What To Do With a Limited Color Palatte

An all brown look with a brown cotton suit is not too much of a good thing

I’ve been in sort of a non-color phase so far this summer. No real interest in the ubiquitous “pop of color” either. The good thing is that a lack of color can open up a number of different areas and angles to explore.

One of the easiest, which also happens to be one of my personal favorites, is to work within a particular color family.

Here’s an example of how to do it, featuring a dapper styling of my brown cotton suit.

brown suit

brown suit

| WEARING | Suitsupply suit, Al Bazar shirt, Homero Ortega hat, Drake’s tie, Rolex watch, To Boot New York loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

Brown isn’t a traditional summer color. It’s not bright. It’s not flashy. It doesn’t necessarily project the season. A cotton suit, on the other hand, does. Light and breathable, a dark brown cotton suit is a great addition to your closet if you’ve already got a khaki version in your arsenal.

Just like khaki, darker brown will work with most colors you choose to pair it with. But it also serves as a great base if you plan to work within the world of browns.

Make a dark brown cotton suit the star of the summer by working in lighter shades of brown and tan in your accessories. An off-white Panama hat in place of a traditional white version and a light tan and subtly textured wool/silk tie against a crispy white shirt is all you need.

brown suit

What color shoes do you wear with a brown suit? How about brown?! Again, keeping with the theme of texture and color variation within the brown spectrum, try a pair of medium brown suede penny loafers.

brown suit

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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  • http://abrightconcept.com Gabriel Liwerant

    Just wanted to say that I love the blog: keep up the great work! I also have a suggestion. I know that it’s difficult with photography, but I’d love to see some outfit ideas that are specific to night/nighttime activities, as most of your ensembles are day wear. I know I tend to dress a little differently in the evening, and I’d love to see your take.

    Thanks again for the great style blog. And I love the outfit!