It’s that time of the year when everybody lights the barbeques and reach for the summer wardrobes. London Collections: Men SS14 – colour segmentation has shown that it’s for men to indulge in wearing brighter colors and lighter garments. From block-colour separates to pieces with multi-coloured sections and details, segmented colour is a great way to inject some freshness and excitement into your look this season.
So whether you want to make a statement or are looking for a more refined approach to the trend, it’s all covered below….
Get The Look
It’s important to remember that the high fashion runways are designed to be dramatic and offer the most extreme version of any trend. By the time similar pieces reach the high street they have often been diluted and are far more wearable.
With this in mind, here’s how we recommend creating your own take for SS14…
1. Bright & Bold
There’s no getting around it. If you want to attempt this look, you need to have confidence. In comparison to the way the opposite sex looks at clothing, we guys seem to have some sort of macho opinion of the way we can wear colour, if we choose to wear it at all.
We’re often far more inclined to fill our wardrobes with greys and monochrome hues than citrus orange or seafoam green – the blue spectrum and richer shades of brown/burgundy being the exceptions.
We need to start by scrapping this outdated intimidation of bright colours and welcome them into our personal style. A guy can look just as masculine in fluro yellow or pastel purple, it’s all about the way he wears it. After all, once you’ve mastered segmented colour, everything else is child’s play.
Below you will find some examples of bold colour-blocking and segmentation to get you inspired. Keep in mind your colour wheel, stick to two (three max) solid pieces that complement or coordinate with each other and then experiment:
2. Layering & Anchoring
If you don’t fancy going all out by pairing fluro hues together with hi-shine fabrics, try anchoring bold block-coloured garments with darker shades and more textured materials, which have a mattifying effect.
By keeping the rest of your outfit classic and restrained, it allows the statement piece to take centre stage yet simultaneously reduces its overall impact slightly.
Alternatively, if you’re still building up confidence, you could use a vivid colour for your base piece and then layer more muted tops, knits or tailoring over the top.
For example, a tangerine orange shirt is undeniably eye-catching when used as a standalone top layer, but throw a navy or grey blazer on and its effect is subdued by being restricted to your centre section:
3. Rich/Muted Colour-Blocking
Another pared-back approach that is similar to the layering and anchoring technique above, colour-blocking is just as effective when you utilise darker hues.
Whether you pair a deep navy jacket with burnt orange chinos or a dark shade of crimson with rich brown, combining colours doesn’t always need to be a neon affair:
4. All In The Details
For those still not convinced by the colour segmentation trend, there are many other simple yet stylish ways you can inject some flair into your look this season.
Colour tipping or flecking will brighten up an otherwise refined ensemble, while coloured details/accessories will give your outfit some extra personality. Think collars/cuffs, belts, ties, socks or footwear:
5. Try With Tailoring
There’s no reason why you can’t apply this trend to your formal wardrobe. We’ve seen block-colours and bright hues become more prominent within tailoring in recent years, and the sunnier months offer the perfect time to brighten up your collection.
As we reported in last year’s article on statement suiting, bright tailoring is not for the faint-hearted, particularly when it comes in a single bold hue. However, it definitely stops you from blending into the background and will instantly separate your look from the crowd. Just make sure you bear in mind the occasion and dress code.
For a less shocking approach, we’d suggest teaming different coloured pieces together. Block-coloured separates are ideal for creative workplaces such as media agencies or design studios, and summer pastels/whites can often be as striking as a neon hue in this type of environment.
Tonal pieces also work extremely well and can be combined with minimal fuss or thought. For example, a sky blue blazer looks superb when teamed with classic navy suit trousers:
Credits to London Collection and Fashion Beans