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Gray in your wardrobe makes a timeless fashion staple for the cooler months, yet it's equally at home as an accent hue for rainy springs or sultry summer evenings. Dark gray hues to watch out for include charcoal, smoky heather, gunmetal and slate. Work gray into staple pieces like coats, slacks and skirts, then play with a wide color palette to put together your look book.
Black and Gray
Gray on gray can be a smoky, sexy look. Pair lighter hues of gray with your dark gray item. For example, pull on a heather top over dark gray cords or opt for matte gray tights and gunmetal gray boots. Black is another never-fail pairing with gray, as Paige Davis knows. She paired black boots with a charcoal coat for a sophisticated night out. Gray and black are reliable staples safe for work or fun.
Okay, you can call light gray a neutral if you want. That said, sometimes a girl needs other options. True white makes a classic (and classy!) combo with dark gray, especially when paired with a smoking accent color like red. Tan or beige with gray gives you another light neutral option when you need it.
You don't have to play it safe with dark gray. Lighter or darker shades of red, orange, blue, yellow or green give you ample room to play. Try dark heather jeans with chartreuse or fluorescent yellow for a bold splash or charcoal trousers with cobalt blue or poppy red for a work-safe vibrant look. On the lighter side, mint, canary or pale red offer nice contrast for work or play.
Putting It Together
Pairing neutrals and colors leads to the sleekest look. If you're wearing a dark gray dress, go for gray or black shoes and an accent color for jewelry, a scarf or a sweater. Or pair gray jeans with black shoes and a lush top. You don't want to combine too many colors with gray, but you don't need to stay in neutrals either. Gray can take patterns like strips, plaid or florals. Use the same color matching rules when choosing patterned items to play up your look.