It’s so easy. Like paint-by-numbers, Ramen noodles, and cameras on phones – the simplicity has made it easy for us. Match a blue striped tie with a blue shirt. Pair a solid green tie with the green stripes in a shirt. And sport the ever-so-bold solid yellow tie and solid yellow shirt. We guys could do this. We didn’t need to be Clinton Kelly, Deon Sanders or Cee Lo Green. We could pull this off. Macys, Express, and every store with their prominent displays helped us buy. Our girls would bring us these perfectly paired gifts, and we liked them. We understood how to match.
However men, we have evolved (and we’re no longer 4).
It’s not as hard as it seems. Mix colors. Mix Fabrics. Even mix patters. It’s that simple. What’s important is that they compliment each other. Said simply, contrast is complimentary.
- Example 1: small stripes on a tie won’t go well with small stripes on a shirt. But those small stripes will go with checks.
- Example 2: pair yellow with blue, green with orange, black with pink (this one is endless…)
- Example 3: A tie other than silk – these are designed to contrast and compliment
If you don’t start mixing and matching, you’re going to soon be “You know who”. You know “you know who”. The one who still wears the ten-year-old pleated pants and comfortable shoes. He wears full turtlenecks, not mocks. The guy who thinks he looks nice and with it, but hasn’t received a woman’s compliment on an outfit since the half-life of said pants and turtle. The guy…..you get it. (If you don’t believe me, GQ’s 2012 Fall Style Playbook says so too!).
If anyone questions your choice, just say with confidence, “Garanimals are dead. Contrast is in. Get with it!”
DISCLAIMER – In no way shape or form does Homerstyle wish harm to Garan Inc. (owner of Garanimals), childrens’ clothing or animals (with the exception of the chipmunks that keep trying to break into my attic to fornicate and breed). It is a brilliant outfit selection solution (for 4-year-olds).