Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
If there’s one thing that should be in your closet this summer, it should definitely be white chinos. Here’s how to wear your perfect pair of white pants.
Summer is on the way, the weather is about to get hotter (we hope so), and sometimes jeans can be slightly heavy and warm for the summer since denim is a thick fabric. Every man should own a pair of white chinos this season. It instantly gives you undeniable style and confidence, and you look like you are ready to hit The Hamptons.
Chinos are the best alternative to jeans and can be worn every season, not just in summer. Most guys opt for linen fabric, a simple t-shirt in khaki or cream, along with some white sneakers. Do you like this fit?
The classic slim leg style can be worn with a T-shirt, a classic denim shirt, or more formally a shirt and a blazer. It can be combined with loafers or boat shoes for more casual appearances. Here’s your guide on how to rock white chinos this summer.
What Goes with White Chinos
So what goes well with white chinos for men? Loads of different things. When wearing white you can really play with your style. When can guys wear white pants and what clothes go with white pants? Keep on reading and consider these fits!
White chinos are all about embracing versatility. White is considered a neutral colour and easy to style with pretty much everything, whether that’s pastel or bolder colours. Various shades of denim shirt will make the ideal white chino outfit. Black shoes and black socks are an excellent choice for those who like to look low-key.
2. What Shirts to Wear With White Chinos
White chinos can be seen as the base of your outfit, so anything you add to them is the main focus. When you are thinking about the different shirts you can wear with white chinos, go bold. Think about all the shirts in your wardrobe you might not find easy to match, the striped one, the print one, and even the pink one. You can mess around with different styles and see what you feel most comfortable in. Switch up and play with your color palette, don’t opt for that white shirt if you wish to attract attention.
3. Shoes to Go with White Chinos
So we have the T-shirts and shirts sorted, but what about shoes? Well worry no more, we’ve got you covered. This kind of trousers can be paired with a number of shoes, such as:
For a more formal look why not pair your white chinos with brogues?! They’re the perfect match for a man who is looking to wear his new favourite trousers in the office or maybe on a date. Keep the colours in different shades of dark and light brown and you can’t go wrong. These dress shoes are a staple for your closet.
Perfect for a night in the city where you want to keep it casual but not too casual. Similar to brogues, keep it between light and dark brown, or why not a navy blue colour to match your denim shirt?! If you fancy light blue or grey shades you can also consider this combo.
The right choice of accessories can make or break an outfit. For instance, a watch or belt can significantly enhance the whole look. As mentioned, white chinos are associated with well-educated aristocrats, therefore a watch in the colour silver will add extra elegance. And of course, a belt is an important accessory for every outfit. The ideal belt would be between light and dark brown. Your white trousers will ‘pop’ with the right colored belt, as well as a stylish polo shirt.
We are going to go through a few different occasions just to show you exactly when and where a white chino might work. Here is how you can wear your pair of white jeans in different ways:
A) White Chinos on a Date Night
Looking good on a date is definitely a must, especially if it’s the first date. Wearing chinos is probably better than jeans as you want to look casual but not too casual, and you also want to be more comfortable.
White chinos will show that you are a confident sophisticated man. The perfect match would be with a denim unbuttoned shirt or jacket paired with light brown brogues. Add a brown belt to the look and you’re ready to impress your date.
B) White Chinos at the Weekend
It’s the freaking weekend, you have your shades on, your T-shirt on, and of course the white chinos. Rock the weekend with a bad boy outfit. Pair your white chinos with a knitted jumper and cardigan or overcoat. You can also go for a denim jacket or a stylish sweater. Team with black boots or brogues.
C) White Chinos In The Office
As we’ve previously noted, white gives you a hint of elegance as it’s a timeless piece. It can be worn with a navy blazer, white T-shirt and dark brown brogues. Another possible combination is a navy shirt minus the blazer, a dark brown belt, and light brown coloured brogues.
D) White Chinos as Smart Casual
White chinos transition perfectly into your smart causal summer wardrobe. You can play around with different layers (remember British summers are very unpredictable). Summer is also the perfect time to try out different colours, so why not look at navy or green shoes or even try your favourite trainers. You can opt for some cool tees and comfy espadrilles as well.
E) White Chinos as Streetwear
White chinos as streetwear? I know what you’re thinking, it won’t work. Well, behold this look is actually very doable. It’s all about colour matching though. Opt for light colours on top, then go colour crazy with your accessories. Or, you could just keep it monochrome, whatever floats your street style boat.
6. How To Take Care of Your Chinos
We all know that whites are easy to stain and sometimes as much as you wash them, the damage is irreversible. Therefore you need to be aware of where you’re going. For instance, I would not recommend white chinos at a picnic at the park for obvious reasons. Make sure you always wash them with other whites or even better hand wash them so they don’t lose that stand-out colour. Your white outfit can be really high-maintenance, so heads up.
How to Wear White Chinos
- White chinos are a summer look, avoid them at all costs when the temperature drops.
- Do not limit yourself to thinking your shoes need to be smart, white Vans are the perfect match for a smart casual look.
- Get the right fit with your chinos, since they are a thinner material than denim, they show everything.
- Keep your white chinos clean, they are not built for picnics in the park or a night out raving.
On That Note
So there you have it! Now you have absolutely no excuse not to wear white chinos this summer. A big tip on pulling off this trend is confidence, strut around the town as you own it, your outfit represents the person you are. White chinos styled properly can make you stand out from the crowd as a fashion-conscious gentleman. Ready to look your best?