Some colours seem appropriate only for a particular season. Just like black is associated with cold weather, beige is a colour for warmer days. Light, fresh, and versatile it’s one of those colours that are practical in many ways – as well as timeless. In this post, we focus on one particular item that should feature in every man’s wardrobe – the beige sport coat. Suitable for any time of day and pairs well with most other colours, it’s one of those basic pieces that make a man’s life easier – and that includes young, as well as fair-skinned men.
Wearing a beige sport coat according to one’s skin tone
Beige is a summer favourite not only because compared to darker colours, it looks light and fresh in the heat but also because of how well it complements tanned. As a general rule, when choosing an outfit, one should aim for some contrast between the outfit’s colour scheme and one’s skin tone. Without contrast, the resulting image will be one of utter dullness.
A sport coat is a top layer and therefore, when considering if a colour suits one’s complexion or not, cannot be seen on its own. The deciding factor is the shirt one wears under the sport coat and its colour should be chosen with the need for contrast in mind.
Men with darker skin tones will look best with shirts in lighter colours, such as white and pastel colours. This not only creates a direct contrast between the shirt and skin tone but also maintains the element of contrast throughout the upper half of the outfit.
On the other hand, on men with lighter skin tones, a beige sport coat will not create any significant contrast. This will have to be created by means of a shirt in a strong colour, such as royal blue or violet. A strong coloured-shirt has the added benefit of keeping the focus on the wearer’s face – as should be.
Wearing a beige sport coat to work
Being a neutral colour, beige is a safe colour to wear to most places, including workplaces where some degree of flexibility and personal preference is tolerated. For a professional look, a shirt in a solid colour, such as white or sky blue (especially if fair-skinned) is an unbeatable choice. Keep the trousers in a neutral colour. Ideally, so as to add visual interest, aim for a bit of contrast between the trousers’ colour and the rest of the outfit. If wearing a tie, aim for a colour that approximates that of trousers. This not only adds an element of continuity along the upper and lower halves of the outfit but also balances the soft look resulting from the light colours of the sport coat and shirt.
Of course this very much depends on one’s workplace. In certain corporate environments, such as banks or law firms, any form of deviation from black and charcoal are typically frowned upon. On the other hand, more work environments are promoting a less formal atmosphere, which also applies to their dress code.
Wearing a beige sport coat as part of a smart casual outfit
As a light colour, beige is ideal for summer morning events. It certainly feels more comfortable than other classical options like navy or brown. In addition, in tune with the relaxed and less formal atmosphere that prevails in summer, a beige sport coat will not look too casual at an evening event.
When coordinating an outfit for a social event, the choice of colours should mainly depend on the event itself. A classical look is always a safe bet. Sticking to neutral colours, one can add a brighter and more adventurous streak through a pocket square or neckwear.
Alternatively, if a more youthful or unique look will not seem out of place, a beige sport coat will complement trousers in less common colours, such as mint, pink, and turquoise. If opting for such colours, keep the shirt in a neutral colour, even if patterned.
As a neutral colour, there are many options that can be considered, as long as the result is appropriate for the event, including setting and crowd.