Alley Cat

If there’s one thing I have been on quite a bit this summer it’s white. I’ve definitely given my white denim a workout whether dressed up or more casually. What can I say? As far as summer colors go, I love the simplicity of white—crisp, clean, and cool. It really brings out the minimalist in me and is the perfect launching pad for making a statement by doing more with less.


Blue Linen Blazer - He Spoke Style

I am a huge fan of using neutral colors as a sort of blank canvas for a look. A neutral foundation, such as white or khaki, gives you the freedom to pick one or two pieces to really accent an outfit and make it stand out. I’ve been looking for a way to use the blue linen blazer from my REISS suit for a while and this just seemed like an incredibly natural fit.

Blue Linen Blazer - He Spoke Style

Blue Linen Blazer - He Spoke Style

Blue Linen Blazer - He Spoke Style

Blue Linen Blazer - He Spoke Style

I’ve gotten a few questions about suit jackets and blazers with working sleeve buttons; particularly if you do have working sleeve buttons on your blazer, how many should you button or unbutton? As a general rule of thumb, leaving just one unbuttoned is a safe bet. I obviously don’t always abide by that rule. It’s a conscious choice but one I don’t stay up at night thinking about. Rules are great templates, but always open to interpretation.

Blue Linen Blazer - He Spoke Style

Blue Linen Blazer - He Spoke Style

This Look: Light blue linen blazer (part of suit) c/o REISS – White button down oxford shirt by J.Crew – White selvedge denim jeans by J.Crew – White cotton pocket square by Nordstrom – Brown leather dress belt c/o Allen Edmonds (Manistee) – Black sunglasses by Ray-Ban (New Wayfarer) – Watch by Timex – Navy NATO G10 watch strap by J.Crew – Brown leather double monk strap shoes by To Boot New York

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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  • D├ívid

    You are THE MAN!

  • Leroy

    Really nice Jacket! I have everything else that you are wearing except a similar jacket.

    A nice linen jacket in a similar shade work nicely too.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, Leroy. And totally. A peach or salmon color would be great as well and perfect for summer.

    • Leroy

      Geez, I just realized that it was actually a linen blazer…

  • Kate

    I’ve been wanting to photograph in a place just like this recently (maybe the same place actually, when I look closer lol). Love the neutrals on top of the graffiti! Wonderful!


    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Kate. Couldn’t believe it when I stumbled upon this alley, though I’ve learned it’s fairly well known in Baltimore.

  • Fong

    Nice…my wife hates monk straps (she refers to them as monkey shoes) and refuse to let me buy one. I’m going to sneak one in one of these days. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Haha, go for it, Fong! Thanks for reading.

  • Ben

    Love this look! Been dying to break out my white demin but it’s been SO hot the last couple weekends all I can do is shorts.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Ben. I definitely hear you. Luckily, I was away for most of the heat wave but I’m back in it now!

  • Mark

    The white denim has been great for me this year too. With the summer heat it’s been all casual for me. Great w purple gingham or some bright v-neck t-shirts to make it appear cooler out. Funny but several women who thought they didn’t like white denim on men say they like it this year.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Absolutely. Thanks for reading, Mark.

  • Dan F

    Such a simple yet fantastic look. I’m wondering though, how do you mantain your white jeans ? Do you clean them often and keep them bright white, or do you let them accumulate a little more wear ? I have a habit of washing my denim as infrequent as possible, i’m guessing that won’t be possible for white jeans…

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks and great question, Dan. White denim can definitely be a pain to keep clean and you should expect to accumulate some dirt fairly easily–sort of like getting that first scratch on a brand new vehicle. In general, I wash them only when they need it, which is admittedly much more frequently than my regular denim.

  • Suzanne

    I loved this look and photography so much I included it in my Friday top five. Fabulous!


    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Suzanne. Very flattered.

  • Devon Morrison

    I really love wearing sportcoats for casual wear but due to my age I’m a little apprehensive. Most college kids would think i’m trying to dress up.

    • Brian Sacawa

      There’s definitely nothing wrong with dressing a little stylish. If blazers are your style, go for it, and don’t worry about what other people think!

  • Leo

    Great location!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Leo. Definitely a great spot!