Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Look book - The Well-Dressed Men Series - The Use of Color
Whenever we watch House M. D. and Omar Epps appears on screen, my husband whimpers. Deservedly so, for Mr. Epps, who plays Eric Foreman, has by far the best business wardrobe of the entire cast. As a man who likes to dress well, my husband understandably covets Mr. Epps' immaculately tailored and coordinated outfits and dreams of inheriting his entire wardrobe after the show ends. In fairness - and I am absolutely not being racist here - gentlemen of African, Latin or Indian descent can get away with a wider variety of color choices in their clothing. It's just the way darker skin tone works. In both cases, the shirts are not neutral - they both carry colorful stripe patterns. The first shirt has a white background, but the second one is all color. The ties work because they each pick up colors from the shirt. In the photo on the left, the tie is purple with cream, beige and pink stripes - all but the pink make appearance in the shirt, and the pink works because it is in the same color group as the purple. In the outfit on the right the colors of the shirt and the tie match perfectly. The differences are in the texture of the fabric (the shirt is matte, the tie is shiny), and in the pattern (the shirt is vertical stripe, the tie is diagonal stripe). It is all combined against another immaculate gray pinstripe suit - a fitting backdrop for such a classy and imaginative combination. So, go out and try out some colors and patterns, gentlemen. Push your envelope and send me pictures - I'd love to see how you made out.