White Hot

Opting for the Monochromatic to Kick Off the Summer Season

Summer is here and social functions on the East End are calling. While laying out on the beach or breaking the waves on board a sailboat might be great for leisure time, one must keep up with one’s own dance card.

In celebration of the sunlight and brightness of the season, one incredibly bold statement to make is with a bold, stark white ensemble. A refined and elegant choice, white threads are instant head-turners, from Fantasy Island-esque linen blazers to the Casablanca romance of a perfectly creased white trouser. Even the right white shoes can do the trick.

If you’re planning on taking this route, keep an eye on your accessory choices. Whatever color or patterns you might choose to incorporate will stand out and will upgrade from an accent to a focal point. Pocket squares with vibrant patterns will be more pronounced. Chocolatey brown leathers will appear deeper and more vivid. Should you decide to give this look a try, slick your hair back and check out some of these scorchingly spectacular vendors offering the whitest of the white hot this season.


Ah, the white jacket. It recalls images of Ricardo Montalbán summoning summertime phantasmagoria. It’s an instantly profound statement to make and well within your reach to bring out some of that suave nobility. Check out Ralph Lauren, a tried- and-true brand for blending elegance with masculinity, and its Morgan Linen Sport Coat. With a delightfully contemporary take on a classic piece, this blazer features a slim cut, an unpadded shoulder, and a lightweight Italian linen which was woven exclusively for Polo.

J Crew’s Ludlow Dinner Jacket is an ideal choice for a more refined evening. Made from a sumptuous Italian wool, this lavish and breathable blazer is a modish way to make your presence known in any room. Flattering in its slim tailoring, all you’ll need to go with it is a perfectly shaken (not stirred) dry martini.

Ralph Lauren Morgan Linen Sport Coat, $895



A cotton tee is a clean, classic, and traditional staple for any man’s wardrobe. The trick is to pair the right color and fabric with the right ensemble, as well some minute detailing that can differentiate a standard
tee from some inventive alternatives.

Big Flower’s White Tee is an easy everyday top that can also easily segue into a nighttime look. Cut from a creamy soft cotton, it bears a chic bleachy texture, perfect for the East End getaway of your dreams.

James Perse has a bit more of a traditional take with a cotton linen v-neck. A short- sleeved piece, buoyantly light, and made with supremely soft cotton, it pairs perfectly with a tailored blazer. If a crew neck is your speed, Takuya Duncan’s got the gold standard variety with the Spencer Pima Cotton T-Shirt, which goes well with literally everything.

Big Flower Classic Crew, $65



Sneakers don’t have to be kept to the confines of the gym. The right pair of white kicks can add some exuberance and joviality to an otherwise standard a air. Club Monaco’s Veja Esplar Sneaker is a supremely made, minimalist masterpiece with an eco-friendly construction. Streamlined and simplistic, the contoured leather bears slightly accentuated stitching, contributing to the shoe’s blissful comfort.

For a bit of subtle air, Joseph’s Leather Trainer is a fun, bright white sneaker with some trendy black accents. The classic tennis shoe design has been given an amped-up makeover, made with creamy smooth white leather and stark white stitching. Strong at the sole, these babies won’t leave your dogs barking at the end of the day.

Joseph Leather Trainer, $410



An exquisitely cut pair of trousers are essential to making your summer season white hot. White slacks bear a certain kind of debonair sophistication and, when paired with a great belt and shoes, can knock everyone’s socks off. Paul Smith’s rendition, a pair of White Cotton and Linen-Blend Tapered Trousers, conjures images of glamorous vacations in Italy, with a brilliant modern tapered cut and dapper front creases.

Theory’s sexy Cotton Mix Trouser is a bit more downtown, with a slimmer t and streamlined detailing. The cotton nylon twill wears extremely well and is accentuated with a stark black button at the top of the zippered fly.

Reiss’ sublime Jeremy T Trousers are spectacularly tailored with a streamlined slim fit. The hook and zip fastening lies at so the overall silhouette is sleek and pairs wonderfully with either a simple top or a vibrant, adventurous one.

Reiss Jeremy T Trousers, $255