I have been on a grey diet for a few years (I love it but it does not seem to love me back). Yet I just bought 3 grey items. Oh, and some shoes on the way.

1-3) What do you think of this Eddie Bauer Girl On the Go Trenchcoat coat? Since my NYC trip in the fall, I've been trying to fill a hole of a practical waterproof packable travel raincoat that I can dress up or down for city travel. Is the grey JFE for me? I like the subtle herringbone pattern, removable hood, 3 zip pockets and the slightly longer length. It is lightweight, lined but not insulated. I can layer under it, but I'm actually expecting to wear it in warm wet weather. It is more technical than most fashion jackets, in terms of breathability. TTS

4-5) I have been coveting Suz's grey velvet t all year. I found this one in a petite on a big sale and thought I'd take a chance. It is intentionally oversized - I think a size down would lack the drape over my bust - I took my normal PS. I'm trying to lighten my tops a bit a la Janet's and a few others recent posts, but I am not into high contrast between tops and pants on me - does this color/shape work? And how to style?

PPL on the Cords? GAP midrise bootcuts, they run a size big - I sized down one size from my typical jeans. The Petites and Short sizes are crazy long!! I usually find Petites too short even for a 1" heel and these need at least a 1 inch hem with a 2.25" heel. I pinned them and then dropped it .25", because Angie always tells me to go longer. The Shorts are a bit shorter, but still not very short. Is this length right?

And I promise to wear these pieces with color and not all together if I keep - this is just for advice, so pardon the bed head and no makeup (although I tossed on a bright lippie to counter all the grey). Thanks !

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