In his books, Alan Flusser is one of the proponents of harmony in mens' dress (harmony being the philosophy that individual items should not stand out from the rest of the day's clothing). An apparent contradiction to the theory of harmony comes each summer, when the American prep style of dressing adds brightly colored and often patterned trousers and shorts to the mix. Or does it?
I have written before about the art of blending pieces together so that the ensemble becomes more than the sum of its parts. And, in the photo, Flusser uses three bright elements - red trousers, spotlessly white shirt and madras jacket - to balance each other so that none of them stands out.
Cacophany? I think not.
Photo: Rose Callahan for Gilt