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The best colour combos for autumn

The best colour combos for autumn

Leaves are falling and the evenings are getting darker, so what better time to stand out against a dreary backdrop with a cool pop of colour? You might think of spring and summer as the seasons to embrace brighter shades, but there are just as many opportunities to weave interesting hues into your autumn wardrobe too – and we’re not just talking about earth tones. 

Whether you’re looking to update your work wardrobe, find new ways to dress as you step out this season, or want to make a style-forward impression on dates and nights out with friends, embracing colour is a great place to start. We spoke to Thread stylist Toby Standing about how you can push the boat out when it comes to your seasonal colour palette, without stepping out of your comfort zone.

Orange and navy

Why it works

When it comes to making an appearance in nature, orange and dark, midnight blues feel almost exclusive to autumn. So why not honour this perfectly seasonal colour combination in your outfit? “Orange and navy is a great combo that really shows the benefit of mixing bold, bright colours with more subdued, versatile tones,” Toby says. 

How to wear it

The laid-back yet considered feel of this simple look makes it easy to wear anywhere, from evenings out to relaxed weekends. Neutral navy anchors the look and keeps it easily within the colour palette of most men’s wardrobes, allowing the bright orange to do the talking. “Contrasting bold tones with a simple, easy-to-wear colour makes them both feel simultaneously more interesting and more wearable” Toby says. 

Pink and green

Why it works

Summer is all about pastels and pale colours, but the low light of autumn is more complementary against rich tones. So as the green fades from the trees, it’s time to start incorporating it into your wardrobe. “Pink and green are two joyful colours that are often overlooked when it comes to menswear,” Toby says. “When you don’t want to sacrifice the simple lightness grey and white can bring to an outfit, but they feel a little too basic, that’s where pink can shine.” 

How to wear it

A bright, saturated green is more wearable that it seems. It’s a cool alternative to safer khaki or forest shades that brings a confident directional feel to a simple jeans and t-shirt combination. Pair the vibrant green with a pale pink tee to add some contrast to dull autumnal days. 

Photographed: Vans Lampin LX (£65)

Words: Ella White
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Millie Rich
Styling assistant: Toby Standing