If last weekend’s London Collections: Men SS16 proved anything, it’s that the fashion industry’s love affair with white legwear is far from over. Bleached denim and cool cotton trousers took centre stage at numerous shows, with models walking in white for the likes of Alex Mullins and Margaret Howell, among others.
But for those of us who want to wear the pale stuff off the runway, how do you tackle this notoriously tricky trend?
Well, take a look at our five rules to observe and ways to wear white jeans below, and silence the naysayers like a sartorially accomplished pro this summer.
Like its monochromatic brother, black, white is a killer colour to contrast stronger shades against.
Try wearing your white jeans with every man’s favourite dark hue – navy blue – for a sophisticated look that stays the right side of nautical.
The great thing about colour-blocking, like this, is that it draws the eye upward, which, if your legs are on the shorter, stockier side, helps elongate your frame and make you appear taller.
Image: Mango Man Summer 2013
You’ve probably spent the last few months wearing black from head to toe. And rightly so – the monochrome trend is going nowhere, and it’s a strong option for guys who like to look sharp without having to think too hard.
Well, hey, guess what? The same thing goes for wearing all-white. This is the summer take on monochrome dressing and looks superb if everything is crisply pressed and clean out the pack.
Wear your white jeans with a plain white crew neck tee or collarless shirt and a pair of minimal white trainers for an outfit that’s fresher than a pillow with a mint on it.
Image: Zara SS15
Play It Smart
Wedding season is upon us, which presents a variety of sartorial options to choose from. If it’s a formal occasion, then your sharpest lightweight suit is obviously the way to go.
However, if the nuptials are slated to be a more laid-back affair, there’s scope to have some fun and experiment by smartening up your casualwear. To this end, white jeans can be upgraded really easily with the addition of an unlined linen blazer and a chambray shirt in cool blue.
Plus, it’s a look that subtly marks you out as the best-dressed person in white, even above the bride.
Image: Windsor SS12
The Not-So Fancy Footwork
A pair of bright white jeans is a statement in itself, which means there’s no room for messing about with a pair of bold trainers.
Instead, look to combine your white jeans with a pair of minimal black sneakers or rich brown loafers for a more sophisticated look.
Alternatively, opt for a pair of beige desert boots or, at the very most, try a pair of dusty blue suede deck shoes if you’re a fan of Riviera style.
Image: Aquascutum SS15
Slim It Down, Son
It takes a brave man to pull on a pair of white jeans, especially if you never miss leg day at the gym (they have a nasty reputation for exacerbating the appearance of chunky thighs and legs).
But for those of you with a lean build, the flattering way to wear your whites is in a smart slim- or skinny-fit with a minimal break. If you try a pair that’s too long or baggy, you’ll notice how sloppy all that bunched up, pooling fabrics looks, so – more than ever – pay careful attention to how they fit you.
Image: Mango Man SS14
- Polo Ralph Lauren Jeans In Slim Fit White
- Dr Denim Jeans Snap Super Skinny Fit Clean White
- He By Mango Slim-fit White Jan Jeans
- Reiss 1971 Wallace Slim-fit Jeans
- Uniqlo Men Skinny Fit Tapered Jeans
- J Brand Kane Slim-leg Stretch-cotton Jeans
- A.p.c. Petit Standard Denim Jeans
- Levis 501 Ct Jeans 501 Ct Slim-fit Jeans
- Acne Studios Ace Slim-fit Stretch-denim Jeans