What Color Pants Go With a Dark Gray Dress-Up Shirt?

Actress Amanda Righetti pairs a dressy gray blouse with a print skirt at a West Hollywood, California, media party in October 2011.

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A dark gray button-up shirt is pretty easy to pair with the right pants, but you can go astray if you pick the wrong color. Dark gray is ideal for all kinds of settings -- the same button-up can easily go from work with a pair of slacks and a blazer to a night on the town with jeans and a few fashion-forward accessories. A dark gray dress shirt is handy for any woman to have in the wardrobe.


Black pants go with almost anything, and they’re slimming if they fit properly. A dark gray button-up with black slacks is ideal for work on casual days. Pair them with black flats or heels for work. For a more casual environment, black skinny jeans with a pair of black boots will give you a sophisticated look perfect for lunch with friends or day-to-day tasks when you don’t feel like pulling on the sweatpants. Accessorize this look with a silver watch or necklace.


Bluejeans are usually a safe bet with any color top, but you'll need to pick the right shade of denim with your dark gray button-up. Look for ink-rich denims --acid washed and bleached styles are too light. Pair with black boots, heels or flats for a basic look; if you want to add a splash of bold color, go with flats or heels in a bright shade. Match your accessories with your shoes if you opt for colorful shoes.


Dark gray and white may not seem like the most exciting pairing, but with this look, it’s all about the shoes and accessories. Instead of a pair of basic black shoes, go with a sequined, colorful pair of flats. If you have a pair of white pants with a tapered ankle -- jeans with a wide flare or bell will look dated -- a pair of lace-up dress shoes with a burnished finish will give you a hip, fun look. Pair this combination with a bright accessory or two -- a red bracelet or colorful watch works well. If you prefer a more basic look, go with a silver necklace or brown leather watch.

Colors to Avoid

Some colors just don’t look right with a dark gray shirt. Brick red and olive should definitely be avoided. Stay clear of these colors in your accessories, too.

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