White denim is fantastic for summer — a favorite of mine last year. It pairs well with blues and tans, making it a great fit to either contrast with hopsack blazers or linen sport coats. For those looking to take a more colorful approach to summer in their tailored jackets — either preppy or Pitti inspired — the neutral tone of white works well to compliment them, too, be they a wild madras or vivid washed cotton.
If you’re unsure of where white denim might fit into what you already wear, treat them like you would khaki chinos or grey trousers in your wardrobe. I find white denim works best as a casual alternative to trousers and a warmer substitute for fabrics like linen on sunny weekend days.
Best of all, getting white denim isn’t that costly and fits right in for those of you on the ramen noodle budget.
Levi’s 501s in white denim are on sale for $33.60 with promo code FF2012, which knocks 30% off during their Friends & Family sale. (Sale ends May 7th.)
As far as sizing goes, I went down 2” from my waist size, as the denim will stretch out over time. Also, I took mine to the tailor to have them altered to a 7-inch leg opening and hemmed to no break. They look great with a pair of suede tassel loafers or chukka boots.
Was that your Hardy Amies tie in your last WIWT? I actually really like the white - I believe I am rethinking my position. I think because I was a teenager in the 1980s that I have written off some things that I need to ponder again...white jeans, tapered legs, etc. I wonder if I can find those old white Guess jeans.
Nice look - one of my favorites on you.
Now that the weather’s nicer and the sun is out, it’s time to bring back white denim. Sure, you can wear it year-round, however, rain, snow, mud, etc. will probably mess them up and it’s not worth the trouble for me. But temperatures in the high 70s and no rain? Shine on.
Before heading out today, I decided to shoot a few looks of how I’ll be incorporating white jeans into my basic uniform for summer. Nothing revolutionary here, but if you haven’t picked up a pair yet, perhaps this will tip you toward such a purchase.
For those that want to know, they are a pair of Levi’s 501s that I had tapered at the tailor to a 7” leg opening. The jeans plus alterations shouldn’t run you over $70 total, and while you certainly can buy higher-end white denim, just keep in mind that it’s only a matter of time before you dirty them up to the point of no return and you’ll have to buy a new pair if you want that super-bright look. Dark denim will hide stains, white denim will showcase them.
For going casually: just a lightweight wool sport coat, no tie and a red-checked square. This isn’t a typical look for me, but would work great on those unbearably hot days when a necktie is even too much.
For going to dinner: a blue linen jacket, navy with red dot square and a club-striped necktie. Linen keeps this a bit more sport-ish and casual, but the tie and semi-constructed jacket gives the look a slight bit of formality that looks appropriate for dinner (hopefully, it’s outdoor dining).
For going to work: Jeans to work? Sure, it’s summer. Navy wool blazer (partially lined), red square with white edges and necktie. Probably should wear socks, too — or not.
For going to Hell: Add your loudest jacket, put on your shades and enjoy a mojito.