The Guide to Men’s Clothing Color Combinations For Fall

Fall is the perfect season to add fresh hues to your wardrobe. Fickle weather, ranging from windy to rainy to sunny, makes swapping in appropriate layers fair game, so why not add a little (or a lot of) color too? Whether you’ve already mastered the color wheel and are just looking for a few new tricks, or your closet is swimming in a sea of neutrals and is in need of a heavy dose of brights done right, we’ve got just the thing—six to be precise—to wake up your closet for the season.

Read on for 6 easy tips on how to wear fall colors.

khaki jacket, green button down, light wash jeans and boat shoes

1. Lean on complementary colors.

Half the battle is pairing two shades that look really good together. Earth tones are a great place to start, and they match the colors that are naturally found in fall. If you normally wear a lot of brown, try adding green for a subtle nod, or, if you’re ready to hit the ground running, opt for energetic oranges or yellows. Either way, if the colors you picked look harmonious, you’re on the right track.

light blue jacket, tan henley, navy chinos and tan chukka boots

2. Liven up trusty basics.

Switch up your routine look with an outer layer in a more optimistic color instead of the usual black, brown and gray. It’ll bring a fresh take to the everyday, and can make an otherwise plain outfit pop. The best thing is, since there are so many different styles of jackets, hoodies and pullovers, it’ll be easy to find one you’ll want to live in all season long (especially if you ask your Stylist). Just make sure every piece you pair with it plays well together (see tip 1) all the way down to your shoes. 

orange flannel shirt, grey vest, navy chinos and black chukka boots

3. Keep it light up top.

Now’s your chance to opt for a few layers that let you move. Add visual interest to your shirt rotation with a bright heavyweight option to show you’re game for what may seem challenging to get right—just keep everything solid so all items work together. Add outerwear that shows off your bold color choice, keeps your core warm and allows for the right amount of air flow as you commute to work/hit the great outdoors. 

blue floral print shirt, maroon bomber jacket, cognac dress shoes and green chinos

4. Go all out with a fun print.

Fall is about changing over a new leaf, and nothing says you’re trying something new like donning a printed shirt. Making a statement (with the right piece) has never been easier or more accepted, now that street style has made its way into the norm. Keep the theme going by rounding out your allover print or pattern with edgier pieces (bomber jackets are still going strong) in unexpected colors that complement each other. You’ll reinforce that you’re just going for it and look good at the same time. 

navy blazer, tan dress pants, brown loafers and pink dress shirt

5. Pull off pink (or close to it).

There are different degrees of wearing pink, but all are up for grabs with the proper execution. A 9-to-5 look is the way to go if you’re unsure of where to start. Pick a patterned button-down shirt that has pink (or coral or a washed-out red) as well as a complementary color such as light blue. Pair your shirt with the usual suspects, and remember to go for slimmer cuts to keep everything looking sharp. 

light wash jeans, blue sneakers, and light tan puffer vest

6. Fully embrace pastels for the weekend.

You’re relaxing, maybe running a few errands or just hanging out. It’s the perfect time to throw a curveball into your outfit with a pastel or two. It’s easier to pull off than you think. Start with styles you already know you like to wear (T-shirts, polos, chinos, sweatshirts), then choose a few soft-washed, faded shades (try lavender—it goes with a lot of other colors). Throw in a few neutrals to balance it all out, and finito

Ready to add all fall-worthy pieces to your wardrobe? If so, take your style quiz and schedule a Fix. Ask your expert stylist to send all things in fall color hues. When the Fix arrives, try on each piece in the comfort of your home. Keep what you love and send back the rest. Shipping and returns are always free.

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