The West Coast Stripe

From the beloved Bean Boots of Maine, down to the tropical trees of Florida, I consider the East Coast to be THE best coast of the two. However when summer strikes, chill vibes and swell tides are my low-key obsessions…

The West Coast offers a unique simplicity about it (with a strong partiality to Cali): its geometric architecture, YOLO vibes, and surfer style. LA is like the Paris of the West, given the effortless looks and living the locals acquire.

In terms of the average West Coast man, their fashion is understated and the fit is slightly over conservative (which I lovvvve). Think 10.5 inch shorts -like the ones shown below.

Beyond the garment-dyed tees and beat-up sneaks, patterns are my favorite part about the West. Not the strangely abstract type, but the simple, less-refined type. I immediately think of horizontal stripes because they remind me of the beautiful sunsets at the beach. Talk about #sunsetgoals
…but not the classic stripe. The not-so-monotonous stripe is giving me all the chill vibes due to its surfer look. It’s far from traditional, unlike the sailor stripes we typically flaunt here on the East with boat-shoes and whatnot.

 On the bottom: a trusty pair of stone-washed chino shorts from J.Crew, which are super comfortable and stretchy. They’re made with a lightweight cotton fabric, so you’re less likely to sweat in the upper region of the leg. Have I mentioned the slim-tailored construction? man, I was a fan at first sight.

I typically wear 7″ shorts, given that my legs are extremely short, but I braved my recent trip to J.Crew by purchasing these 10.5″ shorts as a nod to the average West Coast man. Turns out I love the long look (and might even splurge on a few more!).

Topped the outfit with a classic pair of Ray Bans to reflect the sunny-state-of-mind. Also, the sun was blazing while the photos were taken. In other words they were a necessity, not an accessory:)

Are you feeling the West Coast vibes this summer? I know I am:)



I'm Ian, the writer behind CharlesTucket (a mix between Charleston & Nantucket, two of my favorite places). My hope is to inspire every man to live a wholesome & whimsical life, one quirk at a time.


"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." | 1 Corinthians 16:13-14


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