Whether you’re dipping your toe into tonal dressing or keen to add a bit of zing to your look, take inspiration from some of the world’s most stylish men with our guide to the guaranteed-to-work colour pairings
Being able to confidently mix monochrome tones of black, white and grey is a fundamental of men’s style; what’s more, it’s virtually impossible to get wrong. That said, all black can look a bit depressing while white on white is completely impractical (just imagine it on public transport) so picking different shades from bone to charcoal is the way forward. Contrast different textures such as wool with jersey and technical fabrics to ensure the look doesn’t fall flat or put rich plain pieces alongside punchier patterns to add interest.
“Use TOUCHES of white
to lift the look”
The next stage on from 50 shades of grey is to go all ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ on your wardrobe and look to colour families for inspiration. Pick your hue and then, much like the paint swatches you get in DIY stores, start playing with different tones. Make sure they’re discernibly different to the naked eye to avoid a bland look or go for bolder, contrasting shades so each garment pops individually. Experiment with navy, green, camel and brown – all of which will take centre stage in autumn.
“Pick SHADES that will
contrast but not clash
with your skin tone”
If you’re feeling a bit braver, now the fun really starts. But proceed with caution – we’re not going for a full-on children’s TV presenter look. The best way to pull off bold tones successfully is to pick a main colour and commit to it with one, maybe two pieces. The impact of such bright hues comes when they’re contrasted with neutral shades of white, beige and pale blue while plain tones and simple shapes stop outfits looking fussy. Orange, magenta, emerald and teal all have the requisite oomph.
“A pair of VIVID socks is
sometimes all you need”
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