How to make gray outfits stand out
By Brittany Anas
Gray doesn’t have to be boring. Just ask all the ladies in book clubs who read “50 Shades of Grey” over the summer.
Fall brought us lots of regal colors — like cobalt blue and oxblood, the color formerly known as burgundy that reinvented itself with darker brown undertones.
Now, winter is approaching and gray is a staple for cold weather, but that doesn’t mean you have to mute color in your outfits. With pops of color, unique patterns or rich textures, gray can stand out.
Pair with citrus colors:
Hold on a second before you put away those summery blouses that are tangerine, lime or grapefruit. They are about to get some more playing time this winter. They’ll complement gray pants or skirts and can be tied together with a multi-colored scarf or necklace. Layer a cardigan or leather jacket on top to keep cozy.
Gray can also bring a balance to an embellished, feminine shirt — like this bright pink chiffon top with cascading jewels that look like cupcake sprinkles and is from Old Navy. Try a structured gray blazer over a flirty embellished top for a masculine-feminine mix.
Look for ornate textures:
Detailed knits can add interest to gray. Anthropologie has a cablepom sweater in gray that is adorned with poms and diamond-shaped textured knitting around the crest of the sweater and on the pockets.
Shop for patterns:
Mixing gray with polka dots or a classic winter pattern, like fair isle, is an easy way to update the traditional color. Try this pleated and polka dotted skirt from Ann Taylor Loft. It’s versatile and can be worn to work with tights and a solid colored shirt, or try pattern mixing with it on the weekend with a floral top.