– How to associate colours in clothing –
> For a man to have the perfect clothing style is now a question of colour association and not just simply a question of clothes size and material quality.
> The modern man’s style of dressing is more and more refined because he pays attention to the complexity of the assembly of materials and he is efficient in associating colours and attire.
> That is why it is important to ask : how to associate colours in men’s clothes ?
Because fashion changes and evolves and the urban style man must now be conscious of this new approach so as to have the best look, with matching colours, harmony and perfect style.
1 – How to associate colours in men’s clothes
> The importance of good colour language
In this period when fashion trends predominate and are essential, we are carried in a whirlwind of readymade styles and risk to shut out thoughts on the creation of our own style.
> The current trends and perceptions are not enough to satisfy one in the creation of a personal style.
The basic techniques must be known concerning colour matching.
> It is important to acquire certain simple rules, which once mastered will allow you to create your own style and certainly, to give yourself the best look possible and thus self-confidence.
To remedy this it is essential to know the rules of the chromatic circle.
In this representation of the chromatic circle, colours are grouped in 3 distinct categories : primary, secondary and tertiary.
The colours are arranged in the same order as the rainbow. This allows the selection of the right matching pairs, which harmonise and complete each other.
> Above all it is paramount to know the 3 primary colours: red (magenta), blue (cyan) and yellow. On the chromatic circle they are situated at equal distances from each other so as to form a triangle.
> The secondary colours are green, orange and violet. They alternate with the primary colours in forming another triangle.
> And finally, the tertiary colours : purple, vermillion, indigo, turquoise, chartreuse green and ochre.
2 – How to associate colours in men’s clothes
> Understanding the language of colours
The colour order in the chromatic circle is crucial. It helps you to understand colour language and this tool will allow you to match colours rationally.
1 – The first major point is to never associate the 3 primary colours (red-blue-yellow) because they are much too strong and full of energy and so are not harmonious.
2 – The secondary colours are softer (green-violet -orange) so they mix well together. They create a soft and discerning harmony on all of your outfits.
3 – The opposing colours on the chromatic circle match marvellously and produce a dynamic and vivid harmony.
4 – The tonality and intensity of the colours also play a role and in this way form neutral, vivid or sombre shades.
Consequently the man who wants to dress with perfect taste by matching magisterially the colours, must know perfectly the rules governing the matching of diverse colours.
Some decisive criteria to take into account
1 – Neutral Colours
This group comprises grey, mole and white.
Also shades which are close such as: cream, ivory, eggshell and off white.
These basic colours of male clothing are essential for the well turned out, trendy man.
They can all match with all other colours.
As well they give a harmonious look and have the capacity to neutralize and soften brighter shades.
2 – Bright and Dark Colours
This group can associate so you can create chic outfits perfectly adapted for the office, business meetings and even outings with friends.
3 – The Timeless Colours : the duo black and white
These are classic and essential, for all occasions.
It’s rare to show lack of taste with this duo. However the outfit must have a dominant, black or white and never 50/50.
> You just need to pay attention to the matching of black materials if black is dominant because the black differs depending on inking and tissue composition.
> You must have either identical black or else very different.
> The same is true for a totally black look. You must take into account materials and if it’s matt or gloss.
3 – How to associate colours in men’s clothes
> Clothes colour and skin colour
Once you have understood the real value of and the essential facts of clothes colours you can also take into account skin and hair colour. Because they are also a part of your outfit.
1 – Light or Pale Skin
If you are light skinned you must enhance your complexion with bright or dark colours. To avoid looking ill.
Opt for : dark colours like grey, brown, maroon, bottle green, navy blue or black. As well as all shades of bright blue which will make a contrast with your complexion.
You can also choose richer shades such as sandy, camel, khaki and slate grey.
Avoid : it is important to avoid pastels and soft colours such as pink fuchsia and bright orange.
Also avoid neutral tones such as white and light beige which are too close to your complexion and so will not enhance you.
Red is rather special for you because it risks to bring out the redness of your skin and cheeks. If you wear red opt for crimson red.
So for you, the idea is to mix darker colours such as navy blue, brown and black which you can combine with lighter colours.
2 – Tanned skin
If your skin tans instead of reddening in the sun you have what is called a warm complexion which goes with a much larger range of colours. Your tanned skin allows you most colours but there are a few subtleties however.
Opt for : neutral tones, pale beige.
More daring, magenta.
In summer an all white look will suit you wonderfully if you are well tanned.
Avoid : for neutral tones, sandy, because it’s too close to your complexion.
For more daring colours avoid, mauve. As well as pistachio, mustard, olive and coffee.
All are too close to your complexion.
So the idea is to enhance your well-tanned skin with bright and vivid colours. And for the rest of the year enjoy yourself subtly by avoiding colours too close to shades of yellow and green.
3 – Dark Skin
As for tanned skins, dark skins have the agreeable surprise of being able to wear all colours because it matches with the great majority of complexions and shades.
But there are exceptions.
Opt for: You can wear colours like jade and cobalt blue but remember to keep a unified look. Don’t hesitate to wear warm, golden or flashy colours such as venetian red or mustard yellow with light coloured shirts and matching tie.
Avoid : brown which is to close to your skin colour. Also avoid khaki green, grey and black.
Forget black and navy blue though they are company managers colours.
So the idea is to make the most of your complexion by wearing bright colours like orange, red and violet which literally jump out from your dark skin.
Now you have the key to creating outfits in good taste by matching the colours.
Trust your intuition and good taste but if you have doubts about a bright colour, drop it.
For those with suitable skin colour, use sparingly yellow, green and orange. Advance with delicate touches.
A tie, a pair of socks or even a coloured pocket handkerchief.
All will do the business !
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