Color Confidence

“Vancity men  This one’s for you!!
Color integration into any wardrobe can be a challenge for the fiercest of the fierce, this I know. But rather than finding yourself in a color rut, I suggest taking this challenge on with a sense of adventure and play. 
Work this Saturday was slow to say the least.  To pass the time, we decided a little game of  “I spy” would be fun.  It wasn’t.  While I do my share of people watching, outfit analysis etc. I never realized how much of a color rut some VanCity’s finest gents are in!! Shame shame double shame. In  fact, a friend came in with his pal visiting from Japan.  After some banter, Tommy asked me to help him shop for some Spring/Summer pieces.  I replied: “We all know you can pull of every shade of blue, green, grey, purples heck I’m sure you rock salmon… it’s pink by the way, call it pink.  You know what really goes well with salmon? A nice squeeze of lemon… or any citrus fruit for that matter. How about burnt orange? Or blood orange?”   I walked away knowing full well I had managed to confuse at least 4/5 fellows at that table.  Satisfied temporarily at having stumped them, I have now decided to reveal what will be this Spring/Summer color to conquer– CITRUS CITY.
If you have light to medium skin/hair, richer shades of citrus colors are best. Stick to simple patterns that don’t enter a room before you do.  The lighter you go, you run the risk of washing yourself out- which in guys terms means your hair/skin tones will match too much with that of the shirt, giving you a mono-tone appearance… Not good. 
Slightly tanned, to darker complections- you can play around a bit more with shades in terms of pastels and bolder patterns.
Citrus City 101

Burnt Orange

Color: Burnt Orange

Color: Burnt Orange


Canary Yellow

Color: Canary Yellow

Color: Canary Yellow- subtle

Need a personal color-consult? Let me know!
Stay fresh gents,
-Frank Fierce

2 Responses

  1. I love the concept. Do you consider lime to be a citrus color? If so, what kind of skin tone should wear it?
    I’ve always thought that the so-tagged “citrus colors” work best on well-lit days. A rolled-up mandarin oxford just looks out of place when the rest of the city is looking drab.

    • Lime is for sure in! Lime comes in a range from pastels to neon… for your complection , pastel would look great or even a subtle checkard pattern would look great on a dress shirt, tie or pocket square. Citrus colors typically remind me of golf attire on a sunny day, but style has evolved from that in terms of pairing citrus colors with shades of greys, whool fabric and other cozy matterial. If you have a citrus polo, pair it with a jacket or cardigan and top it with a cozy scarf; jacket, cardigan and scarf can be in navy, grey or black. If worn with “drab-wear,” citrus attire is really modern, flattering and season appropriate.

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