- Royal (although its neighbor French Blue works)
- Graphite (although its neighbor Charcoal works)
- Beige / Taupe (although Khakis, natural canvas (see below) and Irish Fisherman's Sweaters are exceptions)
- Mulberry / Plum (although its neighbor Maroon / Burgundy works)
- Teal Blue/ Teal Green/ Teal Anything
- Rose/ Rose Bud/ Dusty Rose / Dusty Anything (Although faded Nantucket Red works)
- Sea Foam Green / Sea Foam Blue
- Gold (But stripes on a Repp tie, and L.L. Bean's Field Coat in Saddle work)
Natural canvas works, but beige does not
There are a few colors that are mostly misused. But they can work, albeit only in highly specific situations.
- Black can work, but only in formal wear worn after 6 in a major metropolis.
- Red never works when paired with black except a Maine Guide Shirt or Filson Mackinaw. And obviously, even a stripe or trim of red precludes wearing pink.
- Orange can work if the garment is authentic working gear, such as survival or sporting.
- Mossy green and brown should be used by experts only. Olive should be left to Barbour.
A Rare Successful Use of Orange