Navy blue suit is a classic. Dark gray suit goes for business. Brown suit is good for casual business occasions. But what about white suit? Can other men than Leisure Suit Larry wear a white suit?
I remember when I was fifteen or sixteen years old and saw David Beckham wearing a white suit. At that time he was one of my style idols. So I wanted to have one for myself. In fact I think I even bought one. Pure white single-breasted linen suit from H&M. It was nothing fancy, a basic suit
with fused construction, padded shoulders and flap pockets. But it fit me nicely. If I remember correctly it lasted about couple of years. Since that I haven't had a white suit. Recently however I've been thinking that maybe I should get one.
This is one of the best interpretations of a white suit I have seen. Simple color combination and balanced matching of details and textures.
How to combine - what to wear with your white suit
First of all it is good to remember that there are white suits. And then there are white suits
. With white trousers and jackets I recommend to opt for off-white shade instead of pure white. Unfortunately it is not easy to find an off-white or cream suit. But if you happen to find one that's all you need for a casual and relaxed summer suit. Especially in lightweight fabrics such as cotton/silk blend or linen. The off-white color is in fact synonymous with warm spring and summer.
In terms of shirts best colors to combine your white suit with are light blue for more dressed-up occasions and denim blue for more casual attires. Different kind of striped shirts, white with blue striped for example are also a good option. And it is not wrong to pair your suit with white shirt. But in that case remember to wear a tie that brings enough contrast to your outfit. In general I would suggest to wear plain colored ties in shades of blue or brown. White suit even though it is plain, is still quite striking choice. Therefore I recommend to keep the rest of the outfit quite restrained.
What shoes to wear with your white summer suit? That depends on the situation. Brown suede tassel loafers are a staple choice. With them you can not really go wrong. Double or single monks can also be a good option. I personally would avoid wearing calf leather oxfords as they are way more formal choice than your suit. If you wearing a denim shirt without a tie with your suit, classic canvas sneakers can be just the right choice to complement the attire.
Finally, the right kind of white suit can actually be quite versatile. Usually it can easily be worn also as separates. Pair the jacket for example with some slightly distressed denim and and chambray popover shirt. Or take the trousers and wear them with striped button-up shirt and navy blue blazer. What you have is a classic summer set.
As mentioned above, appropriate white suits are not that easy to find. Bespoke or made-to-measure are always an option, but if you want to find a suit with a reasonable budget, check out this off-white cotton-linen suit by Suitsupply
How would you combine a white suit?
I would personally loose the hat. Otherwise a really good example how a cream white suit can be a perfect choice for summer.
White silk-wool mixture suit combined with denim. Casual but chic.
Pics via The Sartorialist and pinterest.