Can You Wear a Grey Peacoat With Khakis?

Overview

Choosing color combos can get pretty complicated, but pairing gray and khaki can create a different problem: Left to themselves, they can look pretty bland. To make sure your gray and khaki ensemble is more pretty and less bland, pull a few colorful -- and some rather shapely -- tricks from your peacoat sleeves to turn your neutral combo to a knockout one.

Mutually Neutral

Aside from possibly erring on the side of bland, you can't truly go wrong with gray or khaki. Gray and brown -- under which khaki falls -- are neutrals, in the same vein as black and white. A gray-and-khaki pairing on its own, however, lacks the strong contrast of a black-and-white duo; the former are better-suited as foundation pieces. Take advantage of the two neutrals' ability to provide the background for standout shapes and cool colors.

Style Support

When trying to shape an outfit with subdued shades, building a foundation of figure-flattering pieces is half the battle. Gray and khaki look their most crisp in a well-fitting, structured ensemble. The peacoat is a classic coat shape, so make sure it fits you well, along with your khakis; shapeless, oversized pieces will make you look messy and add pounds to your figure. If your coat and khakis aren't fitting fabulously -- whether too loose, too long or anything in-between -- a tailor may be able customize them to fit your figure.

Cool (Color) Crowd

Neutrals have an uncanny ability to absorb other colors in an outfit, so maximize that subtle strength. A top in a primary color -- yellow, blue or red -- or all three at once! -- will look powerful peeking out from your gray peacoat. Experiment with accessories in shock-worthy shades to give your gray a jolt. If wearing gray near your face makes your skin look sallow, work in warmer, softer shades such as blush, wine and melon, to add a healthy flush. Feeling extra bold? Add some animal print.

Structured Supplements

Work the classic shape of your peacoat to its maximum potential with a few chic accessories. Add a wide belt to cinch your waist for an ultra-feminine silhouette; this is especially helpful if your khakis are on the wide-legged side. And yes, you can switch out the coat's old belt for a new one. Play with sharp shapes -- think pointy-toed shoes or a boxy bag -- that will lift your outfit out of any slump. When it comes to jewelry, think long and lean; chunky necklaces and earrings can add bulk to an already-heavy peacoat.

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