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A Burst of Color

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It’s hot and beautiful outside and it’s time to begin experimenting with color (Thank you Tom Ford for the fantastic array of shades you always infuse into your collections. The above tailored suits are stunning). If your wardrobe resembles something between a funeral house fashion line and your office’s paint palette, it’s time to step outside the proverbial box.

You can be like Kanye and wear color with flair and abandon – a little panache and a whole lot of arrogance can help you pull off a breadth of ill-advised but tailored and quality pieces.

As we aren’t all Kings of Multi-Colored Egotism, we’re going to foray into color in a more subdued way. I love a classic Tee in a pastel shade for summer: a nice pink or lavender works well. A loud print, if paired with a simple pair of jeans or under a smart blazer, works wonders. Givenchy‘s Bird of Paradise print is exquisite.

And yes, white is a color in fashion, and it’s your friend. If you ever needed more of a confirmation of this for summer, please stop in at your nearest Gucci store. The trick is, of course, to pair it with a fantastic colored piece. For a look out of the Mediterranean – try the blues…

Or a scarf. I love scarves on men, and not for warmth. European (slung casually over the shoulders) or loosely tied, a soft cashmere or silk blend is a great accessory and so much better suited to the summer months than a necklace or some other perfunctorily bland piece of jewelery. Alexander McQueen made a great one with a skull imprint a few years back, and its still in heavy rotation.

The recent Louis Vuitton collection with the young and new Kim Jones at the helm prove me right on these accounts: colors are loud and beautiful, and so are scarves. Inspired by his youth in Kenya, the scarves are worn high on the neck, Masai-style. Glorious.

What about shoes? Designer trainers come in all kinds of flashy colors these days, and if you’re going to the beach or taking your dog to the park, those are great. For a weekend trip to New York or Montreal, why not pull out a fantastic Oxford pair in deep blue or Oxblood?

Prada just came out with some wild loafers, combining an interesting mix of color, patent leather and straw loafer. Although I think they look slightly like boats or a modern clodhopper, they’re beginning to grow on me…

Even the NBA stars are relishing in colored footwear these days: Just look at Tristan Thompson. Those Italian leathered soles in a rich caramel are perfect.

For the cooler nights, a sweater is a must, and Givenchy has deeply sexual prints in a darker range of colors. I love this one, with fierce canines and sultry colors.

Finally, don’t be afraid to pull out the colored pants. Sure, I know women have been made to love their neon leggings (and not without some uncomfortable and unforgiving results), but that doesn’t mean that a strong man can’t look good in something orange or forest green below the belt. Please, no fluorescent, in this case, keep it subdued and classy, and read my post on How to Wear Shorts, before you walk around in a pair of cargos with toothpicks sticking out.

And if color isn’t your thing, I can only say that judging by the recent menswear shows in Paris, this is the year for you to stay home with your morbid greys and blacks. The rest of us are embracing the rainbow.

Enjoy!

C.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    I really need to update my wardrobe. The cash issue is forever hinders me :(

    That said, I love that Birds of Paradise tee, however, those loafers are a bit too ambitious for me. Wearing all grey today I think how much color needs to start dressing me up. Maybe a few key purchases over the coming weeks will help perk things up :)

    Loved it… yet, I admire all your work. Keep it up!

  • Anonymous

    I need to hire you as my fashion consultant. Amber keeps trying to get me to branch out into new colours. I’ve just always been a navy and grey and black kind of guy.  I am improving though… recently added a pink and lavender dress shirt to the collection. 

    I just feel bright colours say “adolescent”, or will portray me to have some kind of complex. 

  • Chris Elliott

    Clara! You continue to impress me. Unbelievable job! I really dig your take on this issue. Although I adopt a more classic and conservative color scheme for most outfits, I do like to venture out a little bit. Perhaps I need to more. I find, it’s all in the occasion and your mood. Regardless, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone a little bit more moving forward! Thanks for the tips :)  

  • Chris Elliott

    Clara! You continue to impress me. Unbelievable job! I really dig your take on this issue. Although I adopt a more classic and conservative color scheme for most outfits, I do like to venture out a little bit. Perhaps I need to more. I find, it’s all in the occasion and your mood. Regardless, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone a little bit more moving forward! Thanks for the tips :)  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Nelson-Kuhn-Villeneuve/591755322 Richard Nelson Kuhn-Villeneuve

    all black everythang

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000583209773 Sabrina Camp

    love your blogs :)

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