midweSTYLE: Whiteout

July 18, 2012

Few pieces in a man’s arsenal are more divisive than white denim. 
There are two sides of the fence—and few people are actually on the fence itself. Dudes either love white denim, or they hate it. I fall on the former side, obviously. That said, I’ve had conversations with guys who tend to stay away from the white for fear of a painful amount of upkeep. But, perhaps there’s a mental shift that needs to be had. Listen…
You guys remember when you got your new kicks at the beginning of the school year, right? As boys, we all feared that if those snow-white Converse All-Stars got a speck of playground dust on or around their perfectly pure uppers, that cute girl who sat at the desk next to you would not shoot you a second glance and all of third grade would be an ultimate failure. But, if you remember correctly, you ended up wearing those pristine kicks to a muddy kickball game a few weeks later and still managed to get playground-married to Elizabeth during recess. 
Point being: White stuff was never really meant to stay white.

I tend to treat white denim as a kind of blank canvas that’s supposed to be painted. The more specks they get, the better. In fact, I want them to be pretty disgusting when it’s all said and done. Am I going to try to remove stains? No. Am I even going to try to prevent them in the first place? Probably not. The dingier they get, the more character they’ve got. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going rub myself down with sod or intentionally dump a cup of coffee on them. But life happens.
Yes, if they start to smell bad, I’ll wash them, relax.
Yes, you can wear them after Labor Day. The guy who said you couldn’t was a Communist, and he didn’t even own anything white.

Also, Indys in the summertime is okay, too. Maybe I should be wearing Vans or Tretorns, but I can’t take these things off. 

On Cameron: “The Paulie” chambray shirt by Baldwin Denim; tri-blend tank top by American Apparel; double O-ring belt by Narragansett Leathers; “The Henley” in white by Baldwin Denim; Indy boots by Alden; “Preston” eyeglasses by Warby Parker; submariner watch by Military Watch Co.

Photography by Jarred Donalson

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  • http://xts77.livejournal.com/ xts77

    hahaha! What a riot! A man after my own heart!

    I can’t seem to take my Indy boots off despite the fact that it’s 90 here in Boston. I just feel more comfortable in pants and shoes (read: boots!) than everyone else in shorts and flip flops. Not to mention less shlubby too.

    I placed my order to Narragansett last week for that exact same belt, as well as a “regular” belt in medium brown with a nickel finish buckle. Good to know they’re going to look good with the gear I’ve got.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03727208235048565942 Zach Glotfelty

    You buy those Indys new or secondhand?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17995548801071260519 Chris

    Awesome post, Cam! Reppin’ the Baldwins!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17616104628970322368 Chahana

    This outfit is immaculate! & those boots are fantastic!


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18263153638448753112 Padrino

    Love this outfit!! demin is the new black for men this year

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07230213868232328531 Raymond Metzger

    The white denim and boots look great. Is that the 1″ width Narragansett belt?


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    What a classic look! Chambray and white denim never fails.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10276232873852413811 Cameron Wiley

    I’d love to see a follow-up post once the denim is worn in and dirty. Cause, I fear if I went with the white denim, they’d just get dingy and gross, not in a good way.

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    the outfit looks really nice and comfy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14784631192938337195 Tyne Swedish

    I am so in love with this site and your style! Like seriously how sick is your taste! Anywoo I just wanted to say how I love the white denim philosophy here. I used to wear these one pair of white denim destroyed jeans all the time years ago then I lost a ton of weight and couldn’t fit them anymore which is so sad because I haven’t found a pair that I love as much yet!

    Chao from a fellow midwestern


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06268310819285618130 Sarah Glynn

    Keep up the good work, we MN ladies are loving your blog!
    Cameron, you are so classy. Marry me?

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