9 Unexpected Ways to Wear White This Summer

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White is the unofficial color of summer wardrobes, but sometimes it just feels so…expected. Never fear. Here are nine ways to incorporate some bright white into your outfits without looking like everyone else.

30 Ways to Wear White Jeans This Summer

woman wearing a white button down jeans and blazer
the brooklyn stylist

Button-down + Cutoffs + Blazer

This effortlessly chic Liz Teich look is business on the top, beach party on the bottom. (Just make sure the blazer is super lightweight so you don’t get overheated.)

Get the look: Loft button-down ($55); Gap cutoffs ($45); Olivia Moon blazer ($80)

High-waist Shorts + T-shirt + Cardigan

Not totally on board the shorts train? Try a pair with a high, tied waist like Olivia Jeanette’s. The cut is super flattering, and in a neutral color like white they can be worn with pretty much any top (though we do love this summery yellow option).

Get the look: St. John Collection shorts ($295); BP. T-shirt ($17); Boden cardigan ($80)

Denim Jacket + Dress + Neck Scarf

Blue jean jackets will never be out of style, but a white version is a slightly unexpected twist on the classic. Throw it over a sundress and, taking a page out of Krystal Bick’s playbook, take the look to the next level by tying on a silk neck scarf.

Get the look: Old Navy jacket ($40); Rebecca Minkoff dress ($188); Echo scarf ($39)

Ruffled Shirt + Jean Skirt + Sneakers

We love how Caroline Juen’s ruffled button-down dresses up her frayed-edge denim skirt, while her crisp white sneaks keep it grounded firmly in casual territory.

Get the look: Equipment shirt ($248); Topshop skirt ($55); Nike sneakers ($70)

woman wearing wrap top midi skirt
The 12ish Style

Wrap Top + Midi Skirt + Printed Flats

Take it from Katie Sturino: A wrap top has the same flattering effect as a wrap dress, but is slightly more interesting. Pair yours with a crisp midi skirt and add a pop of fun in the form of a leopard-print flat. So easy and so stylish.

Get the look: Gibson top ($35); Eloquii skirt ($89); Steve Madden flats ($90)

One-shoulder Top + Paperbag Waist Pants + Mules

Back at it with a high waist. Monroe Steele knows that a one-shoulder top is this season’s off-the-shoulder top, and maximizes the figure-flattering potential of hers by tucking it into cropped trousers.

Get the look: Habitual top ($128); L'Agence pants ($385); Cecelia mules ($200)

Camisole + Kimono + Jeans

The kimono’s amazing, obviously, but let’s talk about Grace Atwood’s base pieces: A silky cami and jeans look as great on their own as they do under, like, any jacket.

Get the look: 1.State camisole ($59); Evans kimono ($75); 7 for All Mankind jeans ($89)

Peplum Tank + Crop Flare Pants + Espadrilles

Easy, breezy and beautiful. The slight flare of Emily Byrski’s pants mimics the peplum shape of her top, giving the combo a subtle grace note without coming off too matchy-matchy.

Get the look: Hinge top ($59); Lost Ink pants ($68); Dolce Vita espadrilles ($40)

woman wearing pajama top and shorts
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Pajama Top + Shorts + Slip-on Loafers

Oh, you thought you couldn’t wear pajamas in public? Think again. To keep a bedroom-inspired outfit from looking too, well, bedroom, stick to solid, neutral colors, give it a French tuck and finish the look off with a classic pair of loafers.

Get the look: Frame top ($167); Banana Republic shorts ($34); Sam Edelman loafers ($120)

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Sarah Stiefvater

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Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...
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