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A guide to help the average man... look less average

Tasteful use of loud colors

Mark Kwak

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Navys, greys, whites, beiges. These are just some of the colors that can help build a fundamentally solid wardrobe that you can count on for the rest of your life.

However, let's say you're feeling especially perky one day. You're tired of wearing such "vanilla" clothing, and decide to add some spice to the mix. Well, one way to accomplish such a task is by incorporating some bold colors and patterns to your outfit. Purples, greens, pinks, yellows, you name it. But let's say you don't want to overdo it and cause a big distraction with your outfit.

The trick is to incorporate louder colors subtly onto a more conservative palette. For example, having a multi-colored plaid shirt by itself can be a bit busy and hard on the eyes. However, layering a solid colored v neck sweater over that shirt can do wonders for you. Having the collar and cuffs show slightly will still allow others to see the fun pattern and colors, but it won't be distracting or flashy.

See the red incorporated into this outfit, making the color pop? Or the guy on the right using a bold red color pocket square and bracelet? 

Also, try to keep bold patterns/colors to around one piece. Wearing green pants, bright red sunglasses, and a hot pink shirt might seem like a good idea (it's not), but will probably blind those that you walk past. Instead, if you opt for just one of those pieces, and layer some more conservative colors around it, your look will be a lot more tasteful and appropriate.

So my recommendation is DO IT! It'll set you apart, and you'll be able to have some fun with your outfit. However, make sure you do it within reason, and wear your loud colors somewhat conservatively. This way, you'll look daring and spicy, but won't give off an air of obnoxiousness.

Happy Friday everybody!