Having Trouble Color Coordinating Your Clothes?
" The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this." ~ Mark Twain
Mark Twain has left us with many valuable insights, but this is one I hadn't heard before, and he is so right. Society expects that we dress appropriately for work, for play or for formal events.
Thank goodness we don't all have to dress the exact same way, how boring that would be personally and for people as a whole. Thank goodness we can put our own ideas, preferences and flair into the clothing we wear.
Add a little color
Color speaks volumes; the use of color is a great way to express your personality, who you are and even what kind of mood you're in.
- Dressing in bold colors may say you are outgoing and self confident
- Dressing in neutral colors is a more reserved and sophisticated statement
Choosing the wrong colors can mean disaster, you may come off looking boring, overbearing, silly or color blind.
Speaking of color blindness, did you know that more men than women have difficulty differentiating color? It's estimated that just under 10% of men are color blind, which makes color coordinating their clothes a challenging task. If you are one of these men, you may need help choosing the right colors.
We all learned about the basic color wheel in elementary school, developed by Sir Isaac Newton, which helps us understand how colors are developed and whether they harmonize or "fight" with one another. Nothing has changed since then, and the principals apply to our clothing choices.
Whether you're choosing accent colors such as a tie, or whether you're putting shirts together with pants, the question on your mind is do they match...which looks better. We want the colors we choose to work together (be harmonious) and help us create those great lasting impressions.
Things to remember:
- The core, or main color, of your outfit is probably your jacket or suit
- Accent colors, such as shirts and ties should be
- Complimentary colors - colors that are directly across from one another on the color wheel
- Analogous colors - colors that are next to each other on the color wheel
- Triad colors - colors that are in an equidistant triangle from each other
- A white shirt is a great background for any color - when in doubt, wear a white shirt
- Always wear neutral colored pants
- If you want to wear some bold color with your shirt or tie, wear a gray jacket or suit that will not only tone bold color down a bit, but gray looks good with most other colors and will give you a great look.
The way you use color in your clothing will help define your wardrobe personality.
I have been a men's clothier and fashion consultant for over two decades, and I enjoy creating tailored, fashionable, and professional looks for my clients. I can help you create the look you've been looking for.
Add some color to your life and your wardrobe