You can mix all patterns when they are gray
Banaba Republic striped sheath with striped sweater, GNW tight, Vince Camuto boots, and leopard print scarf (all own)
  1. Outfits in gray of all shades are instant posh
  2. How I styled this desaturated look
    • Add interest with mixed pattern
    • Add interest with texture
  3. Top of the World Style linkup-party

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.

How I styled this desaturated look

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 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).

Don’t let the right outfit be a random thing. Wear the right look in every situation by looking up what to wear when in How to Dress for Success in Midlife. Buy the book now.

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. Link up how you style your neutrals in addition to your OOTD at the linkup party. You don’t need a blog to participate. You can also link up Instagram posts. See you at the party. 🙂

Top of the World Style linkup-party

Welcome to the 47th Top of the World Style fashion linkup party. Thanks to those of you who linked up last week. You are all so stylish! I can’t wait to see what you are wearing this week.

As usual, the Readers’ Fav OOTD goes to the link you clicked the most, which was Mis P’s post. She is the blogger of Mis Papelicos. Jacqueline from Petite Silver Vixen became My Fav OOTD.

Top of the World OOTD
Mis P and Jacqueline became Top of the World OOTD readers’ Fav and My Fav, respectively. Photos from these Ladies’ posts

Congrats ladies, please grab your respective featured Top of the World OOTD button.

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I am honored to introduce you to this week’s co-host of Top of the World Style Yvonne at Funky Forty. Yvonne is a 40 something from New Zealand, living in Zürich, Switzerland. She loves fashion, travel, shopping and food and believes chocolate will cure almost anything. She blogs to share her style ideas and all the quirky things she find whilst sauntering around the shops and last but not least wonderful places to visit. She hopes to inspire other 40+ women and make them realize 40 something is still young! Her favorite quote is

Creativity is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein #quote Click To Tweet

Take a minute and stop by her blog to say Hi.

fashion linkup cohost
Co-host Yvonne. Photo from her blog


Now let’s get the party going. Everyone of any age and gender is welcome to share their fashion and style posts.
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