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Whether you have a gray piece of clothing or an accessory and you're trying to figure out how to build an outfit around it, chances are you are putting too much thought into it -- it's super easy. Like black, white or nude, gray is a neutral and literally blends well with any color. However, certain color combo ideas make gray work in a way that will make you a lifelong enthusiast.
Think for a moment of gray as silver jewelry. At some point, someone likely mentioned to you that mixed metals are quite chic, which opens up a whole slew of new possibilities. Gold AND silver bangles on one arm? The same mentality applies here. Whether you're playing with matte or metallic tones, bring in anything you might see as metal jewelry. Think gold mini-dress, gray suede shoes and a bronze clutch and you're ... ahem ... golden.
When in doubt, add black. This way of thinking simply never fails when styling an outfit. The ultimate neutral, black plays quite well with gray tones. Go for contrast with these colors -- it's like your classic black-and-white ensemble, but you'll love how gray softens the overall feel of your outfit. Start with a black maxi dress and step into a pair of black gladiators. Finish the look with a gray boyfriend blazer -- pure chic.
Just like the way pairing a pastel shirt with a pair of jeans always feels soft and pretty, the same goes for gray mixed with pastel hues. Think of it as the light pink or baby blue frosting to a cupcake's silver liner -- perfect. Oh, and any pastel will do -- just visualize your favorite color and imagine adding a bunch of white to it -- it becomes a softer, paler version. Think mint green oversize T-shirt tucked into a gray, high-waisted, flouncy skirt. Slip into a pair of silver gladiators. Light and sweet.
Crisp up your look by adding white. White and gray work well together to create a contemporary, clean appearance. For a dressed-up look, opt for a gray shift dress topped with a white blazer. Add nude shoes and your look is complete. If you're meeting up with friends for coffee, make it a little more urban-friendly with a gray-and-white striped T-shirt, gray skinny jeans and neutral moccasins -- gray, black, brown -- pick and choose according to your mood.