What I am wearing today (19 February 2012)

Today I am wearing a double-breasted blazer (what the purists may refer to as a Reefer Jacket), white self-stripe trousers. blue/white gingham french-cuff shirt, blue knit tie, a tie bar, white linen pocket square, and tan/white spectator (also known as correspondent) shoes. The watch is a simple quartz.

A number of attractive combinations are possible with a navy double breasted blazer. More will come later.

Below is a closeup of the spectator shoes:

Mixing patterns

One can always wear an ensemble of plain colors. However, it is likely to soon become quite monotonous. Similar to one’s ability to mix colors, pattern mixing is also an art that can enhance an ensemble.

The secret of pattern mixing is to keep the pattern scales different. Given below are some examples:

Four Patterns: A green broken herringbone tweed is overchecked in red, orange and blue. It’s combined with a pink and blue checked shirt worn pinned, a burgundy on brown club necktie, and a silk paisley pocket square with a blue ground.

Two checks:

A pink and white check shirt and a green and white check tie. The patterns are not clashing because the difference in scale of the shirt and tie.

Mixing patterns and textures:

A self stripe linen suit, a blue/white linen gingham shirt, a blue textured silk knit tie, a blue/gold printed silk pocket square.

Mixing four patterns:

The photo below shows a check suit (glen plaid) paired with a check (gingham) shirt. Mixing of these two pattern is possible because both patterns are subdued and of uneven scale. The check tie and check pocket square is also not clashing.

 

 

How to coordinate colors

Color is what we see through our eyes by the help of light. Light reflecting from various objects around us are processed through the sensors in our eyes and we perceive them as colors (unless someone is color blind). Depending on the color of the objects, the frequency of the reflected light changes and these various frequencies are what we perceive as different colors. Human beings can detect electromagnetic radiation in the range of approximately 390 nanometer (nm) to 750 nm. This range of wavelengths is known as “visible light”.

The colors of the visible light spectrum

color

wavelength interval

frequency interval

red

~ 700–635 nm

~ 430–480 THz

orange

~ 635–590 nm

~ 480–510 THz

yellow

~ 590–560 nm

~ 510–540 THz

green

~ 560–490 nm

~ 540–610 THz

blue

~ 490–450 nm

~ 610–670 THz

violet

~ 450–400 nm

~ 670

In order to distinguish colors with acceptable accuracy, we use certain terms:

  1. We use hue as the name of the pure color
  2. The term Value is used to indicate the darkness or lightness of a color. Value is expressed as shades, tints, and tones.
  3. The third term that we use is Intensity, which means the degree of purity or strength of a color. In other words, how intense or muted the colors are. Two other terms related to express intensity is saturation or chroma.

Below is a color wheel.

There are three primary colors: Red, Yellow, and Blue. All other colors are made by mixing these three primary colors.

Secondary colors are made by mixing two primary colors: Mixing red and yellow produces orange (secondary), red and blue produces purple (secondary), etc. Mixing two secondary produces a tertiary color.

Colors opposite to each other in the color wheel are known as complementary colors, for example, red and green are complementary colors. Similarly, color near each other in the color wheel is known as analogous colors.

It is also important to understand some other aspects of color: hue, tone, tint, complement tint, and shades.

Hue is the pure color, as explained before. For example, red color.

Tone is hue mixed with small amount of gray or opposite color in the color wheel. So, tone will be darker than hue.

Tint is hue mixed with white (it will lighten the color)

Complement tint: Tint plus small amount of gray or opposite color in the color wheel.

Shade: Hue plus some black to darken the color.

How to coordinate colors of an ensemble

Core colors

Core colors are the dominant colors in a color scheme of your ensemble. It’s the color of the principal item in your ensemble, For example, the color of your suit.

Accent colors

Accent colors are the second and sometimes third color used in a color scheme. The accent colors in the color wheel may be complementary, triad, analogous or neutral.

Triad

The first or primary triad colors in the color wheel are red, blue and yellow. These are called pure colors because mixing them with each other and/or with white or black can make all other co-colors.

The second or secondary triad colors in the color wheel are orange, green and purple.  Made by mixing two primary colors together.  Mixing red and yellow make orange, yellow and blue make green, and combining red and blue produce purple.

Complementary Colors:

Are those colors directly opposite one other in the color wheel.  When placed next to each other, complementary colors intensify each other and make the colors seem brighter.

Analogous colors: (also known as adjacent colors, harmonious colors, and related colors),

are Colors, which lie next to each other on the color wheel (contiguous colors).  They harmonize since they each contain some of the same color.

Warm and Cool: 

Colors with low wavelength are known as cool colors (violet, blue, green), while colors with high wavelength are known as hot colors (yellow, orange, and red).

Families of analogous colors include warm colors (red, orange, yellow) and cool colors (green, blue, violet). Designers often build color schemes around two or three related colors.

Neutral: shades of white, black, gray or tan.

Black, White, Gray, Tan, and Brown are not separate colors on the color wheel, but are made up of different percentages of red, yellow and blue. To make neutral colors mix either all three primary colors, or mix a primary and secondary color (secondary colors are made from mixing two primaries).

Color Selection Table

Use the table below to coordinate your colors:

CORE COLOR

ACCENT COLORS

Complementary

Triad

Analogous

Neutral

WHITE (neutral)

All colors

(Same for all colors)

White, black, gray,
tan

BLACK (neutral)

All colors

GRAY (neutral)

Darker or lighter gray, red, blue, yellow and green

TAN (neutral)

Blue, purple, burgundy, cranberry, turquoise, brown, orange, green,

BROWN

Blue, green, orange, yellow,

NAVY

Orange, gold, rust

Yellow, red, brown, tan

Blue, green, purple

BURGUNDY/RED

Green

Blue, yellow

Purple, orange

YELLOW

Purple

Red, blue

Orange, green

PURPLE

Yellow

Orange, green

Blue, red

RUST/ORANGE

Blue

Green, purple

Yellow, red, brown

GREEN/OLIVE

Red

Purple, orange

Blue, yellow

 

Use the following table to select your ensemble colors:

Jacket Color

Shirt (and/or pocket square)

Tie (and/or pocket square)

Trousers (for blazer of sports jacket)

Belt/shoes

Navy white, blue, yellow, pink blue, gold, yellow, burgundy, red, purple gray, tan black, brown, cordovan
Gray white, gray, yellow, pink, lavender, blue black, white, gray, green, blue-green, burgundy, navy, any primary or pastel colors gray, black, navy black, brown, or cordovan
Brown white, ecru, blue, yellow tan, black, brown, rust, orange, red, gold, yellow, green, burgundy tan, gray, a different shade of brown brown or cordovan
Tan blue, ecru, white tan, brown, rust, orange, navy, black, navy, gray, brown, darker tan brown, black or cordovan
Olive white, ecru, gray, pale yellow, pale blue burgundy, rust, green, tan, yellow gray, tan, navy, brown brown or cordovan
Black white, light gray, yellow, blue black, white, grey, blue, olive, burgundy, any primary or pastel colors gray, tan black

And finally: Search the Internet with the keyword “color wheel”. From the results (in image mode) select a color wheel you like and take a color printout. Stick this printout on your wardrobe. Each time you are selecting a suit/shirt/tie combination, use the color wheel to determine your colors. I do it every day.

May your life be colorful.

What I am wearing today

Today I am wearing a beige suit with a yellow/white Bengal stripe shirt. The tie is also stripes of green, black, and yellow. The cotton pocket square is a check of green, blue, and a touch of yellow. I am also wearing the same watch as of yesterday.

Today’s shoes are light brown oxford with some brogue on it.

Shown below is the tie and pocket square.

 Today I am also wearing a belt. With suits I prefer suspenders. Occasionally, however, I wear belts.

 

 

Today’s ensemble (15 February 2012)

Today I opted for a contrasting ensemble.

A blue suit, a pink and white striped shirt, pink tie, and white pocket square is what I am wearing today. I resisted the temptation to wear a pink pocket square and went instead with a white linen one. Too much of the same color seems like overdoing it.

Today I am wearing a reddish brown oxford brogue.

Today I am wearing a wrist-watch with a history. It’s a cheap manual winding watch from a company named “Anglo Swiss Watch Company”. I am not sure of the date of manufacture of my watch, but it’s very old.

In 1908 a Swiss national from Langerdorf named Mr. E.O. Gammeter founded the firm of Anglo-Swiss Watch Company. By 1925 this firm became one the biggest in India having its head office in Calculla (Kolkata), with branches in Singapore and Solethurn (Switzerland). This firm sold thousands of watches like “Horse Brand,” “Cavalry,” “Brigade,” and “Tiny,” throughout India and also handled jewellery and silver article.

Firm changes hand

In 1944 the firm changed hands, having become retail firm from wholesale and having lost Singapore branch, it was purchased by Mr. S.M. Sayeed from from Mr. E.O Gammeter.

It seems that since 1944 the company went downhill and the watches up to 1944 are really great watches.

Searching the Internet I also found the following advertisement that was published in the Singapore Strait Times on 13 July 1913:

 

Today’s Ensemble (14 February 2012)

Today I am wearing a monochromatic color scheme. Everything I am wearing (except the shoes) are blue or shades of blue. The single breasted three-button suit is light blue check on dark blue background; the shirt is a double cuff (also known as French cuff), blue graph check on white background, the tie is stripes of two blue colors, the pocket square has some pattern over two shades of blue. Today I am also wearing an oxford shoe with a medallion decorating the toe.

You should also notice that today I am wearing all patterns—everything I am wearing consist of patterns and not a single piece of clothing is plain color. It’s either check or stripe. However, the most difficult thing in mixing all patterns is to ensure that the patterns do not clash. I will explain this in a later post with some examples.

Details of the shoe.

Suit and shirt details.

Pocket square details.


Today’s ensemble

This is my ensemble today:

A dark brown pinstripe 2-button suit with peaked lapels; light pink french cuff shirt with cuff-links; light pink, pink, and bluish gray striped tie; bluish gray pocket square with pink dots; dark brown whole-cut oxford shoes with brown socks.

Details of pocket square

French cuff shirts and cuff-links. 

Dark brown oxford whole-cut shoe details

Height and proportion

What is the average height of Bangladeshi male? Searching the Internet, I got two figures, 5 feet 6 inches and 5feet 7 inches. Let’s assume that the average height is 5 feet 6 inches.

What is the average height of people in western countries, say, UK and USA, which happen to be the major market for Bangladesh apparel industry? According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_height#Average_height_around_the_world the average height for both UK-England and USA is 5 feet 10 inches.

Do you think a shirt made for a person with a height of 5 feet 10 inches will be proportional for a person with a height of 5 feet 6 inches?

I don’t think so.

This is the problem when you blindly follow someone else’s standard.

Is there any shop in Bangladesh that designs clothing for people with an average height of 5 feet 6 inches? I don’t think so. Don’t you think this is an anomaly?

I think so.