There’s still plenty of summer left, and so new contributor Mawuli Grant Agbefe has rounded up a sampling of the red trousers currently on the market. Agbefe hails from Chicago and graduated from Baylor in 2014. He is currently working as a debate coach. Follow him on Instagram @The_winterwhitehouse.
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When we’re children we learn our primary colors. We slowly acquire more colors that we know and love. I was an adult before I could comprehend what Nantucket Red was. It looked pink at first. However, when I compared it to an actual pink pants, I realized it was something more glorious. As I washed the trouser sporadically and the fades happened, I discovered it was an actual shade of red. My question then became: what do you we do with the imitators? Those brands that proffer preppy-pinkish-impersonating-Nantucket-reddish pants. There is a lion’s share to choose from in both shorts and pants.
The original, pictured above, is a trademark of Murray’s Toggery Shop and goes for $94.50.
The Chatham Chino company has its version for $89.50:
Brooks Brothers sells casuals pants in a pinkish/reddish cornucopia; light pink, rose, red, and brick. It would be unfair to call the light pink an imitator of Nantucket Red. The Clark fit Supima cotton trousers in colors red and brick are both on sale at $64.80. The lightweight stretch chinos from Brooks in Rose are currently on sale for $39:
Vineyard Vines names their reddish/pinkish pant lobster reef. Can’t fault them for it: looks like a close ringer for Nantucket Red. Currently priced at $98.50:
Even the Wisconsin-based retailer Lands’ Ends gets in on the preppy pants game with their version called nautical red. At first glance it’s markedly darker than the bright cheery pink that the orginal Reds are when first purchased. Currently on sale for $59.95.
J. Press’ version is called “stone chino red” and is on sale for $60:
Then there are the pants that are different enough that they have their own color, yet non-preps confuse them with Nantucket Reds all the time. I’m referring to salmon pants, which are pale pinkish orange to light pink. I thought that Murrays Toggery shop was the only store with the legal authority to sell pants known as “Nantucket Red” but I might be in error because it seems like Polo sells a color known as Nantucket Red. Macy’s version is currently on sell for $49.99:
Castaway Clothing (family relation of Murray’s) sells a pant in hurricane red which for $88, which looks cranberry with hints of purple:
Finally, if you’re searching for something that still from the island, check out Nobby Clothes Shop. Its version is called Breton reds and they sell for $89.50:
Now the only question is whether you can wear them in the fall. We’ll save that for another post. — MAWULI GRANT AGBEFE