Technique

Add a New Layer

Fourth in a week-long series of fast and easy ways to inject some color into your cold-weather wardrobe.

Contrast with care, as shown here by the author in a Corpus cardigan.

By now, hopefully you’re feeling a little more comfortable wearing color in the winter. And on the subject of comfort, a humble reminder: It is, after all, winter, meaning (for many of us) sub-freezing temps. Investing in a nice wool coat is a great move, but opting for an electric blue or yellow version, of the sort we’ve seen coming down the runways of Milan and Paris this week, is a little trickier (unless you’re fully committed to being a beacon of light on your daily commute). As we’ve stressed before, subtlety is king when wearing colors on the brighter side of the palette. And what’s more understated than a classic cardigan or V-neck sweater? It’s the perfect way to add some color and stave off hypothermia. Let’s look at two approaches.

First, as seen above, the author gets all contrasty with a purple Corpus cardigan, mixed with shades of red and blue. If contrast is your goal, it’s best to go the cardigan route—less of its brightly colored fabric will peek through, and each color in your outfit will settle into its proper proportion.

Second, as seen below on executive editor Andy Comer, is a more matched-up approach. But notice that the navy V-neck sweater doesn’t exactly match the gingham in his shirt. As we’ve said again and again, this is key: same family, different tone. Because you’re already employing variations of the color, it’s alright to go with a V-neck or a crewneck sweater… but best to avoid the territory of the deep V, whatever the color.

One more time: Work with tones in the same color family, but not identical matches. Andy Comer shows how in a V-neck wool sweater by J.Crew.

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