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Color Matching Rules That All Men Should Remember

Men are naturally a shy lot when it comes to experimenting with colors. Unlike their female counterparts, most of them tend to feel comfortable in neutral and dark shades. While color matching is a personal skill with no stipulated wrongs or rights, well matching outfit is one of the most appealing sights.

The best thing is you, as a man, you do not have to go all wild or stressed about matching all your wardrobe outfit for another. Pay attention to this guideline and things will fall into place. After a few trials, you will get the drift and easily match outfits at a glance. You do not have to show up in the same black bow tie for all occasions, surprise your acquaintances with a new look in the next office party. Just get the following color matching rules straight, and you are good to go.

1. Complimentary Vs. Matching

Complimenting colors of your outfit shows the effort to achieve your look, and if done right, it is most likely bound to turn heads your direction. A great way of getting it right is paying close attention to the color wheel. As a general complementary rule, the main colors of your outfit should be far apart from each other on the wheel. Your gear creates a higher-level look since the colors build each other.

Granted, not everyone is bold enough for the complementary risk. Then matching is an option as it is a safer choice. Some men will find it hard to stand two strong colors on one person, let alone themselves.  For such people, it is easier to have a matching belt and shoes, or a coral bowtie with a matching pocket pop up. 

2. Match all leathers

In history, leather depicts status and wealth. Keep it that way. Add style to it by ensuring that all your leather accessories are of the same color. The common one is to match shoes with the belt. If your watch straps are leather, conform to the other leather colors. While this is not a strict rule, it should be taken seriously if you wish to make a statement in your dressing.

Next time you decide to buy a belt, bear in mind your collection of leather shoes. When buying shoes, spare a few dollars on a matching belt. All in all, keep the colors of your leathers closely synched, if not the same. Colors that are very different ruins the final outfit look. Imagine wearing black shoes with a brown belt. The only way you can get away with this kind of look is when you cover the belt altogether. Gray belts will, however, go well with the black shoes.

3. Match all metals

When you wear a watch with metal straps, match it with the belt buckle and chain if you decide on one. Like leather, keep all the metals the same or very similar.

In your bid to have it all together, you do not have to replace anything with sentimental value like your wedding band, or a watch you got from your dad. The best approach is when buying the other accessories, match them to what you wear often, and treasure most.

As a loose guide, gold goes with gold or brass as long as there is no notable difference while silver matches silver.

4. What is the occasion?

Most office wears come in cool or dull colors. While these colors are more official, it does not hurt to throw in a brighter color here or there to break the solemnity.

You also cant show up dressed in all flashy orange for a funeral service. Adhere to the culture and adorn as much black as you can muster. Keep it sleek and stylish too.

Happy occasions like weddings and parties are colorful events. Not everyone can pull off a red jacket stunt. A gold bow tie can help add the necessary color.

As a general rule, dark colors make the best office dress code while the bright ones work well with casual wears. Also, wear the right color to the proper occasions.

5. Experiment (Trial and Error)

Matching outfit colors is a hard task for both men and women. There are other colors or particular color combination that works well even when won together. The best way to find out is through wearing and checking exactly how the combo looks. It does not hurt to ask for a second or third opinion regarding how you look like in general.

Generally, to get the right color combination that works for you, you may need to step out and try the various available options. Try different textures, in different colors and check the effect.  Also, skin color may set the tone of some colors and outfits. Bright colors are also associated with summer and warm weather, while winter colors are dull and dark. Break some rules and try a few before the primary day.

May 26, 2018 by The Tie Expert