Colors that Match Gray

By Erin Schreiner

Some people shy away from wearing gray as they are unsure of their ability to match this hue with other colors. While gray is not as universal as black or denim fabrics, a wide array of colors can be paired with this nondominant hue. Instead of sticking to your current menu of matched garments, integrate some gray into your attire.



Because black matches nearly everything, this color pairs well with gray. When matching black and gray, avoid selecting an overly dark gray as they do not have adequate contrast to create an attention-getting ensemble. Instead, select a cool, steely gray to ensure effective garment pairing. Add silver accessories to further finish the look.



White fits well with an assortment of colors, including gray. Contrary to black-matching rules, select dark gray garments to pair with white pieces to ensure contrast. Wear gray pants or a skirt with a white top to draw attention up and bring the focus onto your face.



Vivid yellows contrast well with the nondominant feel of gray and the two colors can be combined to create a stunning look. Pair your gray skirt with a yellow blouse, or add a yellow scarf over a muted gray dress to add pizazz and excitement to your look.



Deep purple is an effective color choice when pairing a garment with a gray piece. Wear plum hues with lighter grays instead of black to avoid the creation of an outfit that is overly dark and unflattering. You will draw more attention to the plum garment and give the ensemble a well-put-together look.



Pastel hues of nearly any shade can be paired effectively with gray. Wear a pastel shirt or tie under a deep gray suit, or wear a pastel sweater over a dark gray dress to add a pop of color to your look and give your gray piece a more summery feel.