Monday, 9 April 2012

How to Match Colours in Clothes: The Man's Easy How-To!

Here's the scenario. You reach into your closet one morning, all bleary-eyed and dozy, looking for something to wear to work. Suddenly, you realize that all those perfectly matched outfits you had have been used already and are in the wash! You know they were perfectly matched because they were displayed that way on the mannequins in the store. You never had to worry if you were matched and perfectly coordinated . . .  until now!

What are you supposed to do?

Finding items, colours and patterns that match and go well together is not as hard as you think. It just takes a little thought and confidence.

Today, let's start off with colours. In art class (you did pay attention in art class, right?), you learned about the colour wheel. This is a great first step in deciding what to wear. Heck, you might even decide that this is the opportunity you have been waiting for to step outside your colour comfort zone.

As you can see from the chart, there are three main types of colours: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary. Primary colours are the main colours, secondary colours are made from the combination of the two primary colours closest to each other and tertiary colours are made from a combination of a primary colour and a tertiary colour. However, we're not so much interested in making up colours for art class. We're more interested in what colours go well together when we are shopping for new clothes or findings items to match from our closet. So print off the colour wheel above, tape it to your bathroom mirror or closet door and let's go!

So we're going to think about matching colours and clothes in the following ways:

How to Match Colours in Clothes!

Primary Colours in Clothes: 

The easiest way to pick a colour/s for your ensemble is to stick to the primary colours; red, blue, yellow. Sticking to the one colour or shade of that colour gives you a very monochrome look but also a very modern, chic style when executed correctly. You use them when you want to grab the viewer's eye. As a result, you'll usually only see small accents in unaltered primary colours - a red tie or a yellow pocket square but never used in it's purest form for your entire ensemble.

Complementary Colours in Clothes:

If you want to be a little more daring, throw a complementary colour into the mix. It's easy! Simply pick any colour on the colour wheel and trace your finger across the circle to its match on the opposite side. These are the complementary colours. If you want something even more fun try doing the same thing using a secondary or tertiary colour. Some examples of complementary colours are orange/blue, violet/yellow, turquoise/maroon. A complementing outfit will always come off as bright and attention getting as well. If that is not what you want combine a primary colour with a secondary colour for a more basic contrast.

Analogous Colours in Clothes:

Analogous colours are even easier to find because they are actually right next to each other on the colour wheel. Simply pick a colour and go directly to the right or left of that colour. These colours can go together quite nicely if you do it right. They are also great for creating a more look that is more restrained and are commonly seen in office outfits. 

Triad Colours in Clothes

Triad colours are equidistant on the colour wheel. These colours are good for ensembles of lots of different pieces.They can create a more balanced look to your ensemble with some accents using more neutral colours like blacks or greys.

Accent Colours in Clothes

Finally, if you need something more toned down or subdued, think about using more neutral colours (black, grey, brown, cream) and adding a splash of colour to your ensemble. Neckties are the most common accents for men as are pocket squares though the two should never match as they are both separate accents!  

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Knowing your colours and palettes can make shopping a lot easier and less time consuming. Together with our iwishfor app, you will be able to quickly add items to your wishlist which will work together when you get them for Christmas, birthday or other special event. Or take a look in your closet before you head out and simply scan the clothing items you know work with what you already have in your closet. 

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