If white denim is too extreme for you, consider a pair of tan jeans — Levi’s calls the color “sand.”
I picked up a pair of 501s a few weeks ago and they instantly became my favorite springtime pant. The jeans’ slimmer fit through the hips and thighs brings a vaguely “Take Ivy” vibe without having to actually wear tight chinos as if it were 1965.
I’ve been wearing mine all sorts of ways: with a white oxford shirt, navy v-neck and penny loafers (plus socks), with the great madras shirt from Brooks pictured above and the loafers again (no socks), and even with a sportcoat, necktie and monkstraps (single, and with socks).
Tan Levi’s can be had online for about $40; the ones I found were the shrink-to-fit variety, which made me apprehensive. But I followed Levi’s recommendation of +1 inch in the waist and +3 in the length, and they came out of the wash just perfect. — CC