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White Denim Dressed Up, Part 2

June 7th, 2013

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.

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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