How to Wear Colour in the Office

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Office style is very important for the professional gentleman. The way you look when you walk in the door each morning can set the tone for your career. As far as we’re concerned, well dressed men are successful men. 

Being well dressed doesn’t necessarily mean choosing only monochromatic garments. Colour can be a very valuable style tool, and not only for non-work hours. Choosing to wear colour in the office can actually be very beneficial. 

Here are three reasons why:

  1. Colour is often more flattering that black. Incorporating colour could help you to look younger, brighter and healthier. 
  2. Colour can be very powerful! Respected academics such as psychology professor Max Luscher and art historian Faber Birren have published work on the science of colour and how influential it can be.
  3. Colour can be an excellent way to show personality.

Many of us struggle to bring in colour but still look smart. Luckily, there are some easy ways to add colour to your office suit wear without compromising on professionalism.

Ties and socks

Colourful ties and socks are a tried and tested way to bring a little bit of fun to corporate attire. This is certainly simple, but when it’s done right it can be very effective. We’d suggest sticking to solid colours in a flattering hue: it’s very difficult to look sophisticated in novelty items!

Pocket squares

It can be hard to get a pocket square right, but if you do you’ll look seriously dapper. The key to making this look contemporary is to keep things nonchalant. Avoid shiny fabrics and don’t be tempted to make your square an exact match of your tie or your shirt. Need more guidance? Here’s how to fold one.

Waistcoats and sweaters

In the colder months you may want to wear an extra layer under your suit. In addition to providing extra warmth, this can offer up lots of opportunities for those who want to add in some colour. A colourful sweater or waistcoat will look smart and stylish under your jacket. This look often works best with rich jewel-tones. Think ruby red, racing green or royal blue.


If you’re still not sure about colour, why not consider a suit with a subtle nod sewn in? Pinstripe tailoring is a wardrobe staple, but they don’t have to be grey. A bespoke office suit with a contrasting red or blue pinstripe can elevate your look without going overboard.

With autumn setting in, this is the perfect time of year to experiment with brightening up your office wear. Why not see for yourself if a touch of colour could enhance your look?