Monday, February 22, 2010

Trend of the Week: Feb. 22, 2010

It’s official: purple is everywhere. And not just on the ladies … this week, Princeton’s most stylish guys are breaking out the uncommon color. Though purple may seem like a risky choice, these men have the confidence to rock it (albeit in small quantities).
Purple on men can be done in different ways. Most at Princeton have taken the casual route, opting for purple T-shirts, sweaters, or button-downs (though over the past few months I’ve also spotted several purple ties, at Winter Formals, for example). A purple shirt is a refreshing addition to an otherwise simple outfit, as the guys in these photos demonstrate.
Of course, there are many shades of purple to work with. The lighter tones are far less commonly seen on men, but those that do own pieces in light purples are still storing them away in closets until springtime (Spring Lawnparties, perhaps?). Darker shades of purple, including maroon-shades – like the color of the sweater pictured – are appropriate in the colder months.
Purple is emerging as a color of choice for men outside of the Princeton gates, as well. It popped up many times on the runways last month during Men’s Fashion Week in Milan and Paris. Gucci showcased several purple suits, Paul Smith put models in purple pants, and Bottega Veneta went for the purple blazer. These examples may not be very college-friendly (I look forward to the day I spot a Princeton male wearing a velvet purple suit), but I can assure you: if you take the purple plunge, people are bound to be impressed.
-Allie Weiss '13

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