Originally Posted by dah328
No, it's just among the hardest sections to understand and/or appreciate. Part of the problem with the example above is that Flusser's example of a poor color choice isn't an egregious choice so the difference is less obvious. Had he put the model in a pale yellow shirt, the difference would have been much more obvious.
This is all to say that you can be put together in clothing of the highest quality with impeccable fit, coordination, detailing and occasion-appropriate colors, but if the colors of your clothing run sufficiently counter to the tone of your skin and hair, you will not look good. This is not to say that the guidelines here are not fluid, but for a forum dedicated to the finer points of men's clothing, I find the general pooh-poohing of color awareness to be baffling.
I wasn't pooh-poohing color awareness, I was pooh-poohing the examples that Flusser was using and the intellectual dishonesty of having one model smiling and the other with a plain face.
As I said, certain colors work better with certain complexions, but the differences are much more subtle than what Flusser is trying to make them out to be. In fact, I would bet that this is why he has to touch up the photos with photoshop - because in real people the differences aren't that dramatic within the same person unless the changes in color are dramatic.
For example, the difference between a black guy wearing a yellow shirt and a white guy wearing a yellow shirt is pretty dramatic. Also the difference between a white guy wearing a yellow shirt and a white guy wearing a blue shirt is pretty dramatic. However, the difference between a white guy wearing a light blue shirt and a white guy wearing a medium blue shirt is pretty subtle.