Summer May Belong to the Italians

(Lounging researching at home in white 501’s, a Polo RL piqué shirt and striped espadrilles from Ropeysoles.)

Italians always seems so very chic despite the heat. Our climates are much the same. We even over air condition (something that Europeans do not). So why do we give up, sartorially, when the mercury begins to boil? I chanced to check in on The Sartorialist and was immediately struck by four images of men who are well and interestingly dressed (even this guy who is the one in a million who might pull this look off). Sure style genes count for a lot, as does caring what image you present, but there has to be a way to bottle that and ship it over here.

One of the longer lived trends that I’ve noticed is the white jean worn with a sportcoat or blazer. This is a very easy and elegant (to my eye) alternative to the khakis and polo shirt on which we rely so heavily. Easy because we are talking about jeans or the five-pocket cut trouser, and white is always an elegant alternative in season. I like the cut of the 501’s shown in the photo, but they can be a bit heavy. J Crew does a nice white cotton/linen jean that is considerably lighter with a narrower leg and peg.

Pair your white jeans with tan monkstraps, a very pale blue shirt and a slimmer linen or cotton blazer. Or try keeping it more monochromatic with a wheat coloured sportcoat, white shirt and tan suede loafers.

I like to see something a little unexpected in casual settings. The paisley shirt, the Lily Pulitzer trouser, the Madras plaid sportcoat are all fair game when things get sticky. White jeans might just become your go-to casual item this summer. Along with the big tub of Oxyclean.

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