Clashing colours are always a no-go, but do you ever think about the colour of your beard against the colours of your outfit? Follow these pointers and you’ll be dressed to the nines with your beard in mind, in no time.
Have you ever found yourself wondering what colour clothes suit your beard? For those unfortunates unable to grow anything more than bum-fluff, this article is not for you. If you’ve got more rug on your face than your floor, then lucky you! You'll be into your beard oils and can work your entire outfit to make it look even slicker.
Besides looking a bastion of masculinity, you’ve also stumbled across an article jam-packed with fashion tips and style advice tailored for you and your beard. By the time we’re through, your beard-game will be at a whole new level and you'll know exactly what clothes to wear with beards.
What To Wear With a Brown Beard
You brunettes are in luck; a brown or black beard, much like brown or black clothing, can match with virtually anything. There’s very little that’ll clash with your face-fur - the worst you can expect is that your outfit won’t be quite as kickass as it could be. So how do you avoid sub-optimal kick-assery? Simple - use the same principle you would when deciding which jacket to wear with what tee: simplicity.
A darker beard usually needs darker colours to go with it. It's important that you get this trick right and also have the confidence to pull it off. This leather biker jacket and black band T-shirt is as on-trend as ever whilst also sticking to the simplicity that your outfit needs to make your beard stand out.
There’s more to looking good than a basic grasp of the colour wheel, though. Your outfit is more than just an ensemble of choice pieces; you want a stylish look that’s more than the sum of its parts, and in this case, your outfit also includes your beard.
One way to kick things up a notch is to work some visual unity into your look. Hold up though, because that doesn’t mean a shell suit - work a little cohesion into your style by rocking some texture. Try mixing a rough-and-ready denim number with dark trousers and shoes for a high-contrast look that’ll work with your beard, instead of lurking in the background - bringing out the best of both.
What To Wear With A Blonde Beard
Ok, so the darker dudes are looking dapper in whites and lighter colours - so it follows that the paler fellas will want darker colours, right? Right! Personally, I can’t think of too many colours that wouldn’t work with a blonde beard, provided we’re keeping to the deeper, darker end of the colour spectrum.
Be careful of yellower colours - even the darker shades, like mustard, may be too similar to give you the follicular pop we’re going for here. That said, there’s an exception to every rule, and something like a sweet yellow pocket-square could work in some of that visual unity we were talking about earlier.
Something you have to remember - regardless of your hair colour - is that a beard will alter the balance of your face. The bigger the beard, the more pronounced the effect will be. Now, we've got plenty of advice on maintaining a consistent beard, but it doesn't end there - we’re all about helping you make the most of what you’ve got.
What To Wear With A Light Beard
So far, it seems like the blondes and brunettes are having plenty of fun. However, some of us aren’t blessed with face-decoration that’ll work with pretty much whatever we throw at it. Some of us are ginger, and that can be a tricky proposition. Now, we’re running the tone gamut here; depending on whether you’re an honest-to-god redhead or you insist on being called auburn, darker and lighter colours respectively are going to grab a lot of attention.
Green can work great with a red beard but green can also make you look like a reject from Santa’s Workshop. The best choice for this beard colour has got to be blue every time. Blondes and brunettes might have more versatility, but blue can do things to a ginger beard that’ll have every follicle in the vicinity shrivelled in envy.
On the opposite end of the spectrum - literally - you will pretty much always want to avoid red. This isn’t only a question of how well your clothing suits your beard; there’s a second factor at play here. See, quite often the colour of your beard is going to be a pretty good indicator of the colour of your complexion: darker beards tend to suggest a darker skin tone; blonde beards paler.
Ginger beards and rosy cheeks, for better or worse, tend to go hand in hand. This means that wearing too much red means you run the risk of looking a little too tomato-ey to be stylish. This is why the contrast of blue clothing works well, but never fear, you aren’t relegated to cool tones alone. Browns, mustard, and maroon are all warmer options that’ll look great on the ginger gentleman.
What To Wear With A Silver Beard
Admittedly, this last one doesn’t seem likely to apply to most of you. Grey is in, and if you’ve got grey on your face, dye-job or otherwise, you’ve lucked out. Like clothing, a grey beard is pretty neutral. You can throw damn near anything at it and be confident it’ll stick.
It’s worth remembering that a grey beard (provided it doesn’t drag on the ground) has an air of dignity and class to it. A sharp suit and a neat trim will blow ‘trendy’ out of the water, sail straight by ‘stylish’, and carry right on past the fashion horizon.
4 Easy Styles To Suit Your Beard
- Brown hair will suit almost every colour. Take advantage of this and go for bright colours or slick monochrome outfits.
- Blonde facial hair works best with darker colours. Team your dark greys and blacks to make your beard lift and gain the attention it deserves.
- Red beards look great with blue tones. Try to avoid reds unless the red is a darker shade than your beard, such as maroon.
- Silver beards will work with pretty much any colour. If you have a silver beard, test the look with a sharp suit.
And On That Note
Pretty straightforward, yeah? No matter who you are or what colour ‘tache you’re sporting, if you can choose the right colours, work some texture into your wardrobe, and remember to balance a bushy beard, then no one is going to think you’ve forgotten to shave after last Movember. If you're struggling with your beard styles, check out our manual for our tips on products and maintenance.