By Michael Carl
As most of you know by now, my favorite colors are navy and gray, or some combination of multiple shades of navy and gray. I don’t ever wear black; even my tuxedo is midnight blue, and let’s face it, midnight blue is really just a festive black. However, for this summer, I’ve decided that girls shouldn’t be the only ones to have all the fun with bright colors. (They can still keep animal prints to themselves. The 80s may be back, but nobody’s in the mood for a man in leopard.) Thanks to pioneering designers like Jenna Lyons and Taylor Tomasi Hill, and some fun-loving fashion editors, I am now prepared to delve into the world of pop color. Nevertheless, I do suggest—no, demand—that you do not wear all of these at once. Life is not a Prince and the Power Generation video.
The red-pant trend has been floating around for several seasons and is still quite cool, but this summer I recommend orange. I like things that are orange: clown fish, Hermès accessories, Hermès shopping bags . . . oranges. Hence, when I came across these tangerine Dockers, I was smitten; I wore them with a chambray shirt and a pair of boat shoes and received a lot of compliments, which should not always be your goal when dressing well, but can be a nice side effect.
D-1 Slim. $98, at Bloomingdale’s.
I love the idea of wearing a watch as a way to add a small pop of color to your ensemble. Not only does this Corum watch have an attractive bright-orange band, but it’s architecturally interesting as well. I find that the black face contrasts nicely with the strap and makes for a watch that you’ll not just want to wear this summer but will want to round out your permanent collection. (Watches are like art—no one told you? They last forever, and you can never explain to your parents why you spent so much money on them.)
Admiral’s Cup Challenger 44 Chrono Rubber—Limited Edition. $8,900, at retailers listed at www.corum.ch.
This Marc by Marc Jacobs cotton-blend sweater, with elbow patches, comes in an appealing shade of yellow and has a classic silhouette that is perfect for spring. It’s nice to wear over a denim shirt, with some navy trousers. Caution: yellow is not for everyone, but if it is not for you, I am sure you already know that.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Elbow Patch Cotton-Blend Sweater. $228, mrporter.com.
These blue nubucks from Jimmy Choo are already a beloved part of my shoe closet. They are the perfect summer shoe and look especially great with khakis or shorts. The contrast of the white sole makes the blue pop out even more.
Jimmy Choo SS12 Mayfair Newbuck. $595, jimmychoo.com.
After hearing one too many George Costanza jokes, and receiving a note from my doctor saying that my enormous wallet was, in fact, affecting my posture, I decided to downsize from a wallet to a card case. The result is that I no longer carry around unimportant items or “business” cards of people I will never call again. After all, it is a wallet, not a purse. I recently came across this kelly-green card case with black piping from Valextra. The case is really modern looking and has the perfect and necessary amount of room for cash and cards.
Valextra Portacarte 4cc. $240, valextra.it.