So right off the top, a pop of color is something you’re wearing that’s in colorful contrast to an otherwise neutral wardrobe palette. Say for example you’re wearing all gray. A red watch strap would be a pop of color. Orange socks would be a pop of color. So today I’d like to offer 6 ways you can incorporate pops of color into your wardrobe that’ll remain stylish and masculine and won’t come off as too over the top.
The color wheel
Okay, before I get into my list, let’s take a look at the color wheel and talk about three basic rules you should know. First we have Complimentary colors…. As you can see, these colors live opposite from each other on the color wheel and always complement each other…. Next we have Analogous colors. These colors are similar to each other because as you can see, they live right next to each other on the color wheel and look great together….. Next we have Triadic colors. These colors are spaced evenly apart in a triangle. Now these colors do complement each other, but it can be a little bold at times. But think about it, would you ever consider mixing purple, orange and green together? Personally, without the color wheel, I might not think this would work, but it totally does.
Oh, one more thing, I’m gonna leave a link to Canva.com that has an interactive color wheel. You can click and drag around to specific colors and it shows you the complimenting colors. You can also specify if you want complimentary, analogous or triadic colors. It’s pretty cool, go check it out and save the page somewhere. Now, this isn’t something you really ‘need to know’, but it does really help when you’re trying to put things together.
Different shoe colors
Okay, now that we’ve got all that sorted out, the first thing on my list when adding a pop of color, especially since it’s currently summer time in the US, is with your shoes. I wear blue and white sneakers all the time. But I recently picked up these burnt red sneakers from Lacoste and I really like ‘em. It’s more of a muted color and not a super bright red which is nice because it’s not crazy bold. But it still adds enough color and pop to be a little different and get noticed. Feel free to play around with some different color shoes than what you’re normally used to. Especially if you like wearing drivers in the summer, try burgundy, green or even orange.
The next way I like to add pops of color is with belts. You’ve probably heard me talk about Anson Belt & Buckle before because they’re basically the only belt in my closet. They’re a family owned business and I’ve met the owner David several times now. He’s a great guy and I’m not sure if they’re still doing it or not, but David was running a free belt Friday giveaway on their Instagram. They are sponsoring today’s video, but like I said, David’s a great guy and I’m very happy to help support him.
What makes the belts so cool are the micro-adjustments on the back. I don’t know about you, but for me, the hole placements with traditional belts never seem to line up with where I want them to be. It’s either too loose or too tight. Also, depending on any slight weight fluctuations that might occur, I want something that I can adjust for a more custom fit. Anson uses a track on the backside of the belt that gives you adjustments every ¼ inch.
Not only that, but all the belts come in a size 50” waist. So as long as you’re a 50” waist or smaller, you just cut the end off to fit your waist size. Then, just attach the buckle. That’s the other beautiful thing, is you can select the straps you want and the buckles you want and mix and match between your selections. They have canvas, leather, nylon, cloth and even vegan strap options you can choose from, and also two different width options as well. If you’ve never tried them, you’ve gotta check ‘em out.
Hit this link to get the box set of 3 straps and 2 buckles, or 3 buckles and 2 straps; that’s 6 belt combinations for under $100. Or you can buy just one belt combo of your choice. You’re absolutely gonna love these belts!
Print or Pattern shirts
Next on my list is to go with a multi-color pattern or print shirt. Clothing manufacturers usually get it right when it comes to the color wheel, so it’s an easy grab. I talked about patterned shirts in a video a few weeks ago, so this is a really great way to add pops and splashes of color to your wardrobe. I will say, like I mentioned in my other video, that if you do go with a bright floral print shirt, keep the rest of what you’re wearing relatively neutral and subdued. The colorful shirt needs to do the talking and not clash with anything else.
The next item on my list of color pop pieces are socks. Now, in the last few years socks have gotten a little crazy. There was a trend a few years ago to wear super bold and loud socks. But in my opinion, it was a little too much. I’m okay with a light pattern, but you can absolutely add a pop of color with your socks. The traditional approach with conservative business attire is to wear socks that are a close match to your trousers. However, if you’re not trying to be all buttoned up, you can match your socks to your pocket square or your tie clip or your watch strap. Just about anything goes with socks. But I would still suggest following the color wheel.
Speaking of pocket squares, this is an excellent way to add a pop of color. Okay, quick tip on pocket squares though, DO NOT buy the exactly matching tie & pocket square sets. Matching your tie and pocket square exactly (meaning the same fabric, color and pattern) is something that you should avoid. Instead, use the color wheel and find a pocket square that compliments the rest of what you’re wearing. And if you can be creative, make the pocket square the boldest complimenting color. That way, the pocket square stands out as that pop of color you intended it to be. Nice right?
Next up is your accessories. Now a minute ago I mentioned a tie clip and a watch strap. These are two small, but effective and creative ways to add a subtle pop of color to your wardrobe. Also, if you carry a computer bag or messenger bag, maybe think about having one or two in a different color than the traditional black or brown. Alright gentlemen, I’ll see you in a few days for a brand new post. But until then, live well, stay healthy and I do hope to see you soon.