Colors 101

We don’t know exactly what is stooping you from wearing colors.  Maybe it’s safe to keep your closet locked firmly onto the holy trinity of black, blue and grey (c’mon, we all know it’s a bit boring), or you just don’t want to be bothered.  Colors can be just as classic and formal as neutrals.  Not just in summer, but all year-round.  Maybe adding some color to your closet will be a stylish new year resolution you can actually keep to.

Here is what we know.  There are many shades of a color.  You may not like (or look good in) sky blue, for instance, but you might look fantastic in royal blue or navy.  Just like in a crayola box, there are so many choices, you will most likely find one that you like, and, most importantly, flatter your complexion.  Colors that are flattering to one’s complexion will make the face and eyes look brighter while the wrong shade of the same color can make skin look washed out and muddy.

So, with that said, if you can get a color analysis done, which of course would be optimal, a professional will be able to tell you exactly what colors are best for you.  A simpler alternative is to place a clothing item of color close to your face and watch for yourself the difference a great shade can do.  Or, just keep an eye out for colors you’re wearing that you get the most compliments on.  Easy enough, right?

When you figure out some colors that are right for you, go all out.  Don’t be afraid, and by all means, copy from contemporaries around you. There are no bad colors, you just have to find your right shade.

We suggest you start with basic items and then move on to matching and playing 100%.  These are some great ways to start: adding a brighter color tie to a somber suit,
a yellow wind breaker, a V-neck cashmere sweater in a forest of bright green, a purple sport coat, bright-colored t-shirts for summer (make sure they are fitted so you don’t look like a toddler).  There are a great array of colored corduroys.  Start with blue, and see how far you can go.  And stop thinking of labeling, colors are all about aesthetics.  Most importantly, have fun and make sure that whatever you buy always coordinates with what you already have!

Red: power and energy.  Great for a presentation or people who work in sales.  Psychologically, color has an impact on the person viewing it.  Here are some fun facts about how our dear brain perceives certain colors.

Yellow: conveys youthfulness, alertness and optimism.  A yellow tie can illuminate a dull suit.

Green: radiates harmony and calmness and demonstrates credibility.  Olive green is good for men in meetings.

Blue: expresses serenity and calmness in a variety of shades.  Navy blue, in particular, denotes power and authority, thus it’s the color choice for most police forces.  Looks great on TV, too.

Purple: power, creativity.  Great to add as an
accent color for business meetings and presentations.  It could be a lavender dress shirt or tie.

Orange: conveys a confident and outgoing nature.  Remember, there are many shades!

Brown: creates a comfortable and practical feeling in the onlooker and wearer.  Always make sure they are well-maintained.

Black: elegant, fashionable.  Just be aware that it can create a washed-out look, so you may want to add a brightly colored tie or bowtie.

White: a sign of virtue.  Indeed, the easiest and fastest way to look preppy.  Just make sure it’s always spotless.  A fitted white suit is always a winner for formal summer events!

Wardrobe Color Guide

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This ultra-helpful wardrobe color guide will easily help you figure out what matches what. So when you grab a purple shirt, don’t match it with yellow, go for white, tan, even brown. There are even some “Foolproof” combinations just in case you don’t feel like learning all these matches.

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