Wolfe adopted wearing a white suit as a trademark in 1962. He bought his first white suit planning to wear it in the summer, in the style of Southern gentlemen. However, he found that the suit he purchased was too heavy for summer use, so he wore it in winter, which created a sensation. At the time, white suits were supposed to be reserved for summer wear.  Wolfe has maintained this as a uniform ever since. He sometimes accompanies it with a white tie, white homburg hat, and two-tone shoes. Wolfe has said that the outfit disarms the people he observes, making him, in their eyes, "a man from Mars, the man who didn't know anything and was eager to know." 
Sports Illustrated called his book Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan "extraordinary...uniformly superb...a memoir of such breadth and reach that it compares favorably with Fredrick Exley's A Fan's Notes ." It was at the top of several non-fiction bestseller lists. His book, and Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball , was Barnes and Nobles' Sports Book of the Year. His novel, Pretty Birds , the story of two teenage girls in Sarajevo during the siege, received rave reviews, Scott Turow calling it, "the most auspicious fiction debut by a journalist of note since Tom Wolfe's. . always gripping, always tender, and often painfully funny. It is a marvel of technical finesse, close observation, and a perfectly pitched heart." Windy City , Simon's second novel, is a political comedy set in the Chicago City Council. Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other , an essay about the joys of adoption, was published in August 2010.