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The Guy's Guide to Wearing Golden Eye

Why we're loving this shiny shade

Summer is here, the sun is beaming, and colors are popping. Prime your closet for more color with this series of guides for bold shades. Each week SG HQ is going to break down how to wear a bright hue with easy color combinations and outfit ideas.

Catch up on bluebird blueamber orangelavenderarmy green, salmon, slateblood orangesharkskin, teal, khaki, merlot, red, evergreen, white, cobalt blue, mint green, orange sorbetyellow and navy.

Add some gold: just a bit at a time, but with big impact

If you haven’t seen the 17th (and our personal favorite) James Bond movie, definitely put it on your to-watch list: GoldenEye, featuring the eternally stylish Pierce Brosnan, is pretty thrilling. Our one critique, though? The film’s wardrobe should have made more use of golden hues throughout the film! But just because they missed an opportunity get gold in doesn’t mean your wardrobe should suffer the same fate.

Not that we’re advocating you suddenly start sporting brassy chain necklaces or those Versace knockoff faux-silk shirts (you know the ones we’re talking about) ). Instead, we recommend you work gold into your wardrobe the same way we suggested you add some sharkskin: just a bit at a time, but with big impact. That means putting this shiny shade in the accessory spotlight, from watches and footwear to ties, pocket squares, piping, and peekaboo linings.

Are you ready to see how to wear gold?


Anyone can wear this shade as an accent (and yes, we’re talking to you Mr. I-Only-Ever-Wear-Silver. Mix it up!). A little gold goes a long way, so the rules are simple: Wear sparingly.

That might mean the only gold in your outfit comes in the form of a watch or a gold belt buckle gold with your tie, pocket square, or cufflinks. Here’s a good rule: The more casual your outfit, the less gold you should be wearing—makes sense, right? Unless you’re going to a rave, but that’s a totally different type of guide.

Dressed up

Suit: Suit Supply, $500 | Tie: The Tie Bar, $19 | Shirt: Ralph Lauren, $60

Shoes: Allen Edmonds, $395 | Watch: Nixon, $500 | Cologne: Commodity, $100

Pocket Square: Kingsman, $95 | Socks: Obey, $11 | Shave Kit: The Art of Shaving, $150

Cufflinks: Paul Smith, $150


Gold looks terrific paired with a multitude of colors, but we’re especially into it for spring with bright shades like turquoise and bluebird. We love the look of a sleek gold tie with a navy suit and a bright blue pocket square—but we also wouldn’t say no to gold embroidery on an otherwise plain tee paired with army green pants.

On the weekend

Jeans: Levi’s, $160 | T-Shirt: J.Crew, $45 | Jacket: Hugh & Crye, $165

Watch: Nixon, $350 | Socks: Pair of Thieves, $10 | Shoes: Clarks, $130

Hair Goop: Grooming Lounge, $18 | Belt: L.L.Bean, $45


Generally speaking, we think that “classy gold”—like watches and some fabric accessories, not the type of gold Mr. T might wear to the gym—work for formal occasions.

But don’t be afraid to have fun with it, either: The Adidas logo stamped in gold foil on a pair of slim-fitting track pants is a good way to subtly work the hue into an outfit, as is a sweet pair of gold-accented sneakers.



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