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How to: Introduce Fall Colours Into Your Wardrobe

The fashion industry’s obsession with colour has been increasing the past few years, and there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that it has been anything but brilliant for our wardrobes. Yes, there are still times when tonal dressing and monochrome suits are the only choice that is appropriate. And yes, timeless neutrals still, and always will, make up the foundation of the majority of our ensembles. However, we are no longer restricted to these techniques. Colour allows us to branch out and step away from the one dimensional and safe.


As true as this is, however, introducing colour into an outfit isn’t a dive-in-head-first sort of situation. You can’t simply choose a pair of trousers in a bright, ridiculous shade and expect it to look good. Pushing the boundaries, especially with fall colours, needs to be done in a structured way.


Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips you should consider for adding colour as the temperature outside cools down.


Adding Fall Colours to Your Wardrobe


  • Choose Carefully- The clothing you choose will play a big role in the amount and type of colours that can be added to your wardrobe. Some will work better with bold fall colours, while others will work better if colours are limited to accent pieces only. For instance, wearing casual shirts, knitwear, accessories, and even trousers in bold colours often tends to be stylish and work well through the autumn season. Staple pieces like suit jackets, tweed jackets, and winter coats, however, are more challenging to work with and will be more appropriate in neutral tones.


  • Use Dark Tones- Wearing bold fall colours like orange and yellow can make a stylish statement, but they can also be overwhelming when not paired correctly. When wearing these colours with suits or your men’s tweed jacket, make sure to pair them with dark neutrals like navy, black, or charcoal grey. These dark tones will absorb some of the overwhelming power of the bold hues.


  • Use Light Tones- Light neutrals, like oatmeal, light grey, and blue are excellent tones to wear when you want the bold accent colour you’re wearing to stand out. These colours compliment bold fall colours, while adding a soft contrast to blend the entire ensemble together.


  • Be Confident- Attitude is half the battle when it comes to style, so be confident in your choices. Even they aren’t completely right, a confident attitude can make all the difference in whether other individuals realise any mistake you’ve made.


Colours to Work With This Fall


What types of colours should you be working with this fall? Here are three of the most common.


  • Orange- This colour, whether in burnt tones or bright shades, works well as a statement and an accessory, especially when paired with darker base tones.


  • Green- Green is an excellent colour for outerwear and accessories. It works best when blended with light neutrals, instead of dark ones.


  • Yellow- Yellow is a difficult colour to work with, mainly because even as an accessory it can pull attention from almost any other hue. If you’re in the mood to wear yellow, consider a dark mustard tone instead of sunshine yellow or lemon. Then, frame it with dark neutrals that will prevent it from becoming too overwhelming.


While introducing colour to your wardrobe may be difficult in spring and summer, it’s much more simple during autumn. This is a time when tones are rich, warm, and inviting. Begin investing in orange, green, and yellow shirts and accessories now to match perfectly with your men’s suits and tweed jackets.

By Brook Taverner 18 November 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments