Pastel Colors: The 2017 Summer Trend for Men

It’s Summer and Summer Colors are Hot…Or Better yet Cool – Pastels are in

The start of summer is here, the flowers are blooming, people are outside exercising, and activities start popping up on your calendar.  The modern gentleman must be prepared for whatever comes, and must be on the cutting edge of fashion.   We must be one step ahead of the masses.   This article will help you do this.  We will speak about the hot colors for spring and summer.  This article will help you recognize and choose the colors will help you stand out from the crowd.  And possibly find that love that is supposed to be in the air.  This article will deal with the hot colors for the summer.

Just like choosing the best clothing for your body type and life style, the correct color will only accentuate the way those clothes look on you. So, ladies, move over… you are no longer the only ones who know how to apply this essential aspect of “dressing” to maximize looking your best!

Men Pastel Colors

What are the hot colors?

First and foremost the first color that is a must have in your closet is stone – this color hits between white and sandy beige. The great news is that it’s not only a fantastic color for a suit (especially one for you’ll wear on the weekend), but it’s also a sun-friendly alternative to stark from white jeans to blue jeans and will warm up all skin types. This color works well whether you are wearing any type of clothes because this color also matches well with most other colors in the rainbow.  In case you cannot find the color stone, try beige or a light tan. This will go with anything and expand your closet.

The number two color that a gentleman must have is pink. Pink is not just for girl anymore. In particular the warm, dusty rose color.   But the below spectrum is all in the pink family.

pink spec



The most popular way to wear it was in full summer suit form. A pink suit would make you stand out this summer , but if you’re looking for a way to incorporate the trend easily without getting quite so bold, simply add a burst of it by slipping a pink crew neck T-shirt under your tailoring.  Wearing a v neck shirt or a Henley shirt in the pink family color is the look of summer.


Different types of pastel colors

Now we don’t want your closet to be full of pink and beige only.  For summer your closet should be full of pastels colors.  Below are the different types of pastels.

  Soft pastels

soft pastels


 Hard pastels

hard pastels


Hard pastels –are pastel in which their colors are not as intense. You can wear both soft and hard pastels at the same time.  Try it!!!!

mixed pastels


From sky blue to soft tangerine, coral to lemon sherbet, pastels have made a serious comeback. If the thought of wearing such shades is enough to turn you pastel white, buck up – because this season’s spectrum is markedly more masculine than in the recent past. It’s worth remembering, though, that while versatile, pastels don’t lend themselves to a head-to-toe approach in the same way that earth tones can.  What this means is that you need to wear pastels with a contrast color.

Match your skin tone with the right color.

Now since we know that you know what the hot colors are for the summer, let’s take it a step further by discussing the various skin tones and the color clothing they look best with. A topic and detail many men never think about; it’s time we enhance our image and wardrobes by delving deeper into the world of color. So, ladies, move over… you are no longer the only ones who know how to apply this essential aspect of “dressing” to maximize looking your best, the age of the gentleman is here. I doubt guys give it much thought. But if you’re spending time picking out some nice clothes to wear, why not take that extra step to pick colors that look best with your skin tone?

Skin tone” means the color of skin, which is primarily determined by the amount of melanin it has – higher amounts in dark skin; lower levels in light skin. Look around and notice the many skin colors you see every day. Everyone owns a different shade or tone, and each of these tones can be grouped into a category that specifies which colors complement it best. Since this article deals with clothing and clothing goes on skin and contrast the skin color it is important that we pick the right color and fill our closets with the right colors.

The colors that harmonize with or accentuate our skin color are valuable to know and utilize because, like great fitting clothing that boast our best features, complimentary colors enhance our entire look. Like turning on a light, complimentary colors have the ability to highlight eye and hair color, minimize facial blemishes and scars, take us from looking tired to well rested, and even make us look thinner. For instance, if you are very light and have an acne issue having a closet full of bright red would not be a good idea. For the same reasons we blend and match colors within our wardrobe, the use of complimentary colors that flatter our inherited, natural born color gives harmony and unity to our entire presentation


There are three different skin tones for the most part.  Light medium and dark skin tone.

Light Skin Tone: This is the palest skin color that typically has ivory, blue, or pinkish undertones. Typically found on Caucasians, this skin tone burns easily before tanning. Hair tends to dramatically contrast this fair skin color, and is often black or very dark brown; however, blonde hair is not uncommon. Eye colors typically include blue, shades of green, grey-blue, black, or light brown.

Complimentary colors are cool colors, which include blues, greens, pinks, and purples.  Pastels look great, so for the summer you will look right in the cool pastels avoid red though.  A light pink is the closest that you should go for in the red family.

Try to avoid: Black and white. The stark contrast is too much for your skin and will only accentuate the lack of color. White and black clothing can wash light skin out and is best avoided

Medium Skin Tone: Yellow, yellow/peach, and olive undertones make up this skin tone. Asians, Latinos, Mediterranean, or dark, mixed race people normally have this skin, which tans more easily, without as much burning. Hair colors are normally brown, black, various shades of red (auburn, strawberry blonde), and blonde. Eyes are typically brown, hazel, or green.

Complimentary colors are warm colors, which include the earth tones: browns, tan, khaki, yellow, green, orange, gray, blues, and some reds. Other flattering colors are cream, black, and navy blue. So how does a person of this skin tone work with the style of the summer, pastels. First and foremost go with hard pastels (as seen above) and stay in the green family, beige is good, orange, red and blue will work very well.

Try to avoid: White and black, soft pastels, any kind of faded color. These don’t work well with your complexion.

Dark Skin Tone: Various shades of brown with yellow, red, or blue undertones belong to this skin tone. Typically found on people of African and Indian decent, this skin tans without burning. Hair colors are usually black or dark brown. Eyes are normally various shades of brown, including amber and black.

Complimentary colors are white, khaki, eggplant (dark purple/plum), red, gray, light blue, orange, pink, and gold. Soft pastel is what looks best on you. You can wear dark colors, but incorporate a bright complimentary color: black suit/bright necktie. Opt for clothing that contrasts skin color, in order to bring out dark eyes and hair.

Try to avoid: Earthy tones and washed out colors; these don’t do anything for you.

These guidelines are not hard-set rules, so if you want to wear a color that’s not on your skin tone color pallet, please do. I’m not suggesting you clear your closet of clothing that doesn’t meet your color recommendations. This article’s purpose is to simply give insight into another valuable aspect of dressing for your type. Gentlemen, regardless of your skin color, make it an asset by dressing to compliment it!



Now we are not saying that you have to do a total makeover of your closet. If you can afford to that by all means shopping is fun.  You can spice up your closet by adding shirts (short sleeve polo shirts, Henley shirts, t-shirts) that are in the color that suits your skin tone. What you can also do is add pastel ties if you want to start updating your closet.

This article should help you get ready for your vacation, party, concert or outdoor event.  You will know what to wear and what color looks best on you so you can stand out and look your best during the summer months.



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