Turn Down the Volume | Dressing in Muted Colors for Winter
The weather is gloomier and the sun is setting earlier. Winter is pretty much in full swing, so your cold weather clothes should be too.
While there are no rules to how you should be dressing at the end of the year, there are some general practices for Holiday season outfits - centered around color choices we grabbed from The Dark Knot.
Top picks: Navy Blue, Olive Green, Brown/Beige
If you prefer to keep things neutral, these are a great compromise between not-so-bright tints while still having some color.
Navy or any various shade of dark blue is a timeless favorite. Because it is also associated with authority and power, Navy is easily interchangeable with basics like Black or Grey.
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Olive Green is a must-have for upping formal or casual wear, whether it’s just a touch with a tie or a statement piece like a jacket. Also known as a power color from its association with military uniforms, Olive Green should always have a place in colder seasons.
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Different shades of Brown really can be worn all year round, but there are certain outfits that just look that much better with Beige shades in the Winter. It is such a neutral tone that pieces like a Camel Overcoat only compliment color palettes and elevate your office or out-the-door look.
Top Picks: Burgundy, Deep Purple, Burnt Orange
What better time of year to wear red than around Christmas? Aside from shades being festive, burgundy is a deeper shade of red that helps tone down the usual “aggressive” reputation brighter reds receive. Look for it in a classic pair of Oxfords or a Holiday party sweater.
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Just because you’re saving the light Lilac shades for Springtime and Easter doesn’t mean you still can’t rock purple in the Winter. Darker purples that melt with red like Plum and Wine make for great accents or accessories like scarves.
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Many men may choose to stay away from harder to style colors like Burnt Orange or Mustard Yellow, but that definitely doesn’t mean they should stay off limits. Even in their darker versions, yellow and orange are happy colors. They work to compliment otherwise gloomy looks full of the Navys and Greys. Add a pop with a pocket square or socks, or just go for the cords if you’re feeling ambitious.
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If you ever need a visual reference, use this chart from Restart Your Style as a guide.