It is time for men to rise up and adopt colour, writes Laura Stead-Churchill.

For a man who’s looking to add some colour but doesn’t know where to start, here are a few easy additions and suggestions.

Colourful knitwear

“Knitwear is the simplest way to incorporate colour into your wardrobe and a great way to experiment with bolder hues,” says Mitchell Ogilvie menswear director Aung Lynn.

“Wear underneath a classic coat, jacket or suit blazer in a neutral shade to keep the look smart and classic. A burst of bright blue or purple will look crisp worn underneath a navy or grey blazer or jacket.”

Bright jeans/chinos

Lynn says classic fitting jeans and chinos are extremely versatile pieces in any wardrobe.

“Try a pair in palettes of forest green or electric blue as seen all over the autumn/winter runways this season. It is a modern take on a classic casual silhouette. It’s not about wearing colour all over, but having a few of those signature pieces to brighten up your winter look,” Lynn says.

“Adriano Goldschmied jeans come in 10 different colours or our Mitchell Ogilvie cashmere knits are in mint, burnt orange and lavender.”


“Ties, socks, shoes, bags, any accessory really, are a great way to dabble with colour if the idea of adding brights to your style agenda is overwhelming,” says Lynn.

“Ties are a fun way to tap into this trend – try matching the colour of your tie to your socks for a touch of quirkiness. Or mix it up completely and choose colours that clash.”

Bared Footwear

Created by podiatrist Anna Baird, the Bared label expanded into menswear last year to answer a call for stylish but comfortable shoes. These coloured loafers (RRP$229) are a fun style update to pair back with neutrals.


Inspired by art and design, Swedish-based Triwa watches have garnered a cult following with their contemporary Scandinavian designs. This leather-banded version (RRP$329) is water resistant to 100m and perfect for weekends outdoors.

Brooks Brothers

Sometimes a quirky touch – a hint of a spotted sock or coloured cufflinks is a fun way to introduce colour into a man’s wardrobe. These Brooks Brothers wallets (RRP$179ea) should do the trick.

Ask Laura

Q: I’m a guy with short legs, how can I look taller?

A: The key for anyone to look taller (guys or girls) is to not break the line of the leg with a shoe that’s vastly different in colour to your leg/pants. For guys, it’s about pairing your jeans/pants with a shoe in a closely matched colour.

This doesn’t mean taking it to the extremes of a green shoe with green chinos, but general tonality of all shades of blue head to toe for example with a dark shoe, or, the easiest way, black with black.

Mitchell Ogilvie is at 168 Edward St, Brisbane. Ph 3031 3888.
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