The colored pant craze has been going on for some time now, and I've been an active participant. I have drawn the line at "highlighter" colors (since I can't see their having a long life in my wardrobe), but I do love these purple khakis. It's a color that I haven't seen anywhere else, and it will easily transition into fall since it's a nice saturated shade.
Colored pants work best when paired with neutrals - doing so maintains them as the "star" of the outfit. We were heading to my younger son's second birthday dinner (the one where the adults sit at one side of the table and the kids at the other), so I went subtle (as subtle as you can be with purple pants!) and kept everything else navy and white.
When you're trying out a new color or pattern, get it in a silhouette that you know already works for you. That way, it will be easier to integrate it into your wardrobe. I have these pants in a bunch of colors, and they fit great - so I knew I'd have no problem working with purple ones.
These navy tasseled loafers were a great buy - another pair of favorite shoes that were bought on clearance. End of season sales are a great time to get new shoes - especially if you don't have a specific preconceived notion of exactly what you want, but are open to what you see. Conversely, they are also a perfect time to try something new, that you didn't want to invest in heavily by paying full price. You just need to keep a discerning eye and filter the choices into what will work in your wardrobe - you don't want to end up purchasing an "orphan" piece that you have nothing to wear with. Because no matter how cheap, if you don't wear it, it wasn't worth it!
Indigo cardigan, belt by J Crew. Printed shirt by Sand. Purple khakis by Dockers. Navy tasseled loafers by Canali. Watch by Coach (old). Multicolor beaded bracelet by Didier Guillemain. Sunglasses by Oliver Peoples.