You Can Mix All Patterns When They Are Gray
Cashmere sweater, Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, Hipstik tights, Vince Camuto boots, Eddie Bauer pink T-skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Rebecca Collins necklace, DIY bangle (all own)

Gray is a tricky color to wear. It’s a major color for corporate style. And you can easily look like wearing a uniform or like a wall flower. On the other hand, when style right, it can look very elegant and sophisticated. Read on how to create great looks with this color.

Contents
  1. Outfits in Gray of All Shades Are Instant Posh
  2. Gray Looks Great with a Pop of Color
  3. How to Style Stunning Desaturated Looks
    • Add Interest with Mixed Patterns
    • Add Interest with Texture
  4. Wrapping Up

Outfits in Gray of All Shades Are Instant Posh

What about you? Do you wear all gray outfits or do you add a pop of color? I love colors, but when it comes to gray I love to wear an either all gray office look or add red or pink.

Besides an all gray posh monochromatic look, you can pair this desaturated color with blue plus white – the American Classic color combination. This combination is always a winner. Add gold jewelry, diamonds or pearls. Voilà, a chic business casual instant outfit.

Gray Looks  Great with a Pop of Color

A gray striped sweater looks great with tweed skirt and a colorful T-shirt. A pink pop of color goes a long way.

fashion blooger in light and drak gray top, pink top, tweed skirt, tights

stylist in gray skirt with striped top, pink layering top
Brooks Brothers cashmere sweater, Eddie Bauer tweed skirt, Hipstik tights, Vince Camuto boots, Eddie Bauer pink T-skirt, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Rebecca Collins necklace, DIY bangle (all own)

How To Style Stunning Desaturated Looks

When putting the laundry into my closet I realized that the sheath has the same size of stripes as the sweater. Thus, a striped dress outfit was born.

mature woman in mixed prints desaturated colors winter work outfit

style blogger Nicole in an all gray winter work outfit

Banana Republic striped sheath with striped sweater, GNW tight, Vince Camuto boots, and leopard print scarf (all own)

style blogger in patterned grey jumper dress with striped grey sweater and leopard print scarf
Office outfit details: Banana Republic striped sheath, Brooks Brothers striped sweater, unbranded leopard print scarf, GNW tight and Vince Camuto boots folded over to look like booties(all own)

Add interest with mixed pattern

To keep things interesting when all the pieces are gray, using prints and pattern in different hues is one possibility. Here the stripes and leopard print do the trick. To up the style with a scarf is always a good idea.

The tights have a diamond pattern. Keeping a look in just one hue is a great way how to wear the patterned tight trend over 40.

Assymetric cuts also create interest (see the hem line in the photos).

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Add Interest with Texture

In the example below, I even went with an all gray outerwear. But this time, the interest is created by the play of different texture: Smooth (coat), cable knit (pom pom hat), matt (booties) and shiny (toggles).
Ok, you may consider these as different pattern as well. 😉

Fashion blogger donning all gray winter outerwear
Calvin Klein toggle coat with Banana Republic jumper dress, GNW tight, Vince Camuto boots worn as booties, structured bag, cable knit hat (all own), and India Hicks scarf c/o Tammy Gray

 

Stylist’s tips: Get more wear out of your footwear with this trick. Fold over your slouchy boots to make them look like booties (see photos in this post). Or change the look of your boots and booties by wearing boot toppers.

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What about you? Do you like to wear all neutrals without looking boring? How do you style an all neutral look? Let me see, I am curious.

Photos of me: G. Kramm

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