You could just go the khaki route once again, and no one would bat an eye. Beige. Nude. Neutral. Cream. Ecru. They’re all solid, all bona fide classics. But it is summer, and it feels nice to stand out a bit, right?
Loden Dager, a New York-based menswear brand designed by Paul Marlow, has us seeing green in these otherwise standard-cut, 100-percent cotton chinos, which are a bit lighter and a bit more formal than a typical khaki. (While we’re psyched on the enzyme-washed, almost teal version, they’re also available in enough other colors to pick your personal winner.) Marlow has said he found inspiration from visual images of the student and the worker. Translation? The pieces are contemporary but not too trendy, crisp but not stuffy. Combined with smart tailoring, clean lines, and practical wear, this comfy pair of solid standbys is just as appropriate for the office as it is for a party, or a stroll on the boardwalk. Toss them on with a white button-down for work, or, for a casual scene, match them up with a plain Hanes T-shirt and a pair of understated loafers – it’s the very essence of summer freedom. [$160, shop.lodendager.com]