Color Stories: Go Gray

By  December 10, 2013

The color gray (yes, in all 50 of its shades…) can be casual, but it can also be elegant, edgy, girly, and glamorous when paired with the right pieces. It’s a neutral, so think of it as a blank canvas that can be styled in a variety of ways.

   

 

Edgy Chic. The gray sweaterdress: Everyone needs to own one. Though it looks great alone, it looks even better when you edge it up a bit with a leopard-print coat, a long gold chain necklace, white platform booties, and a pair of vintage sunglasses. Your thoughts: “White booties?” The answer: “Yes. Because they are underrated, and they happen to make your legs look incredibly long.” If you reach a point where you can’t bare the cold with exposed legs, throw on some light gray tights or even a pair of sheers.

 
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ASOS Triangle Long Pendant Necklace, $10.68 »

 
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ASOS Sweaterdress With Oversize Pocket, $56.95 »

 
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BB Dakota Hazel Leopard-Print Coat, $99.99 »

 
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Replay Vintage Sunglasses, $16 »

 
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B Brian Atwood White Fuveau Platform Booties, $176 »

 

 

Elegant Chic. When you find a breathtaking A-line skirt like this one, you’re more inclined to build your outfit around that one important piece. Because this skirt is high-waisted and long, pair it with a bright yellow crop top and gray booties. Pile on metallic silver accessories and nail polish for a soft, elegant look.

 
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Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish – No Place Like Chrome, $8.50 »

 
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H&M Pattern-Weave Skirt, $69.95 »

 
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Zip-Back Crop Top, $65 »

 
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ASOS Flat Clutch Bag With Metal Front Flap, $35.60 »

 
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ASOS Tonic Shoe Boots, $49.83 »

 
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Topshop Silver Metal Cuff, $25 »

 

 

Glam Chic. This look would be quite casual with just the boyfriend jeans and gray tee, but when you add a sequined jacket, it becomes a fabulous ensemble. Let the jacket do the talking and resist the urge to pile on necklaces and opt for a pair of cuff rings instead. Just because you’re glamming up an outfit, that doesn’t mean you must wear heels. Functional flats look just as fierce. Top it off with a striking dark lip.

 
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S.Y.L.K. Desiree Cropped Jacket, $92.56 »

 
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Topshop Burnout Boxy Tee, $32 »

 
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Finger-Cuff Ring Set, $14.99 »

 
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ASOS Mom Jeans in Acid-Wash Gray, $67.63 »

 
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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Bruised, $4 »

 
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Qupid Pointer Elevated Flats, $20.99 »