One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is analyzing trends. And when a new season arrives, I love delving back into our catalog of fashion shows to refresh myself on some of the chicest styles that ruled on the runways six months ago.
One of the most prominent trends I spotted on practically every fall 2020 runway show had one "boring" color scheme in common: gray. Yep, the neutral hue appeared in full force giving us a clear indication of what we can expect to see at all our favorite retailers (and all over our feeds) this upcoming season.
The key to wearing the easy and universally flattering hue this fall is to go full head-to-toe gray—50 shades of gray, if you will (sorry, I had to)—mixing tones, textures, and volume to keep the corporate color interesting. The effect is a cozy and sophisticated look that's pretty difficult to screw up. Ready to instantly elevate your look? Scroll below for plenty of "groutfit" inspiration for the season ahead.
At Dolce & Gabbana, chunky gray knits reigned supreme alongside smoky checks, tweed, and pinstripes.
Drumohr Cable Knit Turtle Neck Sweater ($143)
Various shades of gray were combined in harmonious sophistication at Alberta Ferretti.
Paris Texas Slouchy Mid-Heel Boots ($675)
Michael Kors gave us a masterclass in layering our grays from head-to-toe.
Badgley Mischka Long Knit Gloves ($45)
We all wanted to run out and buy a gray bandeau top and high-waisted skirt after Chanel's F/W 2020 show.
Shein Bandeau Tube Top ($13)
Various shades of gray were mixed and matched at Max Mara, featuring interesting details such as ruffled sleeves and plush fabrics.
Topshop Charcoal Gray Boucle Trench ($150)
Prada proved that a floaty gray dress pairs perfectly with charcoal gray tights and a blazer.
Natori Cashmere Blend Sweater Tights ($68)
Tom Ford gave a casual-chic spin to gray checks by pairing the print with a relaxed sweatshirt and metallic silver heels.
Eloquii Wrap Plaid Skirt With Buttons ($80)
A gray sweater + suit + overcoat equals one seriously chic fall ensemble.
Mango Belted Wool Coat ($300)
Effortlessly cool. You can't go wrong with gray-wash jeans and a sumptuous gray knit sweater.
Re/Done 70s Bootcut ($220)
Gray knit shorts and a blazer? Why the heck not?
Zara Twisted Knit Shorts ($36)
Don't be afraid to play with volume and length—an oversize gray blazer looks seriously cool with long shorts or culottes.
Ann Taylor Marina Pant ($60)
When in doubt, go for an easy and effortless gray polo-style sweater.
Everlane The ReCashmere Button Mockneck ($49)
Break up your tailored gray pieces with tan accessories.
Eloquii Relaxed Herringbone Blazer ($110)
Gray needn't be corporate. Try a gray prairie dress to add a touch of romance to your look.
Saylor Melody Dress ($121)
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