How does colour work? It is a fair question to ask when it comes to men’s fashion. Unlike women who reach out to colors instinctively, the disposition of most men is to be slightly wary of colours. This often stops the modern gent from trying colors. If you happen to fall in the aforementioned category, this monsoon is a good time to start leaning in towards colors. It is a perfect contrast to the dull and grey overcast.
For Beginners: If the idea of colours has been a touchy subject with you, this monsoon, stick to wearing colours that are similar. For example, if you use blue as a base by wearing blue chinos. Wear a shirt that ranges between white and blue, either a lighter tone or something in a heavier shade. Finish this look by wearing shoes in muted colors. Go with shades of brown. Same theory applies to your other accessories as well.
Moving On: Once you are comfortable with the idea of wearing colours, move on to complimentary colours. Mix them together to achieve a nice look. The key is to use a light colour with a darker tone to play around. Wear a teal T-shirt with a pair of dark grey trousers or a burnt orange shirt with a pair of cream pants. If layering is on your mind, then, for instance layer a military green bomber jacket with a cream shirt and a pair of dark pants. Once again while wearing complimentary colours, your choice of shoes should be in muted colours like brown, black or blue.
Colour contrast: Once you have played around with complimentary colours, experiment by foraying into the world of contrasting colours. This is where you mix your blues with your reds, greens with blue and play around with tangerines and reds. While mixing these colours together, remember to keep one of the colours in a pastel shade, while the other can be in darker hues. Else, the entire look might become too vivid.
Experiment: Once you are comfortable with the idea of mixing colours, the next step would be to move away from the rules and experiment to see what works for you. While doing so, definitely keep your body shape and complexion in mind. Understand what works for someone else may not always be the rule. It could be an exception as well.
Play around with monotones and colours in different hues. Throw them together and see how it works on you. You could choose to mix a bunch of colours in the clothes you are wearing, or, you could choose to mute the colours in your clothes and choose to splurge them on accessories alone. Let us be very clear that all the rules mentioned everywhere is guidelines only, to help you understand. Once you have past that stage, everything else depends on how well you can apply those rules or maybe even bend them a bit to make it work for you.
Article By: Smrithi Rao
Along with Vintage Obsession, where most of her encounters are documented, Smirthi Rao likes to dress well, make things with her hands, travel, eat good food and click almost everything. Discovering and sharing new projects and ideas, narrating tales about Fashion, Food, Lifestyle,Travel and Design also happens to be one of her obsessions.
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