November 19, 2012  ·  style

In Praise of Purple

Purple appears sparingly in traditional menswear, usually limited to appearances on neckties or as a subtle overcheck buried in a grid of Glen plaid. While we avoid making entire coats and suits with this stuff for good reason, the most regal and luxurious of colours is quite wearable for shirts, knits and accessories. Deeper purples pair best with light greys and camels in the winter and tan in the summer, but medium shades match up with a surprisingly wide range of colours—including a special relationship with navy.

Above: Paul Fredrick polo sweater [$40]. Charles Tyrwitt twill gingham shirt [$69]. Brooks Brothers labskin cashmere-lined gloves [$138].

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