How to wear white trousers

White trousers can make for a resplendent appearance and also a foolish one, but by adhering to the guidelines of what to pair them with, you’ll be able to stride out of the conundrum and sport them with panache this summer.
Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs, leave Los Angeles International Airport. (Photo courtesy of Getty Images)

For much of human history, white has been a symbol of purity. It was worn by priestesses in ancient Egypt and Rome and the Pope has worn white since 1566. It is also worn by pilgrims in Islam and in the Shinto religion of Japan.

However, when it comes to white trousers in popular culture, there is a departure from its original associations. Stylish lotharios: Mick Jagger, Gunter Sachs, David Hemmings, and Jacques Dutronc, who all donned the garment with real panache have steered the trouser into a division of hedonism and romance. Today, it is still best to take white trouser inspiration from Monticello, Corsica, the home of Dutronc, rather than Mykonos.

American writer Mark Twain pointed out that “the fear of criticism might prevent (a man) from indulging his fancy” and wearing white tailoring. This needn’t be the case if you adhere to a few simple guidelines, but at the same time don’t let the follies of youth immure the Byronesque romanticism that the white trouser is capable of. It’s always imperative you get the fit right. Try to avoid bulky types and instead opt for those that are more slim cut through the leg. Tapered they can be, but don’t elect designs that hug the ankle too tightly as it loses the trousers’ grace and fluidity. Even a subtle flare shouldn’t be discounted if paired with the correct footwear.


    Freddie Anderson


    April 2022


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