White colour in a man’s wardrobe tends to appear only in a few pieces: sports socks,
shirts, tees, sweaters and, possibly, a single pair of white chinos that only see the light of day occasionally in summer. It’s all about to change, total white looks are favourited by stylish men around the world no matter the season.
A few simple rules to remember when wearing complete white outfits:
- Caution – white is a stain magnet! Keep an eye out for possible offenders: takeaway coffee, public transport and car doors.
- The key to pulling off the looks in a single block colour – a variety of textures. Different materials will add extra dimension to your look, make the layers visible rather than blend the garments into one white mass.
- Think tones and tints: white comes in different shades as well – snow white, cream, ivory, off-white, linen etc.
- Most important: wash separately!
Here are some of the all white looks to have you inspired for your total white out.
The perfect example of texture play: cotton parka, corduroy trousers, zig zag textured crew neck jumper, leather accessories and shoes. This cool casual pared back look is stylish and effortless.
White Blazer Chic
A more sophisticated look, elevated by double-breasted tailoring and Oxfords is polished and refined. It oozes luxury and class. For added texture, chose linen trousers and a crisp brilliant white shirt, accessorise with a pristine white belt and a silk pocket square.
White denim is more common in jeans, however your winning denim piece in this ensemble is the jacket. Pair it with a white turtleneck and cropped chinos, roll them up if needed to show off the detailed brogues worn on bare feet.
White Sporty Leather
Wouldn’t be current fashion if there wasn’t a sporty look on offer: ready to diversify out of the classic black leather jackets? The white biker design is a fresh alternative. Combine it with a hoody, white jeans, sneakers and a backpack for the ultimate athleisure style.
If you are still not convinced, try influxing white pieces individually to your wardrobe in a more of a statement manner: white cover-ups like trench coats, parkas, blazers and bomber jackets; put white jeans and trousers into your “everyday-bottoms” rotation; as for that white shirt in your closet that traditionally will be paired with a business suit and tie, mix it up and wear it casual in a relaxed environment.
White has a certain brightness to it so it will go perfectly with any colour and will also offset a colour overload should there be such. You will be amazed how a single white garment can freshen up the look, add elegance and make you the centre of attention.
by Olga Permyakova
Cover photo: Courtesy of Acne Studios
Photo: Fabio Vizzari