tom jr posing in store

Does a basic principle of decorating also apply to business #suits?

To achieve a balanced look, fashionistas can suggest that men follow this formula:

  • 60% of the suit’s colour in the jacket and pants.
  • 30% of the colour in the shirt.
  • 10% of the colour in the tie.

A basic design in decor rule applies to an outfit to help create a good colour combination. Set up your main colour in your largest pieces – the jacket and pants. Then the 30% supports that colour, but also lends interest to the overall look. The accent colour of 10% you can have some fun with. Bold or subdued it’s up to you.

A burgundy pattern in the suit jacket is picked up in the pants as a solid colour. The sweater takes the place of a button-down shirt for a more casual look, but the burgundy is carried through on this solid. The fun piece of interest is shown in a pocket square – not just for formal suit wear anymore.

Complementary jackets and pants create a relaxed and informal appearance, in contrast to the matched dress-casual ensemble of Tom Jr. above. The main colour is incorporated into the shirt and pocket square in a lighter shade, accounting for approximately 30% of the overall colour scheme. The tie introduces an element of playfulness with its captivating pattern, the same base colour and pops of other hues.

outfit with burgundy sports jacket and pattern

In a unique play on the theme, this ensemble features a jacket with a smaller pattern, layered over a sweater vest. A button-down white shirt is paired with a striking tie. As the layers deepen, the colours gradually lighten, creating a visually appealing effect. The tie boldly stands out with the theme’s darker colour and matches the pocket square.

Talk to us to see about this and your fashion ideas!

“One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.” – Oscar Wilde (The Picture of Dorian Gray)