How to Wear Color? Sometimes Less is More.

July 8th, 2009

A Punch of Color
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We’ve gotten mail from a number of men about how to wear color.  If you’re hesitant about trying bright color–but you’re interested in giving it a shot, we recommend wading into the color pool by trying it out on one piece.  Here’s how to create an outfit around a splash of color:

1.  Start with a neutral base: a black and white striped polo (try a fitted-but-not-too-tight cut for best results) and a pair of dark rinse straight leg jeans.  To pair with the black and white polo, we chose jeans that are nearly black.
2.  Add a punch of color with a brightly colored belt.  Note how the bright blue striped belt echoes the stripes in the polo shirt, creating a sense of continuity.
3.  Continuing on with the blue color scheme, add a jacket (for nighttime) in a more muted shade of blue.  We love the richness of the blue jacket–deep but not attention-grabbing–and how it pairs with the bright blue striped belt.
4.  Finish off the outfit with a neutral: a pair of bright white sneakers.

How do you wear color?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Men, Ready Made Outfits

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Asianmommy  |  July 8th, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Love this color combination!

  • 2. Eric  |  July 8th, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Good advice, but the “echoing” of the stripes should be done with caution: to mix the same pattern, make sure they’re of dramatically different sizes.

  • 3. Trisha  |  July 9th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Yup, that’s the “like with like” pattern matching rule. Thanks for the advice, Eric!

  • 4. Trisha  |  July 9th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Me too. I really love that deep color on the jacket. It’s what inspired the entire outfit.

  • 5. Gary  |  July 10th, 2009 at 5:52 am

    I truly dislike striped polos but I could see doing something like this with a brighter colored polo, say, pink or light blue, or even just a plain white one.

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