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Calling Cuba: White Suits Are Trending for Next Year

When you think of a man in a white suit, if all that pops into your head is Colonel Sanders, you're way behind the times. (Also, you are a fast-food marketer's dream.)

This summer, fashion designers have clearly indicated that white and ivory suits will be lining store windows during the warmer months of 2017. They will be the outfits you will want if you hope to look contemporary, cool, and effortless. The cuts will be relaxed and long; imagine how Richard Gere dressed in American Gigolo.

White and off-white suiting from the Dolce & Gabbana runway.
White and off-white suiting from the Dolce & Gabbana runway.
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In Milan this month, many brands showed white suits, including Canali, Bottega Veneta, Dolce & Gabbana, Brunello Cucinelli, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Giorgio Armani, who actually designed all of Gere's suiting in Gigolo, offered a particularly handsome one with a loose, more fluid cut. It would be perfect for a summer party in the Hamptons or a private jet flight to St. Tropez.

A model presents a creation for fashion house Giorgio Armani during the Men's Spring - Summer 2017 fashion shows, on June 21, 2016 in Milan.   AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
A double-breasted white suit from Giorgio Armani.
Photographer: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

The suits came in both double- and single-breasted versions, offering various levels of formality and comfort.

A model presents a creation for fashion house Canali during the Men's Spring - Summer 2017 fashion shows, on June 18, 2016 in Milan.  AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACE        (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Another double-breasted suit from Canali.
Photographer: Giusepp Cacace/AFP/Getty Images

Expect to see modifications of these suits before they come to market in a year. Probably you won't see any of your friends flouncing around in that super-baggy D&G suit on the top left. But it might be a good idea to start experimenting with the color now. You can get a similar suit now from a fast-fashion brand like Zara, Top Man, or even J.Crew, and see if you like it. Or just start with the bottom half: If you can't keep a pair of white jeans clean after more than one wearing, this likely isn't the look for you.

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