But for those who are more crumpled than crisp, or extremely prone to spilling and staining, white can be just too much of a commitment.
All is not lost however, as monochrome is a perfect compromise, offering as it does the freshness of white with the safety and security of the infinitely more forgiving black.
This season there’s plenty of monochrome to choose from. Stripes are the simplest place to start, and probably in your wardrobe in one version or another already. Gingham is a big trend this summer, in various colours, but don’t discount oversize checks, as seen at Sportmax, which have a pleasingly retro sensibility while still being modern enough to pass muster.
Black and white: Mad about monochrome