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How To Wear Colour

By: DYLAN MARTINDate: 2017-05-12

Ask Harry: I like the current idea of adding a splash of colour to my look, but I’m not sure how to go about it. What are the ground rules? \ \ We’re excited to see how many men are incorporating bright colour in to their outfits these days. When tastefully done, it shows an attractive self-confidence and sophistication. The trick has to do with juxtaposition.\ \ Start with something easy. Try setting a colourful garment or accessory against a more neutral background such as black, white, navy or tan. For instance, match those vibrant coral pants with a neutral-coloured sweater and t-shirt. Or pair a bright polo with a subdued pant and jacket.

\ The same process applies to your suiting. Adding a tie and pocket square as a pop of colour is a great way to refresh the look of your suit. Statement socks are an equally effective way to embolden otherwise understated business looks.\ \ More adventurous dressers might want to contrast various saturated hues within a single outfit. The key is to stick to complementary colours (and if you’re dealing with patterns, ensure they’re of a different scale.) For example, the blue undertones in Canali’s windowpane-check jacket shown above nicely coordinate with the bold blue gingham shirt worn beneath. \ \ The goal is to achieve a harmonious “yin & yang” outfit balance.