Color Coordination

Today’s post is about color coordination. And as promised, this is the 2nd of our four part tutorial on clothing coordination. I know you’ve been waiting for this and I want to apologize for the delay, but i’ve been pretty busy with lots going on. 2016 is going to be an exciting year and i cant wait to share with you guys. Now let’s get right to it!


 Color coordination not only makes you look good, but also gives you an organized and professional image. Your color choices can make a significant impression on how you look to others. The key is to know what color works for you. Men with a neutral or softer complexion look better in dusty or hazy colors that have a touch of gray or are faded. For example, light hair and skin would pair well with powder blue. Men with darker complexions and hair look better in bright, crisp, clear, rich colors that pop out; navy blue for example. 

Two principles guide the choice of colors: Matching and Contrasting. For example, a dark blue tie with a pale blue shirt and a blue or gray suit is an example of color harmony. Substitute a red or maroon tie in this ensemble, and you have color contrast. When mixing multiple colors, try one light piece with two dark, or one dark with two lights. For example, navy blazer with a charcoal trousers look great with light blue shirt. The traditional strong contrast of a navy suit and white shirt works well with every skin and eye color. Just like the great look of classic black and white in formalwear.

If you are tall you may want to contrast the top and bottom of your attire (darker blazer and light colored trousers) to give a break to the eye thus creating a horizontal line that makes you look shorter. If you are short do the opposite and try to more closely match the color and intensity of the top and bottom of your ensemble.  Short or heavy gentlemen look great in suits since the matching top and bottom produce a “taller, thinner” image.

The color wheel has always been in the center of the 2 principles mentioned above. It’s a great way to understand how colors work together. 

Complementary colors:  are those directly opposite one another in the color spectrum or wheel. Blue is opposite of orange so gold, rust, and brown are complementary shades of blue.

Analogous colors: Colors, which are next to each other on the color wheel, go well together, such as blue pants, a blue-green shirt and a forest green jacket.

Warm and Cool:  Select two warm colors with one cool or two cool with one warm to create dynamic harmony.
Examples:  navy suit, light blue shirt and red tie.

Monochromatic:  Can be all one color, or different shades, tones or tints of one color.

Neutral: dress in shades of white, black, gray or beige.  Khaki pants, white shirt and a gray sweater are all neutrals.  It may not be a dynamic look, but it is sophisticated.

Seasonal Colors: Some colors are more appropriate at certain times of year than others.  Like the pastels of yellow, are usually associated with summer, while fall colors are rust, brown, green, and burgundy. 

Now that you have an understanding of our colors work together, it’s time to get creative!

Next post will be about fabric texture / weight.

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