Last week, I found a well-dressed Fashionisto wearing neutral bottoms and a bright top. This week, I came across an equally stylish Fashionisto wearing the look flipped. This week’s Fashionisto constructs a striking outfit by combining simple pieces in a skillful manner. Using solid colored separates, he adjoins neutrals (his shirt, vest and blazer) with brights (his eye-catching pants and shoes).
If you know anything about color theory (or if you remember mixing paints in art class back in elementary school), then you remember that blue and orange are complementary colors because they are across from one another on the color wheel. Navy–like black or khaki–is sometimes thought of as only being able to look conservative or subdued, but these colors look incredible when you contrast them against the right shade. In this case, the right shade is the opposite shade. In fact, by simply applying color theory to pop orange off of navy, the clothing articles that comprise this outfit could stand complete on their own. For this Fashionisto, however, that’s just when things begin to get interesting.
Without a doubt, the best part of this Fashionisto’s outfit is his fearless use of accessories. Accessories are a straightforward approach to take an outfit from good to great. This look is elevated by the simple addition of colorful shoes, a bright skateboard and a bold necklace. If such statement pieces are not your style, some alternatives for males just beginning to experiment with jewelry are bracelets, watches and rings. Once you’re more comfortable with subtle accessories, you can follow this Fashionisto’s example and make your outfit unique by rocking a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. As always, the ultimate accessory to any outfit, whether you’re male or female, is confidence though.
Hint: Dying to own a pair of orange pants for yourself? Check out these pants from J.Crew and Gap, or these more affordable styles from Forever 21 and Target. For more styling ideas, check out the other colors of pants being rocked by Fashionistos on the CollegeFashionista site. As for jewelry, Amy recommends in this article from last summer Miansai by Michael Saiger. Another awesome resource for unique jewelry for males is GoodWood. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking that because you are male you are only allowed to shop at certain places. You can also browse collections on Etsy or Sam Moon. Just because a particular item is not found in the men’s department or listed as unisex, it doesn’t mean you can’t put your own masculine twist on it.