Link Love: Two Women on Going Grey

Alyson Walsh of That’s Not My Age has been documenting her process of transitioning to grey hair for a while now. I particularly liked what she said in her latest blog post on the subject:

“Part of the fear of going grey when you’re over-50, is that the change (of hair colour) will make you look older. I know I look my age and I’m happy with that. With age, comes self-acceptance and increased confidence. Admittedly, there are times when my hair is tied back and I catch my make-up-less-self in the mirror and get a bit of a shock. But I can always usher in the blusher. The reality of this grey-naissance is that I don’t feel older. I feel authentic. I feel better.”

Emma Beddington, who has alopecia universalis (an auto-immune condition where the body views hair as an intruder), switched out her usual auburn wig for a silver grey one, and found that going grey stirred up unexpected emotions:

“I thought this grey business would be a lark, but it wasn’t, actually. It poked at spots I didn’t know were tender and awoke a desire to look nice I had long squashed down. I was sceptical of the much-documented drama of hair ‘transition’ I explored online, silently judging the ‘brave’ and ‘not for the faint-hearted’ narrative grey positivity seems to inspire. This week has taught me I was wrong. Confronting the reality of a physical self you hide or ignore is big stuff, it transpires, and oddly exposing. Theresa has forced me to accept that I am not just a disembodied brain in a padded gilet. But now what? Grey is anything but giving up: it’s hopeful but it’s also challenging.”

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Robin Givhan’s point about the perjorative use of ‘old lady’ to describe unflattering clothes completely resonated with Shevia: “Indeed, for each silver-haired model with sharp cheekbones and a long, lean body that designers put on the runway or venerate in an advertising campaign or on the red carpet, they articulate countless cautions against ‘old lady’ style, or ensembles looking too ‘mother-of-the-bride’ or ‘mumsy’ — all of which land like a thousand paper cuts.”

UmmLila wanted to share this article about public figures receiving advice on how to be appropriately dressed for the occasions they appear at.

Runcarla thinks it’s pretty cool when celebrities ‘thrift’, and particularly interesting that vintage maternity wear from the late ’50s and ’60s seems apropos.

Following our recent conversation about leggings, kkards thinks Vanessa Friedman has done a great job of laying out the leggings debate as a generation shift. This paragraph in particular spoke to her: “The truth is, it’s possible leggings may be simply standing in for those other issues. One of the great gotchas of fashion is that what may appear superficial or unimportant (leggings!) is, in fact, representative of a more complicated, harder to express reality (identity). This is what gives clothes their power.”

Thinking about identity, Vildy enjoyed this article on leather jackets for guys who aren’t sure about leather jackets.

Recently unfrumped has been feeling inspired by Jamie-Lee of Mademoiselle and Alyssa Beltempo of msbeltempo: “Both actually for buying less. I am continuing my very slow wardrobe editing and I need repeated reminders for focus and versatility (non- imaginary). Most of it relates to my work wardrobe because that gets over expanded as I feel ‘justified’, but in general having things that aren’t getting enough wear for the space they occupy.”

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Fabulous Grey & Grey Hair

Solid grey is my least favourite neutral, and overly cool for my warm complexion. In Seattle, where the days are grey for half the year, it’s the last colour I want to wear close to my face. I will wear grey in a pattern, or sport light pearl grey footwear and bag, but that’s it. 

I do like grey on those who wear it well. Shades of grey tend to look fabulous on cool-toned complexions. Most of all, grey is SPECTACULAR with grey, silver, white, or salt & pepper hair. It picks up the colours running through their hair. Colour repetition is complementary, flattering, and pulls an outfit together, which is why it’s pleasing to the eye. Clients with grey or greying hair look sublime wearing grey. Husband Greg has a salt & pepper ‘do and wears shades of grey with the best of them.

Just look at how well the grey-haired model I have used in these examples wears grey.

1. Ombréd Cool Tones

Both the light and dark grey in the pattern are repeated in the model’s hair. The cool-toned blue hem and black bottoms work well with her cool-toned complexion.

Artful Home Feather Judyth Blouse

2. Greyed Green

This shade of seafoam is so unsaturated that it can almost pass for grey, and therefore picks up the grey in the model’s hair. Silvery grey footwear does a good job of bookending, and the silvery jewellery is the grey cherry on top. Tonal, elegant, and beautiful. My favourite of the four outfits.

Artful Home Rila Dress

3. Black & Grey

The grey dots in the black pattern pick up the grey in the model’s hair. The shades of grey in the necklace and silver earrings do the same. I’d have preferred the outfit with silver footwear, but the black elongates the line of the leggings and looks great too.

Artful Home Gabrielle Dress

4. Warm Greys

The textured greys in the poncho have a taupe tinge to them that warms the palette. Although taupe is a cool neutral, it’s relatively warmer than grey and therefore brings out the warmer grey hues in the model’s hair. The warm gold earrings are an unexpected addition. The column of black cools the palette back down.

Artful Home Verso Poncho

When my hair goes grey, I bet I will enjoy wearing solid greys a whole lot more. In the meantime, over to you. Do you wear grey, and do you have greying hair to complement grey wardrobe items?


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Outfit Formula: Easy Black Pants with Grey and Blue

It’s a challenge to make a simple pair of black pants feel fresh, especially when they’re a staple for the office. Adding key, on-trend components, like white boots, sneakers, Western elements, longer blazers, statement plaid, and a flared pant silhouette are some of the ways my clients are preventing black-pant-outfit boredom without breaking the bank. 

Here are four easy renditions:

1. Blazer & Sneakers

When flares like bootcuts were on trend a while ago, it was all the rage to wear them with pointy-toe heels. Although a beautifully elegant combination that I adore and will personally continue to wear, it’s much more 2018 to wear flares with flats (like sneakers), a tucked top to showcase the fashionable high rise, and a blazer of sorts. That ‘90s longer length is on trend, but a shorter modern classic blazer is just fine. Feel free to add a blue blazer instead of grey, and any colour sneaker. Fabulous with cowboy boots too.

J Brand Velvet Joan High Rise Pants

2. Volume & Western Boots

Combine a pair of black culottes, wide crops or harem pants with a white top, and oversized grey or blue jacket. Wear the top tucked or untucked. Finish off the look with short cowboy booties or shooties. If Western booties aren’t your thing, choose black booties that are tailored on the ankle. A grey or navy top will look as fab.

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3. Modern Classic & Polished

Combine a pair of black pants with black boots, a navy top and and a plaid topper of sorts. Choose a blazer instead of a coat if that’s more your thing. NICE to see full-length black pants here for a change. I like the exposure of the high rise, but you can wear the top over the bottoms.

Sandro Long Plaid Coat

4. Columned & White Boots

Create a column of colour with black pants and top. Layer a navy blazer or coat over the top, and finish off the vibe with white boots. No need to match the white boots with anything in the outfit. No need to have blonde or silver hair to bookend your look either. Just throw in the white boots and wear them! If that feels off – remember, you might need to get used to the jarring effect so give it some time. Failing that, build a white complement with white bag, scarf, top or belt. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired.

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