Color Basics: There are three primary colors: Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), and yellow. Mixing these colors, as well as adding white or black to lighten or darken each color shade allows for an almost endless amount of possibilities. In fact over 16 million colors have been recorded which is far more than the human eye could distinguish. Since the number of colors used today are much more than one could find names for, graphic artists and color experts often times use pantone color numbers to label and identify each color shade. To visualize how colors are mixed experts sometimes speak of the color wheel. The color wheel was first introduced by German writer and novelist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his “Theory of Colors” in 1810. The color wheel places each of the three primary colors in a circle with equal distance to each other. Yellow would be at noon time, Magenta at 4 o’clock and Cyan at 8 o’clock. In between is the range of colors made of from the two. For example: In between yellow and blue is green. The closer you are to blue the more turquoise the color would appear. To show the effect of adding black and white to a color, black is placed in the center of the circle while white is on the outside. Matching Colors: When matching colors in an outfit one has to consider all the colors present on every single clothing item. In mens formal and business fashion this is actually quite easy. Start with the largest piece of clothing: Your suit. Then pick a dress shirt that matches the suit, then picj a matching tie, and finally shoes and belt. Common Paux Faux here are wearing navy pants with black or gray socks, or vice versa. Gray, and charcoal pants should only be worn with grayish or black n socks as well as black shoes and black belt. Navy pants should be worn with navy socks, or, in case you choose to wear brown shoes, tan or brownish socks. Also avoid wearing too much color in an outfit. Pink dress shirt, lime green tie, and purple pocket square will make you look like a parrot. The best places to show color are your ties, Handkerchiefs, and to some degree your dress shirts. Also make sure that the colors match the season of the year. Lighter and fresher colors such as pink, lime green, baby blue, and peach-orange are classic spring colors, while darker shades like burned and rust-orange, browns, dark blues, and maroon are classic fall and winter colors. Finding Your Color Profile: Fashion experts and consultants don’t only look at the colors of each clothing item when matching an outfit. What is even more important, knowing what colors and what contrast looks good on your color profile – meaning your complexion, skin, hair, and eye-color. The key here is to find an outfit that draws attention to your face. When matching clothing to your color profile two things should be considered: First look at what colors are present in your face (most important here are your eyes and your hair color). If you have blue eyes for example, then wearing blue shirts will draw more attention to your eyes. Second, consider your complexion and color contrast between skin and hair color. If there is a large contrast between light and dark (pale skin and black hair for example) then experts speak of a high contrast profile. Whether you are a high or light contrast profile, try to mimic the look in your clothing. High contrast profiles look good if there is a strong contrast between light and dark in the outfit. Men that have pale skin and black hair would look good in a black suit, white dress shirt, and red tie – an outfit that would not work for a person with a low color contrast profile since it would distract away from the wearer’s face.