Let’s Get Faded: Dusty Chinos
April 24th, 2013
Spring is here – time to break out the colorful chinos.
Try to avoid the predictable (like loud red) and anything bright neon. Look for faded or “dusty” shades of unexpected pastel colors.
Here’s three examples to get the ideas flowing.
1. Mellow Yellow
I like to keep it simple in the Spring, and use color to make an outfit fresh.
A great combination for this time of year: cobalt blue, cognac brown, and yellow. But not bright school bus yellow. A dustier, faded yellow.
I’m a huge fan of the denim jacket, but I love to switch things up. This lightweight vintage zip-up is a great replacement for the Spring/Summer.
I’m also a big fan of band-collar shirts, especially in warmer weather. Dan cut the collar off this old Banana Republic shirt and replaced it with a white neckband. Then I stole it from the Articles of Style styling closet.
And I can’t go a post without saying it. Time and time again, visit your local vintage stores… I picked up these brown loafers (which I desperately needed in my rotation), shined them up a little bit and now they’ve become a go-to.
2. Spearmint Fresh
Try a mint green – it’s subtle and suprisingly versatile. I’ve been making several outfits around these recently. I like how they offer a nice twist to an outfit, without screaming “GO TO HELL” prep.
Simple layering in neutral colors works best here – the cardigan doubles as a jacket.
Neutral bucks are an essential shoe for the Spring/Summer.
Dress them up, dress them down, and don’t be afraid to get them dirty. They look better with some authentic wear and tear (…these are brand new).
3. Mauve Magic
It’s not purple. It’s more “mauve”. Remember Darkwing Duck?
The real secret to pulling off any colorful chino: anchor it down with blues and browns, as all three of us are doing in this post.
This vintage alpaca blazer (which is the perfect piece for the cool breeze of early Spring) is a colorful pair of pants’ best friend. This thing has like twelve different colors in it, and they’re all very subtle; burnt orange, kelly green, royal blue, chocolate brown, there’s even a little mauve hidden in there pulling this all together.
The problem with starting a high-end vintage shop, is you come across some truly amazing product and it’s hard to let it go. We have a whole new stock dropping soon. More on that later.
Not sure which shoe works with that shade?
- Gold Plated hand-engraved shades by Matsuda
- Wool/Alpaca tweed blazer by Polo Ralph Lauren (Vintage)
- Blue bengal stripe button-down shirt by Michael Andrew Bespoke
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
- Suede watch strap by Alpha Bravo Straps (etsy)
- Necklaces from NYC Street Artist
- White cotton pocket square
- Brown suede Ring belt by Brooks Brothers
- “Mauve” chinos by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Loafers by Bass Weejun
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Photography by Alex Crawford.