Many women think black is the best neutral default for clothing, but I prefer grey. It’s less severe than black, and less ceremonial, and grey coordinates with any number of colors — yellow, gold, red, green, peacock blue, pink — as well as setting off both white and black beautifully. So, when a garment comes in black and grey, I tend to opt for the grey version.
Grey flannel is the pinnacle of work-wear, no? Well, maybe navy pinstripes are the pinnacle. But grey flannel is unimpeachably correct for professional dress.
To make the look feminine, I’ve elected for a sleeveless grey flannel dress, paired with a wrap sweater. Two greys yield a monochromatic look — which I like — but rather than silver jewelry, gold creates a warmer, brighter look.
Let’s take a look at details.
A different sweater and accessories create a more relaxed, but still professional, look. The key to wearing a sweater over a dress is that the sweater must be cropped so that it hits at or above your natural waistline. A design that is cinched at the waist, like the grey wrap sweater, works, too.
And of course I am not even showing the more obvious options for this dress. It could be worn as a sleeveless sheath or with a slim black turtleneck or crisp white blouse underneath. The mind boggles!
Dress: Tory Burch; Boots: Kenneth Cole; Grey Sweater: L’Agence; Black sweater: JCrew; Necklace (which is actually a 36″ necklace and matching 7″ bracelet joined to create a strand that could be worn tripled): Stephanie Kantis; Black bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Red bag: Coach. Watches: Michele Urban with red alligator band; Michele Serein 16 with silver Saffiano band.