My White Bucks

White Bucks

Summer is quickly coming to an end and I wanted to break out my white bucks before it completely passed me by and the chance was lost. White bucks are not a shoe that I would have purchased for myself, but the nice people over at G.H. Bass & Co. sent me a pair (unsolicited), of their Buckingham white bucks, which is very much appreciated (Thank You!). While I have shied away from such a bold shoe, white bucks are quintessentially American and there is no shoe that says summer quite like a pair of white bucks.

White Bucks in EsquireFrom Esquire Magazine via The Weejun

Wearing these shoes presented a challenge. I generally try to construct outfits that fly under the radar and this is hard to do while wearing bright white suede shoes. For my first outing, I paired them with a poplin Brooks Brothers 3/2 sack blazer, chinos, and a light blue/pink repp tie. I thought that pink/blue tie complimented the shoes and added a touch of playfulness to the outfit. Overall, I was comfortable in the outfit and I received multiple compliments on the bucks, but I thought that I could do better.

White Bucks Outfit 1Outfit #1

My second outfit was actually inspired by an old picture of Joseph Kennedy, Joe Jr. and a young JFK. My outfit was very different from theirs, but it was the casual sophistication of their outfits that I wanted to capture. This time I paired my white bucks with chinos, a white OCBD, Uniqlo linen jacket, and blue tie with red/white stripes. I thought that this tie added more contrast to the outfit as I had previously planned on wearing a pink Gant tie. In my opinion, this outfit was a success. I felt and looked at ease, exactly as you should on a sunny summer day.

White Bucks Outfit 2Outfit #2

Inspiration PicKennedy Inspiration Picture

White bucks have won over a new fan. As I previously said, I was apprehensive about wearing such a bold shoe, especially considering that I try to avoid rather than garner attention. However, the tradition of the shoe along with their association with summer inspired a laid back attitude in me which overcame my fear of looking like a dandy. I am actually a little disappointed that I waited so long to give my white bucks a try, but next summer is not as far away as it seems.

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Jerrod Swanton is a simple man interested in simple, classic, and traditional style.

5 Comments on "My White Bucks"

  1. Tucker says:

    #2 = Perfection. Well done.

  2. Erik says:

    Great look, I have a tan pair by Bass that I love.

    This seems to be a sign of your blog’s success! Congrats!
    Stay humble 😉

  3. Herr Doktor says:

    I bought my first pair in twenty five years and wore them at least once a week during the summer. Comfortable, good looking and pairs surprisingly well with a number of outfits. Personally, I like them with madras pants (all over plaid, not patches). Looks better than loafers.

  4. oxford cloth button down says:

    Tucker – Thanks for your kind words. I especially appreciate your praise, because I visit your tumblr often and know what a great eye you have.

    Erik – Thank you. Dirty bucks are great, too and don’t worry humility is very important to me.

    Herr Doktor – Thanks for the tip. I bet that they would look great with madras trousers which are another item that I need. I think that grey tropical wool trousers would look great as well, but I don’t own any of those either.

  5. Cassie says:

    #2 is an amazing look!

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