Loud Vivid Colours vs. Subtle Pastels: Which Look is Best for You?

Is Anything Really “Out” Anymore?

It is somewhat ironic that two completely contrasting styles can be in fashion at the same time. With such attitudes prevailing towards fashion, it is arguable that we will soon reach a nadir where nothing is ever really in or out of fashion at a given time.

For men with fashion sense and a need for high style at all times, both the vivid contrast colour trends as well as pastel shades offer numerous opportunities to make your wardrobe look truly inspirational this summer.

What are the key looks that can be put together using these trends?

Hip Hop

Men with a keen eye for fashion everywhere will be noticing how hip-hop trends are becoming more of a force. The great thing about current hip-hop fashion for men is that it is being embraced everywhere, meaning we see these looks in stores you would not usually expect to see them in, as well as from the traditional urban style outlets.

For fashion conscious men everywhere, the best way to get the most out of a hip-hop look is to use bright colours against a block of black. Try an oversized suit, with a bright red shirt or t-shirt, and matching trainers for a true contrast and fantastic style.


One of the key looks for this year, and set to dominate in 2013, too, is vintage style. This offers a great opportunity to use subtle pastel colours in your styling. Pastels are excellent “go to” colours for fashion conscious men who want to make the most of a basic type look. Go for a lighter blue t-shirt under a vintage blazer, with distressed jeans and pastel coloured shoes.

Getting the vintage look down to a tee is all about the accessories, so look out for the pastel coloured hats and thin scarves that will add another dimension to your appearance over the coming years.

Louder and Louder

The massive rise in popularity of chinos this year has enabled men into their fashion to really embrace bright colours and not worry about colour clashing. While there are some excellent patterned clothes that incorporate a clash within the design, perhaps the best option is to go for bold blocks of colour to get the best out of your look.

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Try a bright yellow shirt with green or blue chinos, and coloured shoes to match the shirt. Forget going over the top with accessories, a simple pair of shades will top of the look magnificently.

Men with fashion sense everywhere should embrace the opportunities current trends give them to be brave and expansive in their style.

Stylepilot are a leading UK company specialising in men’s fashion and advice for all shapes, sizes, and appearances.

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