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.
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.
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.
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.
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.