“Oh I get by with a little help from my friends” – The Beatles


Now for something a little different! A personal request of sorts!

As some of ye may know, I also contribute style advice for http://www.Oxygen.ie, with little tweaks to my blog posts,  and today my style editor received a personal request from a reader on how a ‘ginger’ man should dress so I said I’d take a stab at it to help my fellow man out! below is my response, feel free to comment if I missed anything/disagree/fail at life completely…..

Bear in mind, most of my advice in my articles is of a universal nature, as in the core idea, such as fit and cut should work for most modern man. However, this is a specialised case as Red hair occurs in only 1-2 % of the world’s population!   Based on the research I’ve done, the key area to focus on here is colour- what to wear and what to avoid at all costs.

I wasn’t given much of a description in terms of how light or dark the hair colour was so I’ll play it safe. What you want to be looking for is autumn/winter colours; think browns, beige(unless you are pale), blues, navy, darker greens. If your hair is a darker shade, black and dark grey is also an option.

According to my research, the thing you definitely want to be avoiding is obviously brighter colours. Bear in mind, this all comes down to your personality and hair shade. Some people want to draw attention away from their hair colour and as such wear more monochrome colours, others embrace it and wear much more brighter colours.

Another tip:  look for earthy tones on t-shirts to wear underneath over shirts, jackets and cardigans. Finish your look with brown leather accessories instead of black (shoes, belts, briefcases and even wallets). You can take the idea even further by investing in a beautiful brown leather jacket.

In terms of suits,  if you’re buying a grey suit, which seems to be an unescapable modern men’s staple, go towards warmer shades of grey and avoid charcoal and lighter colours. Another option is to pick up a good navy/ blue suit. If you have a paler complexion, try to avoid the white shirts and aim for ivory or off-white. For the more adventurous, darker haired guys amongst ye, a splash of purple may work in your favour if you can pull it off.

Justin O'Shea at Jil Sander

Denim would also work quite well with your hair colour. It keeps things rugged and masculine while sticking within the colour  scheme . You’re also a  great candidate for military jackets or shirts, as well as olive green jumpers . You can take green to little details like the dial of a watch, the frame of your spectacles (tortoiseshell would also work quite well and is currently very fashionable). Camouflage prints, when worn in moderation, will make an excellent statement for those with a more bold fashion sense.


As you can see, it’s quite a tough area to cover as there are varying opinions on what works and what doesn’t. Personally, I would stick with the dark blues, dark greens, denim, browns and, for a dash of colour, maybe some purple. An outfit I really like myself that I think would work quite well for you would be RDJ’s who is rocking all the right, restrained colours (glasses frames and all!) with a pop of purple from the tie.


Finally, all I can say is experiment with different textures and colours and  find out what works for you and what doesn’t. Sometimes, its not what you wear but how you wear it!!  So chin up, stand up straight and walk with a bit of swagger like one of my hero’s Joshua Homme!


Dave Shine

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