While I prefer working with vibrant colors, some days, especially this late in autumn don’t lend themselves to the contrast.
Take today. 50ish and cloudy. I have a late class, but mostly it’s errands and reading/work. So it’s a casual look, with a lot of deep tones. Playing around with the navy (shirt, tie, denim jacket, scarf, socks) and olive (scarf, pants) they’re all different tones and textures so as to add some kind of visual interest.
Plus it’s a sort of playful outfit. Denim jacket with tie is one of my favorite looks, it’s casual without being sloppy, a straight front jacket is a good alternative to the standard sport-coat silhouette. The accessories are silver and gunmetal to echo the steely gray of the sky on an overcast day.
That’d be the other take away from this outfit, keep it playful. I know there’s a lot of corporate types on Tumblr that maybe can’t play around as much as someone who works in a consignment shop (and can essentially wear anything he damn well pleases), but there’s more out there than just jacket/tie/pocket square combos. Try to find them.