A beautiful dozen: grey coats


Karolina Kurkova in Vogue UK August 2010 (photography: Willy Vanderperre; styling: Miranda Almond)
It is only when I embarked on a quest of collecting twelve grey coats I realised how challenging the task was going to be. I craved the Dior grey, the icy, silvery hue, almost as if made by elves from the lightest web and fogs woven through it, the colour of haze that spreads over the dewy fields on a September morning – not a heavy, dusty cloud stuffed with rain drops ready to fall, a subtle nuance that can turn something sparkling and gorgeous into dull and lifeless.

I think that the love for the shade was brought by my memories and nostalgia for the colour does remind me of snow and moody Russian winter forest where every tree, every bush and twig are generously frosted with those blue-grey ice microcrystals. It also takes me back to rainy Paris and its mirrored streets. And the window of MaxMara shop where I first saw a light grey cashmere coat – so beautiful, desirable and perfect in its luxurious wrap-around-me softness.

There are very few colours more beautiful and elegant than grey, but there are quite a few that will look harmonious with it, so a classic coat serves as a wonderful investment piece, especially for the girls with pink skin undertones when the came shade looks a little out of place and the black – to harsh to bear.

Where to buy: 1. Double-breasted wool-blend coat, Stella McCartney (£1085), 2. Tropez belted wool coat, Reiss (£275), 3. Oversized wool coat, Richard Nicoll (£1395), 4. Mesmerize coat, A.F.Vandevorst (£1256), 5. Wide lapel wool blend coat, Mango (£139), 6. Light grey cashmere coat, MaxMara (£877), 7. Wool blend oversized coat, Mango (£119), 8. Grey wool Maple coat, Surface to Air (£380), 9. Double-faced mid-length coat, Jaeger (£350), 10. Palomba coat, Sportmax (£565), 11. Florelle soft grey tailored coat, Fenn Wright Manson (£250), 12. Double breasted wool coat, Maison Martin Margiela (£1220)

Photo source: Karolina Kurkova in Vogue UK August 2010 (photography: Willy Vanderperre; styling: Miranda Almond)


  1. I love to match big grey coats with everything, for me, they're more basic than black!


  2. Number 2, 5, 6 and 10...so hard to pick between them, incredibly elegant! I appreciate you stopping by...have a great Friday!

  3. I need a grey coat too!
    N: 2 is my fav!


  4. I know I won't resist a grey coat if I find one to meet my requirements: simple, classic cut, no belt, knee-length, two buttons. And it has to be the right fit, not to tight, not too loose. It's not an easy task. Love your selections.

  5. A grey coat is without any doubt an investment and a timeless chic staple item. I never owned one but is for sure onto my wishlist, a good alternative to the camel and the black ones indeed. My favs are the n. 5 and 6, I like the lenght and the belt. Kisses Natalia, have a great day! xo

  6. Every single coat ou chose is beautiful.

    I am quite fussy about my coats. I will spend good money on it and will buy only the perfect coat. If that means I don't find what I am looking for, I'll happily wear my old coats that are actually in pretty good condition as I spent good money for them.

    Last year I bought an All Saints dark grey coat, £150(it was £300) and am so happy with it. Although i am enjoying this warm weather we are having, I kind of can't wait to wear my beautiful coat :-)

    Have a lovely weekend

    Red xx

  7. A truly perfect gray coat is a hard thing to find... but numbers 4 and 5 come very close for me!

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  9. These jackets are all so cute! Really need one like these :D


  10. I will happily take #5 Natalia. It is gorgeous. Now you're making me want to buy a grey coat. I've never had one. They're so beautiful.

  11. Very nice pic and coats. Great day.


  12. Exactly on time post,Natalia!:)

    Love your choices of coats,especially how you describe all those grey's beauties.....
    Cashmere coat of Max Mara is truly a
    "wraped treat"!:)))
    Natalia,dear! How beautiful you write about shades of grey colour! Your talent to describe and a fantasy by is amazing:-)))
    Thank you for this beautiful and useful post!
    Wish you blissful weekend,dear friend,

  13. All coats are so good and i like more 2, 9

  14. I love grey coats, they are lovely.

    Corinne x

  15. Замечательная подборка! Определенно маст-хев холодного сезона!

  16. greys are actually quite good to make other accessories pop: a good scarf or a fun bag. I love the mushroom colour on the model in ph 1...a bit of warmth in the greys

    * MlleWanderlust ✡

  17. Grey is so chic and versatile with a lot of colors!

  18. i love grey coats!! nr 5 is perfect!!:)


  19. I'm kinda in love with #5. It's so pretty!

  20. why have i never considered grey?? i love your choices!

  21. Great post and collection of grey coats...love each one!

  22. I am outerwear obsessed - #5 looks so cozy!
    Chic on the Cheap

  23. Fantastic round up Natalia - they're all gorgeous but I think my faves are numbers 4 and 5, with the unusual lapels, so elegant!!

  24. I like grey color (despite the fact it doesn't suit me) in clothes.
    Love the No 5 coat, classy and comfy in tha same time!


  25. Natalia, your selection is - as usual - amazing and I think the Sportmax Paloma coat might be my favorite: tailored, minimal design with an original front! Caterina