White blazers have two contradicting reputations: one of high-class elegance and another of cheap tack. When working out what to wear with your white blazer, this can be a tricky line to toe. However, it all starts with finding the right white blazer for you, then pairing it with other complementary items. We are going to start at the beginning and work our way through. Find out how in our guide to finding a white blazer and creating the perfect outfit for men.
Finding the Perfect White Blazer for You
Although there are many expensive white blazers on the market and a lot of cheap, tacky ones, you don’t need to spend a fortune to find a jacket that will make you look top-notch. Instead of scrolling through hundreds of blazers, look for a few key features to narrow down your selection criteria.
Color: Yes, it’s called a white blazer. However, in reality, most nice white blazers are slightly off-white. This is because pure white can look like poor quality, and it shows the dirt really easily.
Material: Try to find non-synthetic materials for your white blazer, especially since men’s blazers are looser and more casual than suit jackets, so tend to be unlined, meaning there’s no barrier against your skin and the material.
Instead of synthetics, opt for soft fabrics, which wick up sweat, keep you cool in the summer, and are better for the environment. Cotton is an affordable option you’ll find in most stores. Should you be on the market for a more expensive blazer, consider linen, made from the flax plant, and widely deemed to be the best white blazer material.
Not only is linen natural and comfortable, but it also offers an uber-luxurious finish. There’s no question why the fashion geniuses at Gucci and Prada use linen for their white blazers!
Fit: Blazers are less fitted and structured than tuxedo jackets, so you should look for a white blazer that suits your body shape. That said, you can find white blazers with tapered bodies and cuffs to flatter your shape. During the pandemic, you may not be able to try on your blazer before you purchase it, so be sure to check the reviews to find out advice on sizing!
Detail: The simplicity of white blazers makes any detail really pop, so make sure you like the detail on the blazer you choose. Consider the attractiveness of 2 and 4-buttoned blazers, and watch out for cool features on the cuffs.
What to Wear Under a White Blazer
Take inspiration from Hollywood icons, often seen wearing white blazers with light-colored shirts underneath. A simple blue or pink shirt, with a few buttons undone, and perhaps the sleeves rolled up over the white blazer, is a fail-safe go-to.
However, you can also get more creative. Try a dark turtle neck for contrast – you could even wear a deep jewel-colored high neck underneath.
If you want your white blazer to be your focal piece, then opt for a simple black t-shirt underneath, leaving some of the material to show on your chest. However, this doesn’t look great if you take your blazer off or even unbutton it.
What Kind of Trousers/Shorts to Wear with a White Blazer
The trousers you wear can transform your outfit from casual to elegant. For example, go for some casual, neutral-colored chinos, paired with one of the light-colored shirts mentioned above, for daytime relaxation. Channel Hollywood red carpets by switching to dark, tailored trousers for an evening date or a work event.
Wherever you’re wearing your white blazer and trouser combination, the key rule is that the trousers need to be fitted. Since blazers are not as fitted as suit jackets, you’ll need relatively tight, fitted trousers to keep the look flattering. This will also have the added effect of making your shoulders look broader.
Or you could opt for shorts. Nothing says swanky pool party better than a white blazer and bright shorts. Popular options include salmon pink and mint green. While these look great, you could branch out and show off your style with some neons: think bright pink and dazzling blue! Although the color looks great when clashing against the white blazer, you should try to find shorts of a similar material to pull your look together.
How to Accessorize a White Blazer
When you’re accessorizing a white blazer, less is definitely more. Because of the clean background it provides, too many accessories can make the outfit look tacky and messy. However, the white background also means that, provided you choose your accessories wisely, they can really pop. If you love your accessories, make sure you choose a white blazer without much detail – for example, avoid blazers with outlandish, extravagant buttons.
Coordinate your accessories with your top, trousers, and shoes. If you’re wearing lime green shorts, perhaps go for ocean blue sunglasses.
Remember that the accessories you wear will really pop against your white blazer. Therefore, this is a great opportunity to pull out your favorites…maybe that expensive watch or your bright hat!
What Kind of Shoes to Wear with a White Blazer
Which shoes you pair with your white blazer really depends on the full outfit. If you’re wearing a white blazer with shorts, you can’t go wrong with simple boat shoes. Every man should have a pair of neutral, throw-on-any-day boat shoes! Although there are some great colorful boat shoes out there, we wouldn’t recommend it – your white blazer is the statement piece, not your shoes!
And there you have it – a guide on how to wear a white blazer for males. White blazers are great, versatile pieces to add to your wardrobe. Because they can be worn in so many different ways, they’re a great staple piece for people with small closets or with a low fashion budget. The color of white blazers also makes them a fabulous opportunity for you to show off your best accessories, be that a Rolex, unbranded sunglasses, or painted nails!