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Thinking about colour – part 3

June 8, 2010

So then, here I am again harping on about colour.

The reason for this post? Well I’ve been putting my money where my mouth is in terms of colour and bought some washed raspberry chinos for the summer. They’re not what I’d normally wear – mainly because they’re not blue, but I thought I’d give them a go and see what happens. It was initially spurred on by the article I did on UNIS’ Spring/Summer 2010 collection and the really nice rust chinos worn with a pale blue shirt that I thought looked great.

I’ll start by admitting that I tried them on, thought I could make them work, bought them, took them home, put them on to show the missus and she looked at me in a way that she hasn’t before – it wasn’t a good look… Undeterred though I’ve been wearing them and am determined to make them work, hell not only to make them work but to actually look decent in them. I haven’t quite figured out how I’ll do that yet but I think it involves contrasting a blue shirt against them and hoping for the best.

They actually look pretty decent with just a white T-shirt, rolled up legs, no socks and my grey Common Projects Tournaments – that’s how I wore them a couple of Saturdays ago for the 1.25 hours of sun that the UK got that weekend. I’ll admit to feeling a bit too bourgeois for my own good sporting that particular look so it’s probably not going to make it to everyday wear.

The next attempt was with a chambray (due to the tone of the blue working well with the chinos) and white Vans. This felt more in my comfort zone but I still feel quite self conscious wearing them. It did however seem more successful as it’s not just the colour of them against white – there are actually other colours to contrast against and it makes everything look more considered and you’re not drawn straight to my legs. There’s now a more harmonious balance going on but it’s taken a bit more work (because it’s harder to make colours work together than it is to wear a single colour and then white).

Attempt number three has involved the white Vans again (because I live in them in the summer) but this time the top half is covered with a blue and white striped T-shirt. This again feels rather ‘posh’ but the nautical star on my am takes the edge off. Number four consists of the same as numbers two and three but this time with my beloved blue gingham shirt, trouser legs rolled up again. I wore this a fortnight ago and got a few compliments in work (all from women) so I must have been doing something right. I’d also noticed on my walk through Soho to work that day that I was the only bloke wearing trousers that weren’t either blue, grey or black…

I’d be lying if I said it was as easy to wear these as it is a pair of indigo denims or a pair of navy chinos because it’s not, it’s pretty difficult truth be told. The four looks above work and I think they look alright but it’s going to take a while until I’m completely comfortable wearing these and have more than a handful of ‘looks’ (all of which are essentially the same anyway).

Since writing this piece (about three weeks ago), there’s has been a major problem. You see I was watching this years Monaco Grand Prix and was horrified to see Eddie Jordan wearing a pair of the same chinos (with shirt tucked in and unbuttoned half way down his chest, massive belt and a watch like a dinner plate). I haven’t gone as far as to burn mine yet but I haven’t worn them since, I tried to on Friday but just couldn’t manage it so put them back in the wardrobe.

All of that hard work…

6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 7, 2010 7:13 pm

    I think I’d like to see a picture of that…
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  2. tooshay permalink
    June 8, 2010 8:49 am

    I bet those were the same ones I was jonesing over at Albam, right? I held them in my hand and almost made the purchase. Didn’t, and now I think I made the right choice.

    • June 8, 2010 8:57 am

      Yeah they are Albam ones.

      It’s just the colour’s so sodding hard to wear, or at least it’s hard for me to wear anyway, I just feel really conspicuous in them. I’ve seen other people wearing them and they look great. I don’t think I can pull them off though. I’ll give it another try once the sun’s out again and see what happens.

  3. Chris permalink
    June 9, 2010 3:58 pm

    It’s always a tough call on whether to listen to the missus or not; you don’t know whether she’s being too conservative or reining in your excesses. I got that ‘look’ with a pair of burgundy cords I’d been dreading showing her. I couldn’t afford the eg workaday ones and found a pair in american apparel, she didn’t think much of them.

  4. June 14, 2010 1:30 pm

    Pics please Rob – I’m intrigued. With the gingham shirt and white vans…

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