Gray is a common neutral color that does not have to be boring. The color provides a softer alternative to black and is actually easier to wear for many women over 40.

It is an incredibly versatile color that you can wear in many different ways in both summer and winter.and I have embraced it for each season.

Here is an updated guide on how to wear gray in both winter and summer!

Colors that go with gray – Take a pick from these color palettes

How to wear gray color palettes |

A great way to get some inspiration for your outfits is to use a tool like Colorlovers. In just 5 minutes I got all these great color palettes (above) just by typing in the keyword gray.

You can see how versatile the color is.

It looks great with soft pastels like baby blue and pink, is great to combine with white and a pop of color and looks fresh and modern with brighter colors.

You can now go through these color palettes and see which one speaks to you. Then head on over to your wardrobe and see which colors are already there and start creating some outfits.

The perfect gray basics

The perfect gray trouser pants

These pants are super versatile. They look chic for work or more formal events, but you can easily dress them down for casual too if you combine them with a light shirt and jean jacket.

The elastic band will make sure they fit you snugly and have the extra benefit of tucking in the tummy.

VIV Collection Women's Straight Fit Trouser Pants | 40plusstyle.comGray straight fit trouser pants

The perfect gray top

This layered top will enable you to create many outfits. You can easily layer it with a cardigan, jacket or sweater, but it can also be worn very stylishly on its own.

The advantage of this top is that it drapes nicely over your belly and hides it perfectly. It’s not too long so will not cut your body in half and has an asymmetrical hem which makes it extra flattering!

Floral Find Women's Chiffon Layered Tank Tops Summer Sleeveless Round Neck Blouses Shirts |

Chiffon layered tank top

The perfect gray jacket

A gray jacket can make many casual looks just a bit more chic.

I’m loving this cotton blend jacket that has a collar with a twist. That makes this classic jacket just a bit hipper. The short length will make it easy to wear this jacket with both your pants, skirts and dresses.

Wear it with your gray pants, your skirts or jeans.

Gray jacket for women |

Notch Collar Cotton Blend Blazer

The perfect long gray cardigan

A long open cardigan is flattering for most if you are petite.

It can help hide your belly or you it will lengthen you and make your slimmer and can work really well if you are petite.

This cardigan is extra flattering as it has a slight a shape which highlights your waist.

ARC Studio Women's Solid Soft Stretch Longline Long Sleeve Open Front gray Cardigan | 40plusstyle.comLong Sleeve Open Front Cardigan

The perfect grey shoes

Sneakers are still very much on trend and I love these cotton textured sneakers. They will look perfect with the items showcased above and will make your dressier pants more casual.

Wear them with pants or skirts!

Sperry Top-Sider Women's Crest Vibe gray Sneaker | 40plusstyle.comWomen’s Crest Vibe Sneaker

The perfect gray coat

Shades of gray and a gray coat |

Wearing a gray designer coat - How to wear gray | 40plusstyle.com40+style photographer Denton Taylor captured this lady on the streets of New York and it’s a great example of how stylish gray can be.

It seems like this outfit is almost head to toe designer with the bag by Miu Miu, coat and skirt by Prada and Mulberry (fill me in if you recognise one of the pieces and know which is which), sunglasses by Prada and scarf by Mulberry.

A simpler belted coat can look just as stylish and is a lot more affordable too!

perfect grey coat |

Belted coat

Creating ensembles with gray

I used the color palettes as the starting base of the ensembles I have created.

Melting Sigh – combining gray with pink

I started off with Melting Sigh as I love the dreamy soft combination of gray and pink.

how to wear gray with with pink |

Gray and pink create a soft romantic and classical look. Pink is a great color for a knitted sweater that you could combine with both your pants and skirts.

This is how I wore it

Gray skirt with silk pink top |

But also consider pink as the color of your coat which looks beautiful with your grey pants.

Grey sweater over pink vest and pants |

Similar items: sweater, puff vest, jeans and slip-on sneakers

Grey wrap front coat over pink top with pink scarf and grey pants |

Similar items: coat, wrap top, pants, loafers, scarf

Pink turtleneck sweatshirt over pink jack and grey pants |

Similar items: jacket, layering turtleneck, jeans, beanie, boots

Although I strictly kept to a pink and gray palette here, it’s actually really nice to throw white into the mix as well. You can also add darker shades of gray.

For extra color or to highlight your romantic look, add a colorful scarf featuring these colors.

Combine gray with white

Amy Fine Collins - White and silver gray works perfectly in this look |

This is Amy Fine Collins in a gorgeous ensemble of wthie and silver gray and I love this complete look.

All the elements are in perfect harmony to make this outfit young & hip, elegant but very fashion forward, simple yet sophisticated.

The dress itself is fabulous of course, but the added shoes and handbag make the overall outfit extra hip. Other features that make this overall look special is this woman’s hip hairstyle, modern sunglasses and red lips. (photo by Denton Taylor)

Combine gray with black

Sometimes a minimal outfit is all you need. What makes this outfit special is the good fit of the dress and the fabulous shoes.

I would personally have taken that mimalist style further with a more minimal design for the bag which would have completed this look. (photo by Dentont Taylor).

Beautiful Freak – Combining gray with green

My second inspiration palette is Beautiful Freak. It combines 2 fashionable colors together: gray and dark green.

how to wear gray with dark green |

Combining gray with dark green creates a more sophisticated and mysterious look.

It’s especially beautiful when you add white to the mix or play with different kinds of gray.  Finish your look with silver or gray brogues or booties.

This look below is simple and chic. You may want to add an extra layer with a poncho or jacket if the weather gets cooler.

Green Turtle neck and Grey pull-on pants |

Similar items: turtleneck top, pantsdriving shoe, crossbody bag, earrings

Below is a smart casual look which is a bit edgier with a more forest green, with the use of a green biker jacket worn over a knotted gray dress.

green outfits with gray |

Similar items: leather jacket, dressslouch sandal, tote, necklace

Walking away

Gray can also be used as the perfect neutral with primary colors, such as red. This is an especially good combination in winter and in the festive season.

Below looks are inspired by the ‘Walking away’ color scheme.

This draped sweater does a great job at hiding your belly and is the perfect outer layer. The wider pants make this look a bit festive so this outfit could be worn for your chirstmas parties too!

Red Blouse with grey scarf and Grey Pants |

Similar items: drape front top, pants, clutch, loafers, scarf

Here is another great look that could work for a variety of occassion. Easy to layer with an extra cardigan or jacket too if the weather gets colder.

Red neckside blouse and grey pants |

Similar items: surplice top, pants, satchel bag, loafer

How I have previously worn gray

I love wearing gray with a winter white base.

Although the quality of below picture isn’t great, you get an idea of how I’m mixing and matching my gray pieces this winter. Many of these can still be bought online. You will find all details in this article.

gray top – gray top by Stella Carakasi

Here is how I have worn gray in the summer.

With wide leg pants and a grey top (here is a t-shirt that’s great too)

Mixing prints with an old silk blouse and dotted skirts. The shoes are my new favorite and can be bought here.

How Debra Rapoport wears gray

Turn your gray pieces into artful ensemles!

Debra Rapoport wearing silver gray with brown | Debra Rapoport wearing a gray jacket with striped pants |

Here are 6 more fabulous how to wear gray looks to give you some extra inspiration!

6 stylish outfits on how to wear gray |

Your ensembles!

Scroll down further to see some more collages that you created.

What is your favorite way to wear gray? Which is the color combinations is your favorite?


More ideas

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1. Suzanne Carillo – mixing gray with purple, red and orange


Petra – Mixing blue with gray


Michaela – Combining gray with dark blue

Gray combined with dark blue |

Lisa – Mixing gray with turquoise and green

Ideas for wearing gray - mixing it with turquoise and green |

Lisa – Combining gray with red


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Avove photo featuring Julie Hannah

Photos of Debra Rapoport by Denton Taylor

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