As the temperatures begin to increase by the day and with sales season hitting all major retailers, there is no better time to start contemplating your summer wardrobe than now. The front-runner in Spring/Summer trends this year: white trousers and shorts. Crisp and clean, white is the epitome of summer dressing, perfectly encapsulating the relaxed and carefree vibe. Whilst there is generally a great deal of hesitation and anxiety surrounding white bottoms, read our tips below on how to make white trousers your warm-weather essential.

1. Nail The Fit

White bottoms are a statement piece and it takes a significant level of confidence to pull them off. With that being said, it is even more important that they are slim through the leg and hemmed with very little break. A comfort or loose fit looks sloppy, especially if you pair them with loafers or boat shoes. If opting for shorts, make sure there’s enough room to move in the thighs and that they end a couple of inches above the knee.

2. Embrace Their Neutrality

Banish the grey, navy and black form your wardrobe and embrace white as your newest neutral. White can arguably be considered the greatest neutral of them all, so why not get a little creative and use it as an anchor in your looks? It looks great with any sort of pattern – be it gingham, stripe or floral – and is complemented by a wide range of colours, from pink and green to lilac and yellow.

3. Embrace Their Versatility

White trousers aren’t just for a casual Sunday in a beer garden; they’re for all of summer and beyond. White jeans are the perfect piece to help nail the denim on denim look this season due to the fact that they are a completely different colour to traditional indigo/blue denim shirts. White chinos are also the ideal partner for those hard to match summer blazers that you’ve been investing in. You know the ones: the brown linen one, the navy cotton plaid one, even those pink and green tropical wool pieces. As long as you pair them with other neutral staples, such as a blue dress shirt and complementing stripe tie, the chinos will anchor a statement jacket in a refined way whilst still allowing it be the focal point of a look.