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The Working Man: Taking Cues from Burberry Prorsum Spring 2015

by Jordan Zeman | June 25th, 2014   

As with women, some men are afraid to take chances on color with work wear. There is a misconception that something bright or mixing colors together can come across as too casual for the office. While mismatched prints may not fit in the work environment, bold and saturated colors can look very sophisticated.

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Burberry Prorsum’s Spring 2015 menswear collection, which was inspired by the travel writer Bruce Chatwin, is a rich symphony of color. Interestingly, the line incorporates deeper jewel tones even though it is meant for spring. As with all runway shows, entire looks may not be practical for every day, but the individual pieces are beautiful ways to incorporate color into an ensemble.

Working with Burberry’s color palette, you can take baby steps into the looks with something easy like an orange pocket square, pink tie or yellow belt. These small accents will make an outfit brighter while also remaining understated. To take things a step further, look for a loafer or boat shoe in a vivid shade, like these Gucci options.

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Moving into more substantial outfit pieces, colored pants can be paired with neutral blazers and shirts. It is more of a bold statement, but still accessible. These J. Crew twill pants are only a small step from khaki, but still give a saturated vibe.

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Finally, you can take the look all the way with a colored blazer. Matching the pants and jacket together is a daring, tailored look. For these rich jewel tones, a matching set may be more appropriate for evening wear, like this set from Topman.

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Don’t shy away from incorporating color into your suiting. Working your way up from smaller accents can give you the chance to play around and make colors work for you.