Thursday, May 20, 2010


Universal Works' Bridlington shorts prove that you don't necessarily have to be "preppy" to wear some patchwork madras.  In this case the prep stable is reimagined for the workwear set through a myriad of details.  For starters the normal pastel colors are passed over in favor of a much darker and subdued group of deep blues, greens and reds.  This in combination with asymmetrically back pockets, waist drawstrings and button fly take the patch mad to a much more rugged place then we have typically seen.  While these shorts come as a surprising move from such a workwear focused brand I really like how they have taken an unfamiliar style (at least for them) and worked them into their brand's framework ultimately resulting in great looking, unforced effort.  I'm not the biggest fan of patchwork madras pants so shorts in this style are always on my radar - it's a less is more kinda thing in my eyes.  Not the cheapest shorts on the market by a long shot, but it usually costs a little extra to get something special.


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