Evocative of Nantucket summers and preppy culture (see Chuck Bass rocking a pair with an ascot), red pants have long been a hallmark of New England style.
Loverboy wasn't the only musical act of the era to make red pants look rock-chic, or the first. New Wavers The Romantics sported dapper red suits on the cover of their 1980 self-titled debut record. Rod Stewart's 1983 effort Body Wishes was critically panned, but we applauded his jaunty cover getup. And of course we have to mention Michael Jackson's unforgettable red leather ensemble in the video for "Thriller."
We still associate the hue with some of favorite current musical stars. Kanye West's red suit and matching kicks was one of the fiercest getups at last year's VMAs, and always-edgy Rihanna has been known to step out in cherry-hued skinny jeans.
Are you planning on wearing red pants this season, and if so how will you style them: preppy or punk?