Wearing a blazer with jeans sharpens up the look and adds a tailored edge to casual dressing. However, exact colour-matching of jacket and jeans is inadvisable unless you are wearing a suit. Instead, choose coordinated colour combinations to achieve a stylish and distinctive look that also complements your hair colour and skin tone.
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Decide whether your hair colour and skin tone fall under the category of low contrast, high contrast or medium contrast. If you have light-coloured hair and a pale skin tone, or if you are bald or have very little hair, you belong to the category of low contrast. If you have a contrasting hair colour and skin tone, such as black hair and white skin, your colour coordination category is that of high contrast. A subtly-contrasting hair and skin tone that avoids either extreme falls into the category of medium contrast.
Choose clothing that mimics the contrast level of your hair and skin colour. Choose a blazer and jeans in hues derived from analogous colours if you have low-contrasting hair colour and skin tone. Analogous colours are colours that border each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and blue-violet. Indigo jeans with a midnight blue blazer, light blue jeans with a sky-blue jacket or black jeans with a charcoal-coloured jacket offer a subtly monochromatic look for men whose hair colour and skin tone are without sharp contrasts.
Choose a blazer and jeans in hues derived from combinations of complementary colours or triad colours if you have high-contrasting hair colour and skin tone. Complementary colours are colours that are placed directly opposite each other on the colour wheel, such as blue and orange. Triad colours are groups of three colours that are equidistant on the colour wheel, such as red, yellow and blue. For a sophisticated look, try a burgundy-coloured blazer with indigo-coloured jeans, or enliven the casual look of your light blue jeans by pairing them with a tweed or patterned blazer.
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