White Pants featuring My Mom

August 29th, 2010

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!

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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.

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1. Casual

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.

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  • Adyna

    Even if I watched it for many times, this post is my favorite. I admire your mom and I can only imagine her story (same story with my mom). I love her look/style from all the photos as well as yours. Everything is so natural! For whatever you plan on starting each day, keep close your first style inspiration..and whenever things go heavy, just go back to the beginning (her inspiration..that also breathes in you)

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    Great looks that truly show the versatility of a white pant. I especially love your mother’s shoes in the “in between” look, how stylish!

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  • G.

    A mix between Europe(Canada) and US. Its why she has good tastes! (“;)
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    Awesome post. Awesome looks.

    It sounds trivial, but I’ve always encountered difficulty when choosing undergarments to wear with white pants. I have always heard white is the best. Recently, however, I have seen men’s underwear being made in a nude color. What do you and others think?

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  • JB

    I had a question about pants in general. As someone with a build very similar to your own, I have trouble finding pants that fit me for two reasons. First, my actual pant size is 30/34, but given that that is almost impossible to find, I generally wear 32/34. That’s fine for some casual jeans but I run into problems with anything nicer than that. Second, being an athlete who does workout legs a lot, I find that pants end up looking too tight around my quads and too lose around my shins. Any suggestions for finding pants that fit better?

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    B. I am going to an all white fashion show this weekend and was wondering where I can get white pants! Do you have any suggestions on how to accessorize and all white ensemble?

    Thanks!

    Keep up the great work SB!!!!

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      Hey Jonathan,

      I recently went to a white party and I accessorized my outfit with browns. In particular i used camel color belt and driving mocs to add a neutral but strong color. That’s just my opinion.

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    - Sabir