Bright chinos are not your average man's wardrobe staple. In fact, when it comes to summer trousers, most men play it safe. Very safe.
"Navy blue" is the response I'm most likely to get from one particular friend when I ask him what he is looking for on one of his regular shops for comfortable cotton chinos. He would never buy brights. It just doesn't make sense to him. When last summer I strolled up for evening drinks wearing orange trousers, the look on his face was priceless.
I must admit, you need to be rather blasé about other's opinions to pull off the look confidently. However, men are incredibly boring when it comes to letting go in the (hopefully) brighter spring and summer months. As the flowers burst open confidently and the sun beams down happily, we should be engaging some of that 'Come on why not?' spirit. We should be showing the world that we want to kick the winter cobwebs away with some sockless loafers some sporty élan and a pair of pink chinos.
And these are pink. None of that 'white trousers got mixed up in the wash with a red jumper' pink. Saturated pink. Confident pink.
There is no need to be afraid of a tone this strong. It's actually one of the best ways to inject youthful vim into otherwise lifeless ensembles. Staidness is blown away by such colours; fustiness runs and hides.
One of the best ways to do this is keep it casual with a sporty cricket jumper, a classic striped shirt, polka dot bow tie. With more subtle chinos - khaki or navy - this would be a smart but, let's face it, pleasantly bland get-up.
Finding chinos like this can be tricky. These come from Gant - purveyors of classic American prep - who offer a veritable rainbow of options for spring and summer.
Shoes - Herring
Chinos - Gant
Cricket jumper - Uniqlo
Bow tie - Vintage
Shirt - TM Lewin