with grey: pink, dark lilac, and white & black.

{casual pinks.}

Grey Denim 2One of my favorite color combinations is grey and pink; the effect is a balance of girlish femininity and edginess made quite subdued. I simply adore this row of ensembles in particular. (Outfit No. 1) I am currently smitten with loose tees of any sort, particularly those that can be worn off the shoulder for a peek of the decolletage; the glitter, round-toe lace-up oxfords in athracite offer a clean, finishing touch to the casual ensemble. And they’re on my list of covetable shoes! (Outfit No. 2) I am in  l o v e  with this Wildfox sweatshirt; the print is so kitschy, and when paired with skinnies and black pumps, the effect is rather chic and sophisticated. And a tad sexy, of course. (Outfit No. 3) A peach color is so lovely and fresh against gray. And those booties. Are. Killer. (Outfit No. 4) A bright pink contrasts beautifully against all shades of gray!

{casual blues.}

Grey Denim 4Cornflower blues, in particular, look classic when paired with grey skinnies. Very much self-explanatory, non? And the sequined E. Ungaro tank to the left is to die for!


La C.

{Images courtesy of Net-a-Porter, Barneys, Chickdowntown, & Zu Shoes}

74 Comments leave one →
  1. 30 July 2009 7:45 pm

    First comment 🙂 I absolutely adore the gray skinnies dressed up with the blazers! And the glitter oxfords are to die for. Great post, you always know how to wear anything perfectly!

    – laur @ neonmango

  2. 30 July 2009 7:49 pm

    Love all these collages (my fav the first one ^^) And the shoooes, love all the shoes! I actually lost my only grey skinnies T_T They magically disappeared, I suspect my sister xD I need to get new ones.

  3. 30 July 2009 8:08 pm

    Seriously La Couturier you come up with the most stylish outfits!!

  4. 30 July 2009 8:11 pm

    I love the first and fourth set! 🙂
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  5. 30 July 2009 8:22 pm

    Grey & Pink is one of my favourite combination too! Love your ‘outfits’! 🙂

  6. 30 July 2009 9:18 pm

    Wow, wonderful combinations of grey Jeans. I love your sense of Fashion. You know how to tickle your reader. great post.

  7. 30 July 2009 9:20 pm

    Fantastic advice and collages, darling! Especially love the blazers!


  8. kristine permalink
    30 July 2009 9:27 pm

    amazing guide! i’m loving your color combos and i wanna wear everything here!

  9. Hannah permalink
    30 July 2009 9:27 pm

    There’s not a single outfit up there I wouldn’t wear – all gorgeous, of course. 🙂 Thanks for yet another great post!

  10. 30 July 2009 9:36 pm

    The last look is my favourite, there’s something so refreshing about blue and grey!

    -Christine 🙂

  11. 30 July 2009 9:42 pm

    I loved it, grey is one of my favorites too. Nice topic, dear! 🙂


  12. 30 July 2009 9:46 pm

    Awesome post! I love grey skinny jeans too!

  13. 30 July 2009 9:47 pm

    i’m so enamored of my gray skinnies-they were the first pair of skinny jeans i ever bought, at urban outfitters in the east village the summer before college began, hah i remember it like yesterday. still, mostly because of my own aesthetic, i usually stick to a dark palette, so i’m still super psyched by this how to full of new, less minimal ways to punch up my grays. awesome post, as always.

  14. 30 July 2009 10:21 pm

    Lovely post! The shoes you’ve included are quite fabulous – I love all the booties!

  15. 30 July 2009 10:40 pm

    hey there!! love the 1st wardrobe 😀


  16. 30 July 2009 10:44 pm

    Awesome post! I really like how you showed how to wear grey with color.

  17. 30 July 2009 10:47 pm

    Love these ideas. I have gray skinny jeans myself, and often encounter problems with styling them! 🙂

  18. 30 July 2009 11:20 pm

    Love gray & pink combo. This year I’m going to wear my grey OTK boots instead of grey skinnies. Can’t wait for the Fall!!


  19. 31 July 2009 12:20 am

    Must have those sparkly lace-up oxfords!! Love how you gave such detailed advice, I echo every sentiment.

  20. 31 July 2009 1:42 am

    Great shoe collection in this post – i think I want every single pair.

    Grey denim is so versatile and easy to wear – a definite staple all year round in my closet.

  21. 31 July 2009 1:43 am

    i love your style and what you bring to fashion blogging…


  22. 31 July 2009 2:15 am

    Thank you sooo much for this fabulous helpful post! I bought a pair of Grey skinnies a couple of months ago and have yet to wear them but Thanks to your Fab Fashionable ideas it looks like I’ll be wearing them this weekend !!!

  23. 31 July 2009 3:02 am

    You´re so good at this! I recently bought a pair of gray skinnies and this will help me how to wear them 🙂

  24. 31 July 2009 4:41 am

    Sweet Kimberly, you did such a great job – again! Is it only me or do we all think you should become the new editor of a big fashion magazine?? What about following Anna at V.? 😉 Seriously, you’ve got such a great talent and a wonderful, noble style!!! I love all of the collages, No. 3 is a little bit too colourful to me but girls just want to have fun also with combining grey 😀
    A big fan in Germany is saying what? What!!
    I’m wishing you a lovely + wonderful weekend!

  25. 31 July 2009 5:40 am

    Your selection is really interesting

  26. 31 July 2009 5:47 am

    Soft pink, sequins and black shoes… very nice!

  27. 31 July 2009 6:14 am

    My fav. is first set. Black jackets reminds me little bit Lauren Conrad style and I absolutley love her.

  28. 31 July 2009 7:40 am

    I like skinnies wit blazers too 😉

  29. 31 July 2009 9:21 am

    Great post and collection of items- I am bookmarking this for inspiration for the next time I wear grey!! Happy weekend 🙂

  30. 31 July 2009 10:34 am

    you’re spot on with the colours that go with grey very nicely. i don’t always wear black with grey, though. may i suggest ivory and rust or orange to your lineup.

  31. 31 July 2009 12:16 pm

    grey denim is classic, i particularly love it with shades of dusky pink

  32. 31 July 2009 1:34 pm

    Such a great post Honey! 🙂


  33. 31 July 2009 1:43 pm

    I love gray with pink. I also love gray with red. And with yellow (or perhaps that’s for interior design?) Haha. I get confused. I read too many fashion and home styling blogs every day.

  34. 31 July 2009 2:32 pm

    I absolutely love how many ways grey skinny jeans can be worn. I absolutely loved to wear mine with a nice colourful t-shirt and a cute pair of flats.

  35. Bel permalink
    31 July 2009 2:40 pm

    I just loooove all of these choices! Especially the casual pinks. Congrats 😉


  36. 31 July 2009 4:24 pm

    Awesome post! A pair of grey jeans is so versatile!
    Love especially the “dressed up and quite smart” collage!
    A pair of black heels/booties and a simple white tee or boyfriend blazer!

    Happy sunny weekend to you..

  37. 31 July 2009 4:30 pm

    Fabulous post as always!
    &very helpful indeed, I have a pair of grey denim trousers(very light grey) and was also wondering what to do with it. Then again mine are very different from those, they’re a grey with a slightly green undertone.


  38. Alize Morand permalink
    31 July 2009 4:52 pm

    Mmmh, I’m loving the sequined top! Well, I don’t wear jeans so I feel a bit off-topic, but grey is one of my favourite colour, so I can still picture your picks with a grey denim mini, or a grey dress.. 🙂
    Bisous!!! xx

  39. 31 July 2009 7:02 pm

    Once again, another fabulous post! I love the first one! It would be exactly how I want to wear my gray skinny jeans! I also love the feminine ways! The blouses you chose are so pretty! xxoxoxxo

  40. thebaglady permalink
    31 July 2009 8:00 pm

    This is seriously one of your best guides ever, because I have a multitude of gray jeans that I love but can’t seem to wear without reaching for b&w!! Amazing outfits, super thorough, and so, so chic.

    I’d really like to see you style a shoot. Or celeb. Or me!

  41. 31 July 2009 9:03 pm

    Love grey skinnies and I particularly love the feminine set!

  42. 31 July 2009 9:53 pm

    I’m loving these combinations! Especially the shoes. 🙂

  43. 31 July 2009 11:06 pm

    Hey La C. Great post as usual. I enjoyed the photos. I hope you had a nice Friday. Take care. Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!

  44. 1 August 2009 1:29 am

    I love grey it alway looks good and can be elegant or casual, hmmm now im lost in grey!

  45. 1 August 2009 4:45 am

    Terrific recommendations!

  46. 1 August 2009 5:02 am

    Such great ideas for matching the grey jeans into a nice outfit.
    I particularly like the dressed up & quite smart theme :).

  47. 1 August 2009 6:18 am

    so many great ideas!! love the diff looks you did 🙂

  48. 1 August 2009 7:06 am

    I love the `blue` shoes. (:

  49. Olga permalink
    1 August 2009 8:56 am

    Good tips!

    Olga x!

  50. 1 August 2009 10:12 am

    great post. i adore the shoes in this post-… yum

  51. 1 August 2009 10:41 am

    i love paring grey with yellow….a great contrast. lovely post!!! 🙂

  52. 1 August 2009 12:09 pm

    Oh, it’s such a fabolous post! I totally love the ensembles<3 Very stylish and chic:)

  53. 1 August 2009 12:37 pm

    Great & helpful post C!


  54. 1 August 2009 1:46 pm

    Is it weird that I wear light grey jeans more often than blue?? I absolutely love the versatility of them, especially how easily they work off brown or black leather shoes. And gotta love using them against bright colours 🙂 I am loving that ‘girlish & feminine’ outfit set! Hope you’re having a beautiful weekend dear 🙂

    • 1 August 2009 1:47 pm

      dapper kid: Hardly weird at all – kudos to you for being different from the rest of us blue-jean-wearers!

  55. 1 August 2009 2:21 pm

    I absolutely adore pink and grey too.. its tough and feminine at the same time. I adore the looks you put together and got plenty of ideas from it too. Thanks, La C!



  56. 1 August 2009 3:12 pm

    Love this post! Got a new blog btw.

    xo t

  57. 1 August 2009 3:55 pm

    This is amazing. And helpful, because I was wondering the same exact thing…

  58. 1 August 2009 4:37 pm

    I love gray denim…. and this post gave me a quite a few ideas as to how I should wear them. Thank you 🙂

  59. 1 August 2009 8:15 pm

    love all of these combos.


  60. 2 August 2009 12:46 am

    I do love my grey jeans from Acne!

  61. 2 August 2009 3:00 am

    you did an absolutely amazing job on these!!!!
    I completely agree about gray skinnies with high healed oxfords–there is something so sexy & chic about that look on pretty much every girl on the planet! And pink & gray should be color staples in every closet!


  62. 3 August 2009 1:59 am

    Nailed it. Loving all the looks, but my fav is the casual blues. Your sense of style is SO on. Fabulous, just fabulous. 🙂

    xo, Becs

  63. 3 August 2009 10:50 pm

    thank you so much! i was seriously struggling in the grey denim department! xxx

  64. 4 August 2009 7:12 am

    I’ve never really tried a light-ish shade of grey skinnies as I usually lean towards darker grey nearing black or your ordinary blue.
    Great post! My favourite look is the “dressed up” one because it has those Lanvin Oxford pumps which I’m lusting over 😦

    (I hope you don’t mind if I leave my blog url here too:

    • 4 August 2009 7:13 am

      genevie: I don’t mind at all! (: And thank you for visiting! I’m lusting over those Lanvin oxfords as well (: bisous, xx!

  65. 6 August 2009 2:21 pm

    fab as always babe! love the casual take – i can never get enough denim always, pretty much in every outfit! love it!

    hope your well darling xxxx

  66. 6 August 2009 3:47 pm

    Thanks, I love it ! I do not own grey jeans but I love them nevertheless !

  67. 9 August 2009 5:16 pm

    Well done !! Beautiful blog !!

  68. 17 August 2009 5:37 pm

    complex post. due one detail where I contest with it. I am emailing you in detail.

  69. 26 August 2009 10:36 pm

    yeh right.. great post, Thank You

  70. Anonymous permalink
    18 April 2010 12:53 pm

    That purple sequined tank is to DIE for!

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