The base color of your I DEUX applies to the front, outer collar and outer cuffs. These areas can all be a single color or you can opt to have contrasting collar and cuffs. Of course you can go with your standard white or black, but with recent trends pointing towards colored bases why not submit a custom color to make your look truly unique? Below we outline some easy ways and inspiration to incorporate the trend.
Blue- Blue is one of the best shades you should go for when choosing dress shirts. Firstly, it’s a change from classic white, but it is still conservative and formal. Blue is also great to give you a deeper tan complexion and warms up your clothing palettes subtly. Powder blue in particular works incredibly well with different colors and patterns. Pale blue also tends to complement a range of skin tones and hair colors, making it an alluring shirt staple. Dependent on shade, blues can easily compliment grey, tan and navy suits alike!
Pink- Powder pinks can be a refreshing change to the monotony of staple shirt colors. This tone can also bring a bit more color to standard suits. We suggest opting for softer tones to complement accompanying navy, grey and tan blazers. The trick to pairing appropriate print patterns with pink is to work with both contrasting and similar colors. A deep purple or violet based print pattern will pick up the tones of pink, and deeper navies will add depth to this pastel tone. Most people don’t associate the color pink with masculinity and so if you choose this color, you will definitely make a statement.
Jewel Tones- Bold and vibrant colors like ruby red, turquoise and deep blue can be great choices for a base color as well. These richer tones have graced many a red carpet with a sharp black suit making a luxurious statement.
Pastels- While white and blue built the foundation of any gentleman’s dress shirt closet, pastel colors can really help to add a note of individuality to your outfits without being over the top. For example, you can go with a very pale yellow, a pale green, or a pale lavender that you find within your chosen print pattern. These subtle hues can also be worn with much more casual combinations such as a sport coat or a tweed coat where a white dress shirt would be too stark and would provide too much contrast.
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