But you can’t sex me up! Just some lyrics from an Ice Cube song (in reference to the R&B group Color Me Badd’s song I Wanna Sex You Up) and hypothetically speaking, if your colors are badly coordinated, you probably won’t be getting sexed up. Color coordination is of the utmost importance! It can absolutely make or break your outfit no matter how expensive or inexpensive it is. Put together the right combination and you can command a room (along with other factors). Put together the wrong combination, Bob Ross will flunk you no matter how abstract you believe your artwork is. Now it may sound complicated but it isn’t. Having a little bit of knowledge concerning colors will assist you when purchasing clothes that are complimentary. When one observes the basic color wheel, you will note five categories. These are primary (red, yellow & blue), secondary (a color resulting from the mixing of two primary colors), tertiary (a color resulting from the equal mixture of a primary color with either of the secondary colors adjacent to it on a color wheel), complimentary (colors directly opposite each other in the color spectrum) and analogous colors (are groups of three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, with one being the dominant color, which tends to be a primary or secondary color, and a tertiary).
For me to elaborate on how it is advantageous for one to know these colors well, how to incorporate them into one’s arsenal and to touch upon the importance of expanding your boundaries when it comes to using an array of colors would probably stretch me out five post worths. I rather not drone on but instead I will provide the following links for your study time:
- Men’s Practical Color Coordination — The Concise Version!
- An Introduction To Colour
- The Color Wheel And Men’s Clothing
By the way, the outfit ran me $176.01. It’s a little steep for my liking but the Stacy Adams weren’t much of a sale price at $92.99. But the tie is by Art (apparently a defunct company & that’s Hangul on it!) and it cost me $6.99 on Ebay. The pocket square is from my go to on Ebay, The SquareExtraordinaire for $4.99. A Perry Ellis Principles waistcoat for $7.99 on, guess where? Ebay! A Calvin Klein slim fit French cuff dress shirt for $22.45 on Ebay (you are seeing a pattern, yes?). A pair of Van Heusen trousers purchased at Kohl’s on clearance for $15.00. I apologize for the lousy break on my trousers. My preference is no break or half break but I will discuss in detail on a future post.
The final piece that completes the ensemble to the right and above for which you cannot see are cuff links. The cuff links are from South Korea and cost me $25.60 on Ebay. The design is called DanCheong (단청). There are thousands of years of history on it but I digress. Accesso-ries (jewelry, cuff links, tie bars, collar bars, etc.) can also make or break an outfit.
The key with anything in life is balance. A little bit of Yin-Yang has never put anyone or anything in an uncompromising situation or position. Harmony is something we should all look to obtain and maintain in our lives as well in our attire. Moderation with a splash of style, your style is the way to go! As you further your studies on men’s fashion, you will proceed to be more comfortable and you will want to experiment. Once you achieve the look you desire, the sky is the limit. Arraso? Jal ga!