White Denim Dressed Up, Part 2

White denim as workwear? Why not? Depending on where you work it might not be appropriate for most days of the week, but if your workplace has a casual Friday policy, white denim is an unexpected and stylish alternative to chinos or dark denim.

White Denim Dressed Up - He Spoke Style

White denim can certainly be striking. It’s crisp, sophisticated, and definitely makes a statement. But another way to see it is as a blank canvas. Because white is so neutral, it pairs well with literally any color or pattern. While white denim itself is bold in its starkness, it also provides an opportunity to showcase other bold items—like a wide striped shirt, for example—and have them really stand out.


I’m sometimes asked whether it is better to have a pinch or slide clasp tie bar. The answer is that it depends. The deciding factor for me is always the thickness of the tie. Silk knit ties are perfect for summer but also very thin and I find that a pinch clasp doesn’t stay put quite as well as a slide clasp. For more on tie bars, check out my guide on how to wear one properly.

White Denim Dressed Up - He Spoke Style

Dressed up enough for work but definitely not overdressed for cocktails after work. If you plan on transitioning right from the office to drinks with friends or a date, a dressed up look with white denim will definitely have you more than covered in either situation.

White Denim Dressed Up - He Spoke Style

This Look: Blue wide striped dress shirt by Saks Fifth Avenue (similar here) – White selvedge denim jeans by J.Crew – Navy silk knit tie by The Tie Bar (similar here) – Sterling silver tie clip by David Donahue (similar here) – Brown leather plaque belt by J.Crew – Watch with brown leather strap by Timex – Brown leather iPhone case by J.Crew – Horsebit loafers c/o Allen Edmonds (Grand Cayman)

Be sure to check out the first post in the white denim dressed up series. And thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


Chime In


    Nice look! I have a similar shirt, but it’s of the button down variety. Got it from Brooks Brothers. Don’t have a white Jeans but this makes me want to get one. What do you think about the same wear with a navy blazer with or without the tie?

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, Leroy. This look could definitely work with a navy blazer. Check out this look, which aside from the linen shirt, is pretty much exactly what you’re looking for. Thanks for reading.

  • Leroy

    Thanks Brian, I bought some white Jeans this weekend. I’m attending a banquet next week. I plan to wear it with a pink OCBD and a nice tie….keep up the good work, man.

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      You got it.

  • Rohan Malhotra

    Hi Brian ! Needless to say you are looking as good as ever! I have just recently come across your blog through flipboard and have been following it avidly since ! Just a quick question – a/c to many style guide magazines – the width of the tie bar is supposed to be shorter than than the width of the tie ! In this case the width of your tie bar matches that of the tie . What gives ? Sorry to bother u with this question , but as an image consultant I wouldn’t want to give my clients wrong information ! Thanks in advance !

    • http://hespokestyle.com Brian Sacawa

      Not a bother at all, Rohan. Generally, I do wear a tie bar that isn’t as wide as my tie, but I was feeling like doing something a little bolder here. The biggest faux pas in terms of tie bars is having one that is wider than your tie. Thanks for reading.