After numerous seasons in style, white jeans are starting to shake off their negative connotations once and for all, but the universal question still looms over the clothing rail: How does one wear white jeans and look modern? Are light denim trousers totally unflattering for most body shapes? Can I wear the world's most high-maintenance colour with ease? (Lunch-date tip: Go for white wine.) Trainers or heels? Which colours are best to offset with crisp paperwhites for a future-proof finish? And finally, can you wear them in the colder months?
Keep scrolling to decode these fashion questions and unlock five brilliant outfit ideas for wearing white jeans with zero-effort cool, handily categorised by occasion.
Style Notes: We all know the jeans and a nice top formula works for nights out, and white jeans are no exception to this rule. Worn with a crop top that's been balanced out with a high neckline, some fierce mules and layered gold jewels, you'll look the after dark part without being too try-hard.
Style Notes: Many workplaces have become less stringent when it comes to office attire over the years. If yours is one of them, ensure you still look polished by wearing a pair of white straight-leg jeans with a chic tailored blazer and classic accessories.
Style Notes: Who's white's best friend? White! So it only makes sense to wear it when you're meeting your BFFs, be it for brunch or for impromptu cocktails. Take a leaf out of Karina Marriott's book and go head-to-toe white, adding some neutral accessories to top off your tonal attire.
Style Notes: If you're planning on doing some serious retail therapy, a pair of wide-leg jeans (in white, naturally) are easy to slip on and off when you're trying on potential new wares. The same goes for shoes—opt for mule sandals you can kick off and slip back on without having to fuss around with fiddly straps.
Style Notes: Don't assume white jeans are for daywear only. You can sharpen up a pair of white faithfuls to serve you on an after-dark date night with strappy sandals and an off-the-shoulder blouse.
This post was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
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Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.
Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.