A Colour-Phobes Guide.
Colour can be a tricky business for a lot of men. Many fear it in the same way adolescent boys fear any question that requires more than a monosyllabic grunt as a response.
The thought of introducing more colour into their wardrobes sparks images of Rupert Bear, or crazed TV presenters, or professional golfers like Ian Poulter and other colour-me-happy celebrities who dare to wear what others do not – not always successfully.
Often colour-phobes are damaged souls who once wore a pair of pink trousers and can still feel the laughter ringing in their ears…..
If any of this sounds familiar, don’t worry. We know and understand your fear. Colour doesn’t have to be like this. Nobody is suggesting you blaze like a camp, pink fireball across the cobbles of your hometown.
Just that perhaps there are some very low risk ways to wear colour that you may not have considered. That involve nothing more troubling than mixing a little green with blue, or adding just a tiny bit of fizz to an otherwise sombre look.
Honest there is nothing to fear. Trust us to guide you through a few simple steps, if you come out the other side willing to consider just one of our suggestions then we’ll consider the exercise a success.
Mixing Colour and Neutrals
Now, we’re breaking you in gently. There is nothing scary about this look. Agreed?
There are several colours though, subtly doing their thing and that’s what makes it work. Try imagining this outfit all in navy? Fine but pretty bland. All the colours used are muted, nothing too loud or shouty but combined they stand out – not too far, just enough to be interesting.
You can do this. Mixing similar colours is easy on the eye and pretty safe stuff. The key is to add depth with lots of layers and neutrals for added interest. Think wearing petrol blue, greens and brown, or keep it really simple and just stick to various hues of blue, you can build up interest just by wearing slightly different hues, patterns or textures.
Moving on a little bit but still keeping it nice and not all scary….
Large blocks of colour such as coloured trousers are both trendy and highly wearable. Sludgy tones of pink and plum are good country colours but get the combination wrong and it can all look a bit underwhelming and old duffer rather than young dude. We’re pretty sure you know exactly what we mean….
Use neutral and complimentary colours in combination with lots of texture. Warm charcoal grey and Donegal tweeds, denim, a big navy jumper. These are all easy wearing options that look stylish without stepping too far outside your comfort zone.
Now we’re getting a little brighter and seriously smart and stylish, but hopefully you’ve managed to keep your fear in check and can see that this is neither out there, or beyond the bounds of possibility.
Because wearing several shades of the same or a similar colour tone with a rogue ‘bright’ thrown in is a seriously clever trick. Limit it to just one fizzing, popping colour – bright fuchsia pink in contrast to greens for the brave, or perhaps a russet orange with blues for the less adventurous and you will win the admiration of all around.
Come on. Be brave – are you a man or a mouse? Just try one thing….only one. That’s all we ask…..
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