LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Its Not Easy Being Green

The color craze has hit the District! Even though autumn is usually defined by earth toned jackets, staple sweaters and those trusty old blue jeans, bottoms have taken a turn for the vibrant and taken over the season. From the runway of D&G to the racks of Rag & Bone, bright solid separates and bold color mixes have infiltrated all facets of fashion world.

I stumbled upon this Fashionisto while he was on his way to his fraternity’s weekly chapter meeting. I was immediately impressed with his ability to keep his ensemble chic, but also practical for a particularly rainy Sunday. His deep indigo washed chambray button-up kept the outfit chic for both his Sunday funday activities and more conservative evening meeting. The grey cable knit Rodarte cardigan serves as a stunning color contrast with the rich blue hue of his chambray and also dresses up the outfit. He topped off his layers with a stunning Brooks Brothers black and white houndstooth blazer. The jacket’s standout pattern is a fun touch to the outfit and breaks up the blocking of his other solid colored apparel. However, the pièce de résistance of this Fashionisto’s attire is his vintage Calvin Klein mint-green chino pants. These fashion forward pants prove that this dapper dude can make a statement in a way that pulls together his look. The pastel mint color of the pants are a perfect complement to the rest of the outfit’s hues and make each component stand out. Note how the neutral hues are highlighted by the contrast; this detail keeps the use of bright color from being clashing and obnoxious, or standing out for the sake of standing out. He finishes the look with Frye work boots, Rugby hat and Persol shades.

Wish to embody this Fashionisto’s color-blocked to perfection outfit? Luckily, most elements of this outfit are very on trend and can be found at tons contemporary stores! Rugby has a great brown and tan houndstooth blazer and John Varvados has also debuted a handsome grey version. The ever-popular J. Crew and trend-right Urban Outfitters can fulfill all your chambray needs. Gap and Ralph Lauren both have a chic cable knit cardigan. Ralph Lauren is also where you can find  a find floppy hat for those rainy days. For the heart stopping colored bottoms, there are many different brands that have debuted this trend in an array of styles and shades. A.P.C has come out with some lightning-bright colored bottoms, and J Brand has come out with some great colored chords to wear into winter. If you are looking to keep your hue in the preppy look, Ralph Lauren has some that are chic and classic. Band of Outsiders has also debuted a mint chino that looks almost like a spitting image of the vintage Calvin Klein pants.

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