White chinos may be light on color, but they’re heavy on style

As I sat down to write this post, it struck me that there’s not really much to a classic men’s outfit. If we’re talking business casual or sharp casual – our perennial favorite style of dress – we’re talking a blazer, a button-up shirt, some pants (or jeans) and a nice pair of shoes.

Seems simple enough. Almost boring when you break it down like that. But that’s when the beauty of menswear emerges.

That’s when you start to dig deeper into fabrics. That’s when you start to dig deeper into texture. That’s when you start to dig deeper into patterns, accessories and colors and their almost endless variations.

For some that’s overwhelming. But for the devotee, it’s everything.

white chinos outfit idea

Though I’ve not purposefully shied away from color this summer – I just love a brown suit too much – I haven’t done much with it at all. And, of course, summer is the time for color. Lighter colors.

Here’s an easygoing summer look that’s “light” on color, but heavy on classic style.

white chinos outfit idea

| WEARING | Saks Fifth Avenue blazer, shirt and pants c/o Tommy Hilfiger, IWC watch, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, G.H. Bass loafers | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo

How many blue blazers do you need? That’s really a tough question, because once you get into different fabrics and patterns and constructions, you really could have 10 different navy blazers – all for a different occasion or season.

For the summer, however, it’s important to have one in a lighter blue, preferably linen. Like a classic navy blazer in the spring or fall, a light blue linen blazer will be your go-to during the warmer months.

Speaking of color and pattern, don’t forget that when it comes to your shirt. Pattern on a shirt can be a worrisome prospect. However, a small houndstooth (or puppytooth), is a solid choice. From a distance it almost appears solid, but up close you notice the intricate pattern.

white chinos outfit idea

We’ve sung the praises of white chinos earlier this summer and there’s no reason to stop now. Summer’s going to be ending soon, get the most out of them!

white chinos outfit idea

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style


Chime In