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White Denim Dressed Up, Part 1

May 31st, 2013

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.

Brian Sacawa

Brian Sacawa is the Founder of He Spoke Style and one of the original men’s style influencers. Since 2013, his goal has remained the same: to provide men the advice and inspiration they need to dress well, develop their personal style, and gain more confidence. Brian’s interest and passion for men’s style and luxury watches has led to his writing for The Robb Report, The Rake, and Sotheby’s and he has been quoted on menswear in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,, Brides Magazine, and the Huffington Post. He lives in the woods north of Baltimore with his wife, Robin, kitties Nick and Nora, and German Shepherd/Collie mix Charlie.

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