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A Guide To Wearing The Most “Difficult” Colours | Menswear

A Guide To Wearing The Most “Difficult” Colours | Menswear

Simple, timelessly stylish pieces worn right will make you stand out. Which is why most guys could have a wardrobe stocked with very few clothing items and still be considered better dressed than 90 per cent of the population.

However, most men tend to be a little too reserved and conservative when it comes to colours. We all know how relatively easy it is to pull off looks made up of black, white, navy and grey, but if you really want to stand out from the crowd, it’s time to start embracing bolder hues.

On that note, I have made a list of the most commonly swerved shades and how to wear them all year round.


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Orange may remind you of the seasonal movie ‘Orange is the new black‘ but the traditionally bright, citrusy shade has taken on a more burnt appearance in recent seasons, making it more cool than costume-y. Break the norm by adding a jolt of colour to a standard grey, white or navy suit with a tie or pocket square, before graduating to coats.

Make sure to add balance to any look by off-playing orange against neutral colours such as grey, navy and black. You would want to pair your orange with earth tones, as well as grey, navy and black.


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Yellow is notoriously difficult to wear and often avoided, even by menswear’s most daring. Yellow is a statement colour that needs to be used sparingly and anchored with neutrals. It teams well with white, blue, grey, beige and charcoal. Casual separates like T-shirts and shorts look great in yellow especially when combined with blues. You can up the ante with a pair of statement shoes or trainers.


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Still hung up on pink supposedly being for girls? Until the end of the 19th century, pink was – in the Western world – actually thought of as a masculine hue. Connotations of girlishness gradually came in the early 20th century as marketers re-positioned pink as a feminine colour.

Pink pairs well with plenty of colours you probably already have in your wardrobe – including brown, beige, blue, white and darker shades of green.earing pink does come with its caveats. If you have fair skin, stay away from pastel shades close to your face as it can wash your complexion out. Rather try balancing it with darker colours or go for a bolder, richer tone of pink instead. It is recommended that you pair pink with brown, beige and white, along with darker shades of green and blue.


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Pantone’s colour of the year has so many other shades to it that can be introduced to your wardrobe and help take your outfits to the next level. No matter what shade you opt for, green always looks best paired with blue, white and grey, while darker military variants complement similarly earthy hues such as brown and mustard.

As for what you should look to invest in, green is arguably the easiest and most versatile on this list to pull off. Once you’ve figured out the perfect shade for you, look to pick up a couple of pieces that will serve you well now – mainly outerwear and chinos trousers – then follow up with short-sleeved shirts and shorts during the warmer months.

Aside from tailoring, a year-round green option can be found in the form of accessories (socks, lightweight scarves, pocket squares, etc.), which will add a point of interest to an otherwise pared-back look. Green is best paired with blue, white and grey.


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The most regal of all hues according to the Ancient Romans and Greeks, purple is often one of the first colours men try when looking to expand their palette. The easiest way to wear purple is to use it sparingly as an accent. It teams extremely well with beige, grey and shades of blue, from sky and duck egg to cobalt and teal. Best to start with ties and pocket squares before moving on to dress shirts and blazers.

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