50 Shades of Grey Style

Oh, yes, that book is finally released as a film this weekend. Might be a bit awkward in the cinema with your loved one, what with the subject matter and all, but 50 Shades of Grey is coming, in full technicolour, big screen glory, this weekend. So, we’re using that as a very tenuous link to have a look at 50 Shades of Grey Style.

And by that we don’t mean bondage gear and lingerie. (We’ll explore lingerie tomorrow!). No, we mean 50 Shades of Grey style as in, actual shades of grey. Grey is a much underrated colour. Technically, it’s a shade, not a colour, but you know what we mean.

Grey is a great alternative to black or navy for the office, and although it has a bit of a reputation as being, well, a little bit boring, it really doesn’t have to be. Sharp, tailored grey trousers, with a quirky patterned shirt, in different shades of grey works brilliantly. Crop top, high waisted pencil skirt, and a soft cardigan in grey tones looks smart.

50 shades of grey style oneClockwise, from top left: Patterned shirt, £35, White Stuff, grey cardigan, £35, JOY, grey bag, £15, BHS, linen trousers, £39.95, GAP, grey brogues, £55, Schuh, grey pencil skirt, £25, JOY, crop top, £4.99, New Look

Grey looks great in dresses too – plain grey body con or wrap styles, with killer heels in grey shades, or a grey pattern all work brilliantly in grey. Accessorise with silver for evenings.

50 shades of grey style threeClockwise, from top left: Roll neck bodycon dress, £14.99, New Look, patterned dress, £65, French Connection, wrap dress, £14.99, H&M, grey bag, £74.95, GAP, leather sandals, £59.99, New Look, grey suede heels, £55, Schuh

Summer greys? Why not? Simple grey shorts or jeans look crisp and smart. Grey trainers? Why not. Grey bikini? We reckon Anastasia would love it! And we adore French Connection’s F-Birds t-shirt!

50 shades of grey style twoClockwise, from top left: New Balance 996 trainers, £65, Schuh, grey inset patch 1969 jeans, £44.95, GAP, grey bikini top, £12.99, bottoms, £7.99, H&M, F Birds T-shirt, £25, French Connection, grey stripe shorts, £35, White Stuff

Shades of grey  – from deep, dark charcoal, like H&M’s fringed suede-like jacket, to palest greys, like French Connection’s suit, work for any occasion. Bring a bit more grey into your life this weekend with some 50 Shades of Grey style!

50 shades of grey style fourClockwise, from top left: Grey platforms, £39.99, charcoal fringed suede jacket, £29.99, both H&M, pale grey jacket, £140, trousers, £85, French Connection, perspex heel shoes, £tbc, Debenhams, grey trench, £32.99, New Look, grey over knee socks, £3.99, grey pencil skirt, £14.99, both H&M

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50 Shades of Grey…

We loved Amy Adams’ grey Oscar de la Renta princess dress at the Oscars on Sunday – gorgeous ruffled fabric, and loads of it. But the main thing we noticed was the colour – Ms Adams seems to be a fan of grey and silver.Later on Sunday she attended the post-Academy Awards Vanity Fair party in another Oscar de la Renta creation – a gorgeous fringed style frock, middle. And she chose silver/grey for last year’s Vanity Fair bash too.

And who can forget Carrie Bradshaw’s show-stopping Versace “Mille Feuille” – named after the cake made from layers of pastry – dress from the last ever episode of Sex And The City?

So, in homage to Amy, Carrie Bradshaw,  and the vastly over-rated, versatile, suit-all colour of grey, we’ve picked a few stunning grey pieces. Not quite 50 shades, but almost. And if you haven’t read the book yet, you can pick up the trilogy at Waterstone’s.

Grey looks perfect with silver. Choose simple pieces in simple fabrics, and jazz them up with silver jewels and accessories. This gorgeous jersey maxi-dress from TopShop, £26,  is crying out for some accessorising. Gorgeous grey city shorts from Butterfly by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams, £35, will look stunning with this grey crochet vest top, £34, TopShop. Some silver heels or wedges, and an oversize clutch and you’re good to go. Or team any silver or grey vest with this lovely drape jersey grey mark skirt, £20, TopShop.

Shades of Grey 2Grey looks great with a pattern – this lace patterned jersey jacket, £45, Warehouse at Debenhams, is a stunning shape – perfect with jeans or leggings. Keep it simple with this Jacquard dress, £40, Warehouse at Debenhams, and take grey to the beach with this deep gry bikini, £9.99 (top), £6.99 (bottoms), from H&M.

Shades of Grey 1Grey looks fantastic in the evening, as Amy Adams proved. For added sparkle and glamour, this Ozlem sequinned column dress, £230, French Connection is perfect. H&M’s lovely grey lace dress, £24.99,  is a gorgeous spring alternative to blush and pastel colours, and this binary floral print maxi dress from Warehouse at Debenhams, £55, is a versatile number, perfect with flats for daywear, and wedges for the evening

Shades of Grey 3It’s definitely NOT going to be a grey day when you step out in any of these styles, wouldn’t you agree?

*Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions