Friday, March 09, 2012

Tighty Whities

Phil Oh

The iconography of jeans comes replete with images of rugged  cowboys, sooty Levi - Strauss clad workers toiling  down  mineshafts and snake hipped  rockers swigging from bottles of  Jack Daniel's.
And then there are  white jeans, whose sporting  bleaches those concepts  into the background and shrilly shrieks:
" High maintenance slacker on a bit of a jolly."
White jeans are the sartorial equivalent of long nails. Getting down and dirty is positively verboten when clad within, they are for 
gliding between appointments and meetings, at least one of which must include a large  G&T - no rorschach stain to fear.
White jeans + loafers  on either sex = Eurotrash. 
White jeans + vertiginous heels = man eating sex kitten.
Liz Hurley almost soiled them by  incessantly strutting  through the '90's in them  but I think there's life in tighty whities  yet.








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63 comments:

  1. I still love ye old white jeans for the summer - but I cannot abide them on men. I'll miss you, but I'll just push my prison bed up closer to "the wall" and hope you bring me back some great pics. x

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  2. i hope wherever you are headed you packed a pair of white jeans. i agree with sulky kitten, not a fan of a man in white jeans. well maybe a surfer. maybe.
    have a great vacation tabitha!

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    1. No, I've packed my blue jeans 70's flares!

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  3. I love white jeans and pants but to me they are the hardest type to find a good pair of - I always struggle! You look lovely in yours!

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  4. I think they can look so sharp and chic, but only if done right! So excited for you for your vacation. Will look forward to hearing all about and hope you find lots of goodies!

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  5. I just got a new pair of white trousers for the much anticipated warm months (which must be just around the corner, right?) Such a classic look. I am so excited for you, visiting JC and others! Have a great vacation!

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  6. I'm not brave enough to try white jeans -- I'm prone to spilling everything!

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    1. LR, CC And M: you lot will be hearing all bout it, I better not get pick pocketed in J Crew this time round.

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  7. White jeans and LA are perfect partners!
    Have fun in the Sun!

    If I had a Chanel bag I'd carry it with pride.

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  8. White trousers are easy but tight white jeans are another story. I always seem to have a pair that I don't like, that is easy too :)
    Have a great vacation!!! I also hope you will find everything you wanted in the J.Crew stores you plan to visit!

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  9. I loathe white jeans - don't care what Ines says. I like them if they're more "ivory" and dirty - if at all? I'm with you, sick of over exposed logo bags - why don't you sell yours? And I live in LA and you don't see many locals in white jeans - mostly people from the east coast, who think they're in Florida. Always have to remind my sister in law of that when she visits, and I have white jeans only for when I visit my mother in law in Florida.

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    1. Oh I will eventually but my dad bought me my Chanel bags, so that's what holds me back.
      I hate LV, Chanel and all that logo nonsense plastered all over everything.

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    2. Then they're sentimental, so that's a whole other thing.....

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  10. Ah! You snuck a photo in of you. I like when you do that. I've never in my life tried on white jeans. Much like cable knit sweaters, some things are best left of the rack for me.

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  11. Or wear them like my mom did, with brown Bernardo sandals and a bandana:).

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  12. I really like this look. :-)

    I've yet to get a pair, my dear, though judging by my apparent Eurotrash ambitions one would think I'd already done so.

    But I might hold off a bit. My large, muscular rugby-player thighs might look a bit, er, too muscular in such trousers.

    I might settle for some white ducks instead.

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  13. I must admit I am a fan and wear my white jeans every chance I get! Have a wonderful time in LA!!:)

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  14. Is that all it takes, to wear my white jeans with what JC calls sky-high heels to turn myself into?

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  15. I love white jeans but ... remind me to get a white-haired dog next time!

    Hope your trip is fun and you get lots and lots of sun - by the time you get home spring will deffo have arrived!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  16. "White jeans are the sartorial equivalent of long nails."

    I think you're spot on. Neither I nor my wife have ever considered white jeans.
    Brown corduroy is more our style. As the academic and provincial rats we are ;)

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  17. What is this 'style' thing where men wear their trousers too short and expose a large amount of garish sock? Makes them look like 8 year old children that have outgrown their school trousers, and mummy is too cheap to buy some more before the end of term.

    White jeans for me never have shoes with them...just sand or sails, and are always belted with a scarf, à la Jane & Serge.

    All credit to Jane B, she loathes what the Birkin has become, and either defaces or sells hers for charity. I never thought I'd see the day when Hermès became the accessoire of choice for the gutter snipe! Bah oui, same goes for Cha(v)nel, and L(uncheon)V(oucher) is a pox. The Hermès shop on Sloane Street used to be my 'happy place', where a 16eme accent and a Coutts cheque book where your passport through the brass door and down the stairs to the inner sanctum. Pfff!
    "New money, so very, very, common." - Bubble, Ab Fab.

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    1. I think I'll change Hermès to Herpès in future. Seems, view the way it's spread, to be more appropriate somehow.

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    2. Curator : Chavnel and L(uncheon) V(oucher) have just entreated my lexicon!

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  18. I cannot wear white jeans. I attract stains just as surely as a small boy gets bruises. I have a stewardess friend who wears white. She's always immaculate. When I stand next to her, I feel like Pigpen :-)

    I salute you in your white skinnies!!!!

    Have a lovely holiday!

    Ali x

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  19. White jeans or capris are on my list, as is bleach!

    Have a wonderful trip - can't wait to see you in pics with movie stars by the pool!

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  20. My white jeans always stay white for about five minutes, sadly that's not a good look for a whole day.
    I wish you a wonderful holiday! Enjoy the sun! X

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  21. Vacations and white jeans go together like peanut butter and jelly......they go wtih everything are very smart looking and hey if you can carry them off, why not!

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  22. I am chuckling through your witty post. LOVE white jeans. Can't wait to get a new pair for the warmer temps. I just can't drink coffee when I wear them because I'm such a klutz. Oh, maybe your sick of your bag but I have massive Chanel envy!! xo

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  23. White jeans would be a disaster on me, I'd have them sloshed with red wine in 5 seconds.
    I hope you have a tremendous time on your holiday. Safe travels Darling! xo

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  24. I have a couple pair of white jeans that I wear in the spring and summer months. I'll actually be putting them into wardrobe rotation in the next month or so.

    I hope you have an amazingly wonderful time on your trip! Please take lots of photos to share with us when you get back! :)

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  25. I do love white jeans, very chic! Although knowing me, I'd have them covered in stuff! I hope you have a great holiday break time! Be safe! xx

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  26. Enjoy your holiday!

    I love the clean and sleek look of white jeans, but I can't pull them off myself. I am a stain trap!

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  27. Have a fabulous holiday.

    I wore white jeans for a while but am not interested now. Might be again. Never say never.

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  28. Hmm, methinks white jeans are only for the skinny or bombshell of which, sadly, I am neither at the moment.

    Very, very LA though. Please have a wonderful, wonderful time and travel safely!!!

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  29. I love the look of white jeans but I wish I wasn't so clumsy. I'm more likely to put a mark on it before even walking out of the house. Hope you have a great holiday, Tabitha!

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  30. Thanks for all the good holiday wishes everyone!

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  31. Have a great vacation! Have fun in JC!

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  32. For me white jeans say, 'My stomach is flat and my hormones are settled. I am going to travel on the tube, go out to lunch, read a paper and I know it is not going to rain. My jeans will still be sparkling by the end of the day, I am an optimist'. So I can only wear white jeans on the very best days. Many of which of course should be only holiday, have a really fantastic one and I hope it relieves all other stresses!

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  33. Have fun Tabitha- I barely felt my vacation, enjoy every moment of it. Re: logo bags- phew, the {only} one I had ( Gucci) has a handle broken from carrying a baby { well not precisely, but felt like it by weight} and since Gucci is not forthcoming in repairing it, I am out of logos to display. All in a good taste, I presume.:)

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  34. I love white jeans...I have bootcut and skinnys. They seem to add a bit of polish to an outfit.

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  35. you crack me up. i loved your recap on white jeans :-) xo

    http://nuhasofiyan.blogspot.com

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  36. Fab recap on white jeans. I do love them, but don't wear them too often despite living in the Med. Where will you be for 2 weeks Tabs? I've missed something obviously? I will miss :-(

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  37. I think white jeans can be SUPER chic or...super trashy which is too bad! Is your holiday to LA? Hope you have a great time!

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  38. I love white jeans...I have three pair. My only rule is to never wear them if there is a threat of rain, especially if your choice of shoe is a sandal. Rain + white jeans and sandals = disaster. Have a lovely vacation. The weather has been just gorgeous in LA!
    xo
    annie

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  39. I have a pair but I never feel quite right in them...I try them about once a year!

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  40. I love them on Ines with a navy v neck!

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  41. I love my winter white cords, and have a pair of denim whites for spring and summer. I just tire of dark denims, yoga pants and the varied office pant.

    Xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  42. I think that these jeans look awesome, but I'm always wary about picking a pair up to wear. Issues with sheerness and fit plague my mind.

    7% Solution​

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  43. White jeans do look great. I currently do not own a pair but might think about getting some. I am just too scared of getting them dirty. Have a terrific holiday.

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  44. Have a fab time on your hols. Here in the US, you're not supposed to wear white jeans past labour Day, but thankfully the Californians ignore those silly sartorial rules. I have blops of all sorts all over me within an hour, but they do make you happy!

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  45. I adore white trousers especially on a Caribbean island;-)
    Enjoy the holiday.

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  46. Hope you're having a wonderful time on your holiday...and in your white jeans (I used to wear them all the time, loved them)!
    xo J~

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  47. It takes a bold woman to pull off the white jeans trend. But when you get it right, it's simply stunning.

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  48. I love my white jeans! Incredibly impractical but I love them all the same.

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  49. I am sure you are having a wonderful time in SoCal right now! Looking forward to your return and hope to see some vacation pics!

    I love the white jeans, but I would get them dirty in two seconds. (I know you would look fabulous in them.) I have a white denim pencil skirt instead - less surface area to get dirty!

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  50. As soon as my spring training is over I am so heading for the tidy whiteys. And tell me I haven't missed you? I hope not!

    xo Mary Jo

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  51. have a great time! can't wait to hear where you go... (it better not be paris without stopping by for un cafe!) :)

    ps. loved the E.Hurley comment.

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