White Denim Season
I have one pair of white blue jeans – some 501s not unlike the ones above – and this is the time of year they come out. Despite their weight, they actually wear reasonably cool, and end up being a great option on days when the sun’s out and it feels like summer, but it’s not quite hot outside.
Our friend CBenjamin’s in the picture above, and his outfit has a lot going on. He pulls it off well, but I find that I have good luck pairing my jeans with very simple compliments. Even as simple as a plain navy t-shirt and canvas sneakers. White-on-white is a little to Andrew WK (though Andrew always looks great).
White jeans also make a nice compliment to a summer blazer. With tan bucks, like CB is wearing, and a pale blue shirt, you have a relaxed look that’s surprisingly pull-off-able.
One note: CB’s white 501s, and mine, are tapered slightly by a tailor. This will cost you about $ 20, but I find that a trendier, slimmer fit is more appropriate with a jean like this. It helps drive home the point that you’re wearing white denim on purpose.
Double-Breasted by WW Chan
Liverano & Liverano White Oxford Shirt
Drake’s Cashmere Gray Tie
WW Chan Double Breasted in “Alan” Blue (Holland & Sherry Crispaire 339053)
The Power of Plain White Linen Pocket Squares
I’ve got too many pocket squares for my own good. I started with squares found at thrift stores and estate sales. I quickly built a collection from eBay and the internet. Then I started manufacturing squares with the PTO brand. At this point, the clear plastic closet boxes where I keep my squares are literally overflowing.
Still, even with all these squares, I find that I most frequently reach for the simplest: plain white linen.
The advantages of white linen are many. It’s not excessively showy. It goes with literally anything. It’s simple and refined.
One could dress well with only one white linen square.
To get a good one can cost a bit of money. Linen quality can vary, and many less-expensive squares have unnatractive machine-stitched edges, rather than full hand-rolled ones. I think it’s worth an expenditure.
Drake’s version are pretty gorgeous, but costly. You’ll need about $ 125 for a three pack. Our friend Will’s three pack at A Suitable Wardrobe is a bit more affordable at $ 95. Our Irish linen version, handmade in Los Angeles, are available by the piece, for $ 45 (less ten percent if you’re in Inside Track or Gentlemen’s Association member). I like the look of Sam Hober’s option, made in Thailand, for $ 30 each, as well. Kent Wang’s are cheapest of all, at $ 20, but I’m not a fan of his 12” size.
Even if you decide on a cheaper, machine-edged square, the addition of white linen to the breast pocket of any coat will kick any outfit up a notch. Consider it next time you’re getting dressed.
PJOHNSON Milano knit, black and white
PJOHNSON Napoli Jacket (sans canvas) Light grey s160 tropical
PJOHNSON black and grey zig zag pochette
PJOHNSON Mako cotton army green trouser
denim black on white