8 Gray Outfits That Are Anything But Boring

As far as colors go, gray doesn't always have the best connotation, but if you think past the suggestion of dreary weather, it can actually be warm, wearable, and universally flattering. A head-to-toe gray outfit is a softer alternative to all black for those looking to kick the habit this season. And for those who aren't color-averse, it's an easy palette cleanser that lets texture and silhouette shine.

For fall and winter, we especially like piling on pieces in numerous shades of gray—the effect is cozy and sophisticated, and, even better, it's difficult to screw up. Try mixing charcoal with dove gray, or pewter with slate (just try not to roll your eyes when someone makes a 50 Shades reference). Focus on textures as well to give the look some depth: a chunky knit with distressed gray denim and a patent-leather jacket, say, or classic wool trousers with a fuzzy sherpa coat and a slouchy heather-gray tee.

Below, see eight street style–approved ways to wear allover gray, and shop some of the season's standout pieces.

 

Turtleneck + High-Waisted Trousers + Lace-Up Boots + Backpack

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This is our ultimate fall work outfit: comfy turtleneck, badass boots, and pinstripe pants that look cool, not corporate.

Skirt Suit + Knee-High Boots + Cap

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This is how fashion people take on the Wall Street look: with a logo cap and slouchy boots.

Jumpsuit + Turtleneck + Bomber Jacket + Sneakers + Beanie

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A jumpsuit is a versatile piece that's easy to style with cozy fall accessories. 

Shirtdress + Belt Bag + High-Heel Booties

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A master class in making fanny packs look cool.

Button-Down Shirt + Skirt + Leather Jacket + Over-the-Knee Boots

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Black and white layers balance out the gray.

Knit Skirt + Top + Cowboy Boots

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The quirky accessories, asymmetrical skirt, and mixed-material top prove gray outfits don't have to be dull.

Sweater + Plaid Pants + High-Heel Mules + Neck Scarf

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The metallic shoes and colorful scarf give this some individual flair.

Sweater + Tunic Top + Leather Jacket + Cropped Pants + Ankle Boots

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Saving this ensemble as inspiration for all our fall layering endeavors.

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Blazers are the jacket of the season.

Get in on the slouchy-boot trend with this comfy-looking kitten-heel style.

Pair this with an oversize blazer for a modern take on a skirt suit.

 

And speaking of suits, pantsuits are also seeing a revival this season—here's how to pull one off like a fashion girl.