What could be more boring than gray? Not as assertive as black, not as striking as brighter colors, it's the blah middling choice for those who's rather not choose. At least, that's what I always thought. I never gave steel a second thought as a color.
But was I ever wrong! I just got the Cafe Bag in steel (with an olive interior) and it is drop-dead gorgeous. It's a chameleon of a color, depending on lighting and what you're wearing it with. Worn over dark teal or hunter green, it takes on some of that tone and looks slightly teal-gray. Worn with burgundy or chocolate brown, I swear it's slate blue-grey. Cloudy daylight tends to bring out the tealish tones, and sunshine the grey-blue tones. Fluorescent versus incandescent also changes the hue.
This is not your father's boring gray. It's a sophisticated, mercurial, subtle color. And it's my new favorite, hands down.