January 15, 2013

2013 Winter Colors for Men: Charcoal Gray

Trendy Winter Colors for 2013: Charcoal Gray

charcoal-mens-peacoatWhen it comes to men’s fashion in the wintertime, a lot of people feel somewhat constricted in terms of which colors they can wear. This is especially true for those who don’t typically put a lot of stock in wintertime fashion and prefer to think of functionality over aesthetics. The fact is, there are plenty of ways to look good and stay warm at the same time during the winter; you don’t need to choose one or the other. Charcoal is one of the most effective colors in men’s fashion, and is perfect for incorporating into your winter ensembles. Consider the following tips on how to add charcoal to your wardrobe and wear the color effectively this winter.

How It’s Different
Blacks and greys are popular colors in men’s fashion – no one will argue against this. When worn improperly, however, they can be rather stark and unattractive. Charcoal takes the best of both worlds and combines a variety of neutrals to create one specific shade. Depending upon the piece, charcoal might include shades of black, white, silver and grey to create a soft-metallic color that simply pops no matter how it is worn. In this way, it stands apart from many other monochromatic neutrals.

Common Applications
While charcoal can easily find a comfortable spot in just about any type of piece, it is most effective when incorporated into outerwear during the winter. A charcoal peacoat, for example, is one of the most commonly-worn items of men’s fashion during the winter months, and for good reason; it’s very attractive. You’re less apt to find charcoal in sweaters, however it’s not uncommon for the color to pop up in pants – charcoal-colored jeans and slacks are both effective when worn properly.


If solid charcoals are a bit too plain for you, then play with pattern and fabric texture. A herringbone textured, charcoal gray vest (shown above), or a a textured wool knit tie are just two of many possibilities here.

gray-black-wool-necktiePutting Together an Ensemble
Thankfully, charcoal is one of the easiest colors to work with throughout the winter months, even if you aren’t particularly well-versed in men’s fashion. You’ll want to start by picking up a charcoal-colored peacoat (double-breasted preferred), which will look good when worn with both casual and semi-formal pieces. If the weather is warm enough, try wearing charcoal jeans with black chukka boots and perhaps a thermal that incorporates muted colors. Last but not least there is always the charcoal gray tie. The tie on the left, out of BlackBird’s winter collection is a perfect choice. The worsted wool, complimenting colors, and preppy striped pattern make it a perfect winter accessory for the fashion forward tie aficionado.

Remember that you can never have enough of this color on-hand. With enough charcoal in your wardrobe, you’re sure to look dapper this winter.

Other Trendy Winter Colors for 2013:
Burnt Orange in Mens Winter Fashion 2013
Trend Color for Men in 2013 Sandy Brown

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