Hey all. Welcome (once again) to the new & improved site!
Firstly, I’d like to thank all of my readers. Thanks to you, running this website has been a great experience – both exciting and inspiring.
When I started this project I certainly didn’t expect it to grow so quickly. In less than a year and a half thestyleblogger.com has thousands of daily readers from over 100 countries, the site has needed two separate web upgrades, I’ve recently hired a full-time assistant, we’ve begun the process of shooting video posts, and later this year we will be launching my first menswear design collection via the store section of the site. And this is still just the beginning!
So what better way to introduce a fresh new site than in a pair of white pants and by featuring my first ever style inspiration – my mom!
Long story short: my mother grew up with 12 brothers and sisters, in a small three-bedroom house in northern Quebec. She left home as a teenager with a few dollars in her pocket and, even though she could hardly speak English, was able to find a job as a bank teller in southern Ontario (where I was later born and raised). In order to keep up with the image and dress code of bank employees, my mother taught herself to make her own clothes – by de-constucting and constucting fabrics from previously manufactured clothing found in thrift stores.
She looks back and laughs: “I’d buy a big men’s wool coat, cut it down to a pair of trousers for the winter, then cut it into a skirt for the summer … I didn’t really know what to wear with what, so I just made it up as I went … My coworkers would wonder where I was getting all these clothes from, I’m sure they didn’t think I was up all night sewing them together”.
What I love most about her style is not only can she make $3 clothing look like $300 clothing (to this day she shops at thrift and discount stores and rarely pays more than $50 for an item), but her style is natural, raw and unstudied.
Here she helps me demonstrate how to wear white cotton pants for three different occasions, before or after labour day.
White cotton pants by Michael Andrews Bespoke (custom made). Chambray shirt by Rag & Bone (size M). T-shirt by Hanes (size M). Beeswax desert boots by Clarks. Tortoise aviator shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Watch by Montblanc. Watchstrap from eBay.
White pants aren’t just for milkmen, sailors and yacht clubs. If you’re wearing white pants but trying not to look too “dressed-up”, loosely layer an open textured shirt (like this chambray or mom’s oxford) over a v-neck or tank top, roll your cuffs a little, and pair them with some authentically worn-in footwear. Since they’re white, the pants will look pristine, but this doesn’t mean the rest of your look has to. Also try some rugged accessories like a rubber or nylon watch strap, and some wooden bead bracelets – and a little facial scruff can help break-up the cleanliness of the white.
White cotton pants, navy vest (part of 3-piece suit), and red/blue mini check all by Michael Andrews Bespoke (custom made). Suede loafers by Ralph Lauren Polo. Watch by Montblanc. Watchstrap from eBay.
If times call for slightly more formal dress, grab a patterned shirt with some color and anchor it down with a solid dark piece, whether it be a fitted waistcoat, fine gage cardigan or summer-weight knit. And as you probably know, sockless loafers in the summer work great for a casual but put-together look.
White cotton pants, grey linen-blend blazer, and midnight gingham shirt all by Michael Andrews Bespoke (custom made). Black leather/suede wingtips by Barker Black. Watch by Montblanc.
Lastly, if formal is what you’re going for, press those pants, roll down the hem, find some socks (medium grey for black shoes, light brown/cognac for brown shoes) and pair them with a summer-weight jacket, a dark patterned shirt and a serious lace-up shoe. Also, the more “dressed-up” you are, the better your grooming regimen should be. More formal outfits should (but don’t always have to) require a little more hair product, a fresh shoe shine and a clean shave (I know, I know, I forgot to shave ).
…In case you didn’t notice: check out my mom putting on a clinic on how to mix patterns. That’s three polka dots! (post on pattern mixing coming soon).
Thanks for reading.
Yours in style,