September Mini Wardrobe Plan: Wall Street Grey, Dark Grey /Metallic Silver Pinstripe and Salt and Pepper

This month’s mini wardrobe plan is all about the color grey and tone on tone dressing. Grey, from charcoal to pearl, has enjoyed several seasons on the fashion trending list.  And dressing in grey from head-to-toe was a prominent look on many runways.   So for this fall season, think about adding the color grey to your closet.

 Wall Street GreyDark Grey /Metallic Silver Pinstripe, Salt and Pepper

The Basic Fabric: Wall Street Grey

The name Wall Street Grey suggests traditional office attire.  And it can portray a powerful look when sewn into a jacket and pair of pants or skirt.  Going head-to-toe in a matching suit is a chic look but worn separately you can amp up your weekend glam quotient. Pair the jacket with blue jeans or the pants/skirt with a soft chunky sweater.  Another way to turn down the power suit wattage is to pair this with a pretty silk blouse made with Sunshine Twist for a night out on the town.  In this instance, you can have it all! Suggested Patterns: Marfy 3053, Style Arc Chelsea Pants, McCalls 6654

The Trending Fabric: Dark Grey /Metallic Silver Pinstripe

Metallic is another big trend for Fall 2014.  This Dark Grey/Metallic Pinstripe is perfect for those that want just a touch of sparkle and not the full on shine.  The metallic in this fabric is so subtle that it can work in an office environment.  A vest would look chic worn with the Wall Street Grey suit or a pair of wide leg pants worn with the solid grey jacket.  Consider making a dress and have fun playing with the lengthwise, crosswise and diagonal direction of the stripes for an edgy feel.  And it would look great as part of a color blocked outfit.  Add this Dark Grey/Metallic Silver Pinstripe to your wardrobe for just a touch of sparkle and an instant update.  Pattern Suggestions: Vogue 9024, Capital Chic Cosmopolitan, New Look 6914

The Completer Fabric: Salt and Pepper

Our last fabric in this monochrome palette is an iridescent cotton and silk blend, Salt and Pepper.  It is the perfect weight to transition from warm weather into the cooler months.  For a corporate look a shirtdress could be just the ticket. And for days when a meeting is on the calendar, pair it the Dark Grey/Metallic Silver Pinstripe vest and/or the Wall Street Grey Jacket.  Another option is a blouse to wear with the Wall Street Grey Suit or to be worn under a sheath dress.  Sew a wrap top if that’s more your style and pair it with pants made from the Pinstripe and go out for a night on the town. And for weekend glam a pleated skirt worn with a t-shirt is perfect for shopping! Pattern Suggestions: Colette Patterns Zinnia, Burda Style 3/2020 #122, McCalls 6696

So whether your preference is to make a suit or separates, take a fresh look at the color grey and make it a head to toe color moment.


  1. Sarah Liz
    September 5, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Thank you for this inspiration – we are going into spring, but I'll refer to this nearer our Fall/Autumn in 2015. Grey is such an elegant colour – a really useful neutral that is more versatile than navy and black, in my opinion 🙂

  2. becki-c
    September 5, 2014 / 11:37 am

    How chic and professional! I'm behind the time and still clinging to summer. I'm not ready for dark even though it may be Halloween before I finish anything.

  3. Roz
    September 5, 2014 / 12:34 pm

    Thank you Sarah Liz and Becki!@Sarah Liz-Black is my first love but I'm really liking grey this season.@Becki-I don't know why but I'm still trying to cling to summer this year, too. But if I don't start on F/W sewing now it could get ugly…LOL!

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