How to wear gray: color palettes and ensembles for you to choose from!

by Sylvia

How to wear gray | 40plusstyle.com

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 | 40plusstyle.com

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

Gray straight fit trouser pants (1000+ reviews, 4 stars, $23.99)

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

Chiffon layered tank top in silver gray,  $15.99, 20 reviews, 4.5 stars

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Chiffon layered tank top

 

The perfect gray jacket

Notch Collar Cotton Blend Blazer, $98, 40 reviews, 4 stars

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Notch Collar Cotton Blend Blazer

The perfect long gray cardigan

ARC Studio Women’s Solid Soft Stretch Longline Long Sleeve Open Front Cardigan, $26.99, 91 reviews, 4.5 stars 

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

Women’s Crest Vibe Sneaker, $62.95, 237 reviews, 4.5 stars

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

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 | 40plusstyle.com

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.

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

How to Wear Grey - Melting Sigh | 40plusstyle.com

Grey sweater over pink vest and pants | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 01: Muster Merino Wool Sweater – Aconcagua II Down Vest – ‘The Prima’ Mid Rise Cigarette Skinny Jeans – Colorblock Slip-On Sneaker

Grey wrap front coat over pink top with pink scarf and grey pants | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 2: Double Breasted Peacoat – Stripe Scarf – Tilunana Geometric Stretch Wool Blend Suit Trousers – Lewis Loafer – Suplice Top

Pink turtleneck sweatshirt over pink jack and grey pants | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 3: Holladown Water Repellent 550-Fill Power Down Crop JacketLayering TurtleneckAb-solution Stretch Skinny JeansCashmere Cable Knit Beanie with Faux Fur Pom – Vienna Waterproof Bootie

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.

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 | 40plusstyle.com

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.

I’m loving the below layering look with this graphical poncho. Add a green necklace for an extra special look.

grey sweater over grey poncho tops with green pants | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Cowl Neck Tunic – Titana Stretch Trousers – Tassel Necklace – Abbot Lux Sneaker – Cassie Faux Leather Circle Crossbody Bag –   Reversible Poncho

Here’s another look with a poncho, but it’s green this time. The gray underneath creates a nice column of color which makes it easy to layer your poncho on top. Warm and comfortable to wear in winter!

Grey sweater over green poncho with grey corduroy pants | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 2: Agnes Slim Straight Leg Corduroy Pants – Crewneck Cashmere Sweater – Convertible Cashmere Poncho – Metallic Mesh Foldover Clutch – Ilaria Genuine Calf Hair Mule

This last look 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 | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 3: Perfect Fit Turtleneck – Zip Ankle Pull-on Pants – ‘Petra’ Driving Shoe – Maceyy Double Zip Leather Crossbody Bag – Moonlight Drop 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 | 40plusstyle.com

Paige shift dress – Levis leather jacket – Udo bueno slouch sandal – Urban Originals vegan tote – Dean Davidson’s 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 gray sweater is extra special because of the little sparkles. Looks fabulous with these striped pants and the red gives the splash of color to make you shine!

Grey sweatshirt with grey striped pants and Red clutch bag | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Colette High Waist Crop Flare Jeans – Jewel Deco Cable Sweater – Resin Handle Clutch – Stella & Ruby Beaded Tassel Necklace – D’Ana Knotted Loafer Mule

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 | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 2: Drape Front Top – Wide Leg Crop Wool & Silk Blend Trousers – Miller Embossed Clutch – Elly Flat – Square 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 | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 3: Surplice Neck Side Tie Blouse – Trouser Cigarette Pants – Halen Rhinestone Embellished Loafer – Faux Leather Satchel

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 | 40plusstyle.com Debra Rapoport wearing a gray jacket with striped pants | 40plusstyle.com

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

6 stylish outfits on how to wear gray | 40plusstyle.com

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?

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

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Petra – Mixing blue with gray

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Michaela – Combining gray with dark blue

Gray combined with dark blue | 40plusstyle.com

Lisa – Mixing gray with turquoise and green

Ideas for wearing gray - mixing it with turquoise and green | 40plusstyle.com

Lisa – Combining gray with red

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1 Elaine

Thank you so much for this post, Sylvia! I have some new grey pieces for fall. The color pallets and your suggestions inspired me to go into my closet and voila! I found many items to use with grey clothing that I would not have considered on my own. You rock!

2 Sylvia

Great that I could inspire you Elaine!

3 Aileen

Thanks for this great article Sylvia. I wear a lot of grey and beige, don’t know what that says about me, probably boring! But I find grey and beige are good basics and so easy to add any other colour to.

4 Sylvia

It all depends on how you wear these color Aileen. I think the above collages have proven that gray certainly does not need to be boring!

5 Suzanne

I do love grey. It is the one neutral that I actually really like.

That first set with pink and grey is so pretty. And those brogues are killing me softly.

Grey and purple is a great one and grey and red… maybe I need to play around in Polyvore for a bit : )

bisous
Suzanne

6 Suzanne

Here is what I came up with…
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=134124664

bisous
Suzanne

7 Sylvia

Yes I love those color combis too. Great collages Suzanne. I have added them to the article!

8 Aish

I bought grey gumboots.. I m going crazy with wt to wear along so that I can carry it
I’m a little inclined towards looking less funky
If you could help me out
I basically need to know what color gels with it apart from Red and blue as I don’t have many of those

9 Sylvia

Did you go through all the examples in this article and look at the color palettes? You can wear almost any color with gray…

10 ies

Sylvia, thank you for this color ideas. I love green&grey, it’s so fresh!

11 Sylvia

You’re welcome Ies. Glad you enjoyed them!

12 Greetje Kamminga

Grey and me are no friends. Remember my grey boyfriend jacket?? Pfff… But everything you say in this article, did help to finally create a good outfit: crispy white shirt underneath it with a big green necklace and it was me.
Dark green and grey is something I did not think about, but will probably work for me as well, as green is one of my favourite colours. And a very hard colour to get clothes in, by the way.
Purple with grey is also good, so perhaps a silver grey top might creap into my wardrobe as I have a spendid purple jacket. Silvery grey is better for me than grey grey or dark grey. I will leave the pink and grey to other people. Mind you… now that I am blond… I might have to re-evaluate.
Greetje

13 Sylvia

Definitely try the green Greetje. And the purple jacket with this color would be fabulous!

14 Petra

My first time using Polyvore – hope I got the link right!
http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=134148996&p=2

15 Sylvia

Love your ensembles Petra. I have added it to the article!

16 Petra

Thank you 🙂 I’m addicted to Polyvore now!!!

17 Sylvia

Great! I look forward to seeing more of your creativity!

18 Mat

I love gray in all shades – but rather on others than on me. I feel that dark grey is kind of making me older – it really makes me look strict and severe. Light gray does not contrast enough with my skin and hair (I am gold blonde with a warm yellowish skin tone) – this makes me look faded out. Black is perfect on me.
That’s why I really liked your examples – you always put another color against the face and the gray at the bottom makes this other color look brilliant.

19 Sylvia

Thanks Mat. You can also use jewellery and scarves. And as you say gray as a bottom is a good base!

20 Ann

I think gray is such a smart mixer with just about any color. It can be warm or cool and compliments most people. I started wearing different gray in tights last winter and found it works well, better than black, with light toned hair.

blue hue wonderland

21 Sylvia

I agree Ann. Gray is a very good color for tights!

22 Lorraine

I am happy to hear grey is in as light silver grey suits me and bought a coat in that shade at the January sales. I am in Nice at the moment (where no coats are required) but will do a polyvore board when I get home.

23 Sylvia

Oh how lovely. Enjoy! I look forward to seeing your collage.

24 Michaela

I Love your Inspiration Silvia!! I like gray with blue. http://www.polyvore.com/grey/set?id=134144099
Best regards from Germany
Michaela

25 Sylvia

Love your collage Michaela. What a beautiful color blue. So chic!

26 Lisa

Here’s one from me. I’ll see if I have time for more. I was going for a more subdued celery color with the turquoise which I wasn’t really able to find — a little too much lime green for what I was trying to accomplish.

http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=134361040

27 Sylvia

Love your collage and combinations Lisa and have added it above. It really shows how versatile gray is!

28 Lisa

And here’s red and gray playing with skirts from very formal to casual: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=134457074

I want to try some sets with other “warm” colors if I get a chance. We tend to think of gray with cool colors and brown with warm colors but when you switch it up, it can be a really great effect.

29 Sylvia

Another great collage from you Lisa. Multiple fabulous combinations that I would definitely wear!

30 Lisa

Thank you Sylvia! I hadn’t been on Polyvore for quite awhile. It is fun.

31 marietta

I just bought a dark grey purse (Guess), for some reason i think January is a good time for gray, any other sugguestions?

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