Published: October 20, 2014. D’Office Threads Magazine.
Whenever any of my guy friends ask me for fashion advice I start by running through a list of basic questions with them. Do your clothes fit properly? Are you layering in an interesting way? And most importantly, what colors are you wearing?
A lot of the time, the easiest way to quickly elevate your style is to incorporate unexpected colors and color combinations into your wardrobe. Month after month fashion magazines bombard women with information on how to work certain colors into their style. However, I’ve noticed that the same information doesn’t seem to be as readily available for men, which is why I’ve taken it upon myself to share some of the color styling tips I’ve accumulated over the years.
Every season Pantone releases a color report that highlights a variety of hues most prevalent in fashion for both women and men. For Fall/Winter 2014, the menswear color report features a variety of interesting shades including: royal blue, aluminum, aurora red, misted yellow, sangria, sea fog, cognac, bright cobalt, cypress and radiant orchid.
Unlike previous fall seasons, most of these colors are very bold. While Fall is usually the time of year where bland neutrals take center stage, more vibrant hues are stealing the show and consequently offering a much wider variety for fall fashion possibilities. Below are a few of my favorite shades this season and how you can incorporate them into your look.
Perhaps inspired by leaves falling off the trees, mustard yellow is the epitome of fall color. However, this year, designers are taking it one step further by amping up the vibrancy and making misted yellow the new staple color for fall fashion. Misted yellow still has many of the same elements that mustard yellow does, but it’s much lighter and more up beat.
Misted yellow can be styled in a variety of ways, and looks especially great when paired with dark green, navy and maroon. I love the way that Jay Z styled the color here with a pair of misted yellow pants, a graphic tee, a faded denim jacket and crisp white sneakers. He keeps the look simple, yet interesting, which are important qualities to keep in mind when integrating new colors into your style.
Aluminum may sound like an intimidating color, but trust me it’s not. Aluminum is essentially just more of a fancy gray, and can result in some very interesting and unique outfits. While Aluminum can pretty much go with anything, because it’s so unique it often looks best worn by itself or with only a few other colors.
It should come as no surprise that David Beckham, notorious for his effortlessly cool style, looks great in aluminum. His aluminum three piece suit is fashion-forward when paired with a white button up shirt and navy and white polk-a-dot tie. Overall, the styling isn’t too fussy and allows the aluminum suit to stand on its own.
Cognac, a rich carmel color, is one of the more neutral hues presented in the Pantone Fall 2014 Color Report. However, just because it’s not as extroverted as the rest of the color report, it doesn’t mean you have to style it in a boring way. Coganc looks best with colors that share its intensity like misted yellow and olive green, or colors like radiant orchid and aurora red for a more unique look. Despite all these great colors that you can pair coganc with, keep in mind that sometimes the best looks come out of pairing neutrals together, like how Sam Smith did in the picture above.
Sam Smith does an excellent job of working Cognac into his wardrobe with a sleek knee -length pea coat. Not only is the color of this coat on trend but its minimal silhouette is also fashion-forward, especially when paired with a sharp black button up, gray vest, black slacks and modern black and white dress shoes. This is a look that can easily be emulated, whether for a night out, the office or a date.
Bright Cobalt is one of the biggest, and best (in my opinion), color trends for men this season. Bright Cobalt makes a huge statement, and it’s not a color for a guy looking to blend in with the crowd. However, if you’re willing to take on the challenge of a color as intense as bright cobalt, I can assure you it’ll be worth it. Bright cobalt can be incorporated into your wardrobe in a variety of ways. Whether it’s a flashy pair of socks, a bow tie or a scarf. If you really want to make a statement, wearing a full bright cobalt garment, like Daniel Radcliffe did, is a good way to go about doing it.
While Daniel Radcliffe isn’t necessarily the first person that comes to mind when I think of innovative men’s style, he does a great job here of rocking bright cobalt. His bright cobalt blazer is absolutely striking in contrast with the red carpet surrounding him. The best part about the look is how he doesn’t hold back in any way. His double monk shoes, striped button up and sunglasses bring the look full circle and keep it very “now.”