Gray need not be such a dreary color. One way to make it look more playful is to pair it with girly pastels such as the light coral hue on the skirt that I’m wearing.
Stef, one of my friends in high school, introduced me to this combination a long, long time ago. Both computer geeks in our own right, we would change our layouts in our little blogs (hosted on Pitas, if I remember correctly) as fast as I would change my hair color nowadays. It was one of the most crucial moments of my life, in terms of 1) deciding that this thing that we were doing was roughly what I wanted to pursue in university 2) developing my eye for colors and color combinations.
What worked on our computer screens also worked when it came to fashion.
We had a gray + any-color-you-can-think-of phase. Every week we would change our layout themes just to suit not only our fickle-mindedness, but also to satisfy this inexplicable obsession with pairing everything with gray. In fact, I think I’m slowly picking this obsession up again. If you haven’t noticed, I changed a lot of the colors of my blog to gray recently.
We were so into it that we even convinced our batchmates to add a bit of gray to our batch shirt and banners during our pink (2nd) year.
One of my most favorite blog themes during my geeky high school days had a gray and pastel pink or pale mint color combination. It worked – the contrast between something that we usually associate as masculine and a completely different thing that we usually think of as feminine. Who would’ve thought that gray could actually look girly and that light coral could look mature?
And with that story, I’d like to impart the idea that if you’re not so much into looking at other people’s outfits for color inspiration, you can always look around you and still pick up a few things here and there.
For example, I love looking at furniture and room pictures on my dashboard during my free time. When I see a room with a color combination that I like, I try to mimic the same feel and effect using similarly-colored items in my closet.
Be inspired by everything, and you’ll realize the beauty that lies in even the most mundane things in the world.