Crisp white dresses will always be one of summer’s obvious neutral staples, but this year, consider going gray for a surprising twist. Gray complements feminine colors like cream and blush, and tempers the season’s shocking neons. The key to picking summer-friendly gray pieces is to stay away from anything that resembles suiting or is too structured. Instead, look for easy, flowy shapes that pair well with those pastels and brights.
With a plunging ruffled neckline, a sweet bow and delicately striped fabric that’s meant to look a bit crinkly, Ali Ro’s light cotton dress contradicts gray’s typically stuffy corporate reputation ($209 ,down from $350).
Matt Benson’s dove gray platform wedges are an unexpected alternative to basic (and sometimes boring) black or brown ($187).
These funky cropped pants from Seventy Two Changes are edgy enough to pair with a highlighter-yellow tank and towering sandals, but they’re safe enough for anyone still wary of harem pants ($128).
A ballet pink shell, pearls and this swingy petal skirt from Rare would make such an easy, pretty night-out outfit ($118).
It’s tough to think of a pair of bottoms that wouldn’t look great paired with this drapey Anthropologie tank, embellished with sweet rosettes ($58).
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