I’m slowly and hesitantly adding colours to my wardrobe again.
The first infatuation in menswear is a time of wild experimentation and aesthetically questionable choices. You know: wearing way too many way too bright colours, because you’ve read somewhere that you shouldn’t be afraid of them. Colour coordination that makes me cringe now, like wearing a pocket square and trousers in the same odd shade, which shows that you’ve put more time into thinking about what you’re wearing than you should ever admit to. And being so goddamn smug about all this.
Or at least this is how it was for me.
Since then I’ve mostly abandoned weird colour experiments, and concentrated on very basic things: having clothes that fit me and that are made with all the details I like, in grey, navy, brown. Plus a white or pale blue shirt.
So now I’m trying to reclaim that lost territory of interesting colours, because it’s not that I don’t like them. They can be beautiful, rich, and look amazing. I’m just more careful.
I like green a lot. From muted olive to bright emerald, there is so much you can do with it; and it can work with grey and blue fantastically. Of course it’s easy to add some green to your ensemble on your tie or pocket square. But this is an intermediate-level menswear blog, so I’m sure you know how to do that. I’ll talk about using it in different pieces of clothing instead.
I especially like the idea of a green jacket. Tweed, or heavy flannel, or some other non-shiny fabric doesn’t make the colour stand out too much – instead it’s muted and sombre.
You can add a classic pattern to it, like this gun club check. There’s a lot going on there, and yet the jacket isn’t overwhelming or clownish in the slightest.
You can of course opt for a brighter, more saturated shade. It’s harder to pair with other stuff, so it’s less versatile and you have to be much more mindful of the rest of the outfit to not step into the territory of looking, well, bad. I don’t think I would want a jacket like this in my wardrobe, as I prefer to not have too many things, and something that I wouldn’t be able to wear except in just a few particular outfits doesn’t seem to fit this idea. But it’s completely possible to pull it off well.
Another thing is outerwear. There is of course the olive green of military inspired garments, like cotton jackets:
But it can look good in tailoring too, being almost as useful as brown, if you choose the right shade.
And finally, shirts. I don’t think I’d wear a green dress shirt, but polos and popovers in green are fantastic, and the one I’ve ordered not so long ago gets a lot of use. I only avoid wearing it with a deep burgundy jacket, in fear of looking like a Christmas decoration.