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Bright colors in fall/winter

post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 

I think I asked about this recently but got not much response, what is the etiquette on bright colors (I'm thinking about pants in particular) during winter/fall?

I've heard the "don't wear bright colors in fall/winter" but is that because it looks... off or because they get dirty in the snow and slush?

post #2 of 27
I think the rule is don't wear bright colored pants in fall/winter/spring/summer once you graduate college.

Which is yet another reason to save some money on student loans.
post #3 of 27

Cream (and even white) can look nice in winter, on a sunny day.

 

In terms of bright colours though, yeah they're more summery because bright sunshine enhances them. Certainly I'd put any sort of acidic or tropical shade into this category. In lower light they can actually appear a bit "dirty" (wrong word, but I can't express it better). More saturated, richer shades benefit from worse light, appearing even deeper and more interesting. That's part of the reason shades like dark navy, burgundy/plum, russet, forest green, charcoal grey work so well in autumn (as well as their reflecting the changes in the natural world around you, of course).

post #4 of 27

I think the brightest color I've ever worn is green during fall.

post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 

The main thing I'm interested in is this:

Is this (that bright colors shouldn't be worn) said because people think they look odd in winter/or it is a matter of custom (like playing tennis in black, or wearing shorts to the office) or is it said ONLY because they can get dirty in the slush and it is more visible than on dark clothes.


So is this a matter of social convention or a practical matter.

post #6 of 27
As HF said, it's an aesthetic matter. The world around you changes, and probably your complexion too. Being that your clothes surround you and are surrounded by the world around you, they should be chosen to look good with the both of them.
post #7 of 27
Slush should never keep you from being who you are.
post #8 of 27
Where do you live that there is slush throughout the fall and winter?

To me, a lot depends on what outfit you're wearing (jeans, suit, etc.) and what particular item is brightly colored. I live in NYC, and while I won't be wearing seersucker and spectator shoes in January, I always like dressing up a darker suit with a brighter shirt and tie combination (and matching socks, of course).

That said, I also believe that there is a difference between shades of colors. This green is not good for fall/winter (or anything, really): http://www.boardroomties.com/boligrhotpim.html?gclid=CM_DyImvs7ICFaY7OgodRigAnA , whereas there are plenty of other shades of green that are perfectly fine year-round.
post #9 of 27
"...Where do you live that there is slush throughout the fall and winter?..."

Wouldn't be unlikely up here in the Nordic countries. Snowfall could be expected already in early October and as late as early May. So anywhere in between there is a chance of slush periodically covering the streets.
post #10 of 27
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The main thing I'm interested in is this:


Is this (that bright colors shouldn't be worn) said because people think they look odd in winter/or it is a matter of custom (like playing tennis in black, or wearing shorts to the office) or is it said ONLY because they can get dirty in the slush and it is more visible than on dark clothes.


So is this a matter of social convention or a practical matter.

The choice is entirely yours. The concept that the season of the year and some mythical or historic social convention should dominate your choice of clothes is plain nonsense.
post #11 of 27
Definitely agree with GBR. As long as you are mindful of practical considerations (wool flannel in summer probably isn't a lot of fun) and don't make very obvious choices that even those who are not stylistically inclined may see as strange (i.e. seersucker in winter), I say go for it.
post #12 of 27
Speaking of F/W collection...
post #13 of 27
What's wrong with bright colours in the winter?
post #14 of 27

I think bright colour are a cool in winter, it depends on your choice and the other things you are matching to it.

post #15 of 27

I think it's all about finding the right balance with your clothes, you can wear a grey suit for fall and match it with a bright or lighter colored tie as an example.

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