If I think of my favourite kits at every World Cup, it is the same countries that pop up every time. Every four years I am almost guaranteed to like the Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Argentina and Nigeria kits. Obviously, these nations generally have high visibility in the tournament (bar the Dutch in 2018 of course) and some of those jerseys are steeped in tradition and etched in our collective memories, but I reckon there is more to it. The kits are pleasing on the eye. The colour scheme works and must have a psychological impact on the opponents and boost the players wearing the smart ensemble.
Colour creates an impression
Football and rugby have served up some right shockers kit wise over the decades no doubt (looking at you Stade Français), but rarely is a bum note hit by the above nations. The psychology of sport and some savvy colour pairing make for a potent mix. Would Johan Cruyff have cut quite the memorably messianic figure performing the “Cruyff Turn” in the Arsenal away kit of 1991-1993 (aka The Bruised Banana top)? The oranje top of the Netherlands is revered around the world and synonymous with style, skill and flair.
The point I am getting at here is the colours in an outfit, no matter the circumstances, are influential. However, us men don’t inject enough colour into our own day to day outfits or if we do, we often don’t get it right. Women are experts at it, we are certainly behind the curve here. A pop of the right kind of colour can give you a pep in your step and get you noticed for the right reasons.
My colour code
I am pretty fair-skinned. I can’t wear red or black as I look positively anaemic in both. I only discovered this after several failed outfit experiments. You live and learn! What I do like wearing is unsurprisingly along the lines of those handsome football kits. I have the confidence of a flying winger in:
- A well-fitting white t-shirt (Germany) with navy chinos or denim. A classic look.
- A rich blue shirt (Azzuri blue) with almost anything
- Green polo shirt, scarf or t-shirt (Nigeria) with some tailored trousers
- Navy polo or floral shirt (Scotland 1974-1990) under a blazer. No laughing. I am Scottish. We bruise easily
- Orange/yellow t-shirt (Netherlands/Sweden, Brazil, Colombia) with smart shorts when on holiday or on darker days can be worn under a coat or jacket
I keep an eye out for brighter blues as opposed to the washed out blue that features on many a formal shirt. I would venture that most of us look good in a strong blue.
I never say no to pink in a shirt or t-shirt as I seem to always get complements when wearing it. What is it that women love about a man wearing pink?
Grey does not provide a pop of colour per se, but does look great on nearly everybody. A warm grey, such as a mélange is perfect for weekend wear. Whether out with the kids or taking it easy, it is a great casual shade.
The final way I get some colour into my day is through the use of accessories. Women excel at this. Now more so than ever. Us men have less scope here, so the accessories we have should be used judiciously. A pop of colour from a tie or a scarf can really lift an outfit out of the doldrums.
It is definitely worth having warm winter scraves and silk versions for summer. The silk scarf is primarily for stylish decoration of course. Not everything can be utilitarian.
Good luck with your colourful clothing. Summer won’t know what has hit it.
Thanks for reading,