In celebration of Memorial Day, and the new Gatsby movie, we bring you three ways to wear a white suit.
It’s not an easy garment to pull-off, but it can be done.
Here are some ideas and appropriate occasions.
1. Beach Wedding
Although Gatsby’s white suit is reportedly made of flannel, in my opinion, the most natural looking white suit (and thus, the easiest to pull-off) is made from a lightweight summer fabric like cotton or linen. This cotton/linen blend, for example, has a cool, “breezy” feel.
A beach wedding is one of the few occasions a man can safely break-out a white suit. Here I gave it some color with a solid blue shirt and some pattern with a cotton madras tie.
Remember: save at the store and splurge at the tailor, especially for items that you won’t wear often (even though you can wear the pants and jacket plenty as summer separates).
This is a cheap suit (I think it was less than $100 on sale) but with some minor adjustments by my man Franklin at TheTailoringRoom it looks almost custom-made, with the exception of the “bubbly” shoulders: the most obvious sign of a cheaply made suit, although people hardly notice this… Would you have noticed had I not pointed it out?
Sandals with a suit!? Yes. You’re going to be standing in the sand, after all.
I’m a huge fan of leather “gladiator sandals” – you won’t see me shaking sand out of my loafers.
For more wedding outfit ideas (including another way to style the white suit) check out our post: What to Wear to a Spring/Summer Wedding.
- Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear
- White linen suit by International Concepts INC
- Sky Blue Slim-Fit Shirt by Brooks Brothers
- Madras cotton tie by Gant
- Vintage canvas/leather belt
- Brown leather strap sandals by Mercanti Forentini