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A Guide To Men’s Fall Colors

Human beings tend to copy what we see. You can see this very clearly with fashion trends, take a look back at some of your old photos from the early 2000s at your own risk. There are many psychological and sociological explanations but whatever the reason, we like to blend into our surroundings. So when the landscape of the Northeast begins to display vibrant red leaves along with grey skies enter your closet with confidence because in this blog we are breaking down a guide to men’s fall colors.

Neutral Colors

man in cream hatNeutral colors serve the purpose of a blank canvas. Black, grey, navy blue, charcoal, and tan are the most popular suit colors because they are business appropriate and can be paired with colorful accessories. But we wouldn’t want an outfit that is solely neutral colors. It lacks personality and can leave you looking drab. We want to add color keeping in mind distance and contrast. More on that here. When adding vibrant colors to an outfit, remember, less is more. A red leaf stands out in a sea of green but is lost in the shuffle if it is just one of many.

grey three piece mens suit on a mannequinPrimary Colors

When we mention primary colors we are referring to blue, red, and yellow as these pigments when mixed form every color that the human eye can perceive. When incorporating these colors in fall and winter month outfits we want to tend toward darker and deeper hues. This is useful to absorb more of the scarce sunlight and match nature’s darker color palette.

Primary colors look very nice when paired together. A red tie with a navy blue suit is a classic example. But the next level of color coordinating is paying attention to primary and secondary color. A yellow tie with blue undertones would look perfect with a pocket square that is mainly blue featuring some yellow highlights. Coordinating major and minor colors is an easy way to take your style game to the next level.

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Secondary Colors

Secondary colors are the various combinations of primary colors. It is easy to take inspiration from the trees at this time of year and reach for colors that are derivatives of both yellow and red. Think burnt orange ties, maroon sweaters, or mustard pocket squares.

Secondary colors are very nice complimentary colors to neutral outfits. The more vibrant the color, the more subtlety one should employ. Custom suits can be made with contrasting button hole stitching which draws the viewers eye to the fine details of a special garment. 

Earth Tones

man in tan corduroy suit in a doorway

An earth tone refers to colors like brown, green, and tarnish hues. Ask the question, “Can I find this on a tree?” If the answer is yes, then you have an earth tone. These colors tend to play very well with themselves. For example, an olive sport coat, khaki trousers, and chocolate loafers would be a great look after labor day. Earth tones come in a spectrum from light shades to dark shades. Try to avoid lighter colors on days with precipitation as they will show dampness at the slightest hint of rain. 


Fall gloom got you down? A new piece for your wardrobe never hurts to lift spirits. If you have any further questions or would like to get the custom clothing process started Contact Us, call 215-310-0219 or email us at info@henrydavidsen.com.

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