We’re turning the spotlight on the staple's fashionable history, so keep reading to see how white trousers were worn then and now.
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The blonde bombshell, photographed here for LIFE magazine in 1953, was the epitome of minimalist glamour in white high-waisted cropped trousers and a black turtleneck sweater.
Jill Kennington in Blow-Up
At the height of the ‘60s Mod trend, English model Jill Kennington wore white straight-leg trousers paired with a stripe jacket in Michelangelo Antonioni's cult film Blow-Up.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
Just like oversized sunglasses, tailored white trousers became a wardrobe regular for the former First Lady and style icon, seen here in Rome with her children.
In the 1968 rendition of The Thomas Crown Affair, the actress showcased a low-key take on the classic piece with a relaxed version worn with a yellow turtleneck.
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In the '70s, nobody looked chicer in a white pantsuit than Bianca Jagger—a look that continues to influence designers today.
Model/actress Hutton brought the closet essential back into the spotlight when she wore white calf-length trousers to the Los Angeles premiere of Starflight.
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Epitomizing ‘90s irreverence, the model’s en route ensemble hits on two major trends today: matching whites and tying a sweater around the waist.
Sex and The City
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw puts her own spin on the masculine-feminine look with a white tuxedo vest and matching tailored trousers.
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The Polish beauty hit on the season’s black and white trend while attending the Giorgio Armani S/S 13 Womenswear show in Milan wearing pieces by the designer.
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For an appearance at the Apple store in Soho, Paltrow showcased her affinity for sophisticated minimalism in fitted white pants with a Barbara Bui top and Tom Ford’s Kidskin Natalia Bag ($3980).
The actress offers a current-day interpretation of white trousers with her A.L.C. jumpsuit styled with Smythe's Metallic Coated Linen Blazer ($390).
Seventies-inspired, wide-leg trousers in an off-white hue take on a modern persona when worn with a relaxed white top and contrasting black clutch.