Be Bold, Wear Color
Today, I went down to the design district… but – unfortunately didn’t make it. Instead I ended up having a tour of some of the sights of Toronto. While I was down near the water near the CN Tower, I decided to view Union Station and of course wanted to dress for the occasion. I wanted to incorporate my latest post seen here, and chose to color block my wardrobe.
In the colorful styling article, I went over how to color block menswear and today, I took a page out of that and decided to wear orange (bright orange actually) and pair that with bright indigo pants. The look was perhaps a bit to Summery for the season so I decided to throw on a velvet jacket in chocolate brown to bring it up to season.
The funny thing about wearing this was some of the looks I got. Whenever anyone where’s color in a large city, they got spotted right away and I believe are assumed to be a part of the fashion industry. Which in this case, was correct… but that’s not always correct… obviously. But I really think that people should wear color throughout the year and it doesn’t matter what season or what temperature it is outside; you should choose your colors to your mood.
We certainly see designers jumping on this train and producing their Pre-Fall 2013 collections in bright, bright colors (which is also a trend right now). Also when these pieces arrive in stores, they’re the first to sell out because people no longer buy to what season it is, they’re buying because they like that color. For me it’s a matter of dressing for your mood as well as dressing for your sense of stlle. I’m a bright person, I suppose.
I topped the outfit off with a pocket square that incorporated hues of bright orange as well as bringing in the complementary color of the indigo I mentioned earlier. The thing that I found most difficult when choosing this pocket square was that it had so many other colors that I didn’t want that outfit to get muddled up. However, when I finally put it in the jacket breast pocket, I was instantly teleported to a Mediterranean café and I knew instantly that it was right.
My parting words to you are choose your colors for your mood and allow the color palette of an outfit to take you away to a tropical vacation or a romantic cruise, somewhere, wherever you want to be instead of your desk or some boring meeting. I feel that people have a misconception with color that it makes them appear less serious or not professional when in fact dressing as an extension of your mood and state of being is well received and compliments you as a complete and well rounded person. It gives you street cred! And to answer the question of whether colorful outfits professional: Yes, they can be as long as they fall within your companies dress-code.
Now go forth! And play with color!