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.
ASOS Triangle Long Pendant Necklace, $10.68 »
ASOS Sweaterdress With Oversize Pocket, $56.95 »
BB Dakota Hazel Leopard-Print Coat, $99.99 »
Replay Vintage Sunglasses, $16 »
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.
Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Polish – No Place Like Chrome, $8.50 »
H&M Pattern-Weave Skirt, $69.95 »
Zip-Back Crop Top, $65 »
ASOS Flat Clutch Bag With Metal Front Flap, $35.60 »
ASOS Tonic Shoe Boots, $49.83 »
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.
S.Y.L.K. Desiree Cropped Jacket, $92.56 »
Topshop Burnout Boxy Tee, $32 »
Finger-Cuff Ring Set, $14.99 »
ASOS Mom Jeans in Acid-Wash Gray, $67.63 »
NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Bruised, $4 »
Qupid Pointer Elevated Flats, $20.99 »