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Two Major Ways to Make Grey Outfits Shine

Ever heard of SAD? Yeah, that’s the real acronym for Seasonal Affective Disorder, a common demon in the Pacific Northwest. When the weather is grey and crappy, it has potent potential to really kill energy in those with the disorder. So I use the SAD greys (sounds like something Holly Golightly would classify as a mood, like her “mean reds”) to my advantage. Now, it’s not that I don’t like the color grey, I mean, it IS a monochromatic color (so I’m fond of it, naturally), it can just be a beast to harness sometimes. Greys have the potential to look a lot like loungewear; drab, if we aren’t careful, we could easily look too laid back for certain situations…outside of the house. Ya gotta up the greys, scroll down to learn a couple tricks.

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I. Glorifying grey begs for a step up in nicer attire, like a dress or suit jacket or trousers. Accenting the grey with black and white automatically adds a classy coolness factor — you’ll look far more put together. Personally, if I had just worn the dress with some leggings and sneakers, I think I would have looked like I had rolled out of bed. Just…not the best look. Some people can look great in anything, but most of us have to put a little more effort into things. But who has time for effort? Remember to think of fashion as an art, don’t get too caught up in the details because simplicity can be essential to many of us when it comes to attire…

II. A statement piece is pretty essential with a grey outfit. This unique bomber jacket was my main focus, and all other choices came after it because of the boldness it exudes. The white cateye sunglasses are also a standout but they’re used here to directly complement the jacket. Everything in this outfit was for the jacket. The result is unique, it’s laid back, it’s fun, it’s cool, it’s timeless. And it’s not boring! Grey can be drab without the right precautions. It’s tricky! But you got it now.

What ways do you beat the SAD greys? Do you think grey is a difficult color to dress up?

Beat the SAD greys by embracing and harnessing it’s muted power. Because when we look good, we feel good — and we all deserve that enlightenment.

Clothes are our chosen skin — life is too short not to have fun with your appearance!

With love,

Amanda


WHAT I WORE: WHITE RETRO CATEYE SUNGLASSES FROM DRESSLINK; GREY HONEYCOMB MESH TRIBUTE BOMBER JACKET BY C/MEO COLLECTIVE FROM IFCHICGREY BUTTERFLY SLEEVE OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS FROM CNDIRECT; BLACK FAUX LEATHER CLUTCH SIDE BODY BAG SATCHEL FROM DRESSLINK; VINTAGE BLACK AND WHITE PUMPS


PHOTOS: ALEX BAUMANN/PHOTOVEDGE; COPYRIGHT: AMANDA HATHEWAY / FASHION VEDGE, 2015 ( ALWAYS LINK BACK TO FASHIONVEDGE.COM )


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Amanda Hatheway

Vegan since 2011; artist and nerd since birth in 1990; portrait photographer; friendly and silly yet distinguished introvert; feminist and philosophical soul; partial to felines; hopes to help as many as possible with the truth about animals and what our actions means for all of us; plans to create a chic, ethical, all-vegan boutique in Portland that is as much about eternal style as it is about ethics.

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