Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Too Much Purple

I like this combination of shirt and tie.  In fact, I love it.  And I love my burgundy belt and various burgundy shoes.  Why not combine them? 

Unfortunately, it turns out you really can have too much purple/pink/associated hues.  The assemblage on display here really brings out the purple in the burgundy and makes everything else look even more purple, even the slacks.

Much more pleasing to wear black leather with this outfit.  That way, the gray pants coordinate with the black belt and shoes, but also with the gray in the tie, which in turn uses its pinkish purple to commune with the shirt.

Perhaps burgundy is more appropriate as a "pop" color when wearing otherwise drab tones--white, gray, and light blue, for example.  Burgundy leather is also my favorite way to wear a navy suit.


  1. Honestly, I'm not a fan of mixing patterns and associated hues like this. I get it, but feel you have to be careful or it will very quickly cross the line of fashion and wind up looking (a)clownish or (b)childish.

  2. Rules are made to be broken but my stand on mixing patterns is liberal EXCEPT when the geometries are so similar as this photo illustrates.
    I usually separate the scales by at least 2 levels.
    But somehow this works for me for the reasons you like it.
    I totally agree that a black belt/shoes would frame the composition.
    Would love to see a aide by side of this- black vs burgundy...


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