Go-To Colour Combinations For AW14
Just because the weather is dreary and your morale may be lower than normal, the way you dress certainly doesn’t have to follow suit. In fact, by simply combining two colours which successfully complement each other, you are able to give your winter wardrobe (and mood) an instantaneous uplift.
However, while this may seem like a simple task to some, the concept of colour matching can stump even the most stylish of men. Which hues work best together? Should green really not be seen with blue? It can all get a little overwhelming.
To make things easier, we’re set to break down three all-time classic colour combinations that any man can pull off, and just so happened to dominate the AW14 collections…
Burgundy & Blue
A match made in heaven, burgundy and blue is a rich and warming combination for the chilly months ahead. Ideal for those who wish to incorporate some vibrancy into their winter wardrobe without straying out of their comfort zone, this simple yet effective pairing is not only versatile but extremely easy to wear.
Used heavily on the AW14 runway at Louis Vuitton, designer Kim Jones combined the colours using a variety of blazers, coats, trousers and accessories to create a range of eye-catching and seasonally-appropriate outfits.
Elsewhere, Berluti and Valentino layered burgundy raglan sleeve overcoats over navy suits; Giorgio Armani teamed a burgundy mohair jumper with relaxed-fit navy trousers; and Bally proved the combination works just as well in spring/summer by including a smart all-blue ensemble finished with a long burgundy jacket within its SS15 presentation:
Perhaps the best thing about this combination is that as long as you stick to these contrasting colours, the way in which you mix them together is completely up to you. Whether you decided to team a navy chunky knit jumper with a pair of burgundy chinos, or a burgundy roll neck jumper with some navy wool trousers, the outcome will be the same regardless: stylish, sophisticated and modern.
When it comes to the colour of your shoes, there aren’t too many restrictions. Black and brown lace-ups look great with both blue or burgundy trousers, while chunky boots and trainers will complement your trusty indigo jeans or a pair of rugged burgundy corduroys.
To complete your look, accessorise when necessary using a chunky scarf, knitted beanie or colourful socks – all in shades of blue or burgundy, of course.
- He By Mango Silk Wool-blend Cardigan
- Topman Burgundy Brushed Oxford Flannel Shirt
- He By Mango Slim-fit 5 Pocket Corduroy Trousers
- Reiss Roman Wool-rich Peacoat Cherry
- Reiss Churchill Stitch Detail Polo Shirt Bordeaux
- He By Mango Leather Brogues
- He By Mango Classic-fit Check Twill Shirt
- He By Mango Slim-fit Patterned Cotton Blazer
- River Island Slim Fit Suit Jacket
- Reiss Woodville Fisherman Knit Jumper Blue
- River Island Dark Blue Slim Chinos
- He By Mango Herringbone Scarf
Black & White
The ultimate contrast, black and white – or better known in the fashion world as ‘monochrome’ – is a timeless and sophisticated combination that never fails to impress. Whether you like to dress up to the nines or prefer to keep things relaxed, this tried and tested pairing offers a fail-safe way to ensure you get it right when it comes to winter dressing.
Spotted at all the major AW14 fashion weeks, Alexander McQueen, Casely-Hayford, Agi & Sam and Berluti were just some of the designers who opted to send monochrome outfits down the runways, often teaming crisp white shirts with black tailored separates and outerwear for a sharp and chic aesthetic.
Elsewhere, Tillmann Lauterbach, D.Gnak, DKNY, Y-3 and Ami matched athletic garments with relaxed staples for a slightly more dressed-down feel:
Although there are endless ways to combine black and white pieces, it really does come down to your personal style and the occasion. For refined gents who want to add something special to their formal wear collection this party season, the obvious choice is an ever-reliable tuxedo. However, although we would always encourage dressing your best, such a ceremonial look is not always necessary.
Instead, if you desire something a little more contemporary, why not consider investing in a black blazer with contrast lapels (think leather or satin), white dinner jacket or velvet design? Not only will you be able to reuse each of these items for many more years to come, when combined with slim black trousers/jeans, a classic white shirt and patent shoes they will help create a refined and understated evening look that subtly stands out from the crowd.
For those who lean towards the more casual side of the style spectrum, consider taking on one of this season’s key aesthetics: sports luxe. Sportswear-inspired black and white separates – think bomber jackets, slimline joggers, sweatshirts and polos – look effortlessly cool and can be mixed and matched to produce a variety of looks on a daily basis.
Our suggestion would be to team a black bomber jacket with a white crew neck t-shirt and black skinny jeans, breaking up the monochrome with a pair of bright fashion trainers. When temperatures drop, simply replace your lighter outerwear with a heavyweight silhouette – a parka, padded jacket or slim black overcoat would make an excellent choice.
- Allsaints Munrow Denim Shirt
- He By Mango Ribbed Wool-blend Sweater
- Reiss 1971 Mick Suede Biker Jacket Black
- He By Mango Wool-blend Peacoat
- Reiss Valis Felt Fedora Black
- Levis Slim 511 3d Jeans In Black
- Topman Off White Jersey Roll Neck Jumper
- He By Mango Textured Cotton Hoodie
- Asos Denim Jacket In Skinny Fit
- River Island White Grandad Collar Long Sleeve Polo Shirt
- River Island White Longer Length Shirt
- Officine Generale Slim-fit Selvedge Dry Denim Jeans
While contrasting colour combinations are very much on-trend for the new season, tonal ensembles were also a big hit on the AW14 runways. Ideal for those who like to play it safe but still create an outfit that is eye-catching and modern, combining your existing grey pieces offers an easy way to give your look an instant refresh.
Spotted on the autumn/winter 2014 runways at the likes of Ovadia & Sons, Richard James and Thom Browne, designers utilised a range of sleek grey tailoring, boxy outerwear and winter-ready accessories to create head-to-toe grey ensembles.
A stand-out look comes courtesy of Mr Browne, who combined a number of grey garments – including a cropped patchwork double-breasted jacket, tie, trousers, hat, gloves and shoes – with a simple white shirt and matching pocket square. Not only does this create a well-rounded, sophisticated outfit, but it is also extremely easy to emulate, no matter your budget:
To build your own ensemble, we suggest making use of the grey staples most men already have in there wardrobe.
For something smart, try a grey blazer with a white shirt, textured jumper, wool trousers and black shoes. At the weekend, a chunky grey roll neck would look great matched with a simple grey jeans and white trainers combination.
- He By Mango Slim-fit Chest-pocket Pique Shirt
- Topman Grey Wool Blend Trench Coat
- Allsaints Wreck Crew Jumper
- He By Mango Pleated Cotton Chinos
- He By Mango Long Raglan Sleeve Sweater
- Allsaints Crain Cord Jeans
- He By Mango Cable-knit Wool Cardigan
- Herringbone Scarf In Grey
- Allsaints Crescent Hi Top
- Reiss Barney B Two Tone Modern Blazer Grey
- Uniqlo Men Cashmere Polo Neck Sweater
- Reiss Piemonte Double Breasted Blazer Grey
Although the three colour pairings showcased today are trending for AW14, they’re all classic combinations that any well-dressed gent should have in his repertoire. Smart, masculine and timeless, no matter what pieces you choose to combine, they will serve you well for many more years to come.
So, whether you prefer shades of grey, rich burgundy and blue or classic black and white, we would love to know. As always, drop us a comment in the box below to tell us your go-to colour combos…