LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Think Pink

While many have adopted the mindset of having an accepted traditional norm of gender-appropriate colors schemes, trendsetters of the world know better. Fashion doesn’t distinguish between boy and girl; it simply colors the world in shades of bright and awesome. Present day, women rock menswear fashions and oversized apparel, and Fashionistos are crossing over to pink and pastel hues. So be bold and take the plunge into fuchsia fashions!

I found this Fashionsito in Kogan Plaza, where he was enjoying the crisp autumn day under the gazebo. I immediately took notice of his colorfully constructed clothing. He layered his Vineyard Vines Murray button-down shirt with an insulative Patagonia puffy vest, thereby keeping the ensemble cozy yet preppy chic. His authentic original Sperry Topsiders are also a preppy daytime staple that goes perfectly with his classroom appropriate outfit. However, every true preppy knows your outfit is subpar without a pair of pink hued chinos. These fashion forward pants prove that this dapper dude can make a statement in a way that pulls together his look. This Fashionisto maintained the perfect balance of bright and neutral tones in his outfit by mixing bright preppy colors with toned down neutrals and soft pastels. This colorful combination of clothing is a great example because it is fun and unique without clashing or being obnoxious. He toned down his attire by dressing his top half in more subtle shades, while keeping the rest of the outfit colorful with accessories. His Vineyard Vines ribbon belt adds just enough color contrast to the striking solid trousers without deterring from its vivid tones. He tops off his ensemble with his Rolex watch, a Connecticut College baseball cap, and frat shades with croakies to shade himself from the sunny afternoon.

Want to emulate this Fashionisto’s perfectly pink preppy outfit? Luckily there are many different places to shop for rosy hued pants. Vineyard Vines always stocks these rusty rose twill pants, and Polo Ralph Lauren carries pink pants in corduroys and chinos. Preppy outfitter J. McLaughlin also makes terrific twill trousers in a variety of colors. To keep toasty in a posh puffy vest, classic outdoor outfitters are the way to go. Patagonia carries vests for every climate, ranging from fleece to puffy and down vests. Northface also sells fun colored vests for the winter season. For a more classic waspy look, Barbour has many different gilets in basic olive and brown hues. For a funky accent, Vineyard Vines and Smathers and Branson offer a wide selection of needlepoint and ribbon belts. Sperry Topsiders has every style of boat shoes one would ever need. Opening Ceremony and J. Crew also sell special edition Sperry’s that are fun, unique and perfect for your everyday preppy look.

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