Are We Okay Going Gray?

Blouse: 3.1 Phillip Lip (Consignment) | Necklace: Lanvin (Consignment) | Belt: Miu Miu (Consignment) | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (Consignment) | Bracelet: Henri Bendel
Blouse: 3.1 Phillip Lip (Consignment) | Necklace: Lanvin (Consignment) | Belt: Miu Miu (Consignment) | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (Consignment) | Bracelet: Henri Bendel
Blouse: 3.1 Phillip Lim (Consignment) | Necklace: Lanvin (Consignment) | Belt: Miu Miu (Consignment) | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (Consignment) | Bracelet: Henri Bendel

Is it possible to max out on minimalism? I tested the thesis with this head-to-toe granite combination. I blame this look entirely on the Jenna Lyons cyborgs featured in the J. Crew catalog I received last night.

This all-gray J. Crew outfit can be yours for just $407. (I didn't include the shoes in the price.)
This all-gray J. Crew outfit can be yours for just $407. (It’s $462 if you include the shoes.)

Gray is not a cheerful color, and it doesn’t do much for the complexion. Gray is TV snow. It’s aluminum foil. It’s cigarette smoke. It’s soul-less, like the Tin Man. On the flip side, gray can be pretty sophisticated. Think Chrysler Building, salt-and-pepper hair or a chrome Porsche 911 Turbo.

So, is going gray dowdy… or dapper? The verdict is hardly black or white.

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Blouse: 3.1 Phillip Lim (Consignment) | Necklace: Lanvin (Consignment) | Belt: Miu Miu (Consignment) | Skirt: H&M | Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (Consignment) | Bracelet: Henri Bendel | Leather Tote: AllSaints

I squeezed some life into the steely palette with a glittery grosgrain ribbon necklace and gladiator belt — both scooped up at steep discounts on consignment. The Dolce & Gabbana shoes were another instance of highway robbery. I snagged them unworn for $70: the EXACT price you’d pay for synthetic stilettos at Aldo.

Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (Consignment) | Bracelet: Henri Bendel | Necklace: Lanvin (Consignment)
Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana (Consignment) | Bracelet: Henri Bendel | Necklace: Lanvin (Consignment)

I keep it real, so here’s a final caveat: These shoes photograph beautifully, thanks to the narrow toe box and four-inch spike heel. Unfortunately, those exact features render the shoes useless for anything more ambitious than a jaunt to the coffee machine. Tread carefully: If you go narrow toe, go low heel. If you go high, go wide.