How to Look Good in a White Suit

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White suits are a nice respite from the otherwise daily navy blue and charcoal gray suits. The color is known for reflecting sunlight and therefore keeping you more cool than when dressed in darker colors. Fabrics suitable for this type of weather are linen and cotton, which will keep you more cool than for example flannel or wool.

Lately, it is not that easy for guys to wear a white suit appropriately and stylish. It looks quite ostentatious and flashy on people like Diddy, symbolizing wealth and excess. At the same time, on others like Tom Wolfe, it can look smart and demonstrate refinement and decency. To succeed in achieving the latter as opposed to the former, we have some guidelines and recommendations for you to use when you want to wear a white suit.


Most men choose the khaki suit to wear in the summer. Probably not just because they like the color, but also because they do not know how to wear a white suit in the right way. Rule number one is to only wear white suits in warm weather. As soon as the thermometer hits 72°F, you will have the perfect reason to wear a white suit. When you live in a warmer climate, you can really benefit from having a good white suit or two.

Special occasions often call for something different to wear than the usual. Open air summer parties, weddings during the day, and the Labor Day white party are all great times to get use out of your white suit. Not to mention the perfect opportunity to show off any color suit at the regular Clifton Charles events or parties.


We recommend to keep the shirt under your white suit quite simple. The goal is to complement your already attention-getting suit with the perfect shirt. With a white suit, the shirt will stand out more than paired with a darker suit. Choose a solid light pastel color  to create a nice and cheerful summer effect. Another option would be a white fabric with a pen stripe or a flat slate gray. For the more informal events, consider a pale blue gingham check.

We want to discourage you from choosing white, because first of all it is pretty rare to have a perfectly matching white colored shirt. Secondly, a white suit combined with a white shirt can be too formal and when standing in front of a bright light even look luminous.


The rules are pretty simple. Don’t get tempted to wear your heavy, dark dress shoes that you would normally wear with a navy or charcoal gray suit. Choose a lighter shoe to stay in the summer theme, like light tan leather or a light gray suede. The cut of your shoes should be the same as the shoes you usually wear, unless you really feel for something different. If you would like to make a fashion statement, try black suede high tops. Stay away from patent leather lace-ups, because they tend to make your look a lot more formal. Make sure the color of your shoes matches or complements the color of your shirt or with your tie if you’re wearing one. Furthermore, not wearing socks can add the desired casual flair to the look and keep your feet cool.

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A wise option would be to leave the tie at home, since the white suit is associated with summer heat. However, if you feel like wearing a tie, pick a simple and basic one that complements your shirt. Don’t be afraid to go for a brighter colored tie, like aqua blue or fuchsia. If nothing else seems to work, a solid, thin black tie is always an option. Another great addition to the white summer suit would be a classy summer hat, which will – besides being a nice accessory – protect your head against sunburn. Light tan would usually be a good choice, especially when combined with shoes in a similar color.

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Summer Solstice

Summer solstice is  almost upon us, it will be on June 20th this year. This will be the official start of the summer, as well as the longest day of the year. The weather has been quite warm already, but it can even get hotter than what we’ve had until now. Summer time in New York city: the ultimate moment to enjoy rooftop parties, many beautiful parks and lovely beaches. But also a fair excuse for American men and tourists to wear white or pale colored evening jackets. Appropriate occasions are of course semi-formal outdoor events or indoor venues where the guests are able to spend time out of doors.

Trending this summer is to break up a suit and wear the pieces independently of one another. This way, men can mix and match patterns and create a more individual look. As most of you are in the possession of a dinner suit that is not very heavy, getting ready for summer is quite simple. One only needs a summer jacket in a nice light weight fabric.  Possible fabrics for the warmer seasons are gabardine, linen, silk and worsteds. Funny fact is that although we might consider the cummerbund an accessory for semi-formal black tie occasions now, it was originally invented as a less warm alternative for the waistcoat.

If you are one of those men that only wears suits to work and casual clothes outside of the office hours, we would like to give you a little piece of advice. We understand that you do not want to shock your friends and family by making a fashion statement right away, so start incorporating a blazer into your leisure outfits once in a while. Blazers can be worn in a stylish way when combined with a nice pair of jeans and a polo or dress shirt. The trick is to start creating opportunities to show off your more fancy outfits. Surprise your girlfriend or wife with a romantic dinner once in a while or take your mom to that theatre show she keeps talking about.

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