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#1 Faith

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 06:50 AM

My husband forever needs help coordinating suit/shirt/tie/square. He doesn't mix plaids or wear a square with a pin, but left on his own his look is either uninspiring or, umm, bright. I'm tired of dressing him. For that matter HE is tired of me dressing him.

 

My father had a coordination wheel in his closet door. Turn the wheel to the suit color and the possible choices for the rest of the ensemble were immediately narrowed down to what looked best, be it color or pattern, and Daddy ALWAYS looked good. Of course in all the busyness of the estate sale it went away. I've looked around on the internet to find anything similar to that wheel, even a chart, but much of the online content promotes simply garrish color combinations.

 

Do any of the collectors of old books (ahem, Mr. SATOR) have a reference they might share?


If most women are not 5 feet 10 inches 120 pounds, why do these unrealistic models dominate the runways?


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Posted 21 September 2014 - 04:48 PM

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Posted 21 September 2014 - 09:54 PM

Yes, color wheels abound. My dad's wheel was more of a matrix type thing. Turn the wheel to Dark Gray Suit and you see that you may wear a white or blue shirt, a tie in the red part of the spectrum or a gray/blue striped, etc.

 

I forgot to mention in my first post that on the back it suggested what types of hats shoes and coats to wear in different settings. I think DerZuchschneider has something like this back part on his website. Unfortunately I do not read German.


Edited by Faith, 21 September 2014 - 09:57 PM.

If most women are not 5 feet 10 inches 120 pounds, why do these unrealistic models dominate the runways?


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 02:07 AM

No charts, but some guides with suggestions:

 

http://www.buzzle.co...s-and-ties.html

 

http://www.pinterest...s-coordination/

 

http://www.reddit.co...d_and_tasteful/

 

http://www.thedarkkn...s/suitupdressup


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 04:58 AM

Thank you, tailleuse. I like that last link (with Clooney :blush:) and the explanation of how to USE a color wheel.

 

Unless anyone else has something to contribute I might have to make him a wheel.

 

Edit for clarity: make Hubby a wheel (Clooney don't need one)


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If most women are not 5 feet 10 inches 120 pounds, why do these unrealistic models dominate the runways?


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Posted 22 September 2014 - 08:00 AM

Thank you, tailleuse. I like that last link (with Clooney :blush:) and the explanation of how to USE a color wheel.

 

Unless anyone else has something to contribute I might have to make him a wheel.

 

Edit for clarity: make Hubby a wheel (Clooney don't need one)

 

You're welcome.  The color wheel may be less helpful for men because the range of colors acceptable for men in traditional tailoring seems fairly narrow. Good color combinations also are highly subjective.  I certainly didn't like every pairing in those links.  I don't consider myself a natural at color and print matching, especially for men. Sometimes if I see an interesting combination I clip it to Evernote for reference.

 

Maybe you should consider looking for a personal stylist for your husband: someone who could look at his coloring, face and body shape, height, work environment, personality, style preferences, etc., and put it all together.  No suggestions, but a really good one would be worth it, in my opinion.


Edited by tailleuse, 22 September 2014 - 08:01 AM.

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Posted 23 September 2014 - 10:43 AM

I second the suggestion to hire an image consultant. For what it's worth, I would suggest someone formally trained in fashion design  (i.e. color theory, body shape analysis, styling, merchandising, etc.) - the same background training as designers.

 

The better consultants create workbooks and teach their clients how to shop and create ensembles for themselves.


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 03:25 AM

As a woman with a keen eye for color, I still managed to have a father that is slightly color-blind.  I would also suggest that your husband be tested for color blindness, as it is quite a bit more common with men than women. Even as late as our 40's, my mother and I determined that my younger sister has a bit of a color problem also - not unlike our Dad's.

 

If this is part of the problem, once the wardrobe is established, your husband may still require help with some sort of system to help him match the appropriate items.  This may explain why it is also such an annoyance for the two of you.


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Posted 24 September 2014 - 09:14 AM

Color combinations change with the times, although, some combinations never change.


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