Importance of Contrasting Colors

With winter fast approaching, the bright spring/summer colors are neatly stored away in the closet. On the streets, it’s rare to see the same bright colors. Instead the streets are covered with darker shades of navy, brown, black and gray. If you’re conforming to the colors of the season, you’re simply wearing “street camouflage”. The darker hues of the season while safe, prevent you from making a statement. And if you’re here reading this, then you’re most likely looking for ways to be noticed fashionably.

Breaking the habit of wearing seasonal colors is a rather difficult one. It’s a vicious cycle that rears its ugly head year after year. And if you have trouble dealing with change, taking the step towards brighter colors might be even harder. But this isn’t a call to completely remove seasonal colors from your wardrobe. Those colors should always remain as a staple in every fall/winter ensemble. What I’m suggesting is to mix some bright spring/summer like colors.

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via Imaxtree

So how do you go about adding some color to your setups? Start by turning to your accessories. You can quickly add some bright colors by choosing them when picking out your hats, pocket squares, ties, and socks. So instead of matching your beanie with your shirt or jacket, try a color that adds a bit of contrast to the rest of the outfit. Always being in plain sight, a bright colored hat is more than likely to get noticed first.

via GQ
via GQ

With a wide range of colors, patterns and designs, choosing a bright colored tie or bow is another simple way to add a splash of color. Forget about matching it to your pocket square or jacket, and your “street camouflage” of an outfit will thank you for your boldness. Also, try patterns that you’ve never thought to include like paisley, gingham or chambray.

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via Malfordoflondon

Much like ties, you have a large collection of patterns, colors and designs when picking a pocket square. It is also a cheap and cheerful way to add some “pazazz” to your attire. Just fold it, insert it into your front pocket and watch as eyes from passersby gravitate towards your left chest.

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via the Dapper Duo

It seems like slacks are getting shorter every season and as they start climbing past your ankles, it leaves that area of your legs exposed to nature. So to prevent that polar vortex from finding its way up through your tapered and shortened slacks, you can easily cover it with colorful socks. Another point of emphasis when others are checking out your style starts below the ankles. So, spice it up with bright colored patterns and styles.

Be careful! As a general rule, you want to keep your outfits simple and minimalistic. So choose only one brightly colored accessory per setup. Adding too many colors with multiple different accessories will just make your ensemble busy and distracting. You want to wow others by staying clean without trying too hard.

 

Leather Brands You Should Know

The leather accessory is a staple item in the male wardrobe. You probably even have a piece of leather on you right now. Known for its style, robustness, texture and the iconic smell, it adds a unique flavor to many outfits. There are also fans who live and die by this iconic animal skin. Made into different types of accessories (boots, bracelets, wallets and jackets to name a few), the leather fabric remains a timeless fabric that ages well with frequent wears. So if you’re looking to add some leather to your setups, you’ll be happy to know that there is a laundry list of brands to choose from. And if you’re feeling patriotic, you’re in luck. There are many American brands that manufacture their products right here in the US. So, consider these brands.

 

The Hat Game

When striving for the perfect outfit, there needs to be an attention to detail. Whether it’s the subtle pattern on a pocket square or the inclusion of bracelets to compliment the watch, accessories help emphasize your attention to the finer details of your outfit. And if the accessory can check both form and function boxes, it makes the item more desirable. In the case of the hat, you’re going to fulfill both requirements. But if you’re a casual hat wearer, occasionally committing to the baseball cap, it’s time to graduate to something a bit more chic and classy.

Fedora

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via HarveyNichols

Popular, the Fedora is a timeless hat design that remains a staple in many hat collections. Dating back to the late 1800s, the Fedora owes its fame to Prince Edward, who started wearing them in the 1920s. While it is best used to compliment the suit, the fedora can be used with business casual as well as urban/street wear outfits. Match them with your jacket, shirt or nothing at all. Find a color that works with you and commit to it; the Fedora is made to compliment various setups.

Derby

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via Hackett London

By choosing to wear the Derby (or Bowler), you are inching toward “dandy” territory. Created by British soldier and politician Edward Coke in 1849, the Derby seems like a piece from a Charlie Chaplin Halloween costume. But, this hat is more than that. Much like the Fedora, the Derby is finding its way into the sartorial culture. Thus, it can be worn and matched much like other chic hats; while keeping your hair in check and away from the elements.

Panama

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via Drake’s London

Contrary to the name, the Panama finds its origins in Ecuador. While similar in design to the Fedora, it plays a different role. Made for the warmer, summer months, these hats come in lighter fabrics and seasonal colors. Along with the traditional felt material, Panama hats are put together with straw; making it more breathable. So, you’re more than likely to find them paired with seersucker suits in bright, summer hues.

Boater

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via DapperDean

Made famous by the Barbershop Quartet and the recent movie, “The Great Gatsby”, the Boater hat is very similar in purpose to the Panama. Put together with straw, it is often paired with a seersucker suit in spring/summer colors. Adding the Boater hat provides a splash of dandy to any sartorial outfit.

Driver

via J.Hansen
via J.Hansen

Also called the Flat, Cabbie and Jeff Cap, this hat dates back to the 1500s Europe. Once seen as a “bonnet”, this hat was given the title of cap in the 1700s. The Driver comes in a variety of fabrics; most notably in tweed or wool. It’s another timeless design that goes with many outfits; from urban to bespoke. So whether you’re in a bespoke suit or in denim and boots, the Driver’s Cap will be right at home.

 

Patterns Worth Knowing

“Why bother with bright colors and eccentric patterns,” they’ll say. “It only adds busyness to your already busy life,” they’ll advise. I get it, and to each their own. But here at FashionMR we cling to the notion that we all have one life to live and that it should be a blast. So lets embrace new patterns and colors that aren’t considered “safe” or “easy.”

Gingham
Reminiscent of a classic picnic table cover, the Gingham is a rather trending shirt pattern. Found in a variety of bright colors, this pattern is perfect for many occasions. And the bright colors make this perfect for adding some modern splash to any outfit. If you’re looking to add some colorful changes to your setup, I suggest you start with these patterns.   

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via WiseGeek.com

 

Tartan
The term itself might not be familiar, but the pattern definitely is. Popular in kilt form and as a Burberry pattern, this pattern isn’t as easy to match as the Gingham. Since most Tartan patterns come with multiple colors, if you plan on finding a color to match with, commit to one color. Your outfit will just look cluttered and busy if you try to match with all the colors.   

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via heritageofscotland.com

 

Dots
Dot or polka dot pattern is a minimalistic and classy design. Commonly found in shirts and ties, the size of the dots vary as well. For a more subtle, sophisticated look, the smaller dots are highly recommended. Much like the Gingham pattern, dots are fun to work with. If you prefer traditional and safe colors like black and navy, a shirt with a white dot pattern can add a tasteful amount of flair.

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via 4khdwallpapers.com

 

Paisley
This next pattern has been around the block and back. And with men’s high end fashion being on the rise, I doubt that it’ll be fading away anytime soon. Quite bold and eccentric in design, the paisley pattern always seems to be saying, “Hey look at me!” When wearing Paisley, try to wear it with solid and darker colors. Doing so will add a bit of contrast to your outfit.

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via bows-n-ties.com

 

Herringbone
Herringbone, much like paisley, is another pattern that keeps returning to the limelight time and time again. A timeless design such as this, deserves a place on our list. Common with shirt, suits, jackets and ties, the Herringbone pattern. 

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via anaffordablewardrobe.blogspot.com/