Bold colors just the thing in late spring
Thanks to spring runways from Gucci and Paul Smith showing indigo blue, bright green and cherry-red suits and jackets, men can reveal their true colors.
Brad Andrews, brand president for Bonobos (www.bonobos.com), which recently opened a store in Washington, says customers are choosing chinos in orange, turquoise, mauve and mint, among other statement shades. Chambray jackets in red and blue and gingham shirts in pinks and greens are popular picks, too.
And, for guys fashion-ambitious enough to wear a candy-colored suit, keep in mind that it may not suit courthouse halls, but it could sub for seersucker at a summer soiree.
• Give your fashion mojo a go with a Gatsby-esque patterned pocket square, which you can wear instead of a tie. If you do wear a tie, be sure it doesn't match the pocket square, advises Mark Calder, director of design for Robert Talbott, luxe menswear maker. $75 at www.roberttalbott.com.
• Calder says the classic bow tie gets a hip edge in a straight shape like this one from Jonathan Adler, who just launched his neckwear line. “Whether you pair a geometric tie with a solid shirt or mix and layer your patterns, when you wear a tie you show that you care — they're the perfect punctuation,” Adler says. Aztec woven-silk bow tie, $69.50 at Jonathan Adler in Washington and www.jonathanadler.com.
• Willing to experiment? Dan May, style director of men's e-commerce site Mr Porter, recommends “trying a splash of color, not the whole outfit.” If you're going to wear lavender pants, say, go for a neutral top and jacket for the work week; on the weekend, pair them with a T-shirt. Washed chinos, $88 at Bonobos' Georgetown Guideshop in Washington, New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco, and at www.bonobos.com.
• A twist on the old white bucks, these shoes with contrasting laces are the way to show the world you have style in your soul. Stirewalt in nubuck with rubber sole, also available in gray with green soles, $115 at Aldo in Washington and www.aldoshoes.com.
Janet Bennett Kelly is a writer for The Washington Post.