But you can’t sex me up! Just some lyrics from an Ice Cube song (in reference to the R&B group Color Me Badd’s song I Wanna Sex You Up). Hypothetically speaking, if your colors are badly coordinated, you probably won’t be getting sexed up. Color coordination is of the utmost importance! It can absolutely make or break your outfit no matter how expensive or inexpensive it is. Put together the right combination and you can command a room (along with other factors). Put together the wrong combination, Bob Ross will flunk you no matter how abstract you believe your artwork is. Now it may sound complicated but it isn’t. Having a little bit of knowledge concerning colors will assist you when purchasing clothes that are complimentary. When one observes the basic color wheel, you will note five categories. These are primary (red, yellow & blue), secondary (a color resulting from the mixing of two primary colors), tertiary (a color resulting from the equal mixture of a primary color with either of the secondary colors adjacent to it on a color wheel), complimentary (colors directly opposite each other in the color spectrum) and analogous colors (are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and a tertiary).
For me to elaborate on how it is advantageous for one to know these colors well, how to incorporate them into one’s arsenal and to touch upon the importance of expanding your boundaries when it comes to using an array of colors would probably stretch me out five post worths. I rather not drone on but instead I will provide the following links for your study time:
- Men’s Practical Color Coordination — The Concise Version!
- An Introduction To Colour
- The Color Wheel And Men’s Clothing
Having a feel for what goes well together is important. Through trial and error, you will be able to see what colors are sugar and spice and what colors are oil and water. Another consideration is your skin tone. Some are lucky and can wear every combination of color under the sun. Others should enlist and review resources (books, a tailor, magazines, and even a lady friend) that explain in great detail the advantages of wearing colors in conjunction with one’s skin tone to accentuate your overall appearance. Learning about what works for you and the style you are creating doesn’t cost a penny. By the way, the outfit ran me $176.01. It’s a little steep for my liking but the Stacy Adams weren’t much of a sale price at $92.99. But the tie is by Art (apparently a defunct company and that’s Hangul on it!) and it cost me $6.99 on Ebay. The pocket square is from my one of 3 of vendors I go to for pocket squares on Ebay, The SquarExtraordinaire for $4.99. A Perry Ellis Principles waistcoat for $7.99 on, guess where? Ebay! A Calvin Klein slim fit French cuff dress shirt for $22.45 on Ebay (you are seeing a pattern, yes?). A pair of Van Heusen trousers purchased at Kohl’s on clearance for $15.00. I apologize for the lousy break (in my opinion) on my trousers. I was wearing a full break. My preference is a quarter break or no break. I will discuss pant break in detail on a future post.
The final piece that completes the ensemble in the photos above for which you cannot see are cuff links. The cuff links are from South Korea and cost me $25.60 on Ebay. The design is called DanCheong (단청). There are thousands of years of history on it but I digress. Accessories (watches, jewelry, cuff links, tie bars, collar bars, etc.) can also make or break an outfit.
The key with anything in life is balance. A little bit of Yin-Yang has never put anyone or anything in an uncompromising situation or position. Harmony is something we should all look to obtain and maintain in our lives as well in our attire. Moderation with a splash of style, your style is the way to go! As you further your studies on men’s fashion, you will proceed to be more comfortable and you will want to experiment. Once you achieve the look you desire, the sky is the limit. Arraso? Jal ga!
*Featured picture: Socks by Cole Haan, tie by Tallia, pocket square by Ted Baker