Which Color Stockings with a Grey Formal Dress?

Channel Rachel McAdams and pair your gray formal dress with nude stockings.

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While a black dress may be the most obvious choice for a formal event, wearing a sexy gray dress can help you stand out in the crowd while still looking elegant and stylish. The challenge to wearing gray at a formal event is knowing what color stockings to pair with your dress. As a neutral, gray actually pairs well with many colors, but for the most sophisticated option, choose neutral stockings to keep your look simple and chic.


Nude stockings may remind you of your grandmother’s support hose, but they’re the most versatile option when wearing a gray formal dress. Because they provide a bare leg look, you can rock any color of shoe with your dress, so you can get creative with red satin stilettos or strappy fuchsia pumps. But to keep your nude stockings from looking as if you borrowed them from grandma, choose a shade that is only slightly darker than your natural skin tone. If you go too dark, it’ll be obvious that your legs don’t match the rest of your body, and the stockings may give you a dated look. For added sexiness, choose nude stockings with a slight sheen; they help your legs look leaner and set off your shoes.


If nude hosiery just doesn't fit in with your tastes, pair your gray formal dress with black stockings. Celebrities often walk the red carpet in black hosiery, so you’ll be Hollywood chic for your special occasion. Wearing black stockings can also help slim the look of your legs, so they’re the perfect choice if you’re self-conscious about your gams. The one drawback to wearing black stockings with a gray dress is they usually look best with black shoes, which means you’re locked into all neutrals for your outfit. But if you’re not the kind of girl who plays by the rules, wear black stockings with gray heels that match your dress for a funky twist on formal wear.


While black stockings are a classic option with a gray formal dress, you can also go for a lighter look with gray stockings. Choose a pair that is a shade darker or lighter than your dress to create a monochromatic look that still allows your legs to stand out. With a gray dress and stockings, black shoes are usually your best bet, but you can also rock a pair of sexy gray heels to keep the monochromatic look. If you decide to go all gray, incorporate some brighter colors in your accessories, like jewelry or a shawl, to make sure that all eyes are on you.


When you really want to turn heads, wear your favorite gray formal dress with a pair of silver stockings. Silver is close enough to gray that you’ll have a classic monochromatic look, but it’s lighter and brighter so your sexy legs take center stage. To go a little funky, opt for silver stockings that feature metallic or glittery threads; it’ll be like wearing jewelry all over your legs! Pair your gray dress and silver stockings with strappy, metallic silver heels and you’ll definitely be the belle of the ball.

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