Saturday, 14 May 2011

Get Some Color

Noticed that American men have been breaking out of the holy trinity of blacks, blues, and grays? We say: About time! So crank up the brightness, like Cam Gigandet, the star of this summer's Priest, shown here on the technicolor streets of Mexico's artsiest colonial town

Dig the New Hues
The colors we're talking about here are vivid, richly saturated, and offbeat—not pastels or the same old primaries.

Suit $1,350 and shirt $295, by Calvin Klein Collection. Loafers $595, by Prada. Bracelet, by Miansai by Michael Saiger.

Before You Take the Plunge
Used to wearing neutrals? Go electric one piece at a time. Once you've got it, start to mix and clash.

T-shirt $29, by Guess. Pants $225, by Burberry Brit. Belt, by Gap. Bracelets, by Me&Ro. Necklace, by Rogues Gallery. Fedora, by Selima by V.

Brash Colors, Grown-Up Cuts
Nothing wrong with bright tees. But to really go for it, try tailored pants, formfitting shirts, and even suits.

Polo shirt $39, by Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger. Chinos $228, by Unis. Belt, by Burkman Bros. Fedora, by Urban Outfitters. Her slip, by D&G. Bracelets and earrings, by Me&Ro.

Bring It On Home
You don't have to be on a sexy getaway like Cam and model Alyssa Miller to get colorful. It's a bold move, Stateside or abroad.

Shirt $238, by Band of Outsiders. Shorts $540, by Bottega Veneta. Belt, by Gucci. Her dress, by Opening Ceremony.

Color Theory, Decoded
Our favorite can't-miss color-mixing trick? Wear two pieces from one color family: Pair blue with green, or red with orange.

Sweater $575, by Prada. Chinos $240, by Acne. Sandals $375, by Barbara Shaum. Belt, by Band of Outsiders. Bracelets, by Miansai by Michael Saiger. Fedora, by Still Life.

Two's Company
A pair of serious, assertive colors is all you need. Throw in a third and people will wonder if you're kidding.

Shorts $705, by Louis Vuitton. Shirt $59, by Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger. Espadrilles $24, by Topman. Belt, by Paul Smith Accessories. Bracelets, by Miansai by Michael Saiger. Necklace, by Rogues Gallery.

Nothin' Busy About It
Every look you see here is based on solids—not patterns. Bright and saturated colors are aggressive enough without checks or plaids.

Sports jacket $1,390, by Gucci. Jeans $70, by Levi's. Sandals $630, by Tom Ford. Bracelet, by Me&Ro.

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