Color Coding: Men's Shirts

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Color Coding: Men's Shirts
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You've opened your closet and realized it's all shades of blue, black and white, but you're totally bored with them. If new colors seem intimidating, but the notion of wearing new prints and colors appeals to you, take a cue from celebrities who've mastered the art of color coding on the red carpet. Keep in mind that pairing outfits isn't always second nature to some; many of these celebs have stylists behind the scenes who know which colors and textiles look best together.

Mad for Plaid
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Mad for Plaid

Actor Ryan Reynolds keeps things casual and low-key with a grey plaid shirt and tie. You can do the same with any variety of plaid in either a long or short sleeve. For an especially stylish look, wear plaid in green, blue or yellow and pair it with jeans or under a blazer for a more polished look.

Pumped for Pink
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Pumped for Pink

Don't make any color off limits, be bold in unconventional shades like pink. Actor Michael McMillian looks sharp in his pale pink shirt with a gray blazer. To minimize the "pink effect," pair your shirt with darker colors and accessories.

Play Up Purple
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Play Up Purple

If you've worn lilac or a grayish purple, kick things up a notch with a bright purple, as seen on actor Nick Cannon. Wear purple shades with navy, black or grey to create a similar look. Don't be afraid to mix dark and bright shades for a masculine, yet colorful outfit.

Green With Envy?
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Green With Envy?

Amp up a green button-down like NFL player Colin Kaepernick does in this shirt and vest combo. The fitted vest and tie dress up the overall look while his jeans keep things casual. Create the same look and add a belt, hat or funky shoe for extra flair to this fresh pop of color.

Mellow in Yellow
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Mellow in Yellow

Brighten up your wardrobe with a burst of color like yellow. Former NFL player Dhani Jones wears his polo with jeans and an orange belt buckle. Try yours with slacks, shorts or opt for a yellow button-down with your suit.

Fresh Squeezed Orange
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Fresh Squeezed Orange

Reality TV star Tye Strickland knows how to rock a casual button-down. This orange checkered shirt looks casual and cool with jeans and a large-face watch. Take a cue from southwestern color combos to rock this citrus shade.

Mix Prints
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Mix Prints

You may not be sold on wearing bright suits, but you can still coordinate shades in another way -- mixing shirt and tie prints. Actor Chris Pine pairs his blue-and-white striped shirt with an orange patterned tie under his navy suit. The subtle light and dark contrast, with the pop of detail in the tie makes his outfit memorable. Find separates that coordinate without clashing to mimic this sleek ensemble.

Keeping It In the (Color) Family
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Keeping It In the (Color) Family

Experiment with colors by taking a cue from actor Martin Freeman, who pairs a bright aqua shirt with a more demure navy suit. Pick a suit or jacket in a dark shade, then look for a corresponding shirt in a brighter hue from the same color family.

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