If you haven’t heard of co ord sets chances are that you are still living under a rock (okay, we mean 2018). But hey, wasn’t that too long ago too?
To be exaggerating (or not), co-ords solve the age-old problem of “what to wear and how to pair” when the real struggle was “I can’t find anything to pair with my green pants” *cues cry for help*.
Enter co ord sets – with their single colour/print elegance, their I-don’t-need-an-outsider outlook, and their sheer simplicity.
Versatility without so much versatility
Co-ord sets are versatile in their style, elegance and effortlessness, and at the same time not-so much with their simplicity and monotony from top to bottom — and this is just the perfect balance we never knew we needed.
Why is everyone obsessed with co-ords this season?
Any man of style knows that fabric and fit are the two foundations of any well-put-together ensemble. And yet, sometimes more important is colour, and more particularly how you coordinate and match different hues within your look for co ords outfit. If you ever saw an influencer/model and wondered how their outfits look so awe striking, there’s a high chance they pay close attention to these three areas of style.
Similarly, your favourite brand or designer will adhere to a few basic rules of colour theory in order to produce collections that feel harmonious. It’s the same process followed by interior designers, artists, car manufacturers and across almost all areas of product design.
Two Main Factors To Consider When Picking Outfit Colours
The Colour Wheel
To identify differences and similarities between colours when choosing your co ord sets for men
How to pair two or more colours based co ord sets for men on a variety of key formulas.
It sounds more complicated than it is. There are simple guidelines to follow, and toy with. Read on to learn more about how we colour match and methods in which a cohesive outfit can be coordinated.
The Colour Wheel
Remember the good old acronym VIBGYOR we all were taught in school? So, accordingly the natural order of colour is red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. If we take this colour wheel on face value, the most common theory suggests to match opposites. Blue with orange, for example, or green with red. But in reality, and (visually), these pairings are likely to be too much. And hence it becomes imperative to consider hue, saturation and brightness, to create a cohesive palette.
Combining colours is where it gets slightly tricky, but your overall aim is to cohesively combine contrast. It sounds contradictory but contrast makes your outfit appear more interesting, and marrying colours in the right palette creates cohesion. Think of it as creating a ‘theme’ of colours, if you will, optimised by varying the hue, saturation and brightness levels of each colour in the palette.
MOVING ON, EVERY DAY COORD STUNNERS
Vacation or not, you gotta lounge in style. These co ord sets for men are the ‘IT’ co ord sets when you just want to keep minimal and yet slay the look.
The colours of a monochromatic palette have a single hue, but vary in brightness and saturation. Take a look at the two monochromatic examples from Todd Snyder above. To the left, an all-blue affair with mildly varying levels of saturation and brightness, but the same hue. It’s a similar approach to the brown ensemble on the right. This “tonal” way of dressing is a huge men’s fashion trend this year, particularly when executed in shades of white.
It’s wise to pick colours to suit your skin tone and the occasion. The right half of the wheel is “warm” and ideal for spring/summer whereas the left side of the wheel is “cool” and better suited to autumn/winter. Although, of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. And don’t forget, you can always seamlessly combine all three colour rules above with grey, black and white.
Finally, don’t take these guidelines too literally. For instance, buying bold blue trousers and combining with a bold orange T-shirt would check the box of colour matching appropriately. But you must consider all three points – hue, saturation and brightness – for a more ‘civilised’ or toned-down approach to blue and orange. We aren’t peacocks, after all. Always give yourself the “mirror check” before you leave the house, and if you want to wear a particularly colourful piece of clothing – an orange sweatshirt or green chinos, for example – start with this item and then colour match back using the theories above.
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Conversely, you can play it safe with a neutral base then add a highlight colour to introduce a splash of variance. The navy two-piece with red tie outfit above is a good example, with the navy suit being a staple of any man’s wardrobe.