Going gray: A shade to suit every style

by - Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Beige, brown and black have long been the go-to neutral colors, but in 2013, gray is making a splash on runways. With its variety of tones and shades, gray is versatile enough to complement pastels or jewel tones and works for night or day looks. Read on to learn how to integrate gray into your spring wardrobe. 

Wearing it

Gray is perfect for anything from an interview to a girl's night out. Not everyone looks great in black or white, but shades of gray like heather and charcoal can work for a lot of different skin tones. 

For a monochromatic professional look, you can wear all gray in various shades. If you want to liven it up, pair a gray piece with some complementary colors. Lighter grays go well with soft pastel colors like peach or lavender. Darker grays go well with jewel tones like emerald and amethyst -- contrasted with gray, these rich colors look even more vibrant. Pink is also perfect because you can match any shade of it with gray for a feminine look. Look for weddings this season where gray is combined with fun colors like orange and yellow. 

Styling it

Wearing gray affords you the opportunity to go all out with the rest of your outfit. With gray dresses, a bright cardigan with coordinating shoes and a belt cinched around your waist will pop and make your outfit more exciting.
For a more sophisticated look, pair black accessories with your monochromatic look. They’ll add a touch of class and complement the gray in a subtle way. 

Shine bright

For some extra glam, include some sparkling accessories in your outfit. Silver and gunmetal jewelry pairs well with gray. Stud earrings or statement necklaces can make an ordinary ensemble stand out. Glittery pieces will also guarantee that you won’t go unnoticed. A silver belt is a striking addition to a muted tunic, adding a pop of shine. With some sparkle, there is no way you will blend into the background.

From the office to date night, gray is a fantastic choice for a neutral piece. With its versatility, you can dress it up or down with just a few well-chosen accessories.

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