Tweed jackets, jeans and suede shoes have a history of playing nicely with one another. An extra dose of warm weather dandyism is achieved when the jeans are white, no?
I'm not one to fall for Summer fever too quickly, but I'll admit that this jacket was already stashed for the year. But given the high temperatures in the mid fifties, I dug it back out for one more go-'round. It's a two button darted number from Cricketeer, "Made with pride in the U.S.A. by American craftsmen" (just like this other jacket). Had for all of $6.99.It kept me as warm as I needed to be today. But the yellow square and khaki cap speak to warmer days. So do white pants. But while straight ahead white pants would be an egregious breach of all things holy, these get a pass...because they're not pants, they're jeans. I have no doubt this rig will likely send the old hardcore rule-following set into a dread frenzy.
It's true, regular khakis or grey worsted's would have finished this outfit well. But...
I dress this way because I enjoy it, certainly not because it is required of me. In fact, some might say it would be preferable for me to take a far more casual approach to my personal presentation. For that reason, I look for ways to rub the pretentious edge off of these sort of things. A thing like white jeans will do that well, as will knit ties, un-ironed oxfords, and battered old shoes. This kind of thinking allows me to find a middle ground where I can be the person I want to be without becoming an overdressed pretentious snoot.Besides, those white jeans really are the jam rolled just a bit too short with dark argyles and suede brogues.
And before one of you says it, here's a note on vanity:
Blogs are all about vanity. Al of them are, to some degree. They are one person saying what they will in a highly public way with the assumption that anyone else gives a damn. I'm no different. This problem is compounded by both the fact that this is a clothing blog, and the fact that I'm writing about my own clothing, a real self proclaimed expert...the very pretentious snoot I just complained about in the last paragraph, as it were.
Am I a little full of it?
Of course, but it makes for some fun reading and writing and that is the point, right?
Because a blog should fall in the crack right "in between" egoism and self deprecation, on a good day anyway.