WHAT TO WEAR WITH WHITE JEANS – LET’S COUNT THE WAYS
As much as I love a stylish pair of white jeans the thing with white jeans is that they can be tricky to wear. At times they are not flattering and you always have to watch where you’re sitting. What to wear with white jeans is a question I get a lot so I’ve put together this guide to provide style tips, white jeans outfit advice, and some outfit inspiration!
I found my first perfect pair of jeans at LOFT. They are skinny, a little bit distressed, fit perfectly, and they are very affordable. LOFT also carries various sizes, petite, regular and curvy so if you haven’t found a pair of white jeans that you love I would suggest to go to the store and try on a variety to see which style fit you perfectly.
Also remember this shopping tip every time you’re buying a new pair of jeans, white or otherwise. If you can’t tell in 20 seconds whether or not the jeans look good on you… they don’t. You’ll know immediately when the jeans are perfect!
I collected all of the white jean outfits I’ve shared on the blog to create a resource for you to come back to whenever you need some white jeans outfit inspiration.
If you ever catch yourself wondering, “what to wear with white jeans,” come back to this post and use it for inspiration. Pin your favorite white jeans outfit for future reference.
How to Wear White Jeans – Tips to Remember
White jeans of any kind are not the easiest to wear if you are curvy. They often make individuals look wider than they really are, because of the light color. But don’t despair; just follow these style tips to discover how you can wear white jeans and look your best!
1. The fit of the white jeans should be perfect: Not too tight, not baggy. A mid-rise, straight leg white denim jean is your best bet. If you can rock the skinny ankle pant, by all means, do so, but most women should stick to something more classic. For summer, you might want to invest in a cropped white jean, one that ends just two or three inches above the ankle.
2. The material of white jeans is important: While stretch denim is currently covering everyone’s derriere, you need to be careful with white jeans. Stick to a higher percentage of cotton in your white denim, 95% and above. This will allow you a bit of stretch, but not so much that it pulls and puckers, which on white pants is not a flattering look. And make sure to double check that the material is very thick, some white jeans can be see-through and that is the last thing you want!
3. Clean lines with minimal fuss: By this, I am referring to the shape of the clothing you’re pairing with the white jeans; proportion, color, and textures. In some white jeans outfit, I will wear a cropped denim jacket to emphasize my waistline, rather than a jacket that ends at the hips, which would make them look wider. Remember the proportion, balance, color, and fit. If you need more information on what I mean by that than read How to Look Stylish Everyday – Your 5 Step Checklist.
4. Shirts in or out? With white jeans, I recommend wearing your shirts primarily out. Tucking them in not only adds bulk, but the color of the top can show through the material. And, given the fact that white pants can add visual weight to your behind, tucking in a shirt and wearing a belt just adds emphasis to the area, which is not a good thing. Leave your shirts untucked, or just tuck a corner in for some added panache.
5. If you’re looking to dress up your white jeans make sure to select a pair that is not distressed and a classic cut: Pair your white jeans with a crisp button-up blouse or a beautiful bright flowy tip. For shoes, you could wear a classic pair of pointy toe flats to elongate your legs or pointy toe heels to really make you taller. Outfit examples below!
Keep these style tips in mind and you’ll create a stylish white jeans outfit!
Creating a Dressy White Jeans Outfit
If you’re looking to create dressy outfits with jeans take these four points into consideration when putting together your outfit.
1. Choose the right pair of white jeans: Go with a cut that you normally wear. If you like straight leg, wear straight leg, if you like boot cut, wear boot cut. Personally, I usually wear straight leg or skinny, they are my preferred style and it’s what I stick to.
Make sure they fit perfectly and look fabulous on you. White jeans are notorious with making you look a little wider than you really so make sure they really fit perfectly. I know I keep saying this, but it’s important.
2. Select a dressy shirt: Since we’re going for a dressed up outfit select a material that is “pretty.” Find a shirt in lace, chiffon, silk or similar. Pair the white jeans with a shirt that is more dressy than casual, you want a shirt that you think may be too dressy.
3. Wear dressy shoes: If you want to add a pop of color you can do it with your shoes! If you’re deciding to wear white jeans with a pretty black shirt then add some color with your shoes! Think fuschia, gold, blue or your favorite color. If you’re wearing dressy flats or heels make sure they are a pointy toe, as they will make you appear taller and leaner.
4. Complete the look with accessories: Gold jewelry adds warmth to this cold look. Since this white jeans outfit was more in the classic minimal side I wore gold earrings, necklace, bracelet, rings and even a crossbody with a gold chain. No holding back on the accessories. The blouse has a high neckline so I’m able to wear a long necklace that stands out against the black.
Wearing White Jeans Year-Round
While wearing white of any kind tends to be verboten during the winter months, that style rule has fallen by the wayside in the last decade or so. There’s no reason you can’t rock a pair of white jeans in November or February (or December and January, for that matter).
Denim is a hardy material and holds up well in colder months. You can pair them with a long-sleeve colorful tee and a cozy white-and-black oversized cardigan or try a light gray turtleneck and a black leather biker jacket. Swap out the flats for a pair of knee-high boots, booties, or even ankle boots. In fact, if you can wear it with blue denim jeans, you can probably wear them with white denim jeans as well.
The advantage of white denim over blue is that it tends to look dressier than blue jeans. Pair white jeans with a frilly blouse and tall sexy heels for date night. Top it off with a belted coat for warmth and you’re ready to go.
Springtime is the perfect season for white jeans. There is still a bit of chill in the air, often making pants a required item. White pairs well with the soft pastels of spring. Dress them down with a pair of white sneakers, t-shirt, and lightweight jacket or cardigan, or dress it up with a silk blouse and a pair of wedges.
When summertime rolls around, your white jeans will pair perfectly with a tank top and sandals, or a flirty halter top and embellished sandals. The summer outfits with jeans are endless!
The white jeans outfits are really only limited by your imagination. Which is why I put together this white jeans resource, to serve as your outfit inspiration! In fact, I’d venture to guess that 80% of the tops and blouses you own can be worn with your white jeans! As for shoes, unless they are heavy and clunky, most sandals, tennis shoes, flats, and heels will work well with a skinny pair of white denim pants.
What to wear with white jeans in the Winter
White jeans in the winter is no longer a bad thing. A pair of bright white pants while it’s chilly, foggy and gloomy outside can brighten up your mood. I’ve shared with you before what the “no white after Labor Day” doesn’t apply anymore. If you want to wear, white jeans go right on ahead. You might get a few remarks from the older demographic but with the right styling, those same people might cave in and say they like your white jeans outfit.
Only because the sun’s not shining doesn’t mean your outfit has to be the same. I love wearing white and bright colors on a rainy or foggy day. You should put together outfits that have the mood you want to reflect. You don’t have to wear muted colors or black all the time in the winter. If the weather is not what you’d like it to be put together an outfit that has light and color to it, so the outfit has a light feel to it as your mood. That’s what I always do.
Let’s review a few details that you should keep in mind next time you’re planning on wearing white jeans in the winter.
SELECT THE RIGHT COLOR COMBINATION
Choosing the right color combination for wearing white jeans in the winter is one of the most important things when it comes to putting together a stylish white jeans outfit in the winter.
A color combination that I love is white and gray. White jeans paired with a gray turtleneck or sweater keep the white jeans from overpowering the outfit. Like in this outfit I would opt for a lighter gray than a dark charcoal gray. A light gray plays nicely with stark white jeans, going for a somewhat monochromatic outfit.
Add a gray and white scarf to your outfit to bring it up a notch. The white and gray scarf I added to this winter outfit brings the white jeans and gray turtleneck together for a perfect color balance.
PAIR YOUR WHITE JEANS WITH ANKLE BOOTS
When it comes to footwear you want to select shoes that are winter appropriate, so no sandals or wedges.
The best shoe option, in my stylish opinion, is ankle boots. As soon as the weather gets chilly I reach for boots! They are one of my favorite type of shoes, even more than pumps! Need some outfit ideas with boots view 20 Stylish Ways to Wear Boots. In this outfit, I opted for a pair of light brown ankle boots. Again I paid attention to the color of the boots. I went for something light to keep with the theme and not to bring the eyes down rather have a cohesive look.
When wearing ankle boots with white jeans in the winter make sure to roll up your jeans to just about the top of the ankle boots. If you decide to wear white bootcut jeans, then select an appropriate length, not too long or short.
ADD A SCARF FOR GOOD MEASURE
To give your outfit that wintery feel add on a scarf. Make sure the scarf matches the colors in your outfit and select something warm. Opt for a large blanket scarf or large wool scarf. If you need more scarf inspiration check out, 27 Stylish Ways to Wear a Scarf!
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Cute Outfits With White Jeans
Now that we’ve gone through how to wear white jeans and how you can wear white jeans year-round, let’s get into the outfits ideas! The following sections are ideas on what you can wear with white jeans in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. I separated each outfit by season so it’s easier to go to the season you need ideas for or you can just scroll through and pin your favorite outfits for future reference!
Summer Outfits with White Jeans
Blue Cropped Denim Jacket with White Jeans
As I mentioned, white jeans can be paired with almost anything, but because we were at a lake, I chose a subtle nautical theme. The blue-and-white striped boatneck tee is an updated version of what French Breton sailors used to wear. I topped it off with a light-wash denim cropped jacket, black ballet flats, and dark sunglasses.
I like the light blue of the jacket as a contrast to the deep navy of the stripes in the shirt. It also keeps the color palette relatively light and perfect for the day we had. Each item is a classic in itself, and all are versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched with other items while traveling, making packing a bit easier.
These classic pairings make the outfit timeless. It wouldn’t be out of place 10 years ago and it will still be fashionable 10 years from now. This is why you should always invest in a base wardrobe of classics. You’ll get much more use out of them in the long run, not to mention they can still be paired with items of clothing that are on trend now.
When these four classic items are combined they create a classic and stylish white jeans outfit that works year round.
Polka Dots & Pop of Red
Nothing like getting a little patriotic and going red, white and blue. The funny thing is that I’m wasn’t going for a patriotic outfit it just ended up that way.
Pairing your white jeans with a chiffon blue polka dot shirt with matching polka dot flats will create a fun outfit that can be worn throughout summer. For an added bit of color and texture, I added a bright red leather handbag.
Outfit Formula: Blue Polka Dot Blouse + Blue Polka Dot Flats + Red Handbag = Stylish 4th of July Outfit (that can also be worn any other day)
Tie-dye, Heeled Sandals and Matching Patent Handbag
Pairing white jeans with a light blue tie-dye tank top will immediately make you stand out if that’s what you’re looking for! In this white jeans outfit, I wore a bright tie-dye tank top in many shades of blue with coordinating sandals and patent handbag.
This outfit is perfect for late night drinks with the girls or date night with the boyfriend. White and blue is a perfect duo as you’re starting to see.
Outfit Formula: Tie-dye tank top + Matching Heeled Sandals + Matching Patent Handbag = A Standout Outfit!
Nude Heels & Crochet Sweater
If you don’t want to go all the way and wear all white then you can try an outfit like this. White jeans paired with neutrals.
I this white jeans outfit I paired nude pumps with a light cream crochet sweater. This sweater has a lot of texture and it can look perfect worn on its own but you need to layer I would suggest a denim jacket or white blazer.
Outfit Formula: Nude Heels + Cream Crochet Sweater = Stylish Neutral Summer Outfit
Flowy top & Stylish Summer Sandals
Yes, these pants have a pattern but I’m going to say that they are white too because patterned jeans are just as or if not more difficult to wear white jeans.
This is an outfit I wore wine tasting in Napa, Ca. I wanted the outfit to look casual yet dressy and stylish. I wore a blouse that matched a color from the jeans and a stylish pair of summer sandals. In this outfit, I coordinated the color of the handbag and the sandals.
Outfit Formula: Summer Sandals + Neutral Top + Matching Handbag = Stylish Wine Tasting Outfit
Fuchsia Top & Mint Clutch
Make your white jeans look even whiter by pairing them with a bright fuchsia top. In this summer outfit, I paired the white jeans with a fuchsia tank top and sheer fuchsia blouse for a fun summer outfit.
I added a fuchsia accent to the mint clutch and completed the outfit with a cute pair of summer sandals.
Outfit Formula: Fuchsia Tank Top + Fuchsia Sheer Blouse + Fuchsia Accents + Mint Clutch = Fuchsia Love
Winter Outfits with White Jeans
Cute Winter Outfit with White Jeans
In this white jeans outfit, I paired my white jeans with dark colors. The color scheme was black, white, and blue. I like the contrast between the dark saturated colors and the bright white pants. It makes the darks appear darker and the white pants even whiter.
I paired the white pants with black flats, black handbag, a black and white striped shirt and layered a dark blue embellished sweater.
A few outfit details to note; the pullover sweater has a 3/4’s sleeve and an embellished neckline. The jewels on the neckline made it, so I didn’t have to wear a necklace, and that’s a good thing for these type of sweaters because I would advise not to wear a sweater with a crew neck.
The striped shirt has black cuffs, so when I folded the cuffs up around the sweater the dark on dark looked fantastic. I wanted the collar and bottom of the shirt to peek out from under the sweater, so there are another dimension and pattern to the outfit.
Lastly, I added a large jeweled cuff and silver ring to complete this white pants outfit.
7. Long Coat, Bright Heels & Gold Accessories
Do you want to wear your white jeans during the winter? I did! So this is the outfit I put together. I must mention that I live in California so the winters are not that bad here. Hence the open-toed shoes.
Pair your white jeans with a contrasting long black coat and scuba shirt for a dramatic effect. The pop of color in the outfit are the heels. A little leopard print and fuchsia can go a long way in a winter look. I finished off the look with gold accessories and my favorite sunglasses.
Outfit Formula: Long Contrasting Coat + Black Scuba Shirt + Gold Accessories + Bright Heels = Stylish White Jeans Winter Outfit
Fall Outfits with White Jeans
Olive Green Jacket Outfit
Here is a white pants outfit I wore to the California Coast on a chilly weekend. I wore a long sleeve button down, and the military green jacket and I was still a little cold.
When it comes to wearing white jeans my favorite ways to wear white jeans is pairing them with neutrals. This combination is the easiest and safest way to create a casual and stylish white jeans outfits that work for every day.
I paired the white distressed denim with a light blue button-down that peeked out from the back of the jacket and the jacket sleeves. A dark olive green military jacket that gave the outfit a little more attitude but still kept it casual. If I were to have worn a blazer, the outfit would have moved into the dressy side.
Lastly, I wore light brown ankle boots that match the light brown cloth belt. I wanted to keep the natural feel of the outfit, so I made sure that all the colors were nature colors and that the material and played along with the theme.
Brown Ankle Boots, Military Green Jacket & Chambray Shirt
Do you want to wear your white jeans in the Fall? Roll them up and pair them with ankle boots!
In this everyday Fall look, I paired the white jeans with a chambray button down and layered a military-style jacket over it. I finished off the outfit with a pair of ankle boots and black crossbody.
Outfit Formula: Military Green Jacket + Ankle Boots + Chambray Shirt = Fall Perfection
Spring Outfits with White Jeans
Black and Gold White Jeans Outfit
Wearing white jeans doesn’t have to be a mystery. White jeans can be dressed up or down, worn during the weekend or date night and yes even after Labor Day. What to wear with white jeans is a question that arises often so today lets cover how you can dress up white jeans.
This is the outfit I wore during the day on Valentine’s Day which is why it’s more dressy than casual. I previously shared with you my evening Valentine’s Day outfit.
If you’re just starting to wear white jeans the easiest pairing you can do is black. A black and white outfit is chic and stylish and when you’re creating a dressed up look black and white is the simplest starting point.
Stripes, Denim Jacket & a pop of Mustard Yellow
I believe this is the easiest way to wear white jeans. Stripes, some light wash denim and a pop of color! This is an outfit you can wear in the springtime or summer. The bright pop of color brings some fun to the outfit and keeps the outfit from looking a little too plain.
Outfit Formula: Striped tee + Light Wash Denim Jacket + Bright Clutch or Handbag + Flats = Easy Breezy White Jeans Outfit
When Can You Wear White
If you’re ready to be a little bit daring, how about going all white! It doesn’t matter if it’s before or after Labor Day wearing an all-white outfit is a stylish way to sport your favorite white jeans.
Wear a white tank top with a white blazer and if you have the white shoes. I don’t own any white shoes so I wore a pair of silver sandals with matching silver jewelry.
Outfit Formula: White Tank + White Blazer + Silver or White Sandals = No Fuss All White Outfit
Striped Button Down, Sexy Heels & Cute Satchel
Dressing your white jeans up and making them look more sophisticated is easily achieved with a button down. Pairing your white jeans with a striped button down and gray heels can make your white jeans office appropriate. This depends on your office dress code of course. If you do have a business casual dress code check out 20 Work Outfits – Decoding Women Business Casual, Style Tips & More for more office outfit inspiration.
I wore a bold striped shirt with contrasting cuffs so the outfit had a little more attitude. I finished off the outfit with a cute salmon colored satchel. A pop of color can make all the difference!
Outfit Formula: Striped Button Down Shirt + Textured Heels + Bright Satchel = Office Appropriate White Jeans Outfit
Floral Bolero & Coordinating Accessories
If you’re looking for an easy breezy outfit for a spring or summer day pair your favorite pair of white jeans with a bolero and white tank top.
I coordinated the handbag with the blue of the bolero and the orange in the sandals match the pop of color in the floral pattern. Always make sure your items coordinate and you’ll have an outfit that looks put together.
Outfit Formula: Floral Bolero + White Tank Top + Matching Handbag + Summer Sandals = Easy Breezy Summer or Spring Outfit
Green Jacket Outfit
You could also wear your favorite white jeans while road tripping it! The trick with road trip outfits is comfort and layers.
I paired the white jeans with olive green flats and a matching green military jacket. For a bit of glitz, I added a blue sequined tank top.
Outfit Formula: Military Green Jacket + Olive Green Flats + Sequined Tank Top = Outfit for the Road
There you have it! Your ultimate guide on what to wear with white jeans! I hope this has given you the advice you need and has inspired you to wear white jeans year-round!
If you have any other questions make sure to leave me a comment below!