Brightly colored pants––all the rage in men’s fashion this year––are a fun way to add punch to an outfit. But the look, trendy among the 18-and-under set, can sometimes read more Bieber than Balenciaga. Men who prefer looking suave to being hip seem unlikely candidates for boldly hued bottoms.
This Fashionisto debunks expectations, though, and makes yellow pants look somehow classic. His style, which he attributes to his equally well-dressed lady friend, comes across as sharp and sophisticated.
Here, shade is a defining factor. Mustard is eye-catching without being flashy, whereas canary yellow pants, though very on-trend, might have felt a bit over-the-top. The subtlety also gives this dapper fellow a chance to play with color. His red scarf pops against the pants, but doesn’t compete with them.
This Fashionisto clearly has a thing for the timeless. Paired with a pinstriped blazer, his black turtleneck exudes understated elegance, and his simple square-toe shoes give off a similarly polished vibe. Unusual details, like a cool tweed cap and horn-rimmed glasses, add old-school charm to the outfit.
To pull off colored pants without being confused for a member of One Direction, look no further than this guy for inspiration.
ASOS and Band of Outsiders both make skinny cords similar to his, and Topman sells a pair of sleek mustard chinos. American Apparel’s Slim Slack jeans come in muted yellow in addition to a variety of other bright-but-not-too-bright hues. The truffle, peacock and hunter green options would all work well in this outfit.
Colorful pants can look adolescent when paired with a hoody or graphic tee, so take cues from this Fashionisto and opt for refined pieces instead. This pinstriped blazer from ASOS looks just like his, but I get the feeling he’d also be into this professorial-chic number from J.Crew.
You can get shoes like this dude’s from Bed Stu, but saddle shoes or wingtips would suit this look just fine. You might even consider wearing preppy socks for an extra dose of dapperness—roll up your pant legs ever so slightly to expose them.
Your best bet for finding a tweed newsboy cap is vintage. I recommend hitting up your local Goodwill, but eBay and Etsy have loads of them. Finally, give your look a little whimsy by haphazardly draping around your neck a scarf in a color that contrasts your pants.
This Fashionisto proves that done right, even a tweenybopper staple can be grown-up. If it’s sophistication you crave, dress your trendy piece up with sleek classics. The result is anything but Disney Channel.
Hint: To give your outfit extra pizzazz without sacrificing an ounce of elegance, try a patterned scarf instead of a solid one.