I Used to Avoid Wearing White Trousers—These 8 Outfits Have Changed My Mind

Whenever I see someone sporting white trousers, I'm filled with awe. There's something so chic about this fresh alternative to black, denim and khaki hues, especially in the warmer months. But mostly I'm impressed by the bravery it takes to face the day in white, a colour that invites all kinds of sartorial catastrophes. A rogue drop of coffee or an unexpected puddle would be enough to ruin the effect. I just don't trust myself to keep them looking new! 

It's only recently that I've started coming around to the idea, and when I realised my Instagram saved folder was brimming with white trouser outfits, I decided my subconscious was speaking to me and this pristine trouser option might just be worth the risk. Turns out, this shade is just as versatile as black, and its perfect for our warm weather seasons. Think of all the white linen looks in The Talented Mr Ripley and Roman Holiday—there's no better colour to celebrate the departure of dreary winter days. It goes with brights and neutrals, and it works with both silver and gold-toned jewellery, so the styling options are limitless.

So if, like me, you're starting out on your white trouser journey, I've rounded up some of the chicest outfits I've spotted lately. Scroll on to find out how to incorporate this seasonal staple into your everyday wardrobe with pieces you most likely already own. 

1. Striped Shirt + Ribbed Top + Tailored Trousers


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Style Notes: White and blue is a classic pairing for summer—as the temperature rises, I'll be ditching my outerwear and using a striped shirt as a layering piece over wide-leg trousers.

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2. Bomber Jacket + Puddle Pants + Trainers


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Style Notes: When a jacket is required, dress down your smart white trousers with a relaxed bomber jacket. Some comfy sneakers will complete the laid-back look.

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3. Crochet Top + White Jeans + Trainers


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Style Notes: I've been seeing so many crochet tops in new-in sections lately, and I can't wait to jump on this trend come summer. I'll be styling mine with white jeans, like Liv Purvis.

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4. Linen Trousers + Matching Vest + Raffia Bag


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Style Notes: Between the raffia and the linen, this outfit is just waiting to be worn to the beach or for a sun-soaked stroll through the city. White-on-white is a winning combination.

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5. Beige Blazer + Tailored Trousers + Low Heels


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Style Notes: If you consider yourself a minimalist, you'll probably want to stick to neutrals when styling your white trouser ensemble. Look no further than that beige blazer you have hanging in your wardrobe.

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6. Colour-Pop Tee + Relaxed Trousers + Loafers


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Style Notes: The above look is a masterclass in making your white trousers feel unfussy and casual. Just choose a loose-fitting drawstring style and team it with a boxy tee.

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7. Smart Trousers + Bandeau Top + Heels

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Style Notes: Ali's look proves that white trousers are a stylish base for summer evening looks too. Add a bandeau top and glittering accessories and you're set! 

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8. Trench Coat + Wide-Leg Trousers + Converse


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Style Notes: Now that it's spring, we can't stop talking about trench coats. The proportions of this longline outerwear work beautifully with wide-leg trousers.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Bébhinn Campbell is an Edinburgh-based fashion and lifestyle writer and editor. She started her first blog at age 14 and went on to intern at print and digital publications in Berlin and London, including Dazed & Confused and Indie magazine.

A job at a fashion startup took Bébhinn from Ireland to Scotland in 2019, where she now works as a freelance journalist and copywriter covering everything from travel and interiors to styling advice. As a contributor to Who What Wear, Bébhinn always keeps her eyes peeled for emerging trends and looks worth writing about. She prides herself on her ability to cut through the noise and identify solid investment buys, exciting new brands and fresh takes on classic design.

In her spare time, Bébhinn enjoys perusing Edinburgh’s best vintage shops, working through her out-of-control book collection and watching dog reels on Instagram.