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How To Wear White Jeans

Updated on September 4, 2011

How to wear white jeans without looking trashy, cheap or as though you’re trying too hard to be fashionable is easier than it looks.

Providing you adhere to a few do’s and don’ts and buy the style that best suits your shape, you’ll be surprised how great a pair of white jeans can look.

White is a fantastic spring/summer color and the good news is ... anyone can wear this type/style of denim, irrespective of size and shape.

Skinny jeans are fab in white and you can adopt a preppy look, a casual appeal or knock 'em dead in rock chick on white.

Rockin' it up isn't just about dark or Gothic colors ... lighter colors cut the mustard just as well. Be original - wear white jeans, dare to be different and set the trend!

Wearing white denim jeans is as easy as ABC. Pretty much. If I can do it, anyone can. I’m not given to flashes of fashion inspiration as a rule. I like black a little too much. I’m also a designer’s worst nightmare in that I don’t follow trends.

But I’m not completely dense either. I've got two eyes, two brain cells and an innate ability to see the difference between trash and class – at least when it comes to clothing.

And that’s one of the odd things about white jeans. Have you ever noticed that white denim can scream trash yet a well cut pair of white pants screams class?

The problem with jeans is that they’re largely perceived as casual wear. A well cut pair of trousers are not. It's leg prejudice ... oh my.

The easiest way to wear white jeans (for women) is to view them as though they’re a classic white pant. They’re not as easy to wear as blue, black or faded denim and unless you pay attention to what you wear with them, you’ll end up look more floozie than schmoozie.

So to make it easier, here’s a list of don’ts – and paying attention to them will go along way towards adding class to your white denim experience.

Once you've read through what's hot and what's not, you've no excuse for wearing white denim with anything other than aplomb ...

Don't wear these jeans with any of the above.
Don't wear these jeans with any of the above.

Before you buy white jeans and get 'it' wrong - here's some don'ts, ways that you shouldn't wear this popular denim:

#1 Never squeeze into a smaller size. White denim is not as forgiving as regular colored denims. They can and do show lumps and bumps in an unfavourable light, especially if there are too many squeezed into a small space. Think quarts and pint pots girls. What doesn't pour in – spills over.

#2 Don’t make the mistake of wearing white jeans with white stiletto heals. You may as well have trailer trash (or worse) printed across your booty. A simply awful combination. Flats, wedges, cute pumps, strappy sandals and sexy boots – but never white heels.

#3 Midriff tops and white denim … absolutely not! Midriff tops are for kids, athletes and on anyone older than 20 … just steer clear.

#4 White jeans can be so incredibly classy yet the look can be ruined if you top your outfit off with a puffa jacket. They create a truly awful outline anyway. They’re always bulky and look anything but refined.

#5 Don’t choose a tight, fitted leather or faux leather jacket. They just cheapen the look. They look even worse if you wear them over a top that works in harmony with white denim.

#6 This is the biggest fashion no-no … colored underwear. The only colour that works is nude. And while we’re on underwear, no VPL either! You don’t need to buy a thong to lose VPL. There are some great panty designs that have a seamless leg – extremely comfortable and a great choice for those of us that prefer our butts to feel covered.

White Jeans - Do

#1 Pay attention to color when you accessorize. White jeans work with most colors but most colors won’t work with you.

For example, if you suit earthy tones, make sure that the top, your footwear and other accessories match.

Don’t pick a beautiful chocolate brown tunic and then spoil it by wearing purple boots.

#2 Be careful to check the length. White denim works best when it sits neatly at your ankle. You’re aiming for the opposite of a bunched up mess atop your footwear.

If you find a fab pair that fit you beautifully but they’re too long - buy them anyway and simply have the length altered.

#3 The following tops work in harmony with white denim: tunics, anything floaty and/or bohemian.

Gorgeous knits (think layering/winter wear), beautifully cut shirts, empire lines and anything that’s along the lines of nautical.

#4 Monochrome, while no longer the hottest color combo, is still a great classic to fall back on. Black and white is timeless so don’t be afraid to experiment.

I wasn't wearing white jeans but you know ... I could have been.
I wasn't wearing white jeans but you know ... I could have been.

You can wear white jeans throughout the year. Despite their color, they’re not strictly a piece of summer clothing.

And yes – winter brings inclement weather and you’d be a little silly if you went out, legs clad in white, when Mother Nature was having a paddy of tempestuous proportions.

But winter isn't all about rain and snow. There’s many a fine day – when all the great outdoors lacks is heat. Wrap up.

Team your jeans with some great boots, a beautiful wool blazer and matching scarf.

Layer up – if it’s an Autumnal day, a soft as silk cashmere sweater, worn over a shirt and paired with some gorgeous flats.

It’s all about imagination and having a modicum of fashionable flare. Just make sure that you’re imagination isn't in keeping with that of Ronald McDonald.

How To Care For White Jeans

My friend, Amy. She was wearing white jeans. Had spotty underwear on - and dropped her toast onto her legs. I warned her ...
My friend, Amy. She was wearing white jeans. Had spotty underwear on - and dropped her toast onto her legs. I warned her ...

How to keep white jeans white? Simple – avoid staining them beyond redemption and wash them regularly.

First – try not to slop beverages down them – or ketchup. There are many foods/drinks that will ruin your jeans so do be careful if you’re dining out. Make sure the food gets from plate to mouth … not plate to jeans.

Wash wise, check the label. Whilst you need to keep an eye on the guidelines, it’s ok to wash white denim with a little bleach added.

Or better still buy one of the new clothes detergents that are specially formatted for whites.

One thing you should avoid …. Never boil wash them And if you do – be prepared for your jeans to have shrunk enough to fit a 10 year old.

If you do catch a stain, immediately you return home, fill a bucket (or similar) with cold water and a good dose of salt. Drop your jeans in, making sure they’re completely immersed.

Leave them for at least 24 hours before your rinse them out. If the stain is still visible, gently dab on a watered down bleach solution prior to washing them.

When ready, pop into the washer, on a normal cycle – add a little bleach if necessary.

Now go and wear your white jeans with class – and if ever you’re in Lisbon, look for the frog in white. Looking classy … not trashy.


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      oldiesmusic 4 years ago from United States

      I used to wear white jeans, but I did worry about keeping it clean, or a sudden period would make an obvious spot. Nevertheless, I love white jeans. Maybe one day i'll wear them again.

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      Paul Perry 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Awesome hub! I have always wondered how to pull off wearing white jeans and now i know!

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Great hub, thanks for sharing. I love the white jeans trend.

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      S.B. 6 years ago

      I own a pair of white pants, made of denim material but it doesn't have the usual button and zipper. They're actually trousers with an elastic band at the back... They pants look really good but the problem is I'm really self-conscious! When I wear the pants they tend to highlight my rather big butt and don't fit comfortable around the waist.. As they don't have belt loops I can't wear a belt with it to hold them up!

      Any ideas as to what tops I can pair the pants with?? White pants are really classy and I don't want to ruin the look by wearing something ugly on top.. But, the top I wear needs to cover my butt. How about a black shirt??

      Please help! I don't want to look like a disaster when I wear the pants!

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      shadhika 6 years ago

      i was always finding the best top to wear with my white jeans, now after reading this article i know exactly what goes with white. This article is awesome.

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      Warren 6 years ago

      I am a man and not only love seeing women in them I enjoy wearing them myself. I so wish white painter's pants would come back in fashion.

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      Water Damage 7 years ago

      Nice hub frogdropping - I don't have a pair of white jeans, but my wife does. We actually have a blog for mens jeans located here:

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      Jallyjal 7 years ago

      Thank you SO much! This help a ton

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      mysisters 7 years ago

      Nice Hub. White jeans are great and very versatile so you can wear them with just about anything.

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      rachel 7 years ago

      I found a great pair of white jeans.They are a cheaper brand,Canyon River Blues, I have a fabulous wide armed ,white silver and black striped sweater. Love it!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing these tips

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      yenajeon 7 years ago from California

      Fantastic tips! The only one I don't follow is the Don't Leather rule. I LOVE my brown leather jacket with my white jeans. I think its divine!!

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      Andria 7 years ago

      Ahhh Silver lol underwear has to be appropriate huh?!

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      SilverGenes 7 years ago

      I especially like the bright pink underwear in the 'don't section' :) Your hubs are definitely making fashion a lot more fun! Thank you!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Saskini - the green. Purpe/pink is fine but hard to wear unless you're hair is rather dark and your complection colorful. Green ... and some nice accessories :)

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      Saskini 8 years ago

      Hey Ive got on some white denims today but Im running round wearing them and my Pyjama top still! WHAT shall I wear, my Purpley Pinky top or my Greeny Bluey top? I have brown hair, brown eyes and both look okay on me.

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Thankyou gazelle, most appreciated :):)

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      dark eyed gazelle 8 years ago from Michigan

      what a witty, lovely post! even have me doing the *'hmmmm' forefinger on chin* pose. i'm so glad i ran into your profile. cheers!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      You'll get there tanny, don't worry. Keep looking :)

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      tannybdksa 8 years ago

      i love white. iv been working on incorporating whites in my wardrobe for a long time. its so hard finding the right pair of white jeans. im still looking!

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      Adrienne F Manson 8 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi frogdropping, great article love white jeans, and you are so right about not trying to squeeze into a pair of white jeans.

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      blue12 8 years ago

      thanx know i know how to ware them u realli heeolp

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      Andria 8 years ago

      And I replied :) And named names too!

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      shibashake 8 years ago

      Hey FD! Definitely would appreciate whatever hands you have available - legs too, coz frog's legs are just yummy! I just sent you some mail. Thanks much!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      MOW - hey :) It's so easy to make a fashion blunder. So many trends coming and going. How's a girl to keep up?!

      And thankyou :)

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      myownworld 8 years ago from uk

      great information (I'm sure we all make these common fashion faux pas!) anyway, loved reading this...esp. your witty writing style! keep posting..

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Keira - I'm glad to hear you dare to wear white! And I bet you look great too ... and yep, keep a look out for me if ever you come. Just shout, I'll hear you :)

      Orchestra - good good.

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      orchestra 8 years ago

      Good info. will keep in mind.

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      keira7 8 years ago

      I love white jeans especially when the weather is nice. Thank you for this nice hub with good info for us women. If I come to Lisbon I will certainly look for the frog in white and will wear white as well :) xx

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Laura - They're not everyone's cup of tea, don't worry. I take it they're your daughters though :)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      shibe - all I can say to you and midriff tops is the fact that you must have the belly for them :)

      And great idea my lovely. Want a hand? Not with the webby stuff. You know I'm pants at that ;)

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Bing - bad weather and white jeans don't work ;)

      tori - go for it. Make sure they're the right fit and style for your shape - and bag yourself a pair. You only need one :)

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      Laura du Toit 8 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for this very useful information.

      Have passed it on to my children. No matter how hard I try I still cannot feel comfortable in white pants (not only jeans)

      Good work!

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      shibashake 8 years ago

      Hey FD - those are some great tips. I must admit that I do wear midriffs sometimes - can't blame a gal for wanting to cling to youth ;)

      No white or black jeans for me - the dogs will make mince meat of them pretty quickly. Denims are the best!

      Ya know - I was just noticing that there are many great women articles written by some great gals on HubPages. I have been thinking about creating a women's blog that feature some of the brilliant articles from HubWomen. Kindda like iVillage but featuring us Hub gals - what do you think?

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      torimari 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Nice article. I enjoyed it-I haven't braved white jeans yet as I am generally a black-wearing type as you mentioned. I should go for it methinks.

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      bingskee 8 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      ha ha what a coincidence! today, i will be wearing white denim jeans, and i'll pair it with my brown slip-ons and a 'butterfly' blouse. i avoid wearing white when it's rainy!

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Jerilee - I don't wear them a lot. But I do like mine. And worn with the right 'other' stuff, they can and do look fab :)

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      Jerilee Wei 8 years ago from United States

      I've given up trying to keep white jeans white, but I still love them.


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