Firstly, we are very excited to introduce our new summer photographer, Brent Eysler.
Born and raised in Long Island New York, Brent has four years of experience as a professional photographer for clients ranging from newspapers to music groups and is now making the transition into fashion photography.
“I recently discovered The Style Blogger while trying to reinvent my own wardrobe and fashion sense, like many other readers. I’m excited about the direction this blog is heading and very much look forward to being a part of it.”
To see more of Brent’s work you can check out his flicker page here or visit his website: www.EyslerImaging.com
For our first shoot with Brent I decided to feature one of my favorite Spring/Summer staples: white denim.
Super versatile – not only are they easy to pair with just about any color/pattern combination (because of their neutrality), they also have the unique property of looking pristine/”dressy” (because they’re white) and rugged/casual (because they’re denim) at the same time.
Although I could probably put together hundreds of outfits with these, here are three takes on white denim, each inspired by a different NYC neighborhood.
1. Lower East Side (Casual)
Young. Relaxed. Expressive.
Pair them with a nautical striped tee or tank under a washed poplin for a summer look that keeps you looking and feeling cool.
Bonus Tip: Since they’re primarily a Spring/Summer jean (although I certainly wear mine in the F/W as well) it’s even more important that they be slim through the leg and hemmed with little break. Loose or long white jeans don’t work nearly as well.
Bonus Tip II: Denim stretches. I know, it sucks. I’ve had these for several years now, and just recently had them re-tailored (taken-in at the waist and through the leg) because I’ve lost a little weight since my college bball days and they were all stretched out. Sometimes you have to bring pieces back to the tailor for a second nip and tuck as your body, or the garments, change shape.
Bonus Tip III: Looking for a pant to wear with those tough-to-match colorful shoes? Problem solved.
2. Soho (In Between)
Fashionable. Chic. Put-together.
In a laid-back office setting, you can likely throw on a chambray shirt + knit tie and have a Casual Friday outfit that can take you seamlessly from the office to the weekend.
Bonus Tip: Denim on denim, the clash-free way.
Bonus Tip II: Everybody is making white denim these days. You can find them for under $50 from brands like Levis, H&M or Urban Outfitters.
Bonus Tip III: In my opinion the mini tie bar (narrower than the tie) can look sightly more casual than the standard 2 incher, making it more appropriate for a laid back summer outfit sans jacket.
White denim by Helmut Lang (size 33, tapered & hemmed). Chambray shirt by Rag&Bone (size M). Knit tie by Ralph Lauren Black Label (size M). 1″ tie bar by thetiebar.com. 1″ alligator belt and engine turned buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label (36). Watch and alligator band by Montblanc. Loafers by Bass.
3. Upper East Side (Dressed Up)
Proper. Established. Sartorial.
Yes, they can be dressed up too! Just make sure their silhouette is similar to trousers (and therefore congruent with your jackets) and start by pairing them with traditional items in a neutral palette (blue/white banker stripe shirt, grey lightweight jacket, navy knit tie, brown loafers, etc).
Bonus Tip: Another bonus of white denim is that they can either be a blank canvas to let something else stand out (like the shoes in look 1) or they can be the item that adds an accent themselves, like here in look 3.
White denim by Helmut Lang (size 33, tapered & hemmed). 1/4 Lined grey hopsack jacket (part of 2-piece suit) by MAB by Dan Trepanier (size 40 – more on this coming soon). Navy stripe shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren (size M, taken in). Belt and buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Watch and band by Montblanc. Double monkstrap shoes by Scarpe di Bianco (custom made, my own design).
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,