COLORS – “Does this go with that?”

COLORS – “Does this go with that?”

In this article we will be talking about colors. But don’t ask me yet - “Micheal, so does this go with that?” I don't know. Let's see the science behind colors, what we should pair colors with, what goes with what, and what definitely doesn't go with each other. Let's dive into that now. Also, there'll be some controversial statements in the end, so make sure you read until the end!

Now, we're talking colors- reds, yellows and blues. In order to get in depth and simplify knowledge about how to pick color, we must be familiar with one thing called the wheel of colors.


As always, there are rules adopted and enforced by designers and stylists. However, you need to take into account what works best for you and your wardrobe. Have you got those colors? If not, maybe you should try to invest. There are three primary colors- red, yellow, and blue. Red, yellow, and blue are the only colors that cannot be made by mixing any other colors together.


That's important to understand, that those simple primary colors are something that we need to have our whole style wrap around if we want to look good and use color a lot. They very come across as harsh on the eye because they're bright, they're intense, they're eye-catching, and that's not always very good. Please do remember that!

You did that to pump up your confidence, but make sure it doesn't wear you. Make sure you are owning the look. Maybe a yellow trouser would be a huge statement, but I wouldn't actually wear yellow trousers and maybe red roll neck jumper, and then blue navy jacket, because that would've been simply too much.


I also have got this combination that I practically cannot wear together. A very blue, beautiful color, a beautiful sweater from Polo Ralph Lauren, but I cannot wear that with my Polo Ralph Lauren beautiful yellow trousers. I would not be able to wear these two together because again, they scream and they shout, and you don't want to be anywhere near someone that wears anything like that.

Imagine, compare those two and a yellow watch. That would have been a disaster. If you combine those three together, you need to go and read this article again because I will not highly recommend any of these put together. What do I do with that? Well, I could wear it with maybe a white shirt and some maybe gray, nice jumper.

Now, let's add the secondary colors, green, orange, and violet. The basis for you to use the power of complementary colors, which those three are, is to develop an eye for detail. Again, you maybe should match a green pair of shoes to red shoelaces. They're okay. If you have a blue blazer, get an orange pocket square or purchase a violet shirt with yellow buttons. All these options might sound too adventurous, but if you keep the rest of the outfit plain, as I've mentioned before, it will work wonders.

I've seen people wearing any shades, any colors and still pulling them off. In theory, many colors don't match well with each other. There is even a three-color rule. What is a three-color rule? Well, that's very simple. You should never wear more than three colors at a time.

Take for an example trousers which are that red brick sort of color. That's okay. With that, I could perhaps wear some nice double monk straps, leather shoes, maybe some boat shoes that is also the blue shades. I'm keeping everything for no more than two or three colors at once. Men very often go the opposite way where they wear no colors, which is always a bit of a mystery to me.


If you already have got two colors, white and black, and you mix them all together with all sorts of different grays and shades of grays, they're always going to look the same because you're only using two colors. Why do you do that? Why do you wear white, and black, and shades all the time? Stop doing that. Buy some colorful pieces. See what you can do with it.

The last point I'm trying to make here is, wear some exciting clothes to work and you would brighten up the office, people are going to start appreciating you, you're going to get noticed. Who knows? Maybe you didn't get that promotion last year because you were dull enough for no one to realize that you actually exist. Think about that!

To sum up, there are three primary colors, yellow, red, and blue. Don't wear them together. Never. Rule number two, make sure you understand that there is only three colors you should wear at a time on you. You start wearing five, or six, or fifteen, people get confused, you're going to get confused, you're going to look like a bit of a clown.

If you look at the wheels of colors, you will see that you could also a pick colors that are directly opposite on the wheel of colors. You can also look at violet and yellow, you can also maybe look at orange and blue. You can complement that look by just turning that wheel of colors and using the exact opposite of colors to wear some statement piece, like a pocket square or a watch.

Did I mention to you already that I'm actually color blind? My yellow could look different to your yellow, but don't worry, all of that what I've told you is actually backed by science. Stick to colors of three, stick to the wheel of colors, and you're going to be fine!

Good luck!

Michael F.



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