When To Wear White Pants, and When Not To
White pants for men = swamp-ass averted. They give you a serious edge to both looking cool and staying cool during the summer.
So you’ve got to go to work, which means you’ve got to dress up a bit. But if you work in a 21st century office, if it’s not business casual all the time it’s probably business casual over the summer and it’s almost certainly business casual on summer Fridays.
You know what else it is over the summer? Hot. Like, Equatorial Africa hot.
It’s hot when you’re commuting. It’s hot when you get lunch, in some offices it’s even hot when you’re inside at your desk. But showing up to a meeting sweating like you just came from the gym is what the politicians call “bad optics.” Unless you live a very sheltered life–going from air conditioned home to air conditioned garage to air conditioned car to air conditioned office garage to air conditioned office, stopping only to eat lunch in your air conditioned office cafeteria–you’re going to have to face the elements at some point.
So you’ve got to have a game plan for getting through your day with swagger intact and swamp ass averted. Allow us to introduce you to your savior, the white pant.
“White pants,” you say, nearly falling off your seat, “I can’t wear white pants!”
You can. You can and you will after you see how we pair them with up with your favorite shirts and summer blazers.
This blue blazer is begging to be paired with white. The check pattern, which features white, is paired naturally with a white shirt, pocket square and, of course, white chinos.
This lightweight navy blazer goes together well with white pants for a classic, nautical summer look.
Brown and blue are a winning combination and when your brown blazer has flecks of white in the weave, white jeans are an obvious choice to complete the outfit.
This pale blue shirt and blazer combo is a tonal look, so wearing white pants isn’t too distracting here. It’s a great outfit at the office when you’re heading heading into a long weekend.
Blazer, Black Lapel.
This outfit features a little more contrast, but still using just navy, light blue, and white pants. You’re the cool guy going somewhere cool in this look.
Why White Pants Keep You Cool
Because white pants reflect the sun, they help you stay cool in the long days of summer, reducing the aforementioned swamp ass.
Why White Pants Look Cool
White pants give you an edge by making you stand out from the crowd. Think about it. Who else in your office is wearing white pants? While the rest of the crew sweats it out in their dark slacks you’ll be chilling in white.
Are white jeans cool for the office?
When denim is in the dress code, you can apply the same concepts as we did above with white pants to white jeans. When it’s hot but not blazing hot, white jeans add texture to your outfit and relax the look of a blazer.
When White Won’t Work
As much as we’ve sung the praises of white pants here, they are not always appropriate. There are business occasions when white pants aren’t somber enough, like a court date, and business occasions when white clothes can be difficult to keep clean, like a pie eating contest (OK, so pie eating contests are only business occasions if you’re a professional pie eater, but hey, a guy can dream). But those cases are rare. For many of us, white pants are one of the summer’s sharpest, and most overlooked, style moves making you more comfortable and more stylish in one simple step.
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