Step up your costume game

A good quality suit is something every stylish man should have in his wardrobe.

EVERYBODY should have a suit in their wardrobe, even if they rarely dress formally, because in theory there will be at least one (or more) time in a person’s life when he (or she! ) will have to put on a costume.

The general or default alternative for costumes is the usual black suit jacket and black pants. Add a white shirt, and it’s the most common combination in the world for most occasions, from job interviews to weddings, parties, and more.

This article will attempt to show a different perspective when it comes to choosing costumes, or more specifically, broaden the scope when it comes to costume color and the flexibility that comes with it.

In an increasingly metrosexual or fashion-conscious world, it’s important to master suits and colors that go beyond the “generic” black suit, white shirt combo.

However, going the extra mile in adding color, or even mixing and matching different combinations, will also require a healthy dose of confidence to succeed.

The good tone

Black is the go-to for obvious reasons; everyone, regardless of skin color, looks great in black.

So, quite rightly, the average person often underestimates what suits can do when they’re not black, because in their minds – when picking out a suit – they’re largely focused on whether it fits to their body and if they like it.

Note that a mistake in choosing the color can go wrong, and it depends on your natural skin tone.

Experts often advise choosing costume colors that juxtapose your skin tone, because in most cases, this works just fine.

For example, light-colored suits will suit people with darker skin tones better, while dark-colored suits will suit people with lighter skin tones better. This is due to the juxtaposition accentuating your own visible features.

This works strictly when it comes to choosing to wear suits of the same color, such as in the jacket and pant combination.

When mixing the colors of the jacket, pants and shirt, it does not necessarily apply.

A more diversified range

Having a single costume of the same color is rather limiting and downright annoying for most people who wear costumes frequently or want to.

LYFE offers several different garments, which wearers can easily mix and match for a unique combination of costumes for various occasions.

For shirts, get ones that are cream, powder blue, and plain white.

For suits, you can opt for the standard black suit, a brown suit, a gray suit, a navy blue suit, and a tan suit. You can get one, or two, or all of them. Work within your budget and preferences on the color that works best for you.

With these in hand, you can wear any of the matching suits with any of the shirts. That’s 15 combinations.

However, if you mix and match them, you envision many combinations.

Some of them include:

> Brown jacket, powder blue shirt, gray pants

> Brown jacket, cream shirt, gray pants

> Gray jacket, white shirt, black pants

> Beige jacket, white shirt, black pants

If you get all the suggested suits and shirts, that’s about 75 suits.

It’s something that American TV host Steve Harvey calls “costume flipping”, and it’s a method that can give costume wearers a wide variety of garments that can last for years.

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