Cool gray tones are so perfect for daytime dressing this time of year. These colors come across as effortless and relaxed but can appear polished when paired with more tailored pieces. The chill-factor is just what you need when you're trying to beat the heat.
I love this shorts/top combo for a low-key work look. Try tucking this drapey top into the sophisticated shorts.
Alexander McQueen Draped Jersey Top
Milly Belted Satin Shorts
Go for a little extra sheen in the evening by adding a beaded vest, an extra layer of glamour but lightweight enough for the summer sizzle.
Edun Beaded Silk Vest
Of course, I'm also loving the updated, more sophisticated tie dye look this year. I had to add this fun skirt that you could easily work into a stylish summer wardrobe. I really love how the model below simply tucks in a crisp, menswear-inspired white button down shirt. When you're showing a lot of leg in the daytime, it's a good idea to cover up the chest and arms.
Tory Burch Florence Tie Dye Leather Skirt
The light on dark gray print is very versatile yet still interesting. Try out this printed tunic with skinny black jeans.
Helmut Lang Graphite-Print Jersey Tunic
Or if it's too hot for jeans, throw on a sheer blouse with this draped skirt for a polished meets comfortable outfit.
Helmut Lang Ruched Jersey Skirt
In the fall, you'll love each of these pieces still. Play up their crispness with white cotton, silver sandals or python print accessories this summer. It's an unexpected contrast to the bright sundresses we see in the South but complements this year's pale blues, pinks and even yellows. Then make gray more sumptuous this fall with black leather, metallic jackets, heavy metal jewelry or feathers this fall. (Yes, feathers.)
Finally, I couldn't resist showing you the most swoon-worthy piece of all. No two bones about it, these shoes are bad ass.
Alexander Wang Devon Open-Toed Boots
Open-toed boots have incredible year-round appeal. You'll love them this summer to anchor flowy dresses or pencil skirts. But come fall and winter, they're great with jeans, cropped pants, or tights.
These seasonless pieces can add real staying power to your wardrobe, allowing you to mix and match from spring to winter.
Sometimes a little gray matter can really add clarity.