Men always like to dress for success. Whether off to a business meeting or getting together with clients for cocktails, a man wants to make sure that he looks sharp and stylish. Wearing the right shoes and making sure that their hair is in the right place are both part of the preparation. However, choosing the right outfit is a bigger element of the process.
In order to look great, it pays to have a basic understanding about clothing details. One of the challenges is how to match various colors and patterns to create different fashion styles. Some men can effortlessly match a tie to a shirt or suit. Others may not be as confident when it comes to mixing and matching. Here are some basic style tips that will help you coordinate your wardrobe.
Back To Basics
Basic colors are essential wardrobe elements that help you dress for success. Black, white, brown, grey — these neutral shades are the items upon which you can build an outfit. They balance out whatever bright or bold colors you’re wearing.
For example, if you want to give full attention to your tie, wear it against a clean, white dress shirt. A plain white shirt is like a canvas that emphasizes and enhances your tie’s design and pattern. In times of doubt, wear a basic colored shirt and you won’t go wrong.
Clothes with solid or single colors require a little more effort and thought. You can still dress for success with colors such as yellow, blue, green and the rest of the spectrum. These colors can look great when paired the right way. One way to go is to match the same color shirt and tie. However, if you want each color to pop then it’s best to coordinate the colors. Coordinating colors means matching two different colors that go well together.
For instance, a light pink shirt would go well with a navy blue suit. Blue shirts are perfect for complementing your yellow, red or gold tie. One quick tip is to choose colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. These types of colors are called complementary colors and look great when matched with each other.
Mixing and Matching Patterns
We’ve covered the basics and mastered the color wheel. Now, it’s time to stir things up a bit. Let now talk about how to dress for success with patterns.
Patterns provide an element of texture to your wardrobe. Don’t worry, patterns are not as hard to match as you think. The goal is to prevent an optical train wreck and instead achieve a natural and smooth transition between two or three patterns. The trick to doing that is to use patterns with different scales.
For striped patterns, the size of the stripes as well as the spacing between them makes a big difference. Make sure that these two elements are as different as possible. If two small stripes are matched with each other, there is no accent on either one of them. Similarly, when two different stripes with similar spacing are matched, it can seem confusing as to which striped pattern should get the attention.
The same theory applies to mixing checks. Checks are more intense compared to stripes so it can be a little more of a challenge. Just remember to avoid using two checks of similar size. Instead, use contrasting scaled checks for a smooth transition of patterns and texture.
Bringing it all together, colors, designs and patterns are important factors when dressing for success. Keep in mind that you can’t go wrong with the basics, so when in doubt, use neutral shades. When choosing to wear a more colorful outfit, make sure to use complementary colors. And when it comes to mixing and matching designs, patterns are great as long as they differ.