White Denim Dressed Up, Part 1

Even though Memorial Day is the “unofficial” start to summer, the heat wave we’re currently experiencing here on the east coast is certainly making it feel like summer proper. But it’s not only summer that Memorial Day ushers in. Many readers, I’m sure, are familiar with the arcane rule that dictates that the window to wear white is between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It’s not a rule I follow, but in the spirit of the season here is the first in a series of posts on how to wear white denim.

White Denim Dressed Up - He Spoke Style

I know that white denim—or white pants, in general—can be intimidating to some. If your buddies are straight up blue jeans and khakis guys it can be tough to be the dude who shows up somewhere wearing white pants. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been glad to see colored chinos enjoying wider popularity this spring. For me, though, white denim or any kind of white pants, for that matter, are a mark of sartorial sophistication.

White Denim Dressed Up - He Spoke Style

The great thing about white denim is that it is an easy piece to dress up, especially in the summertime. A blue blazer—the one I’m wearing is the suit jacket from my Preakness look—and a colorful linen shirt make an easy, comfortable, and stylish look.

White Denim - He Spoke Style

Instead of a pocket square, try a pocket round to mix things up. They easily make a very interesting fold. I have recently been loving the rounds handmade by my tailor, Earle Bannister.

White Denim Dressed Up - He Spoke Style

White Denim - He Spoke Style

Summertime is a great time for white denim and also the perfect time to go sockless. A good loafer is an absolute must for warmer months.

White Denim - He Spoke Style

This Look: Navy blazer (part of suit) by Quinntessential Gentleman Custom (similar here) – Peach linen shirt c/o Reiss – White selvedge denim jeans by J.Crew – Brown leather plaque belt by J.Crew – Pocket round by Quinntessential Gentleman Handmade (similar here) – Sunglasses by Persol – Watch with brown leather strap by Timex – Brown leather duffle bag by Floto Imports (similar here) – Horsebit loafers c/o Allen Edmonds (Grand Cayman)

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    You look so sharp and sophisticated. Love this.


    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks so much.

  • Austin M

    I feel like white denim is an opportunity to show off a nice pair of shoes, if done properly. Solid post!

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Definitely. Also a great option for those hard to match shoes. Thanks for reading.

  • http://cirrously.com Frankie

    I love seeing less masculine pieces being accepted by the gen-pop. Fewer “chads” is always a good thing.

  • http://www.berwickdc.com Ben

    Love this style!

  • websport

    White denim is one of my year round go-to items.

  • http://www.DistrictGrain.com Laura

    Love the entire look, Brian. Simple and sophisticated! The Floto Imports duffel bag is a great finishing touch. If your readers are interested in completing this look, we carry the entire Floto Collection on our site: http://www.districtgrain.com/collections/floto-imports

  • http://www.iheartubuntu.com iheartubuntu

    Great article. Hard to find white denim. I’m guessing this is more of a seasonal item?

  • David Contreras

    Could I go with some black dress shoes , and what other color shirt would look good with this?