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Coloring Outside the Lines


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I’m not seeing much to inspire me these days. There are rare exceptions on Tumblr (from whence came the photo above) and Pinterest. But I am intrigued by the emergence of pattern as a “menswear trend.” Combined with the use of color, it can be quite striking (in a good way.)

Most men (perhaps excluding Southerners?) are afraid of color, and with good reason. A misstep and, as The Architect is fond of reminding me, you look like you’re ready for the PGA Tour. I think that color and pattern can be used to cheerful effect. But it does ask that you think out of the box — or in this case, color outside the lines — of grey, blue, tan, black.


I styled this custom jacket at my tailor’s shop the other day and was very pleased with the result. I would have taken it one step further by adding in a lavender stripe shirt, but he hadn’t one lying around (custom tailors don’t stock much of anything, except neckwear and a few accessories.) Green, purple and yellow. That’s a lot of color. But with a pair of grey trousers and a brown shoe, it is perfectly acceptable Friday-wear and great for weekends when a jacket is required.

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