The "Boring" Hue About to Be All Over Our Feeds This Fall


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One of the most enjoyable aspects of my job is analyzing trends. And when a new season arrives, I love delving back into our catalog of fashion shows to refresh myself on some of the chicest styles that ruled on the runways six months ago.

One of the most prominent trends I spotted on practically every fall 2020 runway show had one "boring" color scheme in common: gray. Yep, the neutral hue appeared in full force giving us a clear indication of what we can expect to see at all our favorite retailers (and all over our feeds) this upcoming season.

The key to wearing the easy and universally flattering hue this fall is to go full head-to-toe gray—50 shades of gray, if you will (sorry, I had to)—mixing tones, textures, and volume to keep the corporate color interesting. The effect is a cozy and sophisticated look that's pretty difficult to screw up. Ready to instantly elevate your look? Scroll below for plenty of "groutfit" inspiration for the season ahead.


On the Runway
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At Dolce & Gabbana, chunky gray knits reigned supreme alongside smoky checks, tweed, and pinstripes.


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Various shades of gray were combined in harmonious sophistication at Alberta Ferretti.


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Michael Kors gave us a masterclass in layering our grays from head-to-toe.


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We all wanted to run out and buy a gray bandeau top and high-waisted skirt after Chanel's F/W 2020 show.


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Various shades of gray were mixed and matched at Max Mara, featuring interesting details such as ruffled sleeves and plush fabrics.


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Prada proved that a floaty gray dress pairs perfectly with charcoal gray tights and a blazer.


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Tom Ford gave a casual-chic spin to gray checks by pairing the print with a relaxed sweatshirt and metallic silver heels.


On Insta:
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A gray sweater + suit + overcoat equals one seriously chic fall ensemble.


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Effortlessly cool. You can't go wrong with gray-wash jeans and a sumptuous gray knit sweater.


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Gray knit shorts and a blazer? Why the heck not?


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Don't be afraid to play with volume and length—an oversize gray blazer looks seriously cool with long shorts or culottes.


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When in doubt, go for an easy and effortless gray polo-style sweater.


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Break up your tailored gray pieces with tan accessories.


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Gray needn't be corporate. Try a gray prairie dress to add a touch of romance to your look.

Up next, nine color trends we're about to see everywhere this fall.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.