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 soirée.
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.
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 www.bonobos.com.
A twist on the old white bucks, Stirewalt shoes with contrasting laces are the way to show the world you have style in your soul. In nubuck with rubber sole, also available in gray with green soles, $115 at www.aldoshoes.com.