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Clothing Colors and Style

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by megabiscoito, Jun 8, 2018.

  1. megabiscoito

    megabiscoito Member

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    Hello

    I'm new to this forum and I'm also trying to figure out which colors are best to me.
    I searche some information in the web, and one of the stuff I found is a correlation with Spring, Summer, Autunm and Winter.

    https://2ndmostinterestingwoman.wordpress.com/2015/12/27/color-analysis-for-men/

    Is this good info to find the right colors?

    There are also good books or sites on this subject?

    There are also good books or sites in the subject of man clothing / fashio style / how to dress well?
     

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    I am not a believer in color analysis for clothing.
    Basically I'd recommend spending some time here browsing around to figure out what you like. You haven't given us any useful context so far to be more specific than that. Are you looking to dress better at work? If so, how do people dress at work. Is this outside work? Where you spend your time and how do your friends dress?
     

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    Yes, this site.
     

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    jeremyleediaz Well-Known Member

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    As previously mentioned I'd say that color analysis is a bad attempt at turning clothing into math. I can wear near any color with my tan skin and I've never been told it looks bad -- I also have never thought any of those colors didn't work well because of my skin, because.... they don't.

    Don't let other people limit what you can and can't wear with that pseudo-science.

    If you are in a professional environment there are some colors that are more widely accepted and easily used, and likewise if you are at a funeral or at a spring wedding. I would probably base what colors to wear more so on that etiquette than on your skin tone or hair color.
     

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    Color analysis works @megabiscoito . Some people are lucky and can have a complexion that lets them look good in any color, like me. Some people are Noten so,lucky and look good in very few colors, such as my ex wife. Just because you may be in the former group does not mean the second group doesn’t exist.

    Color analysis works.
     

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    not disputing that some people look better in certain colors than others. I am very skeptical of color analysis theories that purport to find the right colors for you based on your skin/hair color. That is, I don't think there are any simple shortcuts here.
     

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    Of course the colors that suit us are based on our skin and hair color, and eye color. What else would it be based on?
     

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    Perhaps I should clarify my earlier statement. I should have written "not disputing that some people look better to me in certain colors than others."

    If the only factors that determine which colors look best on us (and which look bad on us) were skin/hair/eye color, then one would expect there to be strong agreement among observers which colors suit a given person best. This is not the case, or at least I am not aware of any rigorous work showing this to be the case. Indeed, as far as I can find, color preferences are not universal, which I think is reasonable to extrapolate to how different people might interpret whether a given color "suits" a particular person.

    it doesn't take much imagination and then some research to uncover factors beyond skin/hair/eye color that might shape clothing color preference (disclaimer, I am not a psychologist or specialist in color theory, but I am familiar with biological research methods)

    1. social norms and context e.g. this article
    2. how colors are combined; we rarely dress in a single color
    3. association with objects that an individual likes or dislikes
    see here and here for other examples.

    which is why I believe that any theory that purports to identify a set of colors that all observers will find to be "best" for an individual simply based on skin/eye/hair color is not likely to be valid. If you have good evidence to the contrary, I am all ears.
     
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    I am 100% sure if you're reading color analysis for men you are not meeting any woman.
     

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    Veremund Distinguished Member

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    :dozingoff:
     

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    I have to disagree that color analysis has any scientific or even any widely accepted foundation. the color that best suits a person is usually a matter of opinion. And if everyone says that blue looks good on me and my wife thinks blue looks terrible and gray looks best.. guess what color I'm buying next.

    It's opinion. I would stand by my original statement that some colors work better in certain environments and some colors look better overall on some people, but no one has a color that's meant for them due to the color of their skin/eyes/hair.

    Just my humble, but studied, opinion.
     

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    And that is the basis of color analysis.
     

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