Five Colour Combinations That Work Every Time

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It’s probably the most important element in putting together a winning look – the way your colours work together. Here are some fireproof combos…

Red, white, and blue

A preppy combo that’s formed the backbone of Tommy Hilfiger’s all-American aesthetic, this patriotic tricolour works 12 months a year, from brighter outfits incorporating more white during summer — think a white polo with bright red shorts and blue detailing — to darker shades of blue and red in winter — a navy pullover with dark burgundy chinos, for example, or a classic blue Harrington jacket with red tartan lining. On the more formal end of the spectrum, a navy suit with a white shirt and red tie is the safest option in the book.

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White and tan

Neutral, breezy summer favourite — imagine a bright white cotton tee with camel shorts, or a crisp white Oxford shirt paired with a fitted pair of chinos and bright white trainers. White with pastels — gentle shades of blue, pink, and green — is another summer go-to for bronzed blokes, but pasty gents should be warned that white washes out lighter skin tones.

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Earth tones

Muted shades of brown, grey, and green are versatile and work with every skin tone, and form a safe, reliable colour palette for your workwear. Camel and grey work together particularly well — especially with a dark grey base of trousers with a lighter camel top — and burgundy is a contemporary alternative to brown leather, especially in sophisticated dress shoes like brogues or monkstraps.

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Navy and black

There’s a menswear myth that navy and black can’t be worn together, because they’re so similarly dark that they don’t provide your outfit the necessary contrast — but this is a rule that was meant to be broken. Black and navy are unmistakably masculine and super easy to match — it’s important to harness clashing textures, though, to add the necessary contrast — we’re talking a navy winter knit on top of black jeans, for example.

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Black, white, and grey

Greyscale is particularly on-trend at the moment, especially in activewear and synthetic materials, and again the trick is to contrast your fabrics — a bomber jacket against denim jeans, or a cotton jumper against synthetic tracksuit pants, both provide that tonal contrast you’re looking for. Black and white delivers a clean, monochrome aesthetic but the lack of colour can look boring if the textures and prints aren’t eye catching, so this palette is a great basis to experiment with daring patterns and fabrics.

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