A more sensible approach: Wear white whenever it is weather-appropriate, which is to say, whenever, it's warm enough to have sex outside. For years we've said white pants are okay through the end of the MLB regular season, assuming you live where we do, at about 44° N (northern Wisconsin). We'd like to add an important corollary to the White Pants Doctrine and extend the wearing period five days for each latitudinal degree you are south of Pulaski, until you reach 30° N, where you can safely wear white pants year-round.
See the table below.
|City||Approximate Latitude||Last Day for White Pants 2011|
|Milwaukee, WI||43° N||October 3|
|Chicago, IL||42° N||October 8|
|St. Louis, MO||39° N||October 23|
|Memphis, TN||35° N||November 12|
|Savannah, GA||32° N||November 27|
As for the pants themselves, our all-time favorite white jean is the AG Protege (now 33% off at Nordstrom if you're a 33 or 32). For trousers, Costume National Homme makes great whites that can easily be dressed up or down, and they are all on deep discount this time of year.