What to Buy Fall 2007: Basic Gray

What: We’ve tip-toed around it, but in case you didn’t get the hint: gray is the dominant neutral in the fall color palette.

What the fashion heads say: This from Elle.com: “First made glamorous in the ‘40s by Katharine Hepburn and her signature menswear-inspired look, gray flannel turns up on fall’s most versatile pieces.”

What I say: Every season needs a neutral, and gray is a cool and refreshing change after a long hot summer. Pair the color with a bold jewel-tone, like purple, in the form of a powerhouse blouse, glossy bangles, or shiny patent pumps. This seasons gray is no sad-sack; it’s a backdrop for boldness. A good staple to start with? Try this wool three-button blazer from The Gap.