Even before you get to the question of red wine and barbecue sauce, white jeans can be a treacherous proposition. If the denim is too thin, they're bound to be see-through; too thick, and they're going to be relegated to the back of your drawer all summer (which, odds are, is exactly when you want to be wearing them).
But given how many of them we start seeing on Instagram come Memorial Day every year, there must be a Goldilocks-style solution to finding a pair that's just right. And while you could go out and try on a few dozen pairs under unforgiving dressing room fluorescents, we're partial to the alternative: going off the wisdom and experience of shoppers who have already taken them for a test-drive.
In the interest of tracking down the best crisp white jeans to pair with your striped shirts and go-to denim jacket, we trawled the reviews of retailers like Madewell, Nordstrom, and Shopbop to find the best-rated styles. Read on to shop them all.
4.8/5 stars at Madewell
These feature Madewell's Magic Pockets—the kind that "you swear make your bod look better than it does naked," per one reviewer.
5/5 stars at Nordstrom
These have faux front pockets for a super-streamlined silhouette.
96% recommend at Macy's
Music to our ears: One shopper says the denim is "not too thin and not too thick."
5/5 stars on Shopbop
Slimming white jeans? Yep, they exist.
4/5 stars at Nordstrom
Editors swear by Topshop's affordable denim options (and Nordstrom shoppers agree).
4/5 stars at Shopbop
"Butter soft," says one reviewer.
5/5 stars on Shopbop
Petite shoppers love the 25-inch inseam on this pair.
4.7/5 on Amazon
On top of the spot-on distressing, this style is apparently "super comfortable!"
4.7/5 stars at Bloomingdale's
Take it from one fan: These jeans are "the perfect white … they aren't see-through, either, which is a plus."
4.5/5 stars at Gap
Customers agree: These are the perfect summer jeans—and they come in sizes 24 to 35 with three inseam options to boot.
4.6/5 stars on Levi's
The "exceptional fit" makes this pair stand out (as does the price).
4.5/5 stars on J.Crew
Customers rave about the cropped length and just-high-enough mid-rise.
4.6/5 stars at Old Navy
Even over time, these jeans hold their shape.
4.1/5 stars on Madewell
Madewell's stretch denim hugs your curves and stays crisp all day.
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