Aubergine Chinos

Purple is regarded as the color of royalty. But in today’s world, it’s less common to see it on men’s clothing and more on food that’s grape flavored. I think it’s time to introduce purple back into your wardrobe, starting with your pants. 

When you think of chinos, you might envision an endless sea of khaki and olive. For your next pair, why not try aubergine? This dark shade of purple might seem unusual, but it's more versatile than it appears.

 
Sports Coat - Epaulet | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Pocket Square - Drake's London | Chinos - Epaulet | Belt - Carmina Shoemaker

Sports Coat - Epaulet | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Pocket Square - Drake's London | Chinos - Epaulet | Belt - Carmina Shoemaker

 

To begin with, it goes well with basic colors that already exist in most wardrobes. Navy blazers, white shirts, and grey sweaters all look great paired with aubergine.

The darker tone of purple is also useful for lighter colored sports coats. Paired with a cream summer jacket, aubergine creates a pleasant high-contrast look.

 
Sports Coat - Gant By Michael Bastian | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Pocket Square - Vintage | Chinos - Epaulet | Shoes - Carmina Shoemaker

Sports Coat - Gant By Michael Bastian | Shirt - Proper Cloth | Pocket Square - Vintage | Chinos - Epaulet | Shoes - Carmina Shoemaker

 

Aubergine pairs with olive-colored outerwear too, which is an advantage over olive-colored chinos. Combined with an M65 field jacket, aubergine chinos give the outfit a happier, summer look.

 
Jacket - Aspesi | Shirt - Brooks Brothers | Chinos - Epaulet | Shoes - Carmina Shoemaker | Briefcase - Filson

Jacket - Aspesi | Shirt - Brooks Brothers | Chinos - Epaulet | Shoes - Carmina Shoemaker | Briefcase - Filson

 
 
 

Sure, it might make you look like an eggplant. But what's wrong with that?