Friday, June 5, 2009

The Rules of White

All that mumbo jumbo about "you can't wear white after labor day" is completely false. Here are the ensembles Esquire has pieced together to show you why that old wives tale is just not true.

The New Laws of Wearing White

A White Blazer Is Instant Summer Style

Don't believe us? Pair it with almost anything — dark-blue jeans, a bright checked shirt, flannel pajamas, snow boots — and look in the mirror: You're ready for whatever fancy barbecue or garden party the season throws your way. (Maybe lose the pj's before you hit the party.)
Two-button cotton-and-linen blazer ($2,145) by Roberto Cavalli; cotton shirt ($475) by Luigi Borrelli; cotton jeans ($187) by Rock & Republic; leather shoes ($640) by Fratelli Rossetti.

You Can Wear Certain White Clothing All Year Round

Provided you take into account seasonal variations. For fall, pair your favorite whites with a dark-green blazer and desert boots; for winter, a little white wool goes a long way.
Three-button cotton-and-nylon blazer ($695) by John Varvatos Star USA; cotton shirt ($89) and cotton twill trousers ($98) by Perry Ellis; suede desert boots ($228) by Cole Haan.

White Suits Only Look Funny on Men with Peculiar Facial Hair

The rest of us, we're in the clear. Just remember to add some subtle color with your shirt or tie. A blue-and-white butcher's-stripe shirt is just the thing.
One-button silk-and-cotton suit ($2,200) by Salvatore Ferragamo; cotton shirt ($135) by Ascot Chang; leather shoes ($600) by Cesare Paciotti.

Off-White Jeans Are More Fun Than Khakis

By which we mean they're a little bolder and a lot less likely to get you lumped in with everyone else. Dress them down with a colored polo shirt, or dress them up with a navy blazer.
Two-button wool blazer ($200) by Tommy Hilfiger; cotton shirt ($245) by Robert Talbott; cotton jeans ($250) by Diesel; leather shoes ($295) by Donald J. Pliner.


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1 comment:

Mr Dandy said...

I like the Gingham Shirt and White Sport Coat with Jeans Combo. I think that would look really cool and worth trying it.