Nantucket Reds are chinos in either shorts or pants, that come in a distinct salmon red color. They fade the more you wear them and unlike most clothing that fades, this only makes them more stylish. Originally created by Murray’s Toggery Shop in Nantucket in the 1940s (above picture courtesy of their website), they have since become a classic staple in the Northeast.
I have tried my best to convince nearly every man in my life to wear Nantucket Reds but to no avail. I like to blame this on their geographical location as I have seen plenty of Nantucket Reds in Boston lately. Their versatality makes them the perfect choice for bottoms as they can be dressed up or dressed down. Below, a group of groomsmen wore Nantucket reds with pale blue linen blazers as an alternative to suits for a wedding on the Cape.
This image, courtesy of The Sartorialist (a style maven in his own right) shows them worn much more casually.
Nantucket Reds can be suited to your personal style. I love them with a rolled sleeve gingham button down, and classic dark brown Sperry’s, but they look just as great with a T-shirt and flip flops.
I love this vintage navy “secret wash light-weight” shirt from J.Crew (I actually have the women’s version in yellow!):
They would look just as fabulous paired with a classic Lacoste polo (or your favorite brand) and a preppy belt.
So my dears, weigh in! Would you wear Nantucket Reds? How would you wear them? I kind of want to find a women’s pair of Nantucket Red shorts (even though they are traditionally for men), but so far have only found them in old-lady styles.