Choosing your suit colour can be a dilemma, we got you.
Alan Flusser, the eminent American menswear designer, once said: “One of the most important – but least understood – functions of male attire is to lead the viewer’s eyes toward the face … When the face is surrounded by tonalities that invigorate and illuminate its presence, its ability to provoke immediate and marked reactions is amplified.”
You probably think that as long as the colours in your outfit complement one another, you’re fine. That’s what “matching” is all about.
One thing you may have overlooked: the colour contrast between your facial features (including your hair). To look your best, it’s important to identify your personal contrast level and create a similar contrast level for your outfit. Most of us at some point in time in our sartorial journey, probably would have thought to ourselves – The guy on Instagram looked so good in that outfit. I wonder if I can pull it off too. Thankfully identifying your contrast level isn’t as daunting as you think it is (it is in fact quite mathematical).
WHAT IS MY PERSONAL CONTRAST LEVEL?
Follow these three easy steps to find the contrast level between your facial features:
1. Look into the mirror or your mobile phone’s selfie camera; remember your hair colour and your facial skin tone.
2. Refer to the colour scale below and give yourself a value for each of them.
3. Calculate the difference in the values.
(Determine your contrast value from 1-10. Image source)
Let’s say your face skin tone is 3 and your hair colour is 10. So the contrast value is 7 (10 minus 3).
Broadly speaking, contrast values fall into three types: ● High contrast: between 7 and 9 ● Medium contrast: between 4 and 6 ● Low contrast: between 1 and 3
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Now do the same with the different components of your outfit and find the contrast value. Once you’ve got that, match your personal contrast level with your outfit contrast level. For example, if you're a high contrast individual, you'll look best in a high contrast outfit.
HIGH-CONTRAST FACIAL FEATURES
A high contrast individual in both a low and high contrast outfit.
(High contrast facial features match with different types outfit. Image source)
The high contrast outfit (right) stands out immediately and looks more harmonious as compared to the low contrast out