The Helm's Season Essentials | The White PantMay 12th, 2014
Over the past few summers we've seen an emergence of colourful men's trousers in garment dyed cottons - royal blues, greens, various berry tones, etc. Coloured pants were the must-haves - and still continue to play a strong role. But this season, white pants are back on the scene, and are gaining ground quickly.
Have a look as we explore a few ways to pull off white trousers in style.
Yes, the white trouser can work in the office - but we'd suggest keeping it to casual Fridays. It becomes office appropriate when paired with the correct sport jacket (as seen in the picture above). Here, a five pocket cotton pant by Incotex is paired with an olive linen shirt by Ralph Lauren and a soft cotton sport coat by Luigi Bianchi Mantova. The look is completed with a co-ordinating shoe and belt by Magnanni and easily transitions into weekend-wear.
Men's fashion has been dominated by trim fits for several seasons, but we're starting to see the return to a more relaxed aesthetic. These cotton off white chinos from Ovadia & Sons are a great crossover pant. They share a similar look with the relaxed trousers coming out of Europe, without being too full through the thigh, making them the perfect pant for lounging and vacationing. For this look, we've paired them up with an Ovadia & Sons linen indigo check shirt and AMI shoe and belt.
White or off-white denims are a perfect weekend pant. The off-white denim pictured above is one of our top picks for the season - a 13 oz washed selvage denim by Presidents, crafted in Tuscany. It's paired with a bright coloured linen sport shirt by Orian, a linen blend cardigan sweater and casual jacket by Corneliani, and brown shoes, belt and wristband by Magnanni and 3Sixteen.
For a lot of men, wearing a white trouser might be out of their comfort zone - but we suggest giving it a try. After all, a white pant is to summer what grey flannel is to winter. Go ahead - have fun with it - you won't regret it.