Last weeks post was bout how we can all, starting this year, become the well dressed man going by three key element namely, fit, colour and style. We started with ‘fit’ and talked about how it’s the most important aspect of becoming a well-dressed man. This weeks post will cover the second aspect, knowing your ‘colour’.
No matter how stylish that light orange jacket, it’ll most likely remind onlookers of a safety PPE (personal protective equipment) overall or a construction site hazard jacket even if it fits perfectly. With colour, all you have to do is aim to achieve harmony between your physical look and the clothes you wear because the human eye is always drawn to balance and harmony when looking at the world around us. How do you do this I hear you asking? First, you have to determine your dominant colouring characteristics. This involves understanding the relationship between your hair, eye and skin tone – which a colour analysis from your stylist or image consultant will provide; although not all stylists are trained to do a colour analysis. You can get one done here.
Unlike women, we don’t have the benefit of make-up and hair colouring to define our looks so the majority of men fall into six colour types – light, deep, warm, cool, clear and muted. There is a chance that you might fall between two types; in this case, consider your career and lifestyle as the deciding factors for what colouring to use as your dominant. For instance, if you are not sure whether you are light or muted and you happen to be an accountant, you may decide that the muted palette is a more appropriate one for you.
Also, note that, as time goes by and you get older, occurrences like your hair thinning, greying or falling off will alter your dominant colouring. For instance, you may have been ‘deep’ with a full head of dark hair, but if you go grey you’ll likely become ‘cool’ as your look will have lightened. President Barack Obama is a good current example, remember what he looked like before he came into office, he was classified as a ‘clear’ then, now he has greyed into a ‘cool’.
The Dominant Colour Types for Men
The Light Man: famous examples include – Owen Wilson, Bruce Willis, Boris Becker and Paul Bettany. He may have some of the following characteristics:
- Light to medium blonde hair or minimal hair
- Light eyebrows and lashes, possibly light beard growth
- Pale, peachy and delicate skin which may be sensitive
- Pale blue, grey or green eyes
The Deep Man: famous examples include – Lewis Hamilton, Johnny Depp, Tiger Woods and Cristiano Ronaldo. He may have some of the following characteristics:
- Dark brown to black hair
- Dark facial hair
- Strong and rich skin ranging from pale, to olive through to the darkest brown
- Dark eyes
The Warm Man: famous examples include – Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran, Paul Scholes and Rupert Grint. He may have some of the following characteristics:
- Ginger blonde, auburn or red toned hair
- A beard that grows gingery and perhaps ginger eyebrows
- Pale skin with freckles
- Blue, green or brown eyes
The Cool Man: famous examples include – George Clooney, Usain Bolt, Richard Gere and Barack Obama. He may have some of the following characteristics:
- Salt and pepper, grey or white hair, or black hair without a hint of red in it
- Facial hair that is either black with flecks of grey or white
- Rosy or pink tones to the skin if he’s Caucasian and a bluish/greyish undertone to the skin if he’s Negroid
- Blue, grey or cool brown eyes
The Clear Man: famous examples include – Ian Somerhalder, Will Smith, Novak Djokovic and Eddie Murphy. He may have some of the following characteristics:
- Dark hair (black or brown)
- Dark eyebrows and lashes
- Porcelain skin tones, or darker skin with a clear complexion
- Bright blue, green, topaz or clear brown eyes
The Muted Man: famous examples include – Brad Pitt, George Wilson, Jamie Cullum and David Beckham. He may have some of the following characteristics:
- Dark blonde to mid-brown hair or could be bald
- Dark blonde to dark brown eyebrows and lashes
- Light to olive skin
- Blended tones of blue, green, grey or brown eyes
For each man and his colour type, there are certain cloth colours in a particular shade that work best for him; for instance, stronger colours for those with darker skin. To make it easier for men to pick the colours that suit them the most, we designed the shirt prescription section on the retail website, to enable visitors that understand their colouring pick, with confidence, the right colours for them.
The colour you wear near your face (shirt or jacket) is important because it reflects that colour upwards either complementing your eyes and skin tone or casting shadows. By understanding your dominant colouring and how colours work together, you’ll be able to shop easier and assemble a coordinated wardrobe with fewer clothes but more combinations to wear. Everyone can wear every colour but your individual colouring will affect whether you opt for lighter or darker shades, warm or cool undertones and what strength that colour should be.