How to Wear Salmon: The Guy’s Color Guide

How to Wear Salmon: The Guy’s Color Guide

Tips on sporting this flattering shade
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By Megan Collins | Last Updated: Jul 17 2022 | 7 min read

Prime your closet for more color with this series of color guides, breaking down how to wear a bright hue (like how to wear salmon!) with easy color combinations and outfit ideas.

Want more? Learn how to wear bright blueamberlavenderarmy green, slate, orange, sharkskin grey, gold, teal, khaki, merlot, red, evergreen, white, cobalt blue, mint green, orange sorbetyellow and navy.

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Salmon: it’s so much more than a compromise sushi roll when you’re out with a group! Salmon is also an awesome color for guys to wear.

It falls between pink and orange, and tends to bring out the best in everyone’s skin. Just like the Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, coincidentally!

Who looks good in salmon?

Salmon is one of those colors that works for basically everyone’s skin tone. So great, right?!

Just be sure you seek out the right shade of salmon.

Guys with more of an olive undertone should veer towards the pink end of the salmon spectrum.

Those with fairer skin will want to choose a shade of salmon that’s a little lighter and more orange.

The colors to wear salmon with in your wardrobe

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What colors go with salmon

What color goes with salmon? Well, you’ve got a few options, actually!

We really love the shade with a purple-y eggplant color. You also keep things a little more subdued with neutrals like light blue (in a sturdy chambray material is 10/10) or an army green.

That means, you can wear salmon as the only bright color in an outfit otherwise anchored by neutrals. 

Or you can hit ’em with a one-two punch of pink-ish and purple-y that’s totally modern and manly. Promise.

When to wear salmon

You can wear salmon all year round, though you’ll probably find it more often in summer clothes. Think: linen shorts, short-sleeve button-ups, and lightweight cotton sweaters.

In colder weather, look for heavier knits like sweaters and oxford shirts in salmon.

If you’re feeling bold, you can also wear salmon-colored pants.

Chinos are always a good way to go. You’ll love how they elevate a casual outfit into something more special.

// How to wear salmon on the weekends //

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SG Says: See how the salmon-colored button-up looks so nice against the olive/army green shorts? Navy would look great, too. Like we said, you’ve got options!

However, don’t feel like you have to stick to neutral shades. This hue can hold its own against other bright, bold colors. We’re particularly enthusiastic about pairing salmon pants or shorts with teal or a reddish-purple pocket tee.

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SG Says: Another great example of a salmon color bringing some color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

// How to wear salmon to work //

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What to wear with salmon color pants:

Whatever you want!

SG Says: Don’t be afraid to add more color to your pants repertoire.

When salmon-colored chinos and twill pants hit the style scene a few years ago, it might have felt too preppy or too “out there.” But by now? They’re just another pair of cool pants in your closet.

The best salmon-colored accessory

The easiest (and smallest) way to incorporate salmon into your wardrobe? A really gorgeous salmon tie to wear it to the slew of warm weather weddings that are likely on your agenda year-in, year-out.

Trust us: It’ll be a major hit.

Salmon color outfit inspiration

Now, check out some real world style examples!

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Check out a roundup below of how to wear salmon pants, how to wear salmon shirts, and even a salmon suit.

How to wear a salmon-colored shirt

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SG Says: Man oh man does this shirt pop against that navy sport coat or what? With the chocolate brown shoes and oatmeal-colored twill pants, this look is 100’s all around.

How to wear a salmon-colored sport coat

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SG Says: We like the brown leather watch, white pocket square, and subtle men’s jewelry that really add up to a full “look” here. The whole thing pops in a handsome, masculine way.

How to wear a salmon suit (yes, really!)

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SG Says: Check out plus-size blogger Notoriously Dapper in a double-breasted, salmon-colored suit! Now that is a look. And, for the record, he’s totally pulling it off.

Not quite ready to go for a full DB look in salmon? Try a trouser in the color with a lightweight dress shirt in summer.

Shop #SGapproved salmon picks


Feeling overwhelmed by color confusion? We can help!

Ready to up your style game but don’t know where to start? Book a virtual styling session with a member of Team SG!

In a 1:1 video call, you’ll connect with a dedicated personal stylist who will create a style plan to help you dress the best, most stylish version of the awesome guy you already are!

We’ll also help you figure out how to wear your new clothes with the things you already own.

If you’re ready for a style game plan that’ll save you time, energy, and your sanity, give us a shout.


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