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Think Rachel Green in her bodycon office dresses or Julia Roberts in that iconic oversized suit at the 1990 Golden Globe Awards. Slate grey is a far more powerful colour than people give it credit for. Historically, grey has been the colour of undyed wool in the Middle Ages, making it synonymous with the working class and monks. It came to represent humility and earthliness. Psychologically, it's known to symbolise neutrality and balance, which is why it's no wonder it's a workplace outfit favourite. But while its beginnings are humble, in 2022 designers are giving dark grey a rewrite.
Present in the recent runways of Ottolinger, Dior, Burberry and others, slate grey is the sophisticated wardrobe addition we’re tipping to be huge this year. Always the handy go-to for those of us all-black-everything wearers looking to expand their horizons ever so slightly, grey is a classic option for suiting or tailoring, as demonstrated by a host of ready-to-wear ‘23 collections. But where we really observed the hue meet its contemporary potential was at Christopher Esber's Resort 23 show.
From sheer draped slip dresses and strapless bustiers to asymmetrical ruffle dresses and second-skin bodysuits, Esber expertly harnessed the sophistication of the in-between hue, demonstrating the need for an LGD (little grey dress) in every closet.
For our edit of the must-have slate grey wardrobe items to have on your radar, scroll on.