Photo: Ralph Lauren
Hardy Amies, the late menswear designer from whom I have borrowed quite a bit (with no intention of returning any of it), once wrote about white linen trousers that "there is nothing more comfortable to wear or pleasant to see than these." I think that thought extends equally to cream colored wool trousers, whether venetian, gabardine or flannel, and this year Ralph Lauren is on the same page, with quite a few cream trousers in his spring 2009 collection.
Wool trousers generally are classified as cream rather than white as the oil in the wool inclines them towards that shade over time whether we want that or not. I like them for the sunny days of late spring and early fall (winter white is a different story that we are not telling today). Pair them with blue odd jackets of course, either the Tom Wolfian version in the photo or more mainstream offerings. They also work well with lightweight tweeds that have some white in the weave.