Feminine, Edgy, and Sporty: 3 Ways to Wear a Simple Grey Dress

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We’ve all been there: you’re out on a shopping trip, browsing the racks with your friends, when suddenly – there it is: the PERFECT piece to add to your wardrobe. You buy it immediately and are thrilled until you get it home and realize that you have absolutely no idea how you would ever wear it, or what you would wear it with!

Fortunately, the situation is far from hopeless. When you think about these little “problem pieces”, please consider CF your fairy-idea-grandmother. Today, we’re here to show you three stylish ways to wear one dress. Whether your look is girly, edgy, or sporty, it’s easy to make anything work with your style using some creativity and a few choice pieces. Ready to see more? Read on!

The Dress:

grey dress gap mockneck

Dress: Gap

This dress is really versatile. It’s also a great example of something most of us probably already have sitting in our closets. Now, let’s talk about how to wear it!

Feminine Grey Dress Outfit:

grey dress red cardigan navy ballet flats pearl earrings gold rings grey ruffled handbag

Products: Dress – Gap, Cardigan – Forever 21, Flats – Macy’s, Earrings – Kohl’s, Ring – Kohl’s, Bag – Belk

This first look is feminine and chic. Because the grey is neutral, you can feel free to pair whatever colors you wish with it. In this case, we used red and navy blue. These two colors complement one another nicely and are classically understated. This would be a perfect outfit to wear to class, work, out with friends, or on a date. 

Edgy Grey Dress Outfit:

edgy grey dress outfit gray dress sequin moto jacket gold and black cuff gold pyramid earrings black cage heels embellished clutch

Products: Dress – Gap, Jacket – Forever 21, Heels – Macy’s, Cuff – Belk, Earrings – Buckle, Clutch – Macy’s

The second look has a bit more edge to it; it’s perfect for a night out on the town with friends. It embodies all black everything with pops of metallics and different textures. A sequin moto jacket adds a luxe feel. The embellished clutch is definitely an interest piece. Finally, cage heels make a simple dress look modern and fashion-forward.

Sporty Grey Dress Outfit:

gray dress varsity bomber jacket white converses

Products: Dress – Gap, Jacket – Forever 21, Converse – Nordstrom

This third look is something you could wear while running errands, attending class, or going to/from the gym. The dress is easy to throw on after working out. A pink, faux-fur varsity bomber jacket will keep you warm. The shoes are not specifically athletic but help with the comfortable-and-cute vibes.

Your Thoughts?

“Splurge once, wear repeatedly” is a motto to keep in mind when working on a shoestring budget. It’s essential to be able to mix and match. Students rarely have the money to buy whole outfits at a time.

Now I want to know what you think! Do you have a piece like this dress, or for that matter, anything else, that needs a little help? Do you have a “little grey dress?” If so, how do you style it? Let me know with a comment.

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2010; it was completely updated and revamped in 2017 with new outfit sets and information.

12 thoughts on “Feminine, Edgy, and Sporty: 3 Ways to Wear a Simple Grey Dress”

  1. The last look is so me. Love how the color of the dress serves as a base for mixing and matching other colors and pieces. Now, I’m thinking a grey dress should be a staple in my closet. XX

    Mimi | Teeeparty.com

  2. I have a similar dress to your grey dress, My personal style would have to be EDGY, I love the accessories you put for the edgy style it was absolutely amazing. I would definitely wear that.

  3. AGAIN…Something i would never have the balls to pull off but…def would love to try gah your really good at this!!!!!! Keep doing what you are doing it is def something your good at lol

  4. Hey I had a question. My style is like edgy chic with some playfulness on the side so my question is how would you dress like that for the summer? Any tips?

  5. I loved you article!!!! I have a grey dress that’s very similar and I never thought it could be possible to wear it in some many ways!!!!!!! thanks!!!

  6. This is an excellent post 🙂 Love the edgy and girly looks (although I would probably tone it down) a little. It’s very inspirational.


  7. I love the concept of this post and I’m looking forward to seeing more like it! I’ve bought tube tops, coloured tights, and sheer sweaters that I have no idea how to wear and they just sit in my closet forever.

  8. Seriously love this post! I have a similar dress and I think I will definitely be rocking the edgy look sometime soon! Thanks for the suggestions!


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