Many gentlemen worry too much about how they match the different components of their outfit. There are few things more juvenile then a man with a perfectly colour coordinated outfit. One of the keys to dressing stylishly is not trying to be perfect. The famous Italian term ‘sprezzatura’ is defined as “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it’. In summary it essentially refers to being effortless.
One of the key strategies to finding this effortless style is learning the art of contrasting. Contrast can be found by mixing different colours, patterns and textures and can be daunting for some gentlemen as its tough to find the right balance. This contrast should be across the whole outfit from your shoes to your accessories.
As a start, its important to keep things simple. Choose one or two champion items that feature a pop of colour, pattern or different texture. From here keep the rest of the outfit simple allowing for a high level of contrast between the items. A few key points to remember include:
- Keep 80% of your outfit in the same colour palette (For example, a navy suit, black shoes, white shirt and orange knit tie).
- Minimise differing patterns as much as possible (For example a windowpane suit should be met with a plain shirt and tie).
- On the contrary, minimise too much of the same pattern (For example, never wear a striped shirt with a pinstripe suit).
- The same rules as above apply to differing textures
Below are some good examples of the right balance of contrast followed by a few questionable examples.
Keep things simple. If you have any questions or want to chat about a new suit or garment, please get in contact. Our Sydney showroom has an extensive range of Italian fabrics, ties and pocket squares. Our bespoke and made to measure service in Sydney works around your schedule.
Miles Wharton – Founder – The Bespoke Corner