White-hot ways to wear this surprisingly versatile denim shade
We’ve been saying for months now that it’s time for a change up on the denim scene. We’re not ready to give up on denim entirely, perish the thought, what on earth would we wear every day? But we’re desperate to swap our tired blue skinnies for something a little fresher, and for the upcoming season, the only way is white denim. It’s a look that brims with confidence and summer-vibes, so be sure to make some room for it in your wardrobe as spring rolls in.
The key when it comes to wearing white denim is fit – white is good, skinny fit is fine, but white skinny jeans are notoriously hard to style and mercilessly unflattering to boot. What you need is a pair of stiff, non-flimsy cotton jeans that are flattering on the waist and forgiving on the thighs – the straight-leg, the mom jean or the boyfriend are all safe bets, or opt for a wide-leg style if you’re feeling especially avant-garde. But, just how do you wear them the right way, you ask?
White in winter
Wearing white in winter can feel downright wrong, especially while we’re surrounded by depressing, all-black winter uniforms, but white jeans can look appropriately wintery. Wear them with your favourite puffer or wrap jacket, a chunky, high-neck knit – black, camel or cream for a co-ordinated look. Add a grounding pair of patent black boots as these will also come in useful during spring, mark our words.
White-on-white ensembles are a kind of OG level of chic that only seems possible on-screen or on Instagram, but don’t despair, the look is totally achievable IRL. Simply take a comfortably-fitting, crisp pair of white jeans and balance them out with a voluminous, white mock-neck or bell-sleeve blouse – tucked in so you don’t lose your shape – and you’ve got an airy, pulled together look. For an up-to-the-minute street-style vibe, opt for a white slogan-t shirt or sweatshirt – bonus points if you pair them with a vintage-style white denim jacket. Keep it simple on your feet with a pair of monochrome Vans or mules and switch to a classic pair of black heels come the evening.
You can embrace the white jeans theme more comfortably with layering. Using white jeans as a base, build your outfit up with a mock-neck sweatshirt, a long-line cardigan, a coat and fishnet socks for serious style points; the goal being to make the denim appear less drastic.
For our favourite boxy, boyish jeans on just the right side of bright white, look below:
Published in Style Essentials by Kimberley B on February 2, 2017