There are endless rules surrounding the incorporation of colour
into an ensemble, and it is often easier to play it safe with
classic hues – especially when it comes to tailoring. However,
adding a touch of colour can serve as an expression of identity
and, if done right, demonstrates sartorial flair.
Tom Chamberlin, Editor
Through the winter months, red is a charming, unobtrusive, warm
hue to break up my outfits which tend to be grey, navy, country
green or a mix of the above. Now that the weather is beginning to
be a bit more agreeable, louder colours become less out of place
and sky blue is my favourite. A splash of colour should, ideally,
not be a one-off if you can avoid it – not just a pair of socks, or
just a pochette, but a coordination of many facets of your
outfit. In the case of sky blue, don’t go over the top; a sky blue
blazer has something very Peter Rabbit about it. The amalgam of
colour should be noticed and works particularly well at a wedding
if you throw in a sky blue waistcoat. Exercise considered caution
and you will be rewarded, but under no circumstances be too
frightened to try. If nerves are the issue, these three with
anything navy will ease you in with aplomb.
Ryan Thompson, Digital
As Picasso once said, "Colours, like features, follow the
changes of the emotions," and I for one am feeling upbeat now that
spring is operational. It only follows then that I rinse my
sartorial brush of autumnal hues and give my wardrobe a new lick of
transitional pastels. One could hardly call London balmy in May,
which is why this light pink fine-gauge Merino knit by Richard
James ticks all the boxes. The hue is extremely versatile and with
just the right dosage of continental flamboyance. While it pairs
with most colours, it makes a fine dressed-down foil to Chester
Barrie's blue mouline suit (but can be styled with chinos or
tailored shorts later in the year). Finish off the look with my new
obsession; Carmina's burgundy cordovan leather double monks.
Jessica Beresford, Managing
A wardrobe full of navy, black and grey makes getting dressed in
the morning an easy task, but doesn’t necessarily shout creativity.
In lieu of obvious displays of colour, an easy way to show a
veritable palette, and prove you’re not completely bland, is
through subtle touches. Something as easy as a lined jacket or
vibrantly-hued sock, which will show a flash of colour with
movement, or a pair of sunglasses to round-off an outfit. Look to
the likes of Rubinacci, New & Lingwood and The Bespoke Dudes
Eyewear, who are all well-versed in pops of colour.
Browne, Online Editorial Associate
I don’t own a club tie, as I’m not in an elite or sporting
circle, but I do really want one. Edward Sexton’s iteration is fun
and playful, with summery hues courtesy of the sky blue and
daffodil yellow stripes. The navy, green and white in the tie gives
it versatility, so it will pair well with the majority of jacketing
colours. Most of my tailoring is either navy or in varying shades
of grey, so I’m keen on Sciamat’s double-breasted herringbone
jacket, which is cut in a sumptuous forest green wool, as it will
add a new dimension to my wardrobe. The shoulder isn’t as
pronounced as the house's hopsack blazer, so it’s much more
approachable on that front. I’d anchor the two with a tab collar
shirt from Edward Sexton, which will keep the colourful tie neatly
in place – with a proper dimple, of course.
As we transition our wardrobes from the rich and heavy hues of
autumn to the bright yet calming colours of spring, I like to use
this uncertain weather to my advantage by merging the two together.
New & Lingwood offers a delectable collection of bold pocket
squares and by tucking a paisley patterned turquoise and pink
version into a well-tailored Rubinacci navy blazer, you instantly
create a talking point. Round off this simple look with a
lightweight, yet insulating, roll neck from Anderson &
Sheppard, as this will mitigate the need to add an extra layer.
Online Editorial Assistant
It's always refreshing to see someone confidently incorporating
some colour into an ensemble. Take this white and yellow stripe
shirt by Cordone 1956 – hand-crafted in Italy from pure cotton, the
shirt features a single barrel cuff and a unique Napoli collar,
while its candy cane stripe will keep your look light and jovial.
The key, however, is not to overdo it, so balance the colour with
neutral shades such as Rubinacci’s beige pleated cotton trousers
and Ludwig Reiter’s black leather penny loafers.