A Natural Palette: Autumn Colors

November 5th, 2012

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At the TSB office, one of our team‘s daily tasks is organizing the questions and comments we receive via our contact form. Since we have a diverse audience of readers from all around the world, these inquiries allow us to find common topics that men find confusing or frustrating when it comes to improving their personal style.

Recently, a popular subject in our inbox is how to pair colors together and create a tasteful palette for a wardrobe.

We could talk color all day, it’s one of the foundations of personal style, but here’s some easy, straight-forward advice: take inspiration from Mother Nature and mimic her seasonal palette.

Here, some examples using Autumn colors as the basis for creating Fall outfits.

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1. Simple Weekend

Good style is all about looking confident, comfortable and natural in your environment. Here, my advice is to take the last part of that statement somewhat literally.

Nature not only offers us beautiful color combinations, but we’ve also been conditioned to find these naturally-forming palettes approachable and pleasing.

During the Fall, for example, complement your surroundings by taking inspiration from the falling leaves.

Heathered browns, burnt oranges, rustic burgundys, burnished beiges, deep mustard yellows, etc.

It’s important to pay close attention to the distinct shades of natures colors, too.

For example, take the combination of red and orange. Vivid red and bright orange would be a jarring combination (especially in the Fall), but a deeper burgundy with a burnt orange can be a soothing mix.

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  • Rodel

    I’ve been visiting a new blog lately http://www.onstreetabudhabi.com and this look could work in winter in Abu Dhabi.

  • Brian

    Dan,

    Maybe you could do a post on what you keep in those fancy bags of yours?

  • GQESQ

    Great style as always!!!
    This season rocks!!
    Were can i get a great denim shirt…long lasting?

  • TO

    (Posting over here about SB Daily since there is no allowance for comments over there anymore.)

    The SB Daily post today (Nov. 9) of Townsend “killing it in fall textures and colors” reminds me (it’s strikingly similar!) of one the looks on Club Monaco’s site which I was coincidentally admiring earlier today: http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13336700&ab=viewall

    Adam Levine is doing some great stuff over there; considering the styling right now they are definitely giving JCrew a run for their money in that department too.

    • TO

      That’s supposed to be Aaron Levine! Bahaha

  • PRHarris

    Dan,

    Thanks for the post. Very insightful.

    I have to admit, I actually purchase the chunky RL cardigan because of you. Gentlemen, if you’re still looking for the cardigan, a great resource is ebay. I know I’ve seen it on the site several times.

    Thanks again.

  • Kristopher

    If I see you in the streets I’m jacking you for that belted cardigan. You have been warned. Get your game face on.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      haha bring it on player.

      • Andrew

        I remember some older posts where you rocked this cardigan, too. Since then it’s been growing like a virus in my mind, and now, seeing this new post, I’ve got to have one! Dan, can you recommend any specific cardigans that share the same features as this one? I did a search on the net, but came up with nothing. RLP might been too rich for my blood.

  • Gus

    Dan, your beard growth pattern is nearly identical to mine…seeing you rock it with pride makes me feel better about my own less-than-ideal coverage. Looking good!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Yea, it’s not completely “full” but I like it. Takes more time, but it’s worth the investment in my opinion.

      At the end of the day, it’s all about confidence.

      Thx for reading.

      • Gus

        Yeah, I’m in the process of growing out mine right now…it’s taking a while, but I’m finally starting to get some results I’m happy with.

  • http://www.wix.com/neilfortin/costumes Neil

    Hey! How did the monk’s fair? They don’t look too bad…but I know I always have questions about good shoe cleaning techniques…what did you do to clean off the mud?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Honestly, they’re still muddy. It’s usually good to clean them as soon as possible, but I haven’t had a chance to get to it :/

      When I do, a damp brush with leather and suede cleaner will likely do the trick. Maybe a suede brush to bring the “nap” back after…

  • cam

    the RL belted cardigan is so clutch for fall/winter. i f@#$!n love that thing.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Agreed brother.

      One of those splurges that pays dividends over time.

  • Liam

    Great post. Autumn is such a great time for colors, theres some fantastic combinations in this post. Inspiring.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Liam. Glad we could inspire, it’s our mission statement.

  • TO

    Nice overall play off the seasonal palette, as always some new and interesting combinations…Some spectacular items featured in this post Dan! My favourites include the mustard turtle and the faded anorak. Cool Chelsea boots too.

    But, most of all, THAT WAISTCOAT. Was that pattern inspired from menswear’s past or your own creation? Just a brilliant mix of colour in that tartan, I expect you have/will be designing more “sport coat of waistcoats” in the future, great idea.

    • Keaton

      Good call on the waistcoat, TO. That’s probably the most significant thing that I took from the whole post. Brilliant!

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        All that writing for nothing, eh?

        Thx for reading Keaton (or at least looking at the pictures).

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thx TO. Loosely inspired by the prohibition gangsters depicted in Boardwalk Empire…love heavy textured cloths with patterns in masculine colors.

      Cheers.

  • http://adampiercey.blogspot.com Adam

    Great post Dan, I wanted to send a quick kudos to you as well for the pattern-mixing post from a few days ago.

    Any thoughts towards a post dedicated solely to rarely seen but absolutely flattering colours?

    I was born in East York, Ontario but I grew up in south London in the UK. I had green suits and jackets, taupe suits for summer, I even remember my English professor coming into class one day in a mustard tweed that made him look like a Spanish James Bond.

    Love your site mate,

    ADAM

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Haha. Awesome comment. And yes, this is a great idea for a post. We can ad it to our list of upcoming content, which continues to grow longer than our capacity…

  • Jake

    how wide is “wide knit tie” dan?

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      In this case, 3.25″ I think. The average off-the-rack knit tie is typically 2-2.5″.

      Thx for reading.

  • http://www.thetreasuregentleman.wordpress.com TTG

    Great post Dan. The 4th look is my favorite. That burgundy blazer fits like a glove and the sweater is classy; i’ll have to check out Zara for that.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thx. Sweater is from years ago. Look for the concept, not the exact piece.

      Cheers,
      Dan

  • http://www.theseals.com.au Desmond

    Killing it as usual, SB!

    Glad to see that Sandy didn’t knock you around too much.

    I agree that the burgundy blazer look is a corker.

    Those hopsack pants (from the suit you have) are top notch as well – who makes the fabric for them, please?
    I’m starting to get interested in lightweight suiting fabrics because of the climate down here in Australia.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Desmond. Still no heat or hot water at home, but business must go on!

      Fabric by Ariston. It was from a few seasons back, but they should have something similar.

      Cheers,
      DT

      • http://www.theseals.com.au Desmond

        Thanks, mate

  • Keaton

    I’m so glad that you’re listing the pictured clothing underneath the photo in a “Feature Items” section. It’s so much easier to locate and better looking, in my opinion.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Couldn’t agree more. Thanks Keaton.

  • Jerome

    That forest green jacket is remarkable. Awesome post.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thx brother. It’s one of those items that, when I first placed the order, the crew wasn’t feeling it, then when it came in everybody loved it

      • TO

        I don’t see how that’s possible!

      • Adyna

        That forest green jacket it.s gold!..incredible color, perfect for this time.

  • Felix

    I think those are your most beautiful pair of shoes I’ve seen – the oxblood chelseas!

    Great post as usual, digging the content.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thx Felix, although I’d say that’s up for debate :)

  • MrJbeee

    Another great post. That burgundy blazer with that brown sweater is a good look. Keep it up!