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Fancy pants

Men’s pants get a major makeover--in statement-making color.

Among the klatch of young regulars on Boston’s fashion party circuit, it’s generally easy to spot 24-year-old Sean William Donovan. The merchandiser at Circle Furniture is tall, thin, and not afraid of color, a fact that is especially evident in his choice of trousers.

“I remember I bought a pair of bright orange pants at the Ralph Lauren outlet about seven years ago,” he says. “I thought if I could wear Nantucket red, then there’s no reason why I couldn’t wear orange. And then it spread to other colors.”

Donovan has no fear of pairing his blaze orange, Kelley green, or blue-and-white paisley slacks — “I have about 12 different colors now,” he says — with equally bright button-downs, a signature of sorts in Boston “where it’s all khaki, navy, and black,” he says. But now the fashion world is catching up to Donovan. A number of designers and brands are offering jewel-tone pants for men this fall.


While that may sound like good news for his closet, Donovan is not particularly excited about the trend. “In the winter, it was fun at parties to show up in a bright canary yellow pair of cords. So it’s exciting because there’s a lot more colors and a lot more fits, but it’s also a little bit sad because now there will always be a risk of someone else at the party having the same color on,” he says. “It was nice to kind of stand out among the crowd.”

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> 1. EXPRESS chinos, $69.90, 800 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-587-0906, and other locations,

>2. J.CREW cords, $75, (note: available online only)

> 3. BROOKS BROTHERS cotton tartan pants, $98, 6 Newbury Street, 617-267-2600,

> 4. J.CREW chinos, $75, Copley Place, 617-375-1032, and other locations,


> 5. BROOKS BROTHERS cords, $79.50, 6 Newbury Street, 617-267-2600, and other locations,

> 6. BONOBOS chinos, $88, 85 Newbury Street, Boston, 857-263-7340,

> 7. BONOBOS chinos, $88, 85 Newbury Street, Boston, 857-263-7340,