That darn groundhog says we’ve got some hard winter time left on the horizon, and if your seasonal fashion philosophy is anything like mine, you’re pretty bummed about the news. But before the onslaught of happy floral frocks and light tunics in every pretty color, why not embrace the gray for a little longer with all-purpose neutrals that can be mixed and matched?
A long, charcoal cardigan pairs perfectly with your current mood — and those straight-leg jeans you live in these days. Find comfort in the fact that it’s totally worth it to invest in this piece now, since it’ll do double duty as a spring go-to for all those times you want to wear a light dress to celebrate the sun but then remember that it’s technically still too cold. This one, from Anthropologie, is basically perfect. $99.
The little gray dress gives your LBD a much-needed vacation, turning heads when you enter the room to find a see of black-on-black. Design details and fit are easier to see and enjoy in gray than black, and you can dress yours up with fancy baubles or punchy shoes to up the ante. At 70% off, it doesn’t get much better than this gorgeous option by 4.collective, available at ShopBop. Now $88.
When I wore this gray pencil skirt to a fancy surprise party last week, the reviews were all raves. Paired with a red silk blouse also from Loft, it was easy, stylish mom-dressing at its finest. I love how this one adds flair to the office ensemble rut, but is both classic and cute for a night on the town. Bonus: it’s super-comfortable while maintaining a streamlined look. Loft, on sale for $65 plus an additional 50% off.