White jeans. To some, they conjur up visions of skinny super-stretchy Vicky Beckham jeans accompanied by WAG-era plat-heeled Tributes. But not me. For my generation, a white jean (only an original-cut Levi’s boy-fit 501, mind,) signals 80s euro cool – especially when cropped at the ankle and accompanied by Gucci loafers, Ray-Ban Wayfarers, an obscure style mag and an exotic Italian beverage, supped at a pavement table. Ahhhh, the days of thinking a cappuccino outside Bar Italia was the height of sophistication…
These days, my white 501s are still worn with Ray-Bans but the loafers have been switched for Church’s Kelsey sandals. And instead of The Face or Sky (remember Sky!), it’s Monocle or Apartamento all the way. (Cliched? Moi?)
To round things out, a summery, woody fragrance is called for. I’ve been using Jo Malone London’s Incense & Cedrat a lot lately – the latest in the
unisex gender-fluid Cologne Intense line. It’s summery, but cool, with a heart of churchy incense, lifted with a whiff of citrus. This is a good ‘summer in the city’ fragrance. It’s not beachy, but it’s subtly uplifting and mood enhancing and fitting for the inevitable warm-but-overcast London summer. Buy it HERE and HERE.
WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl