5 Ways to Wear a Grey Sweater: Puffer Vest and Trainers

Happy Monday, my friends! I know it’s already January 6th, but somehow today feels like the official beginning of the new year, am I the only one? I’m feeling refreshed and inspired and ready to go!

I mentioned in my New Year’s Eve Thoughts that I want the focus of 2020 to be on quality over quantity. Rather than sharing so many new items, I want to help you build a wardrobe of quality pieces that can be reworked in different ways.

In that vein, today I’m launching a new series…

5 Ways to Wear a Grey Sweater

5 Ways to Wear a Grey Sweater: A New Style Series by Jo-Lynne Shane

Rather than compiling five outfits into one post, I decided to spread them out over the week and dedicate a post to each outfit. That allows me to a) get more bang for my buck out of this photo session, and b) to spend more energy discussing each outfit.

Why A Grey Sweater?

I chose a grey sweater for this series because I’m assuming most of you already have a grey sweater or two in your closet. If you don’t, I’m going to suggest you invest in a one… or at least another neutral. If grey isn’t your thing, you can substitute ivory or camel or taupe or black for any of these looks.

But I personally love a great sweater. I have, um, several… 

Grey is pretty much universally flattering, and it looks good with so many colors, as well as other neutrals.

I recommend investing in a good quality grey sweater, either cashmere or a wool/cashmere blend. If you’re allergic, acrylic or cotton (or a blend of both) can work just as well, but I love the warmth and softness of a quality cashmere, so that’s what I usually wear.

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For this look, I styled this Halogen cashmere crewneck sweater, but you could just as easily wear a grey v-neck or turtleneck sweater with this look. I included some of each in the shopping widget above.

Halogen is one of Nordstrom’s in-house brands, and their cashmere gives you a good bang for your buck, especially if you buy it on sale. It’s not as thick or luxe as some higher end brands, but it’s soft and warm and should last a few seasons of regular use.

Grey Sweater with a Puffer Vest and Trainers

For the first of 5 ways to wear a grey sweater, I styled my grey cashmere crew with a black puffer vest, black jeans, and grey/black trainers. I was going for a casual-chic monochromatic look.

5 Ways to Wear a Grey Sweater: with a Puffer Vest and Trainers

Because the look is casual, I didn’t bother with a necklace, but it could probably use one — or a scarf is an option as well.

This vest is a great price, and I like the combination of the shiny front  and back, and the mesh side plackets. It also has a packable hood and a stand collar for extra warmth.

You can find it at Lord + Taylor and Saks Off Fifth, and it also comes in burgundy and white.

See how I styled a similar outfit with a burgundy puffer vest last winter — I also wore black jeans, but I went with black booties and a grey turtleneck.

I chose black jeans to keep a monochromatic color palette, but blue jeans would work too. I might even wear this with white jeans!

These trainers are from Everlane, and they’re currently on sale as part of their Choose What You Pay promo. They’re verrrry comfortable and have great support.

I bought them with Paris in mind… I know I’ll want dark sneakers to wear with outfits very much like this. I recommend going with your usual sneaker size, which may be a half size larger than your typical size for boots or pumps.

I love this sporty look for running errands or sightseeing or volunteering at an outdoor event, or other situations where I’ll be outside and don’t want to deal with a coat.

The luxe cashmere sweater creates a pleasing juxtaposition with the casual sneakers and outdoorsy puffer vest, plus, the sneakers are practical for when I’m going to be on my feet for a few hours.

Outfit Details:

grey cashmere crew (option) // black skinnies (budget option) // black puffer vest (also at Off Fifth) // grey trainers

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photos: Alison Cornell