Wednesday, June 3, 2015

5 Ways to Wear White Jeans for Spring

I know a lot of you are hesitant about white jeans (which I'll discuss in a sec), but I LOVE white jeans this time of year!  You can wear them with almost anything you'd wear normal blue jeans with, but they instantly freshen up the outfit and make it perfect for spring and summer.  (IF you can wear jeans in the summer wherever you live!)

Today I'm showing 5 ways to style white jeans to get your juices flowing!

Now, I've heard many of you say, "I could never wear white jeans!"  Before you write this off for fear of spills or unflattering cuts or see-through concerns, hear me out.

Spills: Valid concern.  However, my original white jeans from Old Navy (the ones that are sadly now loose on me) had something special about them.  I don't know what it was, but the material was a rougher or more textured and I think therefore more stain resistant than my replacement LOFT pair, which is really soft.  While I was semi-fearless about stains in the Old Navy pair I'm now more worried about stains with the LOFT pair.  That's all to say that material makes a huge difference!  Also, my Old Navy pair was a little off-white which helped hide stains too.

Unflattering Cuts: I've found 2 things make a difference for me: 1) cut of jeans, 2) thickness of material.  If the material is thin, they will likely be unflattering for curvier figures.  They'll also be see-through, which is a no-go.  There are several different cuts of white jeans for different amounts of curves, all linked below.  I like the Old Navy Sweetheart or LOFT Modern Skinny for my semi-curvy hips and bigger thighs.  And remember, thicker material will provide more structure and be more flattering.

See Through: No thank you!  Thickness matters.  I usually feel like being able to wear bright underwear with white jeans is too much to ask for.  I'm satisfied if I can wear nude underwear and not have it show through.

White shorts or skirts vs. jeans:  Lastly, I don't think white jeans need to be for everyone!  Like I said, the spill factor is a very valid, sometimes unavoidable concern.  If that's the case, you can adapt all of these looks with white shorts or skirts instead.

Now, onto the outfits!

NEUTRALS:  Grey Tee  |  Cargo Jacket  |  White Jeans  |  Gladiator Sandals  |  Belt
Mix up the neutrals by using different textures, like leather.  Wearing a strappy shoe and/or leather belt helps "ground" the look.

PRINTS:  Floral Top  |  White Jeans  |  Teal Cardigan  |  Gold Necklace  |  Pink Flats
Any print you like!  For the rest of the outfit, I love to incorporate colors from the print.  In the one above, I chose a teal cardigan to echo the blue/green in the top, and blush flats to echo the pink.  If your printed top only has 1-2 colors, like white and red for example, try a contrasting color somewhere else in your outfit, like a yellow necklace or shoes.

BRIGHTS:  Poppy Red Top  |  White Jeans  |  Leopard Flats  |  Belt  |  Denim Jacket
I completely copied this one from Pinterest.  Love at first sight!

PALE LIGHTS:  Peach Tank  |  White Jeans  |  Floral Scarf  |  Denim Jacket  |  Crisscross Cork Wedge
Never have I been into pales and pastels more than I am this season.  I love every single one of these pieces!

PROFESSIONAL:  Graphic Print Top  |  Navy Blazer  |  White Jeans  |  Blush Stone Necklace  |  Blush Pumps
You can still do darker colors and look springy, especially thanks to white jeans.  However, I wanted to lighten up the outfit even more so I added a blush necklace and blush pumps.  I'm really loving lighter pink this season!

Note for warm weather readers:
All of these outfits would work without the completer pieces.  And remember you can swap jeans for shorts or a skirt so your legs can breathe!  

If those weren't enough, here are all the ways I've worn my white jeans so far.

And now, 6 REALLY, REALLY, REALLY good white jean options!  All LOFT, Nordstrom, and 4 are Old Navy.

Links to Shop:
one  |  two  |  three
four  |  five  |  six


  1. I absolutely love white jeans/pants! I even wear them around my 3yo with ease :) These are all great looks!

  2. Great ideas! I also put together a round-up of ways to style white jeans today on my blog!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

  3. While I am not brave enough to wear white jeans, I did recently purchase a pair of coral jeans for summer (skinny, ankle length) that should be a good substitute. I love the outfits you put together so I will swap my coral jeans for the white jeans. Thank you for the inspiration!!

  4. Beverly Baughman CravathWednesday, June 03, 2015

    I love these and have been looking for white jeans for weeks. I don't want skinnies and I don't want to spend a fortune. Any suggestions?

  5. Try Kohl's or JCPenney! They often have non-skinny jeans in colors besides standard blue. LOFT also sometimes has non-skinny in white, and if they do then wait for a sale.

  6. This is one of your best posts! :-) I love all the outfits you put together. I have a pair of cropped Rockstar white skinnies from Old Navy. I've worn them with brights, neutrals, and pastels. Very versatile. (And I find them very comfy, too. I went up a size so they are skinny, but not tight-feeling.)

  7. That's a great idea, too! I had a great pair of fuchsia ankle length skinny jeans that were super versatile. I have been looking for another pair in my new size. Coral seems to be more popular than fuchsia this year.

  8. Agreed, white jeans are tough, you need to find a pair that fits your body just right!

    xo, Alice
    Miss Inconnue || Etsy

  9. Thanks for the reminder to pull out my bright summer white jeans! (I have a pair of winter-white ones that are in my closet year round because they are just SO versatile.)

  10. Beverly Baughman CravathWednesday, June 03, 2015

    I've tried both those online and JCP at the store. No luck. I'll try our local Kohls. Thanks for the suggestions!

  11. Good idea! I just got a pair of coral jeans too. Still trying to figure out what goes best with them!

  12. Thank you for this post! I never thought I could wear white jeans because I thought they didn't have enough coverage. Guess I'll try again!

  13. Look 3 is for sure my favorite! So cute!

  14. I'm loving the professional look. Very classic. Not that I don't think curvy girls can't wear white jeans, but I personally have resigned myself to the white skirts until I can get back into my favorite pair. I've packed them away and they are part of my "goal" pieces at this point. I miss them so!

  15. All these looks are perfect! I'm so glad to be back to white jeans weather!

  16. The very first time I wore my white jeans we ended up going out for dinner and I spilled soy sauce all over them. (That is typical for me, I've never mastered the 'neat eating' technique). I'm glad to say it washed right out with no extra effort. I really do think that white jeans are more stain resistant than cotton trousers or linen.

  17. Oh how much I love white jeans! I am so scared of buying them and ruining them. However, I really like the print and professional look. Maybe one day I will get a pair.


  18. I saw a nice pair of white skinny jeans at Old Navy today -- on clearance even. I took one look, knew that I have "pinned" a lot of outfits with white jeans, and then left them there. Didn't even bother trying them on. I don't regret it. I love the look, but I find them so impractical. I've got 1 preschooler, 1 toddler, and cats. I pick up my son to get him on my hip, and if he's got anything dusty on his shoes, bam it's on me. There's so much more longevity in in colored pants that I'll stick to those. Great ideas nevertheless for those that can do it!

  19. I love the look of white jeans! I'm always so nervous I'll spill or get them dirty though!

  20. I'm DEFINITELY hesitant but it's time to move past that. I need something brighter to wear as I travel through hot climates this summer.


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