5 Trendy Color Combos to Try

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It can be hard to get out of a color rut and try something new. But there is no better time than now to venture into some colorful clothing combinations — nothing over the top of course — to brighten the longer nights of winter and perk up your cold-weather blues. In fact, wearing a little bit of color can boost your mood and your attitude during this dark time of the year.

“We react on multiple levels of association with colors — there are social or culture levels as well as personal relationships with particular colors,” explains Leslie Harrington, executive director of The Color Association of The United States, which forecasts color trends, to The Huffington Post. “You also have an innate reaction to color. For example, when you look at red, it does increase your heart rate. It is a stimulating color. This goes back to caveman days of fire and danger and alarm.” No matter the reaction, a reaction is better than no reaction when it comes to color-coordinating and trying different, stimulating color combinations. Here are our favorite picks — your wardrobe should include at least a few of these color combos.

1. Mauve and indigo

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At first glance, this color combo might sound confusing, but in fact, it’s the most subtle and doable way to incorporate color into your wardrobe. The thought of any lighter shade of purple might freak you out a bit, but don’t be afraid, you can make it work, says GQ.

Try this: Standard Cloth Core Denim Trucker Jacket in Indigo and Twill Pants Slim Fit in Dark Plum

2. Grey and red


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For the man who is truly dedicated to his neutral colors, especially his shades of gray (no pun intended), adding in a pop of red is sure to brighten your mood.

Try this: Billy Reid Wool Blend Tweed Bowery Coat in Grey and Pearl Knit Sweater in Red

3. Cobalt blue and olive


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If you’re a man with blue eyes and you wear cobalt blue, watch out — we guarantee you’ll be turning heads. And when paired with an olive green, you’ll have one amazing-looking outfit.

Try this: Barbour Quilted Vest in Olive and Nike Tech Fleece Cotton-Blend Jersey Sweatpants in Cobalt Blue

4. Sand and cream


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This is the most natural and neutral of the color combination outfits and embraces this season’s camel color trend perfectly. Although this pairing can seem like it’s more of a fall color combo, it can work expertly for winter if you throw in a third color to the mix, say black, dark denim, or olive. The Zoe Report expertly suggests this color combo for a time when the season of monochrome is upon us.

Try this: Saint Laurent Slim-Fit Chesterfield Coat and Geometric Textured Weave Sweater in Ecru

5. Ochre and orange


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This color combo is not for the faint of heart. You need to be a very bold, confident person to pull this combo off. If it’s a little too outrageous for you, you can also try incorporating orange into an accessory instead, says GQ, to lessen the shock but still keep you stylish.

Try this: Our Legacy 1950’s Button-Down Collar Linen and Cotton-Blend Shirt and Coach Refined Pebbled Campus Backpack in Orange

If you’re looking to just entice yourself with a bit of color and simplicity, check out our favorite go-to stores that offer more color than you know what to do with: American Apparel and Uniqlo. Happy shopping!

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