Some people fear the prominent act of wearing gray on top of gray. However, there really is a way to make it work!
In my opinion, Matthew Lopes, an acting major at Montclair State University, wore the feared match perfectly. First, he wore gray only on the top. The key is to mix prints, which is another common fear of the modern Fashionisto. Mixing prints and patterns is a great way to enhance your appearance and create movement throughout the silhouette. Here we see that Matt included a gray and white horizontal-striped cardigan with an abstract graphic T-shirt. The stripes move your eye towards the design, which almost distracts the viewer from noticing the gray on gray combination.
When I asked him why he chose to pair the upper ensemble with lightly washed blue jeans, he said that he “didn’t want to look like a cloud.” Smart choice, Matt! The wash of the jeans give the outfit life and personality, also creating a bright atmosphere. When pairing gray with gray, it is very easy to, as Matt said, look like a cloud. However, he was smart in his decision to wear light denim. Lastly, accessorizing his outfit with a plain white snapback and white Nike Air Jordans was a perfect choice. His choice of white accessories matched his cardigan perfectly and tied the outfit together.
Hint: When having busy patterns and designs in one place, you do not want to create an overly excessive outfit. In every ensemble, there should be one or two pops of color, pattern or design. The rest of the outfit should be simple and not overwhelming. So listen up Fashionistos; do not fear the option of layers of gray! Follow these tips and you will never run into any style issues.