With the spring of 2013 marking a return to the basics, the color palette was the first one to experience a switch towards timeless neutrals. But in a sea of absolute whites and bold blacks, gray appeared as a softer alternative and designers abandoned themselves to the idea of a colour “without colour”. As a result, the runways oscillated in between shades, appearing elegant, relevant and far from boring.

In terms of colours, the spring 2013 fashion trends were nothing but generous, but as some days beg for something demure and less exuberant, still sophisticated and sharp looking, that is when grey, with all its many shades make most sense. Read on to the full report to learn how to inject your wardrobe with grey this spring, what shades are in and how to complement their tough appearance.

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Shades of grey for spring 2013

With grey enjoying a big moment this season your wardrobe can really benefit from its versatility, as it is easy to complement and can effortlessly transition you through the day. From the office, to cocktail hours or a glamorous party, there’s nothing a gray look can’t withstand. Another great thing that makes the trend even more appealing is that the palette of greys is significantly wider this season.


Shades of grey at Zero + Maria Cornejo S/S ’13

Warm grays

  • The warm greys appear as mixed with a hint of yellow and they tend to draw similarities with brown or rose shades. The most common in this category are the taupe and rose quartz hues. Style them with white, ivory, black and other complementary shades of gray


Warm shades of grey at Honor S/S ’13, Suzanne Rae S/S ’13 and Richard Chai Love S/S ’13

Cool greys

  • The cool greys are medium light grey colors mixed with the color blue. They are most commonly represented by glaucos (a blueish grey), slate grey and cadet gray. Style them with the classic black and whites, greens and complementary blues


Cool shades of grey at Balenciaga S/S ’13, Hermes S/S ’13 and Prabal Gurung S/S ’13

  • The most common shades of grey however remain silver, light grey and jet, highly represented on the spring 2013 runways. The complementary looks are kept clean, minimal with a strong focus on the primary shade, perfected with subtle but remarkable white accents


Shades of grey at Calvin Klein S/S ’13, Christopher Kane S/S ’13 and Prada S/S ’13

How to wear grey this season

From the complementary colors, to prints and silhouettes here’s everything you need to know about sporting grey this season without risking getting lost in the crowd.

Complementary colors to grey

In terms of versatility grey does a tremendous job in working hand in hand with nearly every shade that can cross your mind, without overpowering the look or loosing its essence. From red to blue, yellow and green, the combinations feel effortless and on point.

  • For a safe but timeless approach you can’t go wrong with the classics: the white, black and other greys will keep your look flawless, light and risk-free


Shades of grey at Acne S/S ’13, Rick Owens S/S ’13 and Loewe S/S ’13

  • For a bolder approach and a brighter take on the trend throw some yellow, orange or turquoise into the mix. Use them as accents or to achieve a balance in the look.


Shades of grey at Pringle of Scotland S/S ’13, Ohne Titel S/S ’13 and Diane von Furstenberg S/S ’13

Masculine versus feminine influences

Giving the fact that grey is quite the cold, severe, neutral color it can easily be transformed into a masculine or feminine ally according to your personal aesthetic. For a masculine approach seek for clean lines, an impeccable tailoring and oversized accents. Think in terms of pantsuits, minimally accessorized and worn with the required level of confidence. If you long for a feminine take on the trend opt for fitted garments, lightweight fabrics and sophisticated accessories. Choose metallic clothing for extra edginess.


Shades of grey at Acne S/S ’13 and Rochas S/S ’13

Key silhouettes

Everything in between the body-hugging silhouettes, the oversized elements and the exaggerated volumes will serve to accompany the demure shades of grey this season. From fitted minis, to sporty chic shorts, high-waisted pants and floor-sweeping gowns, the runways offered plenty of relevant examples on this spring’s key silhouettes. Pick your style and make the colour trend work in your favor.


Shades of grey at Kimberly Ovitz S/S ’13, Nicholas K S/S’ 13 and Maison Martin Margiela S/S ’13

Prints and embellishments

To help contradict the opinions that state grey as being a dull and rather boring color, the prints and bold embellishments serve to make an extra statement and to enrich its refined essence. If a solid grey it’s just not your thing, sport the trend under the form of a printed ensemble or wear a sparkly grey gown touched by hundreds of beads for a glamorous night out. Don’t fear to give the trend your own interpretation.


Shades of grey at Helmut Lang S/S’ 13 and Oscar de la Renta S/S ’13

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