You might think that all the colours in your wardrobe go with grey, and you’d be right! As versatile a shade as they come, grey strikes a harmonious balance in just about any outfit. In fact, I’d even argue it’s more versatile than black, owing to its diffused intensity, which often works better with the paler end of the colour spectrum; think pastels and powdery tones that pure black can look harsh against. But which colours go best with grey? This is a question I found myself asking when I treated myself to a new grey coat recently. Which shades would really set it off and complement it?
I turned to social media (as I do whenever I’m in need of style inspiration) to see the colours fashion people are currently wearing with grey. Aside from black and white, which are pretty much guaranteed to work, I found six grey colour combinations that are pretty, striking and classy. Rather than keep them to myself, tucked away in my private saved folders, I thought I’d share them with you in case you’re also pondering which colours go with your latest grey purchase. Scroll on!
Style Notes: Red might be the colour of the season, but it will remain timeless in the future, too. Many people find the combination of red and black too severe (an opinion I’ve come across time and again in my fashion tenure), and although I don’t dislike the combo myself, I prefer the pairing of red and grey, which I’m seeing everywhere right now.
A red knit is all you need to tap into the trend.
ARKET’s cult Cloud jeans also come in a grey hue.
No need to size up; this cardigan has a relaxed fit as standard.
This looks so soft, and the cut is excellent.
COS has set the bar high this season with its wide-leg trousers.
Oh, hello, dream bag.
The “nice top” to your jeans.
This has gone straight top the top of my wish list…
… as has this.
ARKET really is nailing it with expensive-looking colours this season.
Suede knee-high boots always look so high-end.
Style Notes: Pink has been trending hard over the past year; so much so, we’ve seen it paired with just about every colour out there. Lighter, baby-pink hues look set to continue to be big in 2024, and what do you know, they also look great with grey!
An affordable way to add something pink to your wardrobe.
A coat you’ll wear for years and years.
Reformation has so many pieces in this delicate pink shade right now.
The bag I keep seeing on fashion editors’ arms this season.
Style Notes: Take two classic shades, put them together and what do you get? Something very chic indeed. Truly, there is no wrong navy and grey outfit, so layer up as you please. A navy coat will always look polished, as will grey knitwear—perhaps two good places to start?
Silk shirts never go out of style.
Pleated skirts work for day and night.
A cashmere coat is the ultimate luxury.
Wear these with anything you’d usually style your blue jeans with.
Style Notes: Those drawn to lighter hues might consider layering pale yellow and moody grey together. As Abi Marvel proves in the image above, these two quiet-luxury colours work incredibly well together.
The slightly sheer weave of this knit looks beautiful against skin.
In my opinion, this is the perfect party dress.
This would be a brilliant choice for a daytime event.
A great cosy layer for winter looks.