If you’re confused from sartorial overload with more clothes than data on a MacBook pro, ask yourself one question: Do I really need all this? For most gentlemen, the answer is a resounding no! Designer Tom Ford once said: ¨Men don’t need lots of options, they just need the right options.¨ This is as true now as it was several seasons ago and indeed for as long as gentlemen have been brandishing there walking canes along Piccadilly.
Although many men could easily manage with a capsule wardrobe of around 20 items, the main difficulty we face is having a gut instinct about using colour in our day-to-day wearables. The holy trinity of navy, black and grey teamed with classic white are well known, but sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and just free fall into the wide bold yonder of hues and bolder tones. Here’s the first part of a two-part guiding you through using colour all the year-round.
Purple Color Application
Pair with: Blue, violet, mauve (Easy Peasey)
Contrast with: Green and Red (Harder with head scratching required)
Compliment with: Yellow (Hardest may encourage hair loss)
Classic: Navy, grey, white and beige (You know it makes sense Rodney)
Now although we all secretly aspire to look like Greek gods, the ancients associated purple with richness and aesthetic beauty. Purple can look classy on other guys so frequently we give it a go ourselves but can get it wrong. The trick is to use it sparingly as an accent with grey, blue shades and beige.
In the summer months using shades that are brighter or darker than normal such as magenta and if you have olive or medium skin, you will find purple works well with your natural flesh tones. Neutral coloured suits teamed with pocket squares and ties in various shades of purple work really well. Try a purple shirt with blue suits or contrasting with chinos and a blue blazer.
Green Colour Application
Pair with: Yellow, green and blue-greens (Easy peasey)
Contrast with: Violets and Reds (Harder head-scratching required)
Compliment with: Mauve pink (Hair restorer moment)
Classic: Blue, white and grey (Nice one Rodney)
Pantone making such a shade ‘The colour of the year’ is really a most inspired choice. Its traditionally thought of as a very male colour with khaki in abundance from camping to haut coterie and experimenting with green can enhance your wardrobe and can be paired with white, blue and grey safely. The classic military look can be civilianised with brown and mustard subtle accessories. Classic shades of green are fine but again you need to consider skin tone. The pale and interesting among you should stay with deeper greens but olive and darker-skinned Latino types can benefit from the whole gamut of shades from jade to bottle green.
Pink Colour Application
Pair with: Mauve and Red (Easy Peasey)
Contrast with: Yellow greens, blue, violet (Comb over time)
Compliment with: Blue-green (Time for a wig)
Classic: Beige, browns, white and dark blue and green.
If the thought of using pink makes you feel like a deer caught in the headlights, well think again. Take consolation that for several hundred years the aristocracy of Europe associated the colour with success and masculinity. Its only in the last hundred years or so pink came to be associated with femininity and delicacy. Pink as a subtle accessory works really beautifully with a wide range of colours including our holy trinity of blue, black and grey and be fearless using it in moderation with browns khaki and shades of darker green.
Juggling and alternating pink as both major and minor accessory e.g. as an Oxford shirt with cool designer jeans, classic tie and blue/brown tweed blazer will contrast your individual hues beautifully and pink accessories such as socks, shorts and even chinos can make your summer go with a smile. Embrace the colours and use them to your advantage.