White jeans are the go to when all else fails no matter the time of year. If it's cold outside they're considered winter whites and a wardrobe staple during the warmer months - the essential summer whites. Easy to wear, easy to pair with any color, can be dressed up or down and look glamorous, chic and cool.
Going in search of jeans can be a daunting task, not least of all the "great white" jeans. Here are my favorites, some that I own and some that I'd like to own! I hope you'll found some ideas worth trying.
Pilcro Script High Rise Capri
These are my newest acquisition from Anthropologie. They're soft, fitted but not tight, so very comfortable, and the kick flare is great for the warmer days of summer since the looser fit throughout the lower leg provides a cooler feel than super fitted skinny jeans - good air circulation!
They can be dressed up as shown here with a pretty top and heels, but look just as good with flats and a t-shirt. They're also a great price at $88 and come in several other colors, including a beautiful summer pastel mint. Size down, they run large.
Paige Skyline Ankle Peg
Paige has been a popular brand of white jeans for a number of years. These jeans are a classic. They're mid rise, slim throughout but not tight. They're just a bit skinnier than straight leg jeans but not drainpipe skinny. They look cute rolled up and cuffed if you want to create a more casual style and work equally well worn long to the ankle. Pair with a fitted blouse or a t-shirt for a classic look or with the latest off the shoulder trends to amp up the style. They're the jeans you can wear anywhere and will support any style, the essential white jeans! They're costly at $189, but since they cross all the trend boundaries, a sort of hybrid if you like, they're a good investment.
JBrand Destructed Cropped Skinny Low Rise
Not only are these my skinniest jeans, but I only wear them when I'm feeling my skinniest - they are super skinny! They're high trend and have tons of detail from the destructed knees, frayed hems and patches of deliberate wear and tear throughout the thigh. They look great dressed up with heels and a glamorous top as well as a weekend casual laid back look as shown above.
Despite their name, they're not really low rise, they're more of a mid rise, 8.5 inch rise to be precise. I can't stand low rise jeans, they always feel as though they're falling down ha ha! As we all know, perfectly placed holes and destruction in a pair of jeans often come with a high price tag, these are $178!
In the following picture I'm wearing these jeans as "winter whites"! The picture was taken in December way after Labor Day of course... so, rules are meant to be broken, well fashion rules at least!
The Gap High Rise True Skinny
Another super skinny pair, but with no fraying or destruction. For me, some occasions just don't qualify for wearing holey jeans. Here, I was dressed casually for meeting some girlfriends for coffee but didn't want to feel "threadbare" as we were meeting at a fancy resort hotel, so I decided to leave the bad girl jeans at home. This pair is from The Gap, are super comfortable and priced very reasonably. Given that The Gap often have generous sales going on, the chances of getting them for less than their normal retail price (about $69) are pretty good.
The Gap are a particularly good source for jeans, especially in this scenario - when you tell yourself you don't need another pair of white skinny jeans, but your other voice says of course you do, the ones you already have are ripped, and you need a pair without rips! You can easily justify a second pair when the price isn't going to hurt your wallet. Plus, they have lots of different cuts for different shapes, so it's not too difficult to find a pair that fit and feel great.
Mother Insider Crop Step Frey
This is a pair I would love. I'm a big fan of Mother jeans and the current high low hem trend - so much so, I wrote a blog on how to make your own high low hem jeans, aka step hem jeans - click HERE to go directly to the blog.
These jeans are super soft and feel thinner than a lot of denim so are ideal for the soaring Arizona temperatures. I also love that they're cropped, especially given the current shoe trends with many summer sandals having ankle straps. The fancy hem line draws attention to your ankles so you really get to fully show off your shoes. These are one of my favorites, but are costly for a high trend style that may be short lived, coming in at $198.
Madewell High Riser Skinny Jeans
Madewell is a brand that offers reasonable prices for good quality and a comfortable fit. Despite the image above they are not as pin thin as they look. They are cut with a realistic figure in mind, and run fairly true to size. They don't carry any super high trend designs choosing to play it slightly more conservative, but offer a good cross section of main stream styles, washes and cuts. They're definitely worth looking into. The high rise skinny jeans are a great buy for $125 and I personally love a higher rise, it makes me feel pulled together!
The best thing about these jeans is the front pockets are reinforced to create a flattening effect across the tummy, and who doesn't need that after a glass of wine and some happy hour nibbles! In addition the fabric gives a smoother appearance than some other white denim brands due to it's opaque rather than sheer consistency.
Click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you directly to the stores that sell the jeans featured in this article, I've also added a few other similar suggestions.
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