Men’s Style: Pale

By Kristen Shirley

While bright yellow, shades of pink and printed pieces were some of Spring’s biggest trends, quiet colors are a sleeper trend seen on the streets, not just on the runway.

Left: Ermenegildo Zegna, jacket, $2,495; linen shirt, $345; trousers, $475; silk scarf, $105; sunglasses, $365; shoes, $695, available at selected Ermenegildo Zegna boutiques, Middle: Jeffrey Rüdes, wool suit, $2,200, available at Jeffrey Rüdes in New York, contact Jim Arndt, +1 212 219 2800, Right: Canali, reversible leather jacket, $4,240; silk and linen pants, $600; leather sneakers, $650, available at Canali in New York, +1 212 752 3131,

At Ermenegildo Zegna, a suit so pale pink it almost seems white is a beautiful suit for spring and summer. Far from Miami Vice, but still interesting enough to turn heads, wear to a dressy dinner on vacation as well as to work. Jeffrey Rüdes’ 1970s-inspired collection has both flares and more traditional cuts. A white suit is a difficult look to pull off, but we think Rüdes hits the mark with this simple styling and fantastic fabric. A light blue zip-up leather jacket worn with even paler loose-fitting trousers from Canali is a great look for creative men. The separates work nicely for gentlemen who aren’t so adventurous in their wardrobe, and they have Canali’s perfect cuts and finishings.

See below to view Elite Traveler editor’s picks for the pale trend.

Dolce & Gabbana lamb leather biker jacket, $3,595,

Common Projects suede chelsea boots, $530,

Burberry lightweight technical bomber jacket, $695,

Valextra leather briefcase, $2,266,

Thom Browne two-tone nubuck and leather oxford shoes, $950,

Kiton straight-legged jeans, $995,

Prada slim-fit stretch cotton-blend poplin shirt, $495,

Bristol single breasted coat, $695,

Brunello Cucinelli Apollo sneaker, $875,


Massimo Alba slim-fit cotton-corduroy trousers, $350,