The Pyramid Theory & Contrast
Buying a pair of light colored boots seems fun at first, but then you get home and realize your light grey boots don’t go with much at all. First you try black leggings with them, but you’ll see it looks off. This is because pairing light colored boots with darker pants and tops will make you look top heavy. Generally you want to build an outfit like a pyramid with the darkest colors of your outfit at the bottom and the lightest at the top. With light grey boots, this limits your options. You also want to avoid too much contrast between your leggings/pants/jeans/tights and your boots in general. Contrast with boots works best with dresses because the color of your legs will break up the dramatic jump from one side of the color wheel to the other.
Colors That Go With Grey Boots
Light grey boots will be stunning with whites, other shades of grey (as pictured), and pastels like lavender, light blue, light pink, and mint. It can also work with bright yellow, a navy dress (not too dark of navy), and medium to light blue jeans. You will notice in the picture the slate grey Vince leggings are darker then the boots. It works because it is not too many shades darker than the boots. I have also balanced out the look with lots of white and lighter greys at the top of my outfit.
Five Shades of Grey
My favorite look with these grey boots is a monochromatic look. I like to create a monochromatic outfit by playing with many shades of the same color and using a similar shade of another color to break it all up. As you can tell I used white to break up all the grey and my Make Up Forever True Red (8c) lipstick to spice up the neutral pallet. I know the title says five shades of grey, but if we counted my nails and the sky it would be seven. We have slate greys on my legs, nails, and driving gloves. Then we have medium grey in the coat, an olivey grey for the boots, and a very light grey in the sweater.
Photography by David McClory