It's interesting to look back on the progression of white trousers as a men's style phenomenon. Initially the province of ice cream salesmen, white jeans then entered the realm of let's say "metrosexual" fashion before being refined into tailored trousers and becoming a staple of summer style. The problem with almost all white pants is of course transparency, where the wearer's pockets, underwear or worse become unfortunate distractions. And of course nicer materials and a khaki-style cut mean the option to wear in places where jeans are overly casual.

The best we've found by far are Adriano Goldschmied's slim khakis [$138] which are genuinely opaque, have a slim sraight leg, and 2% elastane for comfort and shape retention. They run a size large. Think of them as a canvas to be pressed, slimmed, or otherwise altered as needed.

All white clothes are of course tremendously versatile, and white trousers look particularly good with lighter colours that would wash out against khaki or stone—light blue, tan, and the entire range of white + colour patterns (gingham, stripes, subtle plaids) will always work.

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