Fade to Grey

I came across an article in the weekend newspaper referencing the current trend of the head to toe grey outfit, apparently  this is known as a “groutfit’ , a term I had never heard before. I must admit to never
really being a huge grey fan , I would much rather just wear black.
This all got me thinking about the phrase “fade to grey’ and what that really means. According to the Urban
Dictionary , a most reliable source, it refers to someone who looses interest in something or someone and
has no motivation to try something new . It also was the title of a song by the British band Visage released
in 1980 .

Determined not to fade to grey I have chosen to wear this rather unusual shaped  dress from New Zealand designer Paula Ryan . Both the elephant grey and the shape of the dress would once have been out of my comfort zone but I now enjoy leaving the safety of the known to explore the new.

Tipping my hat to the confidence to try something new and explore a change of style.That to me is
one of the joys of enjoying our clothes and their ability to convey a message of change .

 A closeup of the side detail of the sides of the dress and a peek at my Trippen shoes, the most
comfortable shoes I have invested in for some time. I firmly believe it is the small details that
give the most value to any outfit.
I have added an off white jacket from Covers , an Australian label that is no longer, that I have
loved for many seasons.

 Joining Patti at Visible Monday

where no-one will ever Fade to Grey


Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday



  1. Tiina L
    November 30, 2015 / 11:47 am

    There is nothing fading about this outfit, I think we need a new phrase: bringing grey to life. I love the way you accessorised the dress: the sunnies, the hat, the jacket… Everything fits together so harmoniously.

    • Jill James
      December 1, 2015 / 8:55 am

      I like the sound of bringing grey to life because I must admit I have always felt it rather dull.Thankyou for your thoughtful comments.

  2. Olga Rani
    November 30, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    I too am not a big fan of grey but looking at you here in your grey dress I am thinking "wow, this grey looks fantastic". Maybe it is the right shade, or maybe it is the right accessories or most probably both of those, but this grey looks so interesting. As always, so stylish and elegant Jess!

    • Jill James
      December 1, 2015 / 8:58 am

      I think you are right Olga , maybe because it is a dark grey it worked for me.Many thanks for dropping by.

  3. Laurie Duncan
    November 30, 2015 / 1:12 pm

    Even though I don't wear much grey, I do like the darker shades like charcoal. This is such a cool dress and it works perfectly with your jacket!

    • Jill James
      December 1, 2015 / 8:59 am

      Thank you Laurie I must admit to being rather pleased with this dress and know it will be worn so much through Summer.

  4. Patti
    November 30, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    I *love* this look in head to toe gray, and I adore the cut of the dress. I'm checking out that designer asap. Thanks for linking up, xo-Pattihttp://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jill James
      December 1, 2015 / 9:02 am

      Thankyou Patti, it was the shape of the dress rather than the colour that drew me to it originally. So glad to join Visible Monday.

  5. Marea Dotz
    November 30, 2015 / 3:57 pm

    Wow, Jill, you look very chic and extremely hip. With outfits like this, I can tell you will lead a life of adventure and never ever fade into the woodwork.

    • Jill James
      December 1, 2015 / 9:03 am

      I do so hope you are right Marea, my plan is to never fade into the woodwork

  6. Lisa M
    November 30, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    I love the "elephant grey" color name. You are an exciting and Grand Explorer to me! I feel like one who rarely ventures outside of my village. 🙂

    • Jill James
      December 1, 2015 / 9:05 am

      I find I have more confidence to explore the new as I get older, maybe you will too.

  7. Melanie
    November 30, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I adore the cut of that dress and how you have worn the light jacket and hat with it. Gorgeous. And Trippen is one of my favourite shoe brands. I enjoy seeing how you play in new realms. I also think of fade to grey in terms of grey hair, but my grey has the opposite effect.

    • Jill James
      December 1, 2015 / 9:09 am

      I can never see you fading to grey Melanie, I am not surprised your grey hair has made you more visible, it is truly stunning.I agree with you on Trippen shoes, I feel these will not be my only pair.

  8. Connie
    December 1, 2015 / 4:50 am

    I love the way this skirt is pulled up in the back. There is something quite Victorian about it that I just love. Same with your round glasses. Grey. Hmmm. Gotta admit that it's right up there with my most favorite non-colors black and white. Trippen eh? Must Google that right now.

  9. Jill James
    December 1, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Connie, I hadn't thought of the Victorian element but it does look like a bustle.The round sunnies are a little different for me but I quite like them.

  10. Elsie Davies
    December 1, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Hi Jill, this dress is amazing. Love the structure of it. Absolutely beautiful.xo

    • Jill James
      December 4, 2015 / 4:02 am

      Thank you Elsie, I must it was the style rather than the colour that got me in.

    December 3, 2015 / 8:17 am

    I love the dress Jill and I WANT, WANT those glorious boots, ahhhh. Well and the jacket, lolXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      December 4, 2015 / 4:04 am

      Shame you are so far away, Sacramento, we could share. Thank you as always for your kind comments.

  12. The Style Crone
    December 3, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Your writing and your ensemble are beautiful. I love the drape of the dress and of course, your headwear. Moving into new territory is one of the joys of evolving. Thank you for sharing your beauty with Hat Attack!

    • Jill James
      December 4, 2015 / 4:05 am

      Thank you Judith, always my pleasure to share my headwear with Hat Attack. I agree moving into new territory makes the journey so very enjoyable.

  13. Petite Silver Vixen
    December 3, 2015 / 10:12 pm

    I couldn't agree more with Melanie, the cut of the jacket and the hat are perfect with the dress. Groutfit? That's new on me too! And as soon as I read 'Fade to Grey' I immediately thought of Visage! Ah, the 80s, my era of music!http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Jill James
      December 4, 2015 / 4:06 am

      Thank you so very much, glad the Visage mention bought back some memories.

  14. dan
    December 4, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    I have been a big fan of gray for years and find your elephant gray really really great! The shape of the dress is very modern and I find it goes so nicely with the light colour jacket. You look very special Jill, I always like your unique style …

  15. Jessica Jannenga
    December 4, 2015 / 4:28 pm

    JillI learn something new everyda Didnt know there was a "goufit", I will go with it. I like shades of grey. Your dress is very stylish and I love love the fitted jacket. We are both fans of blazers as they can do so much for a look! Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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