The actual fashion sense of a man is always scaled by how he coordinates different colors in his dressing. The color combination is a little tricky chapter to learn in fashion & dressing and that is why most of us don’t know anything about it.
It is also the most important factor in men’s fashion.
If you can match appropriate colors with your skin tone flawlessly, then you can rock every occasion without spending a lot of money on outfits.
Well, if you are going through this article then I’m sure, you are eager about learning color combinations and for that, I’m going to describe every single aspect of color matching in the simplest way possible.
BASICS OF COLOR COMBINATION
Firstly, you have to learn about three fundamental pillars of all colors, you might have heard about them before in the color grading or editing.
So, let’s understand them one by one –
01. Hue –
To make it easy, you can understand that hues are several colors or a shift in colors.
Hue represents the spectrum of colors.
02. Saturation –
Saturation specifies, the intensity of a particular color.
When you increase saturation, the intensity of colors increases and it will become colorless if the saturation is on zero.
03. Luminance –
luminance defines the darkness or brightness of colors.
The darker or lighter the color is, it all depends on luminance.
I believe that if a person understands hue, saturation, and luminance properly, then he can own every color by just adjusting a slight in these three fundamental elements.
HOW TO MAKE COLOR COMBINATION IN DRESSING
01. Skin Undertone –
Over time, all of us get a little bit tan, so it is tough to recognize the real tone of the skin but if you know the undertone of your skin, then choosing colors for your outfits will be super easy.
It can be the simplest way to make flawless color combinations according to your skin undertone.
You just have to match suited upper wear color options with neutral-colored bottom wears like black, gray, and Brown, etc.
If you don’t know your skin undertone then don’t worry, there are two simple methods to point out the skin undertone –
(A) Observe, what suits you more, the silver bracelet/wrist-watch, or the golden bracelet/wrist-watch.
If your answer is silver then your skin undertone is “cool” but if your reply is golden then congrats your skin undertone is “warm”.
(B) Go in the sunlight and focus on your veins.
what is the color of your veins, is it blueish or greenish?
If it is blue then your skin undertone is “cool” but if it is green then your skin undertone is undoubtedly “warm”.
If it is between blue and green then you have your specific skin undertone that can be defined as a neutral skin undertone.
Color options for warm, cool and neutral skin undertone –
02. Monochromatic Looks –
Creating a complete outfit that is based on a single color is known as the monochromatic look.
It is an easy and quite interesting way to own Colors.
Monochromes are extremely classic but keep in mind that you balance the overall contrast of the look like you are wearing a light gray shirt with light gray chinos then your sweater should be dark gray.
Using different fabrics and designs can be a plus point and wearing the same color with different saturations can be also a very versatile technique to own monochrome outfits.
03. Achromatic Looks –
Wearing achromatic colors with a balanced contrast is generally known as the achromatic look.
Achromatic colors are such colors, which lack hues like Black, gray, and white.
Wearing achromatic colors (black, gray & white) can be a little bit easier and stylish also.
The only thing you have to master is the proportion of achromatic colors.
04. Key Points –
There are few basic but important rules in men’s fashion and dressing according to the color combination concepts –
(a) Hue-contrast balancing –
The contrast balance depends on someone’s fashion sense.
There should a proportion of hues in your look to achieve perfection.
How sensibly you use different colors and saturation to balance the overall contrast in your look.
It simply depends on you like you can’t wear bright colors in a monochromatic look.
If you are wearing a bright color on the top then you should balance the contrast by wearing a neutral color on the bottom.
(b) Bold with neutral –
It is also a significant aspect of contract balancing.
Never wear bold and bright colors, if you don’t know how to create contrast with them.
It relies more on neutrality, here I’m not talking about tracksuits.
If you want to wear bold colors like purple, intense blue, maroon, burgundy then you should pair them with neutral colors like black, gray, and white, etc.
(c) Primary Colors –
If you want to look classic, elegant, or want to look like an alpha then you need to give importance to primary colors like brown, blue, white, gray, and black.
Don’t rely too much on secondary colors like bright and bold colors because it can be stylish for someone but it is not that elegant.
(d) Keep it as simple as possible –
“Simplicity brings versatility”
Have you ever noticed famous actors, musicians, artists, or businessmen?
They look incredible because they always sprinkle the flavor of simplicity and elegance on their dressing, that is why don’t make things twisted, they look superior when they are simple.
(e) Golden rule –
There is a golden rule in men’s fashion which says – “Always match the color of your shoes with the color of your belt”.
Yes, if you are wearing black shoes then wear a black belt, or if brown then the belt should also be brown.
05. Dress Codes –
Dress codes are truly very useful, if you don’t know anything about what and how to wear then there are a lot of color combination codes already available on the internet.
It takes less effort and provides you the best result but the only reason why experts suggest, not to use those dress codes is that it doesn’t help you to improve your fashion sense.
if you don’t know anything about color coordination then you can barely pick the perfect dress code for yourself.
06. The Color Wheel –
It was invented by Sir Isaac Newton in 1666.
Every color theory is based on it.
It is a wheel of 12 different basic hues, all the colors are between those 12 basic hues.
The color wheel theory is an advanced level of making color combinations and therefore I’m not going into the deep briefing of it.
Here I’m just going to explain the basics of “The color wheel”.
There are two more important terms like hue, saturation, and luminance and those are –
(a) Tint –
In the pigment terminology, when we mix the white color into any other color, the darkness of that particular color gets reduced and that is called the tint.
When the color gets lighter, it is called the tint of that color.
(b) Shade –
As the name is pointing, it is the opposite of tint.
When the black color gets mixed with any other color, it increases the darkness, and this is called the shade.
Practically, It is totally on you, how you use the color wheel to create your color combinations.
I suggest you always look for a balance because if you do not use any attractive color in your outfit, it will become boring.
Similarly, If you amplify too many colors in your outfit, it will make you look like a peacock.
If you don’t want to learn too much about these things, then remember there is only one universal rule of making color combinations and that is, “Always wear what seems good to the human eyes”.
Never forget you have hues, saturation, tints, and shade to play.
From the Color wheel, you can learn to match colors and what looks great with which color.
If you want to learn deeply about it, then you should learn about complementary colors, analogous colors, and triad colors.
We will cover it completely in a different article.