How to Wear & Pair Neutrals – Combining Subtle Colors

How to Wear & Pair Neutrals – Combining Subtle Colors

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette!
In today’s video, we discuss how to wear neutrals together so you stand out from
the crowd in a subtle yet sophisticated way. Most outfits I put together contain
at least one neutral, usually a white shirt, for example but combining only
neutrals in one outfit can sometimes be a bit more challenging because you don’t
want areas that all look the same. You want to provide enough contrast yet
still keep that tonal range very limited. Nuetrals were very popular because they’re very
easy to combine with other colors such as red, navy, or black yet when just
combined on their own, it’s a little more tricky. You’ve probably seen many
celebrities pulling up monochromatic looks and that means a look containing all the
same color. I always think of Christian Bale at the Oscars, it seems like that
what he’s always doing and he always looks bad. So how do you do it in a way
that makes you look dapper? Before we answer the question, we have to look at
why we should wear all neutrals in the first place.
The good thing is chances are you already own a bunch of neutrals in your
wardrobe because they’re just a staple of every man’s wardrobe. You probably
have those chinos they are in khaki would you say neutral, you probably
already have white or off-white shirts, another neutral, maybe you have solid
brown shoes in your wardrobe another neutral. These colors are classy
because they never go out of style, you can wear them now or 10 years from now
and there won’t be anything new. They’re also not bright and bold but rather
mellow. Now that being said, you can still make a statement out of it. The Navy
blazer with a white shirt is very pedestrian. On the other hand, wearing
this gray jacket with an off white or ivory pair of pants combines two neutral
colors yet it really stands out and pops. So when we talk about neutrals, what exactly
do I mean by that? It is a color that works well
with other colors that are stronger and contrasting yet it doesn’t really draw
the attention to itself. They help tone down other colors and
make them stand out and they’re basically grouped in cool colors and
warm neutral colors. The warm neutrals include tan, taupe, beige, ivory, khaki, or
any shade of brown under the sun. Cool neutrals, on the other hand, are shades of
black and gray as well as white. Sometimes, you also find people who
expand that look a little bit and include tones of navy and blue, as well
as olive green, however, strictly speaking, they’re not neutrals. That being said,
they pair quite well with neutrals. On the other hand, just think of denim for a
moment, it has become so prevalent and the blue is so standardized that I think
it can definitely be called a neutral color. So how do you wear neutrals
together? First of all, start with something that is close to your skin
tone and how you do that is really step by step explained in this video here.
Once you’ve chosen the right colors, you simply combine them. The goal is to have
a certain amount of contrast between your items, otherwise, it just all blends
in together, it’s too monochromatic and boring. For example in this outfit, I’m
pairing a tan Brown turtleneck sweater with a dark brown and ivory houndstooth
suit. Now apart from the color, you can also see there’s a difference in texture.
The suit is a slight flannel but the knit of the sweater is a lot more hairy
and it has a pretty much uniform color but a fuzzy finish when you touch it
that helps to provide the right amount of contrast. The pocket square, on the
other hand, picks up the ivory of the houndstooth and combines it with brown of
the sweater using a different pattern once again. You can see, I have this solid
neutral for my sweater, I have the houndstooth which is a small pattern
paired by with a bigger pattern which is the Paisley. That’s how you want to
combine a neutral; you’ll have different canvasses, you have patterns, and you have
them in different sizes. That way, it’s visually interesting yet the color
palette is so neutral that it’s all very harmonious. Whenever neutrals are too
close in color, everything looks washed out. For example,
if I wore this jacket with a gray turtleneck sweater, it would simply look
boring. At the same time, if I wear the same turtleneck sweater with let’s say a
charcoal flannel, you can see there’s a certain amount of contrast yet it looks
very sophisticated. Now, the further you move away from your face, the easier it gets
to play with other neutrals simply because your face has that skin tone
right next to it and it’s more clashing than if you have different pair of shoes
or a pair of pants, for example. So with this ensemble, I opted for a brown pair
of suede boots. Again, they have a different texture that is matte and
works with the overall softer and fuzzy textures in this outfit. They are also
contrasting enough, they are in the brown family yet they’re not quite the exact
shade of brown as my sweater. Could I have worn the exact same brown?
Absolutely, but sometimes it’s hard to coordinate the color of your shoe
exactly to your sweater or your shirt. On the other hand, if I would have worn a
gray pair of boots, everything would have looked more washed out and it would not
have been as good as this pair of brown boots. If you don’t want to wear a
sweater, a great way to implement a neutral is to have a waistcoat in a buff
color or kind of a tan color. If you combine it with a white or off white
shirt and a tie in a let’s say Brown grenadine such as this one from Fort
Belvedere, it’s very easy to create a harmonious outfit that is warm, that
works through the colder months of the year but it is not boring. In my opinion,
one of the most underrated neutral colors is ivory for pants simply because
it makes a bolder statement and admittedly, it stains more easily but as
a gentleman of taste, wearing it with a brown
sportcoat whether it’s something like this houndstooth jacket here of this
suit or something more of a medium tobacco Brown herringbone or even a kind
of charcoal Brown, it always works. You can even wear it with a navy blazer or
you can wear it with a charcoal flannel jacket, it always works, it always
provides a lot of contrast, and it looks particularly handsome. Since brown shoes
are a staple of every gentleman’s wardrobe today, it’s very easy to combine
everything together. If you feel like you’re all neutral outfit needs a pop of
something special but you don’t want to add a really strong color such as red or
green or yellow, I suggest you simply opt for a boutonniere. My favorite is the
Edelweiss because it’s off-white, it is subtly textured like a velvet on top so
it’s very soft but it’s a perfect neutral accessory that makes you stand
out from the crowd because likely, no one else in the room is going to wear it. Now
when it comes to neutrals, you can also wear them in the summer. You can have a
kind of gray polo shirt with a darker grey pair of shorts and some black
sneakers for example if that’s your style. Alternatively, you can have summer
pants such as seersucker, pair them maybe with a pair of light brown or tan shoes
and a polo shirt in a brown, for example. Or of course you wear a jacket in any
form of brown tone with a slightly brown shirt or an ivory shirt and you combine
it with some Brown neck wear or a brown pocket square. To
see more pictures and get more outfit ideas, please head over to our website and
in today’s outfit I’m wearing an all neutral combination consisting of a
houndstooth suit in chocolate black with ivory, paired with a tan brown turtleneck
sweater from Uniqlo it’s 100% merino wool
it’s rather inexpensive I’m wearing an undershirt underneath otherwise it could
be too scratchy on my skin the pocket square is from Fort Belvedere it is
off-white that picks up the color of the jacket and Paisley and brown that picks
up the tone of the sweater my shoes are suede
boots chukka boots and they’re a little stronger in color but since
they’re more away from my face they still work overall for a ring I went
with a citrine and gold because that underlines the warm colors I’m
incorporating in my outfit otherwise

53 Replies to “How to Wear & Pair Neutrals – Combining Subtle Colors”

  1. Great Video as always! Keep it up 🙂
    Could you possibly do a video for tiny/student budgets to just get great looking cloth that is of quality as well?
    Anyways I hope you'll see this

  2. Anyone have any idea how to wear a gray Glen check sports coat anyone know what type of trousers or shirts will go well witches Glen check grey sports coat .

  3. Sometimes we don't want to stand out , but just to wear something nice.
    So many times when you wear something more elegant you appear to the eyes of other people like the black ship. Wearing neutrals really helps to reduce that and at the same time pass the statement.
    I would really love to see videos about this topic , when you want to wear something nice and at the same time not to drag attention in places were there is not quite a culture behind wearing something else than t-shirts and hoodies ( at best sweaters and jeans )

  4. Who ever disliked this video was a sad sad child this is golden!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! information u giving out the goods today

  5. Hmm… Strictly speaking, browns are not true neutrals either, we have that perception because of traditional (though false colour theory) and the earthy association. Browns are basicly low saturation oranges and yellows. I do admire brown and grey colour schemes though – the rather fetching plumage of the Egyptian goose has always inspired me.

  6. Great video as usual although I dont't completely agree with the coffee for everyone approach tha some of these videos project. You will have to agree that not every man can wear browns or greys close to the face without looking washed out and that a monochrome ensemble can look great on men even though Sven does not like it.

  7. Need a video on tie chains. Thoughts how it looks compaired to a tie pin or clip. Thanks and keep up the work!

  8. Well done Sven, again. The combinations in this video are sophisticated, but appear effortless and natural. I am taking notes!

  9. Dear Gentleman's Gazette,

    For my work I have to show up in formal attire. However there's one small issue, it has to be completely in black (except for the tie). Any advice on how not to appear like I am going to a funeral?

    Many thanks in advance.

  10. Is there a link to the outfit you are wearing in this video? Especially your turtle neck pullover is interresting to me. ( If it's called this way)

  11. Great, but where do I get a some better turtlenecks? Surprised I can't see to find any interesting ones. Thanks.

  12. I like your videos. Stop hating on Chirstian Bale. He's sharp dressing. In Batman his suits were absolutely elegant and discreet. Truly raising the bar.

  13. PRO TIP: If you say "in today's video" like this "intodaysvideo" people who don't speak English as a first language are going to have difficulty understanding what you are saying. Thanks for all the great videos.

  14. dear SRS, way cool vid. do or have you ever considered doing some You-vids, on vintage/classic fashion, in respect too; musicians, i.e.; jazz/swing/rockabilly/soul/mod/teddy/r n b/suede/ska/oi -punk/zuitsuit/and sharkskin fashion???? i have an interest, in all of the aforementioned, as a performing/recording artist, who{m} loves to be ;suited 'n' booted, and /or slummin & bummin' as well as doing dox n dickies++++. irregardless, keep 'em coming. amor e(y) paz….P.$>, who is the bari sax intro to your vids, performed/recorded by??? i love the lick…sincerely.RHM…

  15. Great video 🙏 needed this to come from Sven, I can't finish watching a video with the other dude 🤷🏻‍♂️

  16. I am only 5’7”. I don't want to look shorter than I am. How do you advise shorter men to wear neutral colors? I don't want to draw attention to my short legs 🙂

  17. IMHO, the combo you're wearing today lacks spezzatura and looks like you're trying too hard matching your shoes and your sweater that have almost the same colour. I'd never thought I'd ever say that tho 😉

  18. I think you've taken the "they never go out of style" idea too far, I'm pretty sure the "gangster from the 1930s" style did go out of style by now….

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