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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Fall & Winter Fashion, Joseph’s Custom Style

year-120-seconds-seasons-fall-winter-summer-spring-time-lapseIf you didn’t know, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers has two locations. One in Long Island, NY, and one more recent location in Naples, FL.  Thanks to our great relationships with manufacturers, each store has access to the same vast variety of cloth and pattern choices. Our clients live all over the country, and in all different climates, so we want to keep each one up-to-date with their own personal comfort and fashion. But how do we dress our Florida clients in the latest fall and winter trends, which consist of long wool jackets, cashmere sweaters, and other more “cold weather” outfits? At Joseph’s, we are able to match a client’s need no matter the weather!

SONY DSCIt’s all about the fabric! We have some lovely wool blends that are as light and breathable as can be. We also carry light and remarkably soft 100% cashmere, and cashmere/silk blend sweaters in a variety of colors; all perfect for a Floridian fall or winter day, when the temperature dips at sunset. We carry 150s, which are lightweight without taking away from the soft and cozy feel of how a sweater should be. You don’t have to miss out on any fashion trends no matter where you live when you buy from Joey!

SONY DSCWhen fabric, such as wool, is of high quality, it shouldn’t be uncomfortable. Comfort can be ensured by blending wool with other quality fabrics, such as silk. Wool can also be spun into finer thread, which takes away the coarse feeling often associated with wools.  Colors also play a huge part in a fashionable but season-appropriate look. Our gigantic selection of fabrics lets us use fall foliage colors such as browns, rust, and the entire orange and red spectrum, without sacrificing fabric quality. We also like to compliment blues and grays with brown for a distinctly fall feel during this time of year.  And, of course, blues, grays and blacks are a standard go-to for winter colors, regardless of where you’re wearing the outfit.

SONY DSCAll of our fabrics are of the highest quality, direct from Italy. We have a plethora of swatch books at our two stores for you to come see, and feel, the quality of the fabrics. That way, it’s easy for you to picture them coming together in a custom suit made just for you! Don’t let the weather deter your look! Look good and feel good now with a trip to one of Joseph’s two showrooms!

Best and Worst NFL Uniforms

Last week, we took a quick look at the three new uniforms being donned by NFL teams this year (we were fans of only the one).  Well, we’re another week closer to the official start of football season, so let’s take a look at the other 29 uniforms, too, and pick the three best and the three worst of them.

BAD

Cincinnati Bengals

257452-cincinnatti-bengals-2012-nike-elite-51-uniformThis one is always controversial.  Some people love it, some people hate it, and no one is in-between.  We actually like the colors and the basic lines…  But the stripes.  Oh, the stripes.  This uniform makes the team look like they came onto the field via a time warp hidden inside your trapper keeper in 1987.  Considering the Bengals’ history since the ’80s ended, maybe that’s not surprising.  The helmet stripes aren’t that offensive, but using the pattern in place of stripes, like some kind of unholy union between football and the female cast of “The Jersey Shore”?  No, no, no.

GOOD

Oakland Raiders

257459-oakland-raiders-2012-nike-uniformYeah, we’re pretty much required by football law to have this one on the “best” list.  It’s just a classic in every way.  Virtually unchanged in 40 years, and with good reason.  The colors are fantastic, the use of them is great, and balanced, the lines and fonts are old-fashioned, but in a wonderfully classic way, not a way that feels “old”…  Even the borderline absurd pirate logo is perfect (can you imagine what horrors would have come out of some ’90s or early 2000s redesign?).

TERRIBLE

Carolina Panthers

257457-carolina-panthers-2012-nike-uniformSo, so dated.  The Panthers uniform is another that has barely changed over the years…  And that is not a good thing.  The Panthers debuted in 1995, and boy, does it show.  The stripes are too wide and awkwardly placed, and that fluorescent blue is eye damaging.

GREAT

Green Bay Packers

257456-green-bay-packers-2012-nike-uniformThe Packers uniform almost always tops these sorts of lists.  They are, like the Raiders uniform, a perfect example of only making minor tweaks to an otherwise unchanging design over the decades to amazing effect.  The color combo of deep green and yellow is surprisingly pleasing to the eye (we dare you to try wearing street clothes that color and making it work), and the logo is as perfect as sports logos get.  The image of the uniform by itself automatically brings to mind images of Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Aaron Rogers, and the entire state of Wisconsin.

HORRIFYING

Jacksonville Jaguars

BIjcNWpCQAANBKG.jpg largeOh, yes, here it is again.  Just like last week, this one is just the worst.  The worst of all 32, in fact.  As we said then, the almost embarrassing attempt to be “XTREEEEEM” is terribly done, with the absurd shoulder stripes, chest badge, and insane two-toned helmet.  It looks like something a supervillain in a comic book circa 1994 would wear.

FANTASTIC

Chicago Bears

257453-chicago-bears-2012-nike-elite-51-uniformPerfect, in every way.  The wonderful, old-fashioned stripes, the great combo of navy blue and burnt orange with white, the “GSH” label honoring George Hallas…  Classy from top to bottom.  The logo isn’t quite as good as the Packers logo, but it’s close.  And, a special bonus, it looks just as good in its road colors as in its home colors, something you don’t see often in the NFL.

New NFL Uniforms

Our beloved football season is almost here again, and what better way to celebrate than with a quick look at the minor “fashion” changes in the league this year.  Namely, the new uniforms three teams have adopted.  Let’s dive right in!

Minnesota Vikings

130425090849-adrian-peterson-minnesota-vikings-uniform-single-image-cutVery nice.  Very, very nice.  The Vikings have fully embraced their true purple color scheme now, eliminating the white and yellow highlights nearly across the board, and brightening the purple to a much more vibrant shade.  The leg stripes are gone altogether, while the sleeve stripes have been greatly minimized. There’s also some minor, nifty altered touches to the fonts on the uniforms, too.

logoThe logo was only slightly changed, with the viking’s hair braids a bit looser, his horns a bit more curved.  Don’t mess with a classic!  This is  a pitch perfect modernization of an otherwise set-in-stone, and classic look.  Perfect.

Miami Dolphins

temp_OZA4342--nfl_mezz_1280_1024_originalLess perfect, but still pretty good.  The colors appear to have been made more vibrant, just like the Vikings upgrade, and the fonts have been made more futuristic.  The orange in the uniforms has all but disappeared, relegated to only minor touches here and there.

tempEMMS9576--nfl_mezz_1280_1024_crop_exactThe logo, on the other hand, has undergone a complete makeover, with the old dolphin, which had barely changed since the team’s inception, replaced with an entirely new one.  It’s in a different position than the old, and instead of leaning down, as if jumping through something, is now pointed upwards, soaring into a jump.  We’re not sure about it, it’s a bit bland, and the old logo, though it was kind of silly, was honestly lovable.

Jacksonville Jaguars

BIjcNWpCQAANBKG.jpg large…Oh.  Oh, dear.  Well, points for trying something new, at least.  This one is a nearly complete overhaul, and virtually eliminates the teal in the uniform in favor of black and more black.  Do we really need another all-black uniform in the league?  But the minor details are a bit bonkers.  It looks like they’re trying to attract the middle school set…  Circa 1993.  Everything is XTREEEEM (if you were a kid in the late ’80s/early ’90s, you will instantly know what we mean)!  The spikes on the fonts, and the stripes on the shoulders look more at home on a supervillan than a football team.  And what’s with the sleeves being different colors?  We are not fans.

jaghelmetAgh!  What?  The logo has been updated a bit, with slightly altered, more rounded and realistic features on the Jaguar head: this we like.  But a two-tone helmet?  It’s unique, we’ll give them that, but it looks a little too much like a college team, to be honest.  They could look truly awful in bright Florida sunshine.