Dolce & Gabanna
The Colonel Sanders is a high-risk option that's guaranteed to attract attention—and not necessarily the good kind. Still, approached with care, the white suit is striking and thoroughly of the season. Just make sure you can handle the spotlight. Courtney Colavita
The Cut: Too baggy and you're Pablo Escobar; too tight and you're Tony from Saturday Night Fever. Try to err on the side of Tom Wolfe: Settle on a tailored silhouette that doesn't sag or constrict.
Ralph Lauren Black Label
The Add-Ons: Avoid looking like a washed-out orderly by incorporating shots of color from the middle of the spectrum. Never wear black shirts; heathered blues and muted lilacs are your best bets.
The Tastemakers: White suits were prevalent on the runways of Milan and Paris this season, but one pair of designers seemed particularly smitten with the look. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana presented brisk one-buttons with polka-dot ties, tan leather sandals, and contrast-color shirts, proving that the white suit can be the ideal foil for atypical accents. According to Dolce, any guy can pull it off if he's got the confidence—and isn't as pasty as a glue stick. Still, Gabbana cautions, "Don't wear them to weddings—you risk upstaging the groom—or to job interviews."
The Material: Crisp cotton, preferably voile with a matte finish, is a modern look. Steer clear of linen or anything with sheen, which can sleaze up even the best-cut suit.
Photographs courtesy of firstVIEW, MPTV.net, and Ralph Lauren