What Color Is Best to Wear With Gray Dress Pants?

Gray pairs well with black for a sleek professional look.

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Gray dress pants are ideal in professional attire; because they say you take your personal style seriously, which means you take your work just as seriously as well. However, to avoid looking too drab, it is important to match up your gray slacks with a complementary color that both matches your pants, but doesn't give you a dreary look. There are several colors that accomplish this goal, and all give you a different element to your style, from demure and conservative pink to a roaring and racy red!


The best color to wear with a pair of gray dress pants is any shade is pink. A medium to light shade pink top paired with silver jewelry or pearls and gray dress pants conveys a sharp business-like style. If you really want to add some sophistication to this look, add a gray cardigan, worn on the shoulders or tied around your neck in a loose fashion. If you want to add some pizazz, sizzle in a hot pink number with your gray dress slacks.


This is your next best option if don't want to wear pink. A monochromatic look is not only slimming, but gives you a nice, clean, streamlined style. You can also contrast your grays a bit. For example, if your pants are dark, wear a light top or vice versa, or you can go with one shade. However, if you decide to go this route, punch your outfit up a bit with colorful accessories. Chunky turquoise and bright red jewelry accomplish this goal nicely.


It's true that black goes with just about any and everything and its run a distant third for the best color to match up with gray dress pants. If you want some balance on top, wear a black top. Not only does it slim you through your midsection, but it also puts the attention on your gray pants. However, you only want to take this option if your pants have some kind of nice embellishment or if they are a particularly flattering cut. Pear shapes should avoid this color combo though, since they generally try to draw the attention to their assets up top.


Red adds to add an element of raciness to an otherwise conservative ensemble. You can either do a neutral top and all red accessories or you can go red all over with the gray dress pants to break up the head to toe rosy hue. This is a way to make your outfit jump, without compromising the rules of professional style. If you really want to kick things up a notch, try a red top with your gray dress pants and then some funky jewel-toned accessories.

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