All-White Outfits for Guys to Wear This Summer

Upgrade your summer whites game

By Megan Collins | Last Updated: Jul 10 2020

In summer, there’s two ways to stay cool with your wardrobe. First up, wear less! Think: shorter shorts and sock-free footwear. And then there’s lightening up. That means thinner fabrics, and also lighter colors.

The best light summer color to wear? White.

After name checking the neutral hue as the jeans du jour for warm weather in a recent 5 Days 5 Ways, we thought we’d go even farther, pulling together ideas on how to wear all white this summer.

Below, all white outfits for men to wear this summer:

1) Wear white jeans

via Saul Rasco

SG Says: We’ve already talked about how white jeans are a great way to break into summer whites. They’re more sturdy than linen and (hopefully?) won’t make you feel like you’ve been dropped into a 90s boy band music video.

Not quite feeling a blinding-white hue? Go for a pair in an off-white shade to turn down the volume.

>> check out five ways to wear white jeans

2) Wear white-on-white

via Pinterest

SG Says: Brad Pitt loves him a head to toe white look.

See the two pictures above? Not the same outfit! On the left he’s wearing short sleeves, and on the right, long sleeves. He just loves white that much.

You can pull off the same vibe with a lightweight t-shirt (sleeve length up to you) and your now-trusty white or off-white jeans.

The nice thing about wearing one color head to toe is that the whole point is the different pieces don’t quite match. That’s what keeps it from looking like a uniform.

Instead, go for clothes in slightly different tones and textures for a ‘most interesting man in the world’ vibe.

3) Break up your whites

Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling via LaineyGossip

SG Says: A breezy white dress shirt — and white dress shoes! — looks great on the French Riviera, sure, but you can pull off this Gosling-approved look without attending the Cannes Film Festival (pretty sure it’s canceled anyway this year).

And like the Gos, you can always ground your whites with a neutral item like grey or navy pants.

But don’t think neutrals are your only option. Try a bright red polo shirt with white jeans, for instance. Or colorful sneakers with an otherwise all-white outfit.

4) Wear your white with stripes

SG Says: Okay, okay, we kind of already showed an outfit like this above, but that’s because white with stripes looks so. damn. good.

A nautical vibe in the summer just feels right. Cuff the ankles on your pants (jeans or stonewash chinos are perfect), throw on some boat shoes or canvas sneakers, and your favorite striped shirt.

You’ll look breezy and stylish, not like a lost and landlocked sailor – we promise.

5) Keep it sporty in sweatshorts

Justin Bieber, Drake via Pinterest

SG Says: Dunno what it is, but there’s just something about a man in a sporty white lewk.

And sweatshorts are cool again!

Just check out Todd Snyder, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Reigning Champ.

6) Dress Up Your Whites

Eddie Redmayne via GQ

SG Says: How to wear white this summer? In a suit! Well maybe not WHITE-white, but certainly stone. Tan, maybe.

Why would you be wearing a suit right now?

Who knows, maybe you’re attending a virtual wedding, or taking your significant other out on a date in the backyard. We don’t know your life.

White is a color of leisure, but it doesn’t mean you should look too casual. Swap out your sneakers for loafers, your t-shirt for a gingham button-down.

A few styling tips for all white outfits for men this summer…

  • Go with brown accessories: Not black. The whole vibe will feel less aggressive.
  • Drink and eat safe: If you’re nervous about wearing white for reasons that have nothing to do with fashion, stick to light-colored liquids and maybe pass on the red wine. We’re sure you’d be fine, but why press your luck?

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