Many men find matching and color coordinating their outfits an intimidating task. Fortunately, there are many items in the world of men’s fashion that do not require a degree in fashion design in order to mix and match. Here are six men’s clothing items that go with just about anything.
#1: A White Shirt
Many men find business attire more difficult to coordinate than street clothing. There are more clothing items that need to be matched appropriately, for one thing: jacket, slacks, shirt, and tie. Luckily, you can eliminate the difficulty of coordinating at least one of these clothing items by choosing a white shirt. White dress shirts go with everything, and they create a buffer between your sport jacket and your tie, making it easier to coordinate those as well.
#2: A Dark-Colored Tie
If you don’t believe that a tie goes with almost any outfit, take a look at a few of this season’s runway pictures. Men’s fashion designers show many outfits with ties, from classy to cool. The moral of the story: Men’s ties are no longer just for business attire and semi-formal occasions. They can be paired with almost anything for a super hip and modern look. In general, dark-colored ties in classic patterns are the most versatile, although there are many modern colors and patterns that travel from business attire to trendy equally well.
#3: Neutral-Colored Pants
Whether you are dressing for a day at the office, a night out on the town, or a casual weekend afternoon, your pants should always be a neutral color. Why? Because this makes them easier to incorporate into your outfit. Jeans, khakis, chinos, or dress pants in shades of black, charcoal, navy, or dark brown all form a neutral base for your outfit, making the other clothing items easier to match appropriately. For example, if you wear a neutral pair of slacks, you will be able to focus more on coordinating your dress shirt and tie to one another. The same goes for a T-shirt or clubbing shirt when worn with jeans or chinos.
#4: A Black or Charcoal Suit
When the occasion calls for a suit, you can’t go wrong with black or charcoal. Both colors mix and match easily with almost any color combination of dress shirt and tie. In general, black appears a little more formal, so may not be right for every occasion. If a black suit is too somber for you, however, a charcoal grey suit will work just as well: Charcoal suits are just as easy to coordinate as black.
#5: Black Shoes
Even men who are skilled at color coordination find it difficult to match shoes to their outfit. In fact, most men don’t pay attention to their shoes at all, assuming that “anything goes.” While this can be true, it takes the right style and color of shoe to be worn with this kind of flexibility. In general, black semi-dress shoes can be worn with almost anything, from slacks or a suit to jeans or chinos.
#6: A Mid-Length Trench Coat
Are you looking for a versatile coat that will keep you warm without sacrificing your personal dignity and style in order to do so? A mid-length trench coat is your answer. These coats are not as long as the classic trench, instead stopping at a mid-thigh length. The result, however, is stunning with almost any outfit, whether it be business attire or jeans and a dress shirt.
Although many men agonize over what to wear, the truth is that putting together a winning outfit doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a number of staples that mix and match easily, regardless of how good you are at color coordination. The versatility of these six clothing items make them an important part of every man’s wardrobe.
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