What Pants Go With a Gray Blouse?

A taupe gray blouse is unexpectedly sexy.

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Gray may be a bore on the bottom, but it can be a surprising style statement when worn on top. Gray blouses varying from pale silver to deep smoke can be a style chameleon -- conservative for work but sexy for evening -- when paired with the right pair of pants. Break away from your classic white or beige and go gray to add interest to your wardrobe.

Conservative

Any shade of gray pairs with black trousers. You can also wear gray with herring bone or tweed pantsuit slacks with black or gray undertones. You can add a blazer or cardigan to round out the look.

Evening

Add a smoky gray blouse to skinny black pants and black pumps for a sexy evening look. For a daring look, you might opt for color on the bottom -- try purple or deep red. You could alternatively accessorize your black pants and gray blouse with a pop of color -- such as a teal or magenta bag or belt -- to add drama.

Season

In summer, a light pair of yellow capris is an unexpected complement for a short-sleeved, light gray blouse. You could also try pale pink or light blue. Winter and fall call for deeper colors -- maroon, navy or denim are all seasonally appropriate matches for a dark gray blouse.

Considerations

The cut of your gray blouse also determines what pants you should choose. Voluminous cuts call for slimmer pants, while more tailored cuts pair best with traditional slacks. If you choose a gray blouse in a filmy, sheer fabric, wear a nude or dark gray camisole underneath to keep your look classy rather than trashy.

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