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Why the Outfit is Like a Lego Game

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This comparison just hit me last night.It made an instant click in my mind – I realized how similar the two concepts are.

Have you ever had Lego games when you were little? I know I did. I used to buy them all the time. They looked great when I assembled them according to the specs but whenever I tried something new it looked horrible!

I didn’t know why the way in which I assembled it was awesome and they way in which I assembled I was so-and-so.

Last night I realized something: how good a Lego game looks depends on the way in which all the colored pieces match together. If you have experience you can make great Lego games if you have the right pieces but this takes time and practice.

Outfits are the same. The more your eye is formed the better you can choose your clothes.

When I was little I used to mix lego pieces of every imaginable color. I was happy when something worked out but this didn’t happen very often. Then I started to do the same with outfits and they were almost as bad as my Lego games!

If we think about it for a minute, the way great designers match colors seems mysterious and complicated. And it’s very normal: us men we’re not used to matching colors (like women are). Besides, even shopping bores us…

I have a good news and a bad news for you.

The good news is that, in time, we can learn to match colors ourselves.

The bad news is that if we don’t learn this we will never be able to put together stylish outfits. And we know how important great outfits are.

So, if you want to learn, keep reading.

The most important thing when it comes to matching colors is to check out AS MANY OUTFITS AS POSSIBLE.

Let’s talk about what colors mean in an outfit.

When it comes to style, there’s two types of colors: discreet and predominant. I couldn’t find any better terms to name them so I came up with these two terms which, in my opinion, are pretty clear.

Discreet colors refer to those that that are not too obvious, such as the stripes of a shirt, the color of your watch or that of your tie.

Predominant colors are those that stand out in an outfit, such as the color of your jacket, of your shirt (if you’re not wearing anything on top of it) or that of your sweater.

Most of the times when I talk about colors I’m talking about the predominant ones because that’s where the biggest mistakes are made.

You know that rule that you shouldn’t wear more than three colors at once on you? This refers to predominant colors.

Here’s an example:

photo source: poloralphlauren.com

Let’s analyse the picture above for a moment. The predominant colors are green and khaki. The discreet colors are red, blue and yellow. So we’ve got five different colors: 2 predominant and 3 that are discreet.

What would this guy look like if he had those 5 colors in equal proportions?

If your answer is “like a parrot” then you’re right.

This is why the distinction between predominant and discreet colors is important.

One thing: if you don’t like the outfit above I don’t blame you. It’s too much color for my taste as well. I wanted you to see how much you can do with color and get a way with it.

If you want to know more about how to match clothes as well as a great deal of info about the main pieces of clothing for men, take a look over the Be Stylish eBook. It will help you develop your own sense of style and dress awesome.

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George Lavas

George is dedicated to fashion and style for men. Based between the UK & US he enjoys writing about lifestyle and fashion from both sides of the pond. George created BeStylish.org to help readers create a strong sense of style with minimum effort believing that everyone can look and feel good, all day, every day.

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