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  • Feb 28, 2022

We know you’re saying that color theory is interesting and all but when are we going to learn how to use it in my style? Well, reader, the answer is right now. Here are the best color combinations you can use in men’s color matching. And by “best,” we mean classic combos you can’t go wrong with. You can always experiment on your own, of course.

Navy and White: Navy and white is men’s color matching at its finest. The contrast between navy and white is super pronounced, giving both colors space to pop. More so, it is a classic combo, invoking things like sailing style. Style this look by pairing white jeans with a dark denim shirt or navy button-down. The reverse of navy chinos and a crisp white oxford is a timeless look as well.


Grey & Black: Grey and black is an (almost) criminally underused color combination. The subtle variation from grey to black creates contrast while at the same time being muted. The tint in darker greys is reflected in whatever piece of black clothing you are wearing. Ultimately, you capitalize on both the contrast and the complementary nature of the colors. Wear this look with a pair of heather grey chinos and a black t-shirt or reverse it with a dark grey polo shirt and some black jeans.


Green & Khaki: Military wear is a heavyweight for influence in menswear. It’s obvious then that the military combo of green and khaki is one of the best color combinations a man can rock (i.e camouflage). Furthermore, the color match of green and khaki just gives off woodland vibes. So maybe you’re more into tents than you are into tanks. That works, too.


Brown & Cream: Have you been smoking Cubans, or chilling on a pool deck in Manila? We love the laidback magnate look of brown on tan on lighter tan on tan on tan. Go for it.


Brown & Burgundy: Give off scholarly vibes. Not the nerdy professor, but the well-read tenured man who’s lived in Morocco and sips on Johnny Walker Blue. Dark, deep red mixed with brown is a passionate and rich combination.


Wearing Yellow: We like euphemisms. Instead of a pre-2005 car being considered “old,” we’d like to say it has character. Likewise, we like toning down yellow with a shade called “mustard.” Adding a pop of mustard adds life to your outfit without drowning it out in the audaciousness of a brighter yellow. Mustard goes well with darker clothes, for a slightly alternative, slightly grunge feel.


Wearing Orange: Same goes for orange. Orange is notoriously difficult. Besides not rhyme with anything, actually wearing it is even harder. Orange is a bold color and demands attention. That doesn’t mean that you should hide from it though. It can be pulled off by choosing a more muted shade like “rust.” Just make sure that you let that color shine and keep the rest of the look less pronounced. Pair rust with darker colors and neutral solids.




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