When we think about denim staples, white jeans are high on our must-have list, alongside classic skinnies and flattering flares. But unlike the latter styles, white jeans seem to drum up some confusion among wearers where styling is concerned. That's why we've compiled the following tips for how to wear white jeans and look nothing short of fab.
8 Ways to Wear White Jeans
1. Treat Them Like Normal Jeans
When in doubt, keep it simple. Sure, they’re a different color, but white jeans are just that—jeans. As such, you can pretty much wear them as you would any pair of medium or dark wash. Don't overthink it, and pair yours with the same T-shirts, button-downs and sweaters you'd wear with non-white styles.
2. Don't Be Afraid to Dress Them Up
White jeans primarily conjure up thoughts of summer barbecues and beach vacays, but we’re here to tell you that this style is way more versatile than you might think. It’s all in what you wear them with. Take the stylish gal above: By topping her white jeans with a crisp button-down, leopard pumps and a structured bag, her look reads way more chic weekday than casual Friday.
4. Or Stick to a Neutral Palette
If you like the idea of a monochromatic look but don't want to commit to head-to-toe white, try pairing white jeans with blush pink. The colors blend seamlessly and achieve a similar look while keeping things slightly more interesting.
5. Let Another Piece Shine
White jeans are also great for creating a neutral base for a standout piece like a bright coat. Let them fade into the background to focus all the attention on whatever showstopping piece you'd like to highlight.
6. Wear Nude Shoes to Lengthen Your Legs
A complaint we often hear about white jeans is that they’re tricky to pull off if you don’t have supermodel stems. First of all, false. You can pull off white jeans regardless of your height, but there are certain styling tricks that can make them even more flattering. Choose a shoe in a nude color, which elongates your legs to Karlie Kloss status. For a doubly lengthening effect, pick a nude shoe with a pointy toe.
7. Wear Them in the Winter
We’ve gotten past the “no white jeans after Labor Day” rule, yes? Cool. But just in case you need a refresher, know that these are absolutely a year-round style staple. A pair of heeled booties and layered jackets (in dark colors) make white denim look right at home between November and May.
8. Consider Different Silhouettes
We'll never give up our white skinnies, but there's room enough in your wardrobe to incorporate a variety of styles: from distressed boyfriends and '70s-inspired flares to wide-leg culottes and business-casual trousers.