What Color Cardigan Goes With a Gray Tank Top?

European designer Melissa Odabash tops a gray tank top with a bright pink cardigan.
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With a base as neutral and classic as a gray tank top, you have the perfect blank canvas to build a one-of-a-kind look using accessories and layers. When choosing a cardigan, don't get bogged down by color rules -- instead, look for an unconventional cut or a pop of color to add character to your outfit.

1 Playing with Gray

For a lazy Saturday with friends, top your tank off with a grandpa-style cable-knit cardigan in soft shade, such as peach or pale pink, or go unexpected with a vibrant fuchsia or deep maroon. To give your look a European edge, mix in other shades of gray -- pair your gray tank with a textured charcoal cardigan. A shade of heather gray is also the epitome of casual-meets-cool. For an understated but feminine look, top your gray tank with a black kimono-style cardigan with billowy sleeves and generous length -- you'll look right at home reading in the hippest coffee shops. To dress up a silvery or metallic gray tank for a night on the town, clash with confidence by throwing on a sparkly gold cardigan and mixing gold and silver accessories.

A pop culture junkie, Italophile and chronic sufferer of the travel bug, Mary Gray is an arts, entertainment and travel writer. Based in Florence, Italy, she is the Tuscany news editor of "The Florentine" English newspaper, co-manages social media for an international tour operator, and has been published in Italian daily "La Repubblica."