White jeans are a classic closet staple. They usually make their yearly comeback at the end of May and get stored away after Labor Day. I wear them all year round though! I don’t believe in any of those rules like ‘no white after Labor Day’. I say wear whatever makes you happy and makes you feel confident! So, if you are like me, this is the post for you. Get your white denim out of your closet and learn how to style white jeans with me today.
Ready? Let’s learn how to style white jeans!
In a hurry? Go straight to what you are looking for:
- Why should you consider having white jeans?
- How many do you need in your closet?
- Another option to consider if you don’t like white jeans
- Care instructions for white denim
- How to wear white jeans – Outfit ideas
- Bonus! How to style a white denim jacket
- Final thoughts
- Related style posts you may also like
Estimated reading time: 17 minutes
Why you should consider having white jeans?
Because there are so many ways you can style them! Even though you can’t wear them as much as blue or black jeans without having to wash them, (especially if you are like me and always spill something on yourself LOL), white jeans are elegant, timeless and chic. They are nice to have around for when you want to look extra polished but also wear jeans at the same time. White jeans are comfortable and will never go out of style, so if you invest in a pair today, they will probably last you for years to come.
How many white jeans do you need in your closet?
Just one :)
I always recommend just one for almost any piece because I’m an advocate for minimalist wardrobes. I included white jeans or white pants as a part of my Summer Capsule Wardrobe, but they are not just for Summer. You can wear your white jeans all year round! I can’t say I wore mine for Winter that much when I lived in Chicago, but it wasn’t because I didn’t like them. It was because I work from home and I didn’t have to get dressed everyday. Also, I didn’t go out much when it was cold outside, so there were not many opportunities for me to style my white jeans during Winter. However, keep in mind you will use them for your capsule wardrobe for Fall and for Spring too.
Anyways, the answer is one. You only need one pair of white jeans (or pants – read below).
Don’t like white jeans? Consider white pants!
I’ve mentioned before that I always had a love/hate relationship with white jeans. I love how they look and how stylish they are, BUT I have a big cellulite problem and you can see it through light colored pants and it makes me feel really insecure. And this is just how it is. It doesn’t matter the brand or quality (obviously some are better than others). I had $300 Citizens of Humanity white jeans – the ones you will see in all of these photos – and you could still see my cellulite.
I don’t have white jeans anymore, but not because of that. What happened was that I got those jeans when I was 20+ pounds heavier (as you will see from the photos) and when we started downsizing because our plans of selling everything and traveling full time, I didn’t have space to keep pieces that didn’t fit right. So, I gave them to a friend.
However, last year I got a pair of wide leg white pants and I love them so much! Even though the fabric is lighter and more breathable, they are less see-through because they are wide leg pants! So, my advice if you have a lot of cellulite too and it makes you self-conscious, is to try wide leg pants or wide leg white denim instead. They are much more comfortable and flattering.
- And here are some options for white skinny jeans, which are my favorite, but I’m not confident enough to wear them YET. But I’m working on it! Option 1 $98 – Option 2 $98 – Option 3 $98
Care instructions for white denim pieces
You can wash white denim in the washer with light colors to be safe. I like to use cold water because it’s better for the environment (and your clothes!). Also, if you want your whites to stay nice and bright for longer, add 1/4 cup of baking soda to the washer. This tip applies to all your white pieces.
Don’t put them in the drier or they might shrink. It’s safer to lay them flat and let them dry.
How to wear white jeans- Outfit ideas
Here are some white jeans outfit ideas for you to recreate. My goal is that you feel inspired to create your own version of these looks with things you already have in your closet. I had a bunch of looks to share, so I decided to organize them in different categories based on what I already had.
I hope these looks inspire you to create white denim outfits with pieces you already have in your closet. I encourage you to try that before buying anything new. All you need to do is to take out similar pieces than the ones I’m wearing and try to mix and match some outfits yourself. Even if you see a look with a beige sweater and you don’t have the same color, then try to recreate the look with a different color. Also, don’t forget to use your accessories, they can elevate and transform any ‘basic’ look.
How to style white jeans casually
Styling your white jeans casually is super easy! Just take out of your closet your white sneakers, flat sandals and any casual and comfy pair of shoes. As for the tops, your first option will be T-shirts (any color, graphic or striped) but you can also consider a button down shirt. That’s it! If you want to add a belt, a bag, a jacket for layering, then go for it. White makes mix & matching very easy. You can have fun with colors or keep things neutral. It’s really up to you. Here you have some outfit ideas:
White jeans outfits for Summer
White jeans are perfect for Summer! They are perfect for when you want to look ‘summery’, but also dressed up, but you also don’t want to wear jeans because it’s Summer LOL. You know the feeling? That’s when white denim comes in!
I especially love styling them to go out at night. Whether a date or a girls night out, they look so cute for going out. All you have to do is pair them with a cute cami, sandals and fun earrings. Another thing I like to do is to wear them with an oversized button down shirt, with a bralette underneath. Accessories are very important to elevate any look, so don’t forget to include them when creating your own white denim outfits.
Here’s how I’ve done it in the past:
How to style white jeans for the office + Outfit formulas
I don’t work in an office anymore, but when I did, I used to always wear white denim. There’s a couple of outfit formulas I like to follow and you can try them to recreate any of these looks. Remember to use what you already have in your closet. You don’t have to wear exactly what I’m wearing. Create your own version and add your personal touch. That’s how you will learn how to create outfits on your own and not just copy what everyone else is wearing. I promise it’s a skill worth mastering!
Outfit formula #1: White jeans + Button down shirt + Layering piece or Accessories + Pumps or Booties
Outfit formula #2: White jeans + Office appropriate top or shirt + Blazer + Pumps or Booties
How to style white jeans for Fall
Yes, even after Labor Day you can keep wearing your white jeans! Who ever made up that rule anyways?
During Fall is when I wear my white jeans the most believe it or not. My main advice if you want to make any piece season appropriate is to pair it with other pieces from that season. Let me explain:
For styling white jeans for Fall, first take out your white jeans. Then take out pieces that scream Fall, like for example: Booties, a hat, a blanket scarf, a flannel shirt, a puffer vest, a faux fur vest, etc. See what works together and have fun with it. You don’t have to wear all these pieces together though. Sometimes if you only incorporate one, you will be just fine. Here are 2 examples:
On the left side I incorporated booties and a denim shirt. On the right side I added a faux fur vest but over my denim jacket and I’m just wearing a T-shirt underneath. It’s all about how you put pieces together.
Other things you can try to style your white jeans for Fall:
- Pair them with a T-shirt, long cardigan, booties and a scarf.
- Try wearing them with a flannel shirt, faux fur vest and booties.
- If you have a wool hat or a printed blanket scarf, add it to any look and it will instantly look perfect for Fall. Add booties or white sneakers and that’s it!
White jeans outfit ideas – Other things to try:
Remember when I said I wanted to inspire you to create your own looks with pieces you already have in your closet? I really meant that! That’s why I share so many outfits and styling tips with each one of my blog posts. Here are some other things you can try when styling your white jeans:
- Create neutral looks
If you are just getting started and don’t know how to style white jeans, mix it with neutrals or pastels. You can’t go wrong if you do this. Keep it simple and light like I did here:
Also read: how to style an oversized sweater for more outfit ideas
- All white with one (1) neutral piece:
Another thing you can try is to dress in all white, but adding one neutral piece to break things up a little bit. It can be a long vest, a belt, necklace, earrings, shoes, etc. You can also try mixing different textures of the same color.
- Style them with your denim jacket
Of course I was going to suggest styling your white jeans with a denim jacket! If you can incorporate stripes, then go for it because it will look good no matter what. I was being safe and wore neutral accessories, but feel free to add a pop of color with any accessories you decide to wear. It will make this look even cuter!
Also read: 70+ outfits with a jean jacket for every season
- Pair them with your white denim jacket
I’m sharing more looks with a white denim jacket below, but I wanted to add this one here because you can totally wear the two together! I styled them with different neutral pieces, but you can do anything you want here. It’s a blank canvas, so feel free to add a pop of color, a graphic T-shirt and booties to create an edgy look, etc. Play with what you have :)
How to style a white denim jacket – White jean jacket outfit ideas
Consider this a bonus section! I didn’t have enough photos to create a whole blog post on how to style a white denim jacket, so I thought the best thing I could do was to add them here. And you may be thinking, just take new photos and create extra looks with the white denim jacket, and I would do it, if I still had it in my closet (aka suitcase).
I don’t have it anymore because it didn’t survive my closet clean up. Last September me and my husband sold our belongings and started living in Airbnb’s full time, so I really had to downsize… and A LOT! I had to choose between my white denim jacket and my blue denim jacket and obviously the blue one won that battle BY FAR!
I’m going to be fully honest; I don’t think you NEED a white denim jacket. I wouldn’t include it in any of my capsule wardrobes. Yes, they are cute, but they are not like the most versatile piece out there. However, if you already have one and want to keep it, then by all means, start wearing it more and get the most out of it.
Here are some white denim jacket outfits and some styling tips so you can create your own looks:
Try styling your white denim jacket with dresses or jeans. Mix it with stripes and sneakers. You can even create office looks with it!
Where do you stand now on white denim? Do you feel like you learned how to style white jeans today?
I hope the answer is yes! It is my only goal to teach you how to style very basic pieces, so you can create your own version of any look I share in here. We may not have the same style and we definitely don’t have the same pieces in our closets, but if you try to recreate the outfit formulas with what you already have, you will be creating your own looks and adding your own personal touch. This way in the future, you will know what to do and most importantly, you will know which basic pieces to invest your money in.
I cannot recommend building a minimalist wardrobe enough! Strive to have a closet that’s filled with high quality pieces that are functional and easy to style. Over time you will see how easy it is to get dressed and how to think outside the box and maximize every single thing you have in your closet. If you want to start creating a seasonal capsule wardrobe, I posted a blog post called ‘How to create a Summer Capsule Wardrobe’ where I share 25 pieces and a bunch of outfit ideas. I’m planning on creating capsule wardrobes for each season, so stay tuned for those!
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you learned something new.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments or DM me on Instagram. Your questions make me happy because I’m here to help you!!
Have a great day ahead and hope everyone has a nice weekend :)
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