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The Guy Files: Color Decoded

February 26th—2019

Color has always been a bit of a style nemesis. Guys, we know navy, grey, black is always a sure-fire way to look elegant and on-point, but what if we told you that non-neutral tones were going to become your newest fashion basics? Scratching your stylish heads? Embracing the entire color wheel has never been so easy.

Start with something you know well, like the color blue. Like most men, you probably wear bolder blue ties without even batting an eye, so just take this fashion confidence to the next level in head-to-toe royal. Nothing is quite a chic as a plaid suit, but when in a brighter hue, chic turns into beyond dashing…a major fashion statement!

If you want to test color before going full steam ahead, choose your favorite ‘safe’ palette but add one high-impact accent like a cobalt-blue scarf. A subtle touch around the neck will still win those style points, while allowing you to feel more relaxed in your fashion-skin. How you feel in your clothing is just as important as how you style it!

Now that you have mastered blue, maybe it is time to try something a bit more daring like reds and oranges. Start slowly by layering your sartorial best over an intarsia knit that has subtle pops of power tones like crimson…always a sophisticated choice that also shows your fashion prowess. Ready for the next step? Try burnt sienna, part of the orange family, but with a subtle edge. It has a casual feel that looks beyond on-trend when paired with your favorite blazer and jeans, but does double duty with a grey or navy suit if you don’t need to wear a tie. Experimental yes, but also tasteful and dignified.

Ok, maybe we have lost some of you…just can’t quite figure this color-thing out? We get it…so here is a simple solution that will refresh your wardrobe and keep you in the style mix. Wear white pants! While white is one of fashion’s most notorious non-colors, it mimics the effect of bolder tones by adding major contrast. White goes with everything of course, so it easily fits into your everyday vibe. For Pre-Spring, wear white trousers with a debonair trench and take power-dressing to another level.

Postscript: color is here to stay guys, so give it that old college try…just wait until we try to get you to wear yellow and pink!

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