A POP OF CO-LOUR
THE NEW MODERN
Hey, gents and ladies today I'll be taking us on a ride on how you can comfortably pop colours with your outfits without looking like a clown chased by the police lol.
It seems that as males we have an innate disposition compared to our female counterparts when it comes to colour. It scares us. Confuses us. Gives us that dizzy feeling, not unlike vertigo. This often results in the modern day man we see who prefers to stick to neutral tones like black, white and grey which, let’s be honest… is pretty boring. But luckily, you don’t need to be a woman to understand how to wear colour, you just need to understand the colour wheel.
The Colour Wheel
When you look at the colour wheel you can see twelve main colours ranging from red to violet, green to yellow, blue all the way back to red. These are the basic colours that can be referred to as hues. If you add white or black to these then they will change in hue yet again; for example, violet and white will make lavender while black with purple will make plum.
By making these adjustments you can pretty much come up with any colour you want. But what’s really important is understanding the position of each colour on the wheel because how close or far away they are is what makes them easy or difficult to coordinate.
The position of colours in the wheel
As I said, where colours sit on the wheel will let you know if they go together:
- Similar colours are next to each other: For example yellow and yellow-green is easy co-ordinate. When colours are close to each other in the wheels it’s easy to pick one colour and then build accessories of neighboring colours. It’s also important to bear in mind warm (red, yellow, orange) and cold colours (greens, blues, violets). Always remember a fool proof way is to pair cold colours together but you can create great combinations by taking two cold and one warm; such as a navy suit, blue shirt and a red tie.
Complementary colours are opposite from each other in the wheel: Green and red are a perfect example. These colours are the hardest to pair together. Even though they ‘complement’ each other, wearing them in their full strength is sometimes too much for the human eye to bear. What you can do is change the hue, so add white to red to make pink and you’ve got every Preppy kids summer colours of choice. There is no set rules for complementing colours, just experimenting, so see what works for you!
Contrasting colours have three colours between them in the wheel: For example blue and red or orange and violet. The best way to pair these together though is to make sure one of the colours is a darker tone, so for example navy and red. If they are both vivid colours they will compete with the eye too much.
It’s also important to bear mind a few other rules too. When it comes to light colours, don’t pair them together too often, they tend to have an Easter Egg effect. It’s best to anchor light colours with dark grey or black; if the colour is one or two steps away from being white then it’s best to stick with a charcoal grey. The important thing to remember is that dark colours (like burgundy and navy) pair better with vivid (not light) colours because the dark tends to overpower the light.
Finally, don’t forget your neutrals! These colours will pair well with each other and any other colour in the wheel. So black, grey and white are always great colours to have to hand. Other neutrals include brown, tans and khakis – these match well with all colours in the wheel too but not other neutrals because they already have enough grey in them as it is. It creates a sort of muddy look. So there you have it guys, a guide on how to use colour. If you’re ever in doubt, pick a colour and vary the tint and shade. Anyone who’s seen picture of Cary Grant in a navy suit, blue shirt and dark blue tie will agreed how good one colour can look. But other than that, play around, experiment and have fun with colour!
A Pop Of Colour
If you think adding a pop of colour might be your ‘thing’, there are a few simple rules you need to follow…
First of all, pick one colour at a time. Like Nick Wooster told Details recently: “If you’re going to play with colour start with one. If you’re wearing yellow, everything else should be navy and grey. Yes, I’ve been known to wear bright green and pink at the same time but I don’t do that often – the bulk of my closet is grey, navy, white, khaki, olive, and a little black.”
By keeping everything else you wear neutral and restrained, not only do you avoid any clashing but you also allow the colourful piece to shine. You can do this through a small accent piece such as a tie or pocket square, which can really add life and depth to suits and other formal pieces.
Alternatively, you can go with one bold piece such as a pair of trousers, a shirt or a jacket, but remember to make sure these pieces fit you properly – otherwise they will end up looking clown-esque.
And don’t forget to make sure that you stick with colours that complement each other. If you’re ever in doubt, refer to the colour wheel.
Lookbook: A Pop Of Colour
A pop of colour can be introduced in many forms, from accessories and footwear to striking trousers, tops or jackets. So I'II say you should be more creative ;) Don't wait till you're 70 before you wear purple. Thank you for reading:) do tell me in the comment area if you love this post.