Sometimes low-contrast outfits can be challenging.  When the elements don’t contrast much, sometimes they clash instead of blending well, and sometimes the overall effect can be somewhat boring.  I think this one works fairly well, though – what do you think? The slightly darker tie, shoes, and hat hopefully provide just enough contrast to liven up the low contrast of the jacket, shirt, and pants.

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Jacket: Jos. A. Bank, thrifted, $8
Shirt: Brooks Brothers, sale, $40
Tie; Brooks Brothers, outlet, $10
Pocket Square: thrifted, $5
Pants: Brooks Brothers, sale, $70
Shoes: Brooks Brothers, clearance, $160
Hat: Dobbs, clearance, $60

Total: $353
At retail prices: $1600 or more

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6 Responses to Low Contrast

  1. Another very nice ensemble. Most pleasing to the eye.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich von B.

  2. Axel Jones says:

    Great choice on the pocket square, just the perfect amount of colour to pop.

  3. CP says:


    This ensemble looks very nice. In the past I have not worn brown and grey. The sport coat and tie pull it together nicely. Maybe I should loosen up and consider these color combinations. Thanks for the nice website.

  4. transposition says:

    Love everything but the hat — too dark. You would be much better served by a lighter tan/gray hat.

    Absolutely love the jacket/trousers pairing — the windowpane stands out much better.

  5. Two Tone says:

    I will be the dissenter here and say something is not right here. In the first photo, you look all blue from the waist up, and all brown waist down. It looks like two separate outfits photoshopped together. Maybe swap the brown suede shoes for grey, the blue shirt for ivory to break up the blue/brown half-and-half look. And, lose the hat.
    Just my thoughts.

  6. Dovid says:

    I agree with Two Tone about the blue above, and brown below split. Black suede shoes would be possible. Once you arrive to the office, the hat would come off, and, depending on the working environment, the coat as well, and you would have a low contrast problem again. I would opt for darker pants.

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