Matching Clothes Made Easy So You Can Find Your Personal Style

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Knowledge of matching clothes doesn’t come naturally to all of us. You might feel as if you’re a perpetual fashion victim. To make life easier, we have a few tips you can follow to help you always look and feel your best.

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Clothing is a major form of self-expression. Regardless of your personal style, your clothes should match. Your appearance says a lot about you, so a cohesive outfit is important whether you’re dressing for a casual, professional, or formal setting. The way you dress can impact other people’s opinions of you.

Throwing on a mismatched outfit can make you look and feel awful. Having a firm grasp on how to match clothes will convey a sense of confidence and maturity. Once you master the basics, you’ll be able to style yourself with ease.

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Matching Colors

Matching clothes by color isn’t advice meant to be taken literally. You don’t always need to focus on the exact same colors in order to match. Colors can correspond to one another without sharing the same hues.

Sticking with neutral colors will give you more options in your wardrobe. You’ll be able to mix and match pants and shirts allowing for more outfit combinations. Neutral color options such as dark brown, khaki, navy, grey, and army green are going to provide you with that flexibility.

A good rule of thumb when matching clothes is to find a base color and construct your outfit around it.

Brown and khaki both go well with white, grey, green, or navy. Brown clothing can also pair with black despite what you may have heard in the past. When in doubt, stick with a classic combo of khakis with a white oxford button down, or a darker pair of brown pants with a light blue chambray shirt.

Navy matches well with khaki, grey, and white. You can never go wrong with a navy suit and white shirt. Throw on a navy button down with khakis or grey chinos for a more casual look. You could also opt for navy pants with a white or grey shirt to achieve the same cohesive look.

Grey looks good with an army green sweater or shirt for a clean-cut appearance. You can also reverse the colors and have army green pants with a grey sweater or shirt for the same result. Grey and army green also match with reds and yellows. Make sure you choose a darker tone to avoid a neon hue that could wash out your features.

When it comes to trending styles, it’s best to avoid them. However, monochromatic clothes are a safe trend to experiment with. Matching different shades of the same colors is one way to add depth to an outfit. A pair of jeans, a light blue shirt, and a navy jacket is a simple yet well constructed look.

If you’re wanting to experiment with brighter colors, a corresponding neutral base will give you a safe palette to work with. Darker pants match well with light colored clothing, such as navy pants and a pink shirt. Don’t go overboard with colors though. Too many can look messy. Keep it simple and avoid overloading your look.

Complexion

Clothes need to match more than the other articles of clothing in your outfit. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with colors that work best for your complexion. One combination of colors might work great for one person but could completely overshadow your features, or wash them out.

Complexion can be broken down into three tones: warm, neutral, and cool.

Someone with a warm complexion will look best in khaki, brighter reds, blues, and creamier whites.

If you have a neutral complexion then softer tones will work best for your skin. Neutral skin tones will also want to stay away from anything too bright.

A cool complexion is best suited for navy blue, greens, and brown. Reds and oranges will give a washed out appearance you want to avoid.

Accessories

Accessories allow you to amplify your outfits, but you have to be mindful of matching them to your other clothing. Luckily you have less restraints in matching accessories to skin tone. Use accessories as a way to experiment with adding colors to your wardrobe, or a chance to showcase your personal tastes while donning traditional looks.

Watches and Jewelry

When you’re choosing a watch or jewelry to wear, you’ll want to be conservative. Wearing too many pieces at once will become overwhelming and distract from the rest of your attire. Jewelry shouldn’t be too gaudy and watches shouldn’t be too big.

Watches and jewelry mainly consist of metals and leathers. Watches are often made of different metals or a combination of both metal and leather. So, there’s less concern that a watch will clash with your outfit.

Try to focus on the tones used in your outfit or other accessories you’re wearing. That way you can still match while including other colors.

It’s good practice to match metallic jewelry to other metal items in your outfit, but this rule isn’t set in stone. As long as the jewelry is on the softer side you’ll have more freedoms. Anything too vibrant will stand out in an unflattering way.

Keep in mind silver jewelry looks best with other silver and gold works best with other brassy tones. A wedding band is exempt from this rule.

Ties and Pocket Squares

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Ties and pocket squares are where you can have fun accessorizing. You can utilize patterns to really amplify a look. A neutral suit and tie look good on their own, but a floral or striped tie will provide texture and depth.

Adding a pocket square is a great option for a pop of color to a darker color pattern. You can also strengthen a monochromatic outfit by including a pocket square of a lighter tone.

Remember that ties and pocket squares will draw attention to your face and should compliment your complexion.

Shoes and Socks

Shoes are an integral part of any outfit, but they are still technically accessories. Black and brown are two of the most versatile colors to choose from for boots and dress shoes. With sneakers, you have more freedom to experiment with colors and designs. Just make sure you include some of those same colors in the rest of your outfit to have a unified appearance.

Matching socks to your pants is an easy way to craft a complete look. Of course, if you’re wanting to be creative, patterned socks are always an option as long as the base color flows with the rest of your outfit.

Belts

Belts are similar to watches in the way they incorporate metals with leather or fabric. Unlike a watch band, a belt covers more surface area on your body. If you’re wearing a leather belt, try to match it with the rest of your outfit. A black leather belt goes well with khakis or jeans, but will clash with navy. Brown works well with army green, navy, and denim. When in doubt, match your belt to your shoes.

As far as belt buckles are concerned, try to match them to the rest of the metals in your outfit. You don’t want to draw too much attention to your waistline.

Patterns

Finding matching patterned clothes doesn’t have to be intimidating. Patterns are a great way to branch out and add more excitement to your wardrobe.

Contrast is key! Choose patterns that vary in size to add depth to an outfit. For example, a checkered coat with a smaller checkered shirt is an attractive combination. You want one item of clothing to standout while the others coordinate with it.

Patterned clothes are a fantastic way to incorporate more colors into your ensemble. Use dotted socks to add more depth and help blend colors together. Just make sure the base color corresponds to the colors in the patterns you use.

If you’re interested in choosing a heavier print such as camo or color block, you will want the base to remain neutral. Camo matches with khaki or black pants without making you look like you just enlisted in the army. Color block sweaters or jackets can add brighter colors without looking too busy.

Always keep if simple if you’re unsure. Don’t try to overdo it with patterns. Moderation is important.

Texture

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Matching the texture of your clothes is as important as the colors you choose. You can have the right color combination but throw off the entire outfit by choosing the wrong textures.

Fabric will provide most of the textures in your clothing. Some notable heavily textured fabrics include denim, leather, suede, corduroy, and wool. These can all be combined in a variety of ways. Think of them as neutral textures. Patterns will also add texture to your clothes.

Denim is a versatile match for many other items of clothing. Pair denim jeans with a leather jacket and wool sweater for a comfortable yet edgy look. You can also combine a denim jacket with corduroy pants to get a more casual look. Throw on a pair of suede boots and you’ll easily enhance a casual pair of denim jeans.

Occasion

Your clothes might match but does your outfit match the occasion? Showing up to a casual event in formalwear is the wrong way to make an impression. Make sure you dress for the occasion and not just for a specific outfit.

It’s a good idea to consider the seasons as well. Certain fabrics look out of place depending on the time of year. You want to avoid clashing your outfit with your surroundings.

Great Options to Kickstart Your New Wardrobe

Matching your clothes is the first step to nailing your own personal style. The following items would be a great starting point for anybody looking to learn more about how to match clothes.

If you’re looking to bring more style out of your plain shirt or simply want to experiment with a little texture or pattern in your outfit, this Percival workshirt will do your style great. Call it anything you like and wear it anyhow and anywhere you like, perfect for layering. You have a choice whether to wear it undone over a plain t-shirt or sweater or buttoned up to wear it like a shacket – a shirt jacket. Wear it to work or wear it while working at home or while doing DIY.

This Italian wool blend flannel workshirt made in London makes a classic casual wardrobe staple that matches plenty of styles. Pair it with your favorite dress pants and leather loafers or denim jeans and canvas sneakers. It has ultimate versatility, is super comfortable, and is incredibly easy to wear. And it comes with handy pockets for your essentials too.

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The details make the difference in your entire outfit. And while leather seems like a classic choice, don’t discount elastic viscose belts just yet. These stretchy belts have plenty of pros: they enhance your comfort, grip the waist better to keep your pants in place, flex with your movement, so there’s no restriction, less pressure in the abdomen, and they are super light.

For one, this Enrico elastic viscose belt from Dalgado is perfect for every occasion where you want ultimate comfort without compromising a sophisticated aesthetic. Handcrafted by Italian and German artisans using Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified viscose from Italy, this statement piece is both intricate and eye-catching. It can switch up your look but is subtle enough to fit well on any occasion or style. Wear it while at work or while doing sports and pair it with your jeans or your chinos. And the Italian silver solid brass buckle only adds to its sophisticated style.

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The humble white T-shirt is a must-have in every man’s wardrobe, the most versatile piece you can have in your closet. There is nothing more versatile and widely appreciated than a good-quality white tee. It’s a staple in nearly all genres of personal style, whether for casual settings or a bit more formal. As basic as a plain white tee might be, it’s the unsung hero of plenty of outfits, the ultimate mix-and-match piece to compliment any event.

But what makes a good white T-shirt? A simple rule is to pick a good-quality fabric. Organic cotton is always a top choice like the one from the sustainable brand, Unrecorded. It’s a heavyweight 220 GSN 100% organic cotton tee made in Portugal with a more relaxed fit for all-day comfort. Designed to be timeless out of high-quality materials with a subtle embroidered logo on the left chest, this shirt is made to be worn often and lasts for a long time.

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4. L’Estrange London ‘The 24’ Trouser

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Elevate your everyday style with casual pants that are as comfy as they are stylish. The best trouser will carry any fit in your stride, one wardrobe piece that you can wear anytime and anywhere. And when it comes to a clothing system rooted in versatility, L’Estrange London has a range of top-quality staple pieces.

The trouser designed for every hour of the day, ‘The 24‘ trouser, promises perfect fit for all-day comfort and a timeless look no matter where you are. Nothing quite compared to a well-tailored trouser. Made of luxurious 3% premium Italian stretch cotton and made in Italy, it’s super lightweight, boasting minimal aesthetic. The perfect tailored fit makes this trouser modifiable. Roll it up or tuck it in; wear it any way you like. It’s a classic item designed to look sharp, from the seams to the luxurious metal finishes.

Not to mention, they all come in staple shades. Go navy or black for easy styling, or mix things up with a powder grey trouser.

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Final Thoughts on Matching Clothes

When it comes to matching clothes it’s probably best to keep it simple to start. Avoid trending accessories and styles because they come and go for a reason. Stick with classic looks and you’ll make a great impression with little effort on your end.

Do you have any other suggestions on how to match clothes? Let us know below in the comments!

How To Match Clothing Well: 5 Easy Tips For Matching Colors In Your Outfit

Do you have a tough time matching clothes and figuring out what goes together?

If you do a Google search about how to match clothing well, most websites and blog articles tell you to use the color wheel to match… but who does that?

It’s not intuitive, and literally no one in the history of mankind has used the color wheel to successfully put together a good looking (and matching) outfit.

I put together a video on our YouTube channel with 5 easy tips for matching your outfit. These are tips you can use right now, and they’re super simple to remember.

Check out the video below, and / or scroll down a bit further for a quick summary of my 5 tips from the video.

I wrote a COMPLETE Guide on matching! It’s called Match Clothes Like a Pro and I’m sure you’ll find it super useful because it answers all your nagging color, pattern, and texture matching questions. CHECK IT OUT →

5 Tips To Matching Colors In Your Outfits

1. Complement, don’t match

I know I said you don’t need the color wheel, which I still believe, as long as you remember some of these basic complementary color combinations:

Red and Green

Blue and Orange

Yellow and Purple

Here’s an image, just to help illustrate:

Simply put, complementary colors are on opposite sides of the color wheel from each other.

This means they’re high contrast pairs, so, the key to using two complementary colors and without looking like a clown is to make one of them a darker shade.

For example, if you want to wear green pants and a red shirt (and it’s not Christmas, and you’re not going to a holiday theme party), simply wear olive or forest green chinos.

That way, you’re using complementary colors without excess contrast, which is what happens when you wear two pure complementary hues together.

2. Menswear Neutrals are the key to easy mixing and matching

When you think of neutrals, maybe you think of greys, black, and white.

But for clothing, there’s a group of colors that I call Menswear Neutrals, because they look great together in practically any combination, plus, they serve as a great base for any other color you might throw into your outfit.

#menswearneutrals

So the Menswear Neutrals are: white, black, grey, light blue, navy, tan / british khaki, olive.

This is from my matching eGuide, Match Clothes Like A Pro

So a few common combos from my own life:

Olive chinos and a white OCBD

Dark denim and a light blue chambray

Light wash denim and a navy linen shirt

British khaki chinos and a chambray shirt

You get the idea.

By the way, it’s easier to wear dark colors on the bottom, light colors on top… so if you’re ever unsure about your outfit color combinations, start with that and it should be much easier.

Check This One Out, Too! How To Match Clothes: Quick And Easy Color Combos

3. One pop of color

I think this is where guys get confused. I hear questions like, “But how do I know if this blue matches that red? What if I’m wearing this shirt with purple in it, will it clash with this green striped tie?”

The easiest way to wear color is to start with a #menswearNeutral base (see tip #2) and add just one pop of color. Just one!

Menswear neutrals go well with each other, as well as any other color you can think of. So if your base outfit (shirt, pants, and shoes) is made up of neutrals, adding one pop of color doesn’t mess anything up. In fact, it will look great together.

This is a bulletproof way of adding color to your outfits. Just have that neutral base and you’re golden.

4. Make your own color profiles

My friend Peter at The Essential Man wrote a great post on how to match colors in your outfits. He had this awesome analogy that equated colors in an outfit to flavors you’d create when cooking.

Via this post on The Essential Man

So just how certain ingredients and spices create flavor profiles for a cuisine, you can create color profiles that are reminiscent of a certain style, such as the “Americana” color profile above.

Instead of trying to reiterate what he says (he does it so eloquently), just check out his post here.

And if you want an easy way to visually experiment with color combinations for your profiles, Canva has a cool color wheel tool you can play around with (plus a bunch of great info you can read through if you really wanna geek out about color theory heh)

5. Matching stuff that matters

Believe it or not, there are a few things you do want to match as much as possible.

Match your leather

If you’re wearing leather shoes and a leather belt, make sure those match as closely as possible. Leather jacket? Best to match that as well.

Please don’t wear all these things at once… they don’t match.

They don’t have to be exact matching (no one’s gonna care), but get as close as you can. So black leather shoes with a tan leather belt… obviously not close enough. Medium brown belt with cognac shoes? Yeah, that can work.

If you find yourself wearing a lot of cognac-colored leather shoes, best to buy a cognac belt. Same goes for any other leather color you wear a lot.

Match your metals

Pretty self explanatory. I like to center my whole jewelry aesthetic around one central piece, usually my wedding ring or a watch .

If you have a yellow gold wedding ring, best to wear a yellow metal watch and a yellow necklace (if you’re wearing a necklace)… and to a lesser degree, your belt’s hardware should also match. Not that big a deal if it doesn’t, but if it does, all the better.

My way around this “rule” is to wear two-tone jewelry. So my wedding ring is white gold with a double milgrain edge in yellow gold.

Basically it has both yellow and white metal, so that gives me a bit of leeway when wearing jewelry. I have a thin gold chain and I (usually) wear a steel watch. It all works because my ring has both yellow and white metals.

That’s it! 5 Quick and dirty tips to matching colors in your outfits.

I think #2 and #3 are key. What are your favorites?

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How to Match Clothes for the Best Look

How to Match Clothes for the Best Look

Here is a foolproof guide to matching colors and clothes. Everybody should learn at least some basic principles or dressing since one's outfit is the expression of his inner world.

First and foremost, learn some basic knowledge about color match. After all fashion is the harmony of colors. Then prepare necessary elements in your wardrobe according to your preference, work and life style, including tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories.

Principles for Matching Colors

Black is the go-to color for almost anyone. Red, blue, and yellow are known as the primary colors. All other colors come from a combination of these three hues. Yellow looks good with black, however as it has the tendency to look bright, it is always better to go for lighter shades of yellow when pairing with black. Yellow can also be paired with light green and light orange shades.

Choose complementary colors. Two is a good number to shoot for. Some complementary pairings are: orange/blue, violet/yellow, turquoise/maroon. Refer to the color wheel to find complementary colors.

Analogous Colors together sometimes work, too. Hues that are similar to one another on the color wheel create a harmonious and cohesive look. Red and pink usually don't go together, but can actually be combined for a fabulously unexpected look if handled properly.

Tips For Matching Your Clothes

One of the most important things is to look neat and clean and always have fitting clothes. Clean and appropriate outfit will leave a good first impression to others. Even if you are not very stylish or fashionable, you need to have clothes which are unsoiled, un-scuffed, and neatly fitting.

If possible, design your own characteristic ensemble. This is the best way to make it your thing and avoid awkward situation in which your clothes are exactly the same with someone. Try Edraw fashion design solutions.

Find out what kind of colors best suit your skin tone warm colors or cool colors. You want to make sure you have a few of your favorite colors in your closet.

As a rule of thumb, it is better to have some neural colored bottom like beige, black, white and jean. These are easiest to match and you can always grab, put on and go. Primary colors can work great for a monochrome look, which means styling an outfit using only one color. This idea seems basic, but when executed correctly, appears modern and chic. Utilizing only one color lengthens and streamlines the body.

Remember that we generally make mistakes when we are in a hurry. So always, arrange your clothes in advance to make sure you escape a disaster. Besides using a mirror, you can apply Edraw fashion design software to see whether two colors coordinate. In Edraw, you can change colors easily by using the color bar or color palette.

Do not make the assortment of too many bright colors. It would be too much for the eyes. And if you are itching to put in some ultra-bright color in your wardrobe, you need to go as low as possible. For instance, a fluorescent yellow tee is a no-no but florescent yellow shoes are okay.

Mixing and matching allows you to wear diversified and exciting looks even when you have a small wardrobe. Don't throw away clothes that you are not in the mood for. Try them later or mix them with other styles of accessories and you will gain refreshing look and feelings.

Prepare some accessories including jewelry, scarves (if you like scarves), belts, shoes and handbags. Buy a scarf which can similarly be used in either a formal or casual context. Women can get jewelry to emphasize a formal vs. casual outfit as well by having one set which looks elegant and another which looks fun.

Last but not least, a little bit of tweaking with your hairstyle, shoes etc. also helps in changing the look.

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