Nashville native Whitfield Smith (as previously featured here) is a pro when it comes to blending traditional menswear with eclectic personal style.
On paper he’s a conservative dresser, but he has a knack for using imaginative accessories to make the classics his own.
Here’s three examples of his day-to-day summer style.
1. Safety First
Whit embodies “personal style” in the way we try to write about it.
He’s a relatively traditional dresser who gravitates toward menswear staples, like blue blazers, khaki chinos, and horsebit loafers. That said, he always puts a unique spin on his looks with unexpected accessories that reveal his eclectic personality.
For example, to replace the lost button on this Brooks Brothers DB blazer, he uses a brass safety pin.
From his first TSB feature “Thrift Trad & Indie Ornaments featuring Whit Smith“:
“ I collect vintage pins and pin-back buttons and affix them to almost all of the items I wear. It’s a homage to my roots listening to punk/metal, and a nod to the still thriving underground/indie scene here in Nashville. I have about one hundred and fifty buttons at this point, with very few that I wouldn’t wear.”
The reason Whit can pull-off quirky details like statement pins and a tucked-in tie: he completely owns it.
This last image made me think of a rarely-mentioned advantage of tapered trousers; you don’t have to roll up your hem to avoid your bicycle chain. Since I’ve started experimenting with fuller-cut trousers, I’ve learned this lesson the hard way…greased up an awesome pair of pleated khakis pretty badly, actually.
Whit just handles his full break with a clean roll.
- Blue Striped Dress Shirt by Brooks Brothers
- Navy DB Blazer by Jos. A Banks
- Red Missionary Rep Tie by vintage
- White Floral Pocket Sq by Vintage
- Watch by Timex
- Khaki Chinos by Lands End
- Bicycle from Homegrown Bicycles in Nashville
- Cotton boll belt from McClellans in Knoxville (my dad’s from the 80s)