27
May
Gustin natural raw selvedge denim — Only 23 pairs and 8 days left to cop this. I put my money in for a pair and I already own a pair of white denim. 

Gustin natural raw selvedge denim — Only 23 pairs and 8 days left to cop this. I put my money in for a pair and I already own a pair of white denim. 

31
Aug

It’s on sale: Polo Ralph Lauren white denim and linen-cotton chinos — Bloomingdales is having an extra 20% off all their Big Brown Bag sale with code BIGBAG20. That brings the jeans down to $58.80 and the chinos to $108. And if you bought both, you’d get free shipping. Sale ends Monday, September 3rd.

03
May

White Denim: a summer staple on sale

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. 

22
Aug

Going along the lines of the post from today, what are you thoughts on white jeans and wearing them past the stereotypical Labor Day maturity date?

- Asked by Anonymous

Others have obviously done it. I plan on doing it. There’s no particular reason not to do it, unless it’s raining heavily and you’re not a fan of getting mud all over your jeans.

I feel as if that “no white after Labor Day” rule is there to keep people from wearing traditionally spring/summer fabrics during the fall/winter (ie: linen, seersucker, pincord, etc.), because they’re not really designed for the season. Still, if you live in a climate where it’s sweltering and it’s after Labor Day, I think you’d be foolish to listen to the rule. Dress for the environment, dress for the occasion.

02
Jul

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.

Thank you! It’s actually a similarly sized (in width) silk tie from Hugo Boss that I picked up absurdly cheap at Nordstrom Rack. I was actually debating between the two in the morning, but went with the silk since the jacket was linen.

I think that white jeans are making a bit of a comeback, fashionwise, at the moment (well, at least in terms of the menswear blogosphere that I’ve seen). In terms of old trends becoming hip again, washed denim also is being seen more often.

I think the nice thing about both of those is that it allows you to wear denim with jackets that might not look so great with regular dark denim. As someone who owns a lot of dark navy blazers and sport coats, I just don’t like the look of a dark-rinse denim jean paired with a navy jacket. I feel like you need color separation, which is where white/faded/etc. colored jeans come in and fill a niche.

Keeping them clean though: pain in the ass.

21
May

The spring-summer uniform: white jeans

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.

07
May
Polo Ralph Lauren “Hudson” slim-fit white jeans — On sale for $56.52 (with coupon code “MAY0511”). Seems like a really good deal if you still don’t have a pair of white jeans and don’t feel like picking up a pair of white Levi’s 501s to get tailored.

Polo Ralph Lauren “Hudson” slim-fit white jeans — On sale for $56.52 (with coupon code “MAY0511”). Seems like a really good deal if you still don’t have a pair of white jeans and don’t feel like picking up a pair of white Levi’s 501s to get tailored.

About The Silentist

A menswear blog on finding your personal style, written by Kiyoshi Martinez.

I work at Khaki's of Carmel and live in the Monterey Bay area. Formerly from Chicago.

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