Hey there, Mr. Pepper here. I've got another dose of Guy Style for you today, and as is becoming a bit of a trend for this column, it exposes yet another one of my insecurities for your entertainment, and hopefully a little educational benefit for the style-seeking men in your life, as well.
Check out my take on white denim for dudes in the the rest of the post below, and feel free to let me know if you ever have any specific questions or requests about men's fashion that I can answer for you here in my column.
I'm going to be totally honest with you: I love wearing white jeans just about as much as I am completely terrified of wearing them. Though I might appear at least somewhat comfortable in the photos above, every time I look down when I have them on, I suddenly feel the need to wrap myself in a towel. (A swath of terrycloth would probably garner me less attention than the imaginary neon signs pointing to my legs that I see in my head.) Never wanting to be held prisoner to a silly insecurity, I'm sometimes able to work up the courage to throw on this pair of white jeans for certain occasions, and am almost always pleased with the results.
My trick for wearing white denim is shamefully simple: I pick the shirt in my wardrobe that I know I'll feel the absolute best in on that given day. That's it. The key is to avoid the over-thinking, and it really is that easy!
The reason it works is that, choosing a shirt that fits my mood makes it easier to muster a confident attitude, and that really ends up being the most important accessory. For this particular night out, I went with a standard dark blue work shirt and slipped on some suede driving moccasins to keep it streamlined and casual.
Extra Spice Advice // If you don't believe me when I say that wearing white denim is worth it, I'll let you in on a little secret... These jeans were almost lost in the horrific crotch-split incident of 2011. I thought for sure I was going to have to retire them, but my tailor was able to repair them in what was nothing short of a miracle. Let that be a lesson in the importance of having a strong "style-support system"... Find yourself a great tailor that you love and trust, and if you already have one - don't forget to give them a big hug of thanks every now and again.
Editor's Note - If you're a lady looking for a little white denim inspiration, check out the way I styled a pair up for myself last week! And rest assured, we DID NOT wear them on the same day/outing. ;)
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Selvedge dark denim shirt - J. Crew
484 denim in "wheat" - J. Crew
Driving moccasins - J. Crew (similar here and here)