If you’ve been reading tingsic for awahile then you know that I make clothes mostly because I have a hard time finding things that fit the way I like at a reasonable price point. The more I make the more I realize it is very possible to make quality clothes for very meager prices and still make a sustaining profit. With the Spring/Summer collections and trends coming out in full force, white pants are strongly represented and the continued slide toward the extreme casualization of American mens wear lingers.
GQ spread on the white jean spectrum. From casual to buisness in a snap
Over the last week or so I’ve been working on finding fabric and starting to pattern some good summer jeans. Since I started I’ve been getting a lot of shit from friends with regards to white pants. So, for all yall who are against white pants as a concept please take a moment to ask yourself, why do we always wear dark colors on the bottom and lighter colors on top? What’s so wrong with white pants? Now, there are some good reasons for this configuration for some people and breaking these rules tends to automatically be more casual but, rules are meant to be broken and can expand your wearable wardrobe exponentially.
If you look at the clothes you already wear, I guarantee you have at least a white shirt. Now think of the outfit you normally wear with your white shirt, maybe jeans? Now, turn the colors upside down. Now you’re wearing white pants and a denim shirt or, instead of gray trousers and a white button down, how about white pants and a grey linen jacket? Just by flipping what you already have you double your possibilities and make old things feel brand new.
the same guy, same colors and materials just in different combinations. two distinct looks.
White pants have been around forever but, white denim came into its own in the late 60’s when jeans started to become more then just work wear. White jeans were becoming a staple of summer wear as they are once again. Now, when you are looking for summer pants you want them to, obviously, be lighter weight then your heavy selvedge as well as lighter in color. In denim that means somewhere between 8-11 oz per yard as opposed to the 11-15 oz per yard of the dry raw selvedge thats flying off the shelves these days. When you start looking at colors for the warmer weather remember that the darker colors will absorb the heat where as the lighter ones will reflect it so, the whites, beiges, kahkis and pastels like powder blue or pale red not only look great but, are much more comfortable on those hot summer days.
take a cue from the style blogger. enjoy the sun in your light white summer denim
Don’t forget that just because they are white doesn’t mean you should baby them. Don’t spend to much and wear them hard just like you would your dark jeans and stand out a bit this summer.