Ever wondered how much of a certain color must be in your wardrobe? Especially the guys? Since women can handle their colors quite well but men must look sharp and crisp in every single outfit!
This article talks about the informative article by the Realmenrealstyle website. They’ve shared a color chart which is also known as the color wheel. The color wheel isn’t designed to give you a percentage of what color should be in your wardrobe, but the way it’s presented, that we feel that it is.
The Color Wheel / Chart –
Realmenrealstyle shared the percentages of white, grey, navy blue, black, blue, brown, green, purple, red, yellow, and orange, and the variance of each of those colors that should be in your wardrobe.
The chart below is a breakdown of the colors, by percentage, that is expect in a well-balanced wardrobe for an adult man who dresses primarily in Western business and casual clothing.
Now, this is obviously not a hard and fast set of rules. So don’t start adding up the number of gray items you own and dividing by the total amount of clothes in your wardrobe or anything like that.
We’re talking about general guidelines here. Broadly speaking, your life is going to be easier if you’ve got a lot of white shirts and only one or two brightly-colored ones, versus having a lot of vivid colors and not much white.
Some of these colors are going to cluster more around specific items (your grays, for example, will mostly be suits and jackets), while other spread through the whole wardrobe. We’ll take you through the color families one by one and look at the clothing that’s usually found in them — and at why you might what more or less of that color in your wardrobe.
This is an average guy. Many of you out there will want more color and many of you out there will want less. So watch out for what’s best for you, but this is just a great knowledge for you’ll.
More Insight –
White – 20%
White is going to make up the bulk of your wardrobe for a couple of reasons.
First and foremost, it’s the most formal dress shirt color. If you don’t own at least one good, plain white dress shirt, get one — that’s your go-to whenever you’re wearing suit-and-tie formality for a “serious business” kind of event.
White-based dress shirts with some light patterns are going to account for another good chunk of space. They’re not quite as formal, but have a little more individual style, making them a staple for wearing with any sort of suit or jacket.
This 20% also includes your underwear, your skivvies, all that stuff that goes on underneath. Hence the highest percentage of colors.
Gray – 18%
Gray breaks down into different shades: light, medium, and charcoal. Charcoal gray is a default business suit color. If you’re going to only own one suit, charcoal’s probably your best bet, and men who own multiple suits often have several variants (pinstripes, etc.)
Light and medium gray are often used for more casual suits, frequently with patterns (glen check, etc.). They also show up in odd jackets and trousers (unmatched), ranging across the whole spectrum from almost white to charcoal.
Less common pieces include collared shirts, socks (to match gray trousers), and the occasional piece of leather (boots, belts, etc.). Gray sweaters are also not uncommon, and many are made with un-dyed wool from naturally gray sheep.
Navy Blue – 14%
We listed navy separate from the other blues because it has a more prominent role in business clothing: navy blue, like charcoal, is essentially a “default” color for both suits and blazers
Apart from suits, blazers, and the occasional pair of odd trousers, navy doesn’t show up much. Sweaters, matching socks for navy trousers, and the occasional casual shirt might add a bit more navy, but for the most part yours will be concentrated in the jackets section of your wardrobe.
Black – 13%
Some of you are going to find that black is going to go much higher. You’re going to prefer black over navy blue or over grays.
If you do own formal wear, that will also obviously be black: the jacket, trousers, tie, and generally the waist covering (cummerbund or waistcoat).
But for a lot of men black is going to be a casual color as well as a business or formal one. Black jeans are quite common, as are black shirts, ranging from dress shirts and polos on down to T-shirts.
If you have dark complexion and you have black hair, black is going to be a great evening color for you, one that you’ll be able to pull off. And again, for many men, this is going to be even a higher percentage than 13% and they’re going to pull back on grays and pull back on navy blues.
Blue – 12%
The various shades of blue (dark, light, sky, etc.) outside of navy cross over into most sections of a man’s wardrobe. You’ve got your blue jeans, a basic casual staple that can come in anything from deep indigo to plain light blue.
Then you’ve got blue dress shirts, a wardrobe staple usually done in a soft cloth like chamois. With a soft material and a button-down collar they’re quite casual; stiffened up a bit with a point or spread collar they become suitable for the more relaxed end of business dress.
Blue (like most of the remaining colors) works fine as an accent color in pieces like neckties and pocket squares. It’s occasionally also seen in leathers, particularly shoes.
Brown – 10%
If you include khaki on the spectrum, brown is probably the most significant player in the casual and dress-casual wardrobe.
It’s relatively neutral, which makes it easy to match, and shows up in jackets, trousers, and casual suits. Brown is also the primary color for leather accents outside of business dress. Brown shoes can range from dark, plain styles suitable for wear with suits on down to casual work boots and elaborate wingtip brogues.
The only place you’re not likely to see brown much is in shirts. They exist, but they’re not that common, and don’t flatter most men.
Green – 7%
From this point on, the colors we’re looking at are less likely to be used in “core” pieces like the suits and jackets, and more likely to appear as accents.
Green, olive, fatigue, military-looking greens. They have a very military feel, so they become a very strong, masculine look. These olive greens, these solid greens are very masculine color with a military heritage.
Purple, Red, Yellow & Orange – 6%
The remaining 6%, purple, red, yellow, and orange. So instead of taking up half of your wardrobe, these in my opinion should be a much smaller percent. These are accent pieces.
These are like spices and you can bring in some loud sweaters occasionally or a polo shirt that’s got a bit more color in it, but I like to reserve this for ties, for pocket squares, for accessories like socks that are less expensive and you can rotate through.