The flannel that I made DH’s last shirt from is a mix of yarn-dyed bright navy and black in a twill weave. From a distance, it reads as a dark navy. This color can be taken for virtually any season, with changes in buttons and/or topstitching.
Here’s a true-to-color picture of the fabric (complete with cat hair – yes, it’s off to the wash before he wears it):
My husband is a summer, with bright blue eyes and pewter brown hair. So I put brown buttons on this – it plays down the intensity of the color and brings out more of the navy feel. (Here’s a picture, with too much flash – lightens the colors quite a lot, but you still get the idea).
If my husband were a winter, I’d have gone with black buttons. If he were a spring, I’d have gone with blue buttons, or maybe green. If he were an autumn, I’d have gone with darker brown buttons and brown topstitching.
If you ever end up with a shirt that is *almost* your color but doesn’t quite suit you, try changing up the buttons and see where you get.
Here’s another couple of pix of shirts w/buttons… in both cases the buttons *made* the shirt. Baby blue matches DH’s baby blues, and that hot turquoise loves me… but steel grey buttons and stitching take it up to the next level, and I got mad compliments on that shirt with the red buttons and lace.
Just something to think about. Buttons are easy to sew, and your local fabric store has a pile. You can do SO much with a good button.