Europeans, especially the Italians and French, have mastered the art of wearing pastel colours while looking elegant and every inch a man. Where else can you see men wearing rose, mandarin and pistachio - shades usually found on macaroons or a gelato stand - without looking a tad affected?
The pale mint trousers and the sky-blue jacket in this Hugo Boss' Boss Selection line are not for wallflower types. But note how the colours are tempered with a solid white shirt, a dark tie and chocolate-brown shoes. For novice pastel wearers, this is an essential rule of thumb: to avoid looking like a dessert bento box, throw something solid or neutral into the mix.
You can also limit the candy dose to one garment, taking an all-white ensemble and topping it off with a butter-coloured sweater as Dolce & Gabbana did for this season. Just because you want to channel that quintessential summer look of Italian men and their penchant for shades borrowed from sorbets doesn't mean that you have to end up looking fruity.
These powder blue loafers from Gucci (HK$3,750) are subtle and stylish.
Complete the man-on-the-Riviera look with a pair of acetate sunglasses. Louis Vuitton has several versions including this one (HK$4,800), which is part acetate, part metallic.
To contrast the subtle shades of pastels, try a statement watch such as Audemars Piguet?s Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in rose gold (HK$409,000). Pastel trousers and shirt are the perfect backdrop for this solid timepiece.