Most of the time, plain neutrals can be too dull to make you feel happy and confident.
But there is definitely a way to make neutrals amazing, and to wear them without fading away (check out part 1 of how to wear gray)!
Here are a few more ways to wear gray (starring the simone 517 tote) that will make you feel fabulous, not like you’re fading away!
choose a contrasting color
The last thing you want is to look dingy or dull, and gray paired with other neutrals can lead you right down that horrible path.
What you need is something that pops against the gray, and nothing pops like bright red! The simone 517 tote is backed with bright red vinyl, and is lined in red quilted cotton, so clearly red is my favorite color to contrast with gray!
The McQueen tartan suggests gray without matching it exactly, and the peplum top echoes one of my suggestions from the last post about choosing interesting silhouettes.
Wear this outfit to the office, and everyone else wearing black and gray and brown will be the ones fading into the background!
play with patterns and shapes
One of the best things about the 517 tote is its unusual shape – gentle curves instead of straight lines make it a bit more stylish than your average tote bag, and the radiating lines of the simone tote in particular are both eye-catching and oddly demure.
I chose this top (instead of something plain) for this outfit because it achieves the same effect. Black and white gingham is a subtle but interesting pattern, and the ruffled half-sleeve is an unusual silhouette in a world of three-quarter sleeves and cold-shoulder tops.
This outfit wouldn’t be the same with a plain t-shirt, would it?
wear a denim dress
The whole point of the denim dress formula is to get you thinking about denim dresses the same way you think about your jeans: your go-to thing for effortless dressing.
Since this dress is slim fitting with very clean lines, it compliments the sleekness of the simone tote beautifully!
Classy gold jewelry and red d’orsay heels give this outfit a very ladylike look. But both the dress and the bag would work just as well with more casual accessories…such is the power of a great bag and a denim dress!