Shop Here Once and You're Hooked!

By Beth P. Storie | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Gray’s Outer Banks Lifestyle Clothing Co. has been outfitting locals and visitors since 1948 – that’s almost 70 years of bringing great style to these islands. No clothing company anywhere would be in business for that long if they weren’t doing it right. And Gray’s does it right! Savvy, regular shoppers know they’ll find fashion-forward brands and great service at all five locations. Julie Gray, one of the owners of the store, says with obvious pride and gratitude that they have current customers who are now the second or third generation of families. They have relied on Gray’s for top-quality clothes they love to wear, clothes that take them from the beach to dinner then home after a great vacation. And plenty of locals head to Gray’s first when they’re in the market for casual clothes that are perfect for work or play.

If you’re not already a regular, you might not realize how many popular top brands they carry at Gray’s. The entire family, from kids to parents, has their sections of the store to explore! Let us take you on a picturesque stroll through each!

For Mom

Spartina bags at Grays  Brighton jewelry at Grays
According to Susan Gray, wife of owner Ronnie Gray, Escapada is one of the most popular brands for women. The line is beachy and stylish with a bit of sophistication, and it pairs perfectly with the gorgeous Spartina bags that feature bright colors and nautical themes. Creating a complete, finished look, you can add in a necklace or bracelet by Spartina and Brighton. Other lines in the store ladies love are Tribal, Tommy Bahama and Fresh Produce.

For Dad

Grays Outer Banks Mens Clothes Tommy Bahama clothes at Grays
Did you know that Gray’s carries the largest collection of Tommy Bahama clothes on the Outer Banks? From fine print polos to lightweight Sand Linen shirts to their 1950s-inspired retro swim trunks or stylish shorts, Tommy Bahama is known for its use of the highest-quality materials and unsurpassed style. Vacationers will find all the clothes they need for Outer Banks relaxing, but local businessmen also have the styles they need to up the game a bit. The high-tech Hook & Tackle performance line and the sporty Quiksilver brand are also featured in the stores.

For the College-Age Son

Sperry Top-siders at Grays Southern Tide Brand at Grays

First photo by Trey Govan

The Southern Tide brand is popular with the young men who shop at Gray’s. Its classic T-shirts, original Skipjack polos, handsome long sleeve wovens and sandals all sport just the right amount of the preppy look to appeal to guys with style. With a great looking pair of Sperry Top-siders, you’re set for a day on a boat or an evening out on the town. Ladies, there’s a large selection of Sperrys for you too.

For the Teenage Daughter

  Outer Banks clothing at Grays Spirit Jerseys at Grays
First photo by Trey Govan

Day dreamy short dresses, flowy maxis, fun- print Ts, cover-ups and accessories are all part of the Billabong line that teenage girls must have! And Gray’s carries a huge selection. (Don’t worry, fellas…Billabong for guys is here too!) Teens also flock to the Spirit Jerseys, and this year’s chevron patterned logo and beautiful pastel colors make them a first choice for the girls. But, really, the entire family can find a Jersey to suit them here, even the wee ones!  

As you can see Gray’s really is the Outer Banks Lifestyle Clothing Co. for the entire family. Where else can you take a shopping excursion together and find clothing and accessories you’re all thrilled to take home? And, don’t forget that Gray’s also has the largest collection of quality, fun Outer Banks Ts and sweatshirts in the area too – for babies up to grandfolks! As soon as you shop here once, you’ll be hooked!

Grays Big Duck

The iconic white duck wearing sunglasses has found his way onto many thousands of T-shirts and sweatshirts through the years. And this year, he’ll celebrate three decades as the spunky mascot for Gray’s.  


Grays Outer Banks Lifestyle Clothing Co.

Shop at any of Gray’s five locations on the Outer Banks: 
  •  Two locations at TimBuck II in Corolla  
  •  Water Front Shops & Scarborough Faire in Duck  
  •  Kitty Hawk at MP 4

 (800) 382-5006




About the Author Beth P. Storie
Beth Storie first came to the Outer Banks for the summer of 1976. She fell in love with the area and returned for good three years later. She and her husband published the national guidebook series, The Insiders' Guides, for more than 20 years and now are building OneBoat guides into another national brand. After spending time in many dozens of cities around the country, she absolutely believes that her hometown of Manteo is the best place on earth, especially when her two children, six cats and one dog are there too.