Can You Pull Off Coloured Pants?


Men’s style, especially in mainstream North American society, has a tendency to lean more towards the plain traditional look of jeans and a t-shirt or your basic suit. So when a popular new style comes along that is out of the ordinary, you may be apprehensive to give it a try, I say go for it! Fashion is meant to be fun, so don’t be afraid to try something that is out of your comfort zone, you might be surprised to find that the way you dress can also change the way you feel. Wearing something that attracts attention might just be the welcomed confidence boost that you need on a particularly dreary day; it can also help ease your style into 2013.


As far as men’s spring/summer 2013 fashion goes, there is a new trend immerging as the next “big style” to go from the runway to the mainstream customer. That style would be the coloured pant for men. Be it jeans or trousers, adding a little pop of colour to your lower half speaks volumes. Colour in general says something about individual style. Whether it is muted or bright, it will attract attention, but it also conveys that you’re not afraid to take risks. So long as the rest of your outfit remains neutral, everyone can pull this look off. Your female counter parts have already taken the bright pant idea and ran with it. This was none more apparent than last spring, when a spectrum of colour in everything from casual to semi formal attire was worn by females everywhere. Last year saw the entrance of these bold bottoms for men on the runway, but I believe that 2013 will be the year that mainstream society embraces this trend with open arms.

Bright coloured pants are no longer just for the hipster crowd. Many designers at fashion week have been incorporating these pants into preppy, nautical and rocker looks.


For example, in Gilded Age’s 2013 spring/summer line you can see pants of all hues being paired with many different styles. Whether your wardrobe contains causal pieces or leans towards the trendier side, bold pants can be incorporated into almost any outfit. Pairing a red pant with a blazer, for example, can make for an interesting English prep look; and according to fashion week, this look is going to be hot in 2013. If you’re looking for something less preppy and a little more “badass”, try adding a biker jacket instead of the blazer.


For those of you who are unsure about leaving your fashion comfort zone, try colours that are not as out there, like a different shade of blue or green. You can even keep the rest of your outfit simple if you feel that adding bright colours may be overwhelming. Todd Snyder’s 2013 collection shows a light orange pant being paired with a basic grey sweater and navy jacket. This shows how an otherwise simple outfit can also be on trend with the addition of the unexpected pant.


For those of you who aren’t afraid of style changes, a daring alternative to the solid block colour pant is one with a pattern. It doesn’t take someone like fashion’s favourite “risk taker” Andre 3000 to pull off a style like this (for whatever reason that man can pull off ANYTHING, note the plaid pastel pants, I don’t know why it works but it does somehow), but there are some rules. So how does the everyday man where this style? Rules of thumb for pulling this off without looking clownish are to keep the print small, especially if that print is particularly loud or super bright. Also keep the rest of the outfit neutral and most importantly, wear it with confidence!


Following these simple rules will make any colour of pant you choose look very modern and sharp. Have fun experimenting with style this spring!


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