Men’s suits are available in a wide variety of colors, ranging from black and gray to navy, beige and even white. Some men assume that black is the best all-around choice, as it’s easy to match with other garments and offers a formal appearance. While there’s no denying the fact that black suits are stylish, you shouldn’t overlook some of the other colors in which suits are made, including white.
An all-white suit is a stylish alternative to black. It’s simple, classic, elegant, and it looks great on all body types. However, there are a few things you should know about white suits if you are planning to wear one. To learn more about white suits and how to create the perfect look, keep reading. We’re going to walk you through the steps of choosing and wearing a white suit.
White Suits: When is it Acceptable to Wear One?
Before we begin, it’s important to note that not all occasions are acceptable to wear a white suit. Generally speaking, it’s best to wear a white suit during the late spring or summer months. Why is this important? Well, most fashion experts agree that white — when it’s the primary color of the outfit — should only be worn during this time of year, as it provides a cool and comfortable style. You can wear dark colors like black all-year round, though white should only be worn during the spring and summer.
You might be wondering for what occasions white suits are acceptable. Contrary to popular belief, men can wear white when attending weddings. The old rule that “you shouldn’t wear white to a wedding” only applies to women, as female guests who wear white inadvertently “compete” with the bride, who is also wearing white. Men, however, don’t have to worry about this issue.
In addition to weddings, you can wear white suits to dinners, parties, business meetings, interviews, any pretty much any other formal or semi-formal occasion.
How to Choose a White Suit
Don’t assume that all white suits are the same. Even if they look similar in appearance, each suit has subtle nuances regarding its construction, style, and other characteristics. When choosing a white suit, consider the material or fabric from which it is made. Assuming you plan to wear it during the spring and/or summer, it’s best to stick with a lightweight, breathable fabric like cotton, tweed or linen. Any of these three fabrics are perfect for a white suit. If you choose a heavier fabric like corduroy, you may find it’s too hot to wear during the spring and summer.
It’s also recommended that you choose a white suit in the appropriate size for your body. You can usually tell if a suit jacket or coat fits by looking at the shoulders. If it’s too big, the shoulders will bunch up with excess fabric. If it’s too small, you won’t be able to move your arms freely. Of course, you can find the perfect fit by ordering your white suit here at StudioSuits. Simply include your body measurements when ordering, and we’ll use those measurements to customize your suit. Finding the perfect fit doesn’t get any easier this.
Tips on Wearing a White Suit
- Don’t wear a white shirt. There’s nothing wrong with wearing an all-white suit, consisting of both a coat or jacket and matching trousers. However, you shouldn’t wear a white shirt with this outfit. If your entire outfit is white — the shirt, jacket and trousers — it creates an awkward appearance in which all of your garments blend together. Rather than wearing a white shirt, choose a darker color that contrasts with your white suit, such as navy, black or forest green.
- Watch the stains. There are both pros and cons associated with white suits. Some of the advantages include a simple, sophisticated appearance, as well as availability (you can easily find white suits). On the other hand, however, white suits also show stains more easily than their darker-colored counterparts. If you’re going to wear a white suit, use caution to avoid getting it dirty. It’s not a bad idea to carry some stain-removing cloths just in case.
- Press it. It’s also a good idea to press your white suit. White has a tendency to show wrinkles and creases, more so than suits of other colors. And there’s nothing worse than wearing an unkempt wrinkled suit, regardless of the occasion. Thankfully, you can prevent this fashion faux pas by pressing your suit with a hot iron before wearing it. If the care label doesn’t allow for ironing, take your white suit to a nearby professional dry cleaners. Trust me, the small price of dry cleaning is a smart investment that’s well worth it.
- Check your shoes. Don’t forget to wear the right shoes or footwear with your white suit. White suits go well with most colors and styles of footwear, which is one of the great things about choosing a suit in this color. However, you’ll still need to make sure your footwear matches and is appropriate for a white suit. All-white shoes, for instance, are typically a poor choice, as it blends together with the suit (and not in a good way). A better option is a pair of all-black oxfords or loafers, both of which are easy to match with a white suit.
- Leave the bottom button undone. Like all suit jackets and coats, white suits are available in a wide range of styles, some of which feature two, three or even four buttons. So, how do you know which buttons to fasten and which ones to leave undone? A good rule of thumb is to leave the bottom button undone, while fastening the top buttons.
These are just a few tips to follow when wearing a white suit. For more ideas, check out some of our previous blog posts here at StudioSuits.