I get asked this question a lot.
How to match colours?
I had a quick look online to see what was out there and it’s all colour wheel and graphics that look more at home in a DIY shop.
It isn’t that hard.
The starting points
Our objective is to look dapper. I.e. for people to look at us and think we’re well-dressed and that we know how to dress.
It’s a fact that certain colours look TERRIBLE together.
Think purple and orange and green.
The opposite is also true: certain colours look GREAT together.
Think navy and white.
The problem that most men (and women for that matter) have when picking colours to wear is that they want to stand out.
So they wear wacky combos.
Or they have a favourite colour that they want to wear because they believe that it expresses who they are.
Colours: The fact is that only certain colours look good together. Period.
You’re never going to make yellow and purple go well together.
David Beckham might be able to pull it off (I doubt it) but even then only because he’s ripped, handsome and has the confidence of a superstar.
There are failsafe colour combos out there that look incredible.
So why try to reinvent the wheel?
The pillars of colour combos (The Neutrals)
Mix these to your heart’s content.
The only rule is don’t wear one colour head to toe.
These colours will give you the strongest, most dapper combos.
Think navy suit, white shirt, black shoes, white pocket square.
Or grey trousers, white plimsoll sneakers, white t-shirt and navy sweater.
The second string (The Accent Colours)
- Dark Green
- Royal Blue
- Light Blue
- Light Green
You can’t wear these together in one outfit. (imagine red trousers and a yellow top)
Only add one of these to the pillar colours above. NEVER more than one.
The never wears (The Never Wears)
This might sound restrictive but tough. If you want to look dapper, them’s the rules.
The overarching rules of how to match colours
1. For the dapperest look, stick to an outfit based solely on the neutrals.
Mix these to your heart’s content (EXCEPT do not wear head to toe one colour)
2. Add ONE and no more than accent colour to a base outfit of the Neutrals
Imagine taking the above three photos and adding one item of one of the Accent colours.
3. Don’t add more than one Accent colour
This just seems seems to throw the outfit out. See this example:
Your base should be made up of the Neutrals. (Don’t wear head-to-toe one colour of the Neutrals)
Add one Accent colour, never more than one.
Let me know how you get on in the comments below!