I wear a lot of blues and browns. And I mean, a lot. Just a quick glance through the Style Guide will confirm that. They’re classic foundational colors in menswear and I always feel great in them. However, wearing a similar color palate frequently makes me a little restless. How can you keep it interesting, but still subtle and stylish? One way is to throw a little pattern into the mix.
Wearing the same colors often has both positives and negatives. On the plus side, you know these colors work on you, and since you wear them so often, you know how to put them together well and quickly. Perfect for those mornings when time is not on your side. On the negative side, it’s easy to get bored with the same old, same old.
When I find myself in this frame of mind, I immediately start thinking about accessories. There aren’t many outfits—especially those with a classic and neutral foundation—that can’t be given a fresh look with the simple addition of an pocket square or tie with an interesting pattern. Patterns don’t have to be bold and sometimes even busier patterns can still be subtle. If that’s the look you’re after, keep the pattern in the same color family as the rest (or part of) your outfit.
How about you guys? What’s your go-to color palate? And how do you keep it interesting?