As we head toward summer, it's time to start thinking about those all-important white jeans outfits. This super versatile style grows in popularity in warmer months, reflecting the sun and making us feel cooler and brighter, but styled right, you can wear these light-colored pants all year through.
Many people panic when it comes to white jeans as they're believed to be 'less flattering' than sticking to your best jeans in darker washes, but the truth is, it's all in the cut. If you're considering switching over to white jeans for the new season, then think about what styles suit your body type best. If you're dedicated to the best skinny jeans with a high waist, or can't get enough of a mom jean, then these are the styles to investigate. By picking a familiar cut, that you already know hugs and supports your curves in the right places, swapping to white denim will feel less daunting and will look just as good as wearing dark-colored jeans.
With the potential for being a little impractical in the wrong climate, keep your outfits for bright and sunny days, as there is nothing worse than getting stuck in a downpour in white denim, your best sandals, and your favorite suede handbag. To make styling your white jeans that bit easier, we’ve taken inspiration from the crème de la crème of street-style stars and shown you how to steal their style.
White jeans outfits to try
1. White jeans + White Clothing
Let us first caveat this section by saying that if you’re the kind of person who tends to have traces of foundation, coffee, and breakfast on their outfit pre 9am, this might not be the outfit for you. Head-to-toe white takes care and attention but will reward you with a chic, stylish look. There are no hard and fast rules with silhouettes, so think about what shapes you normally wear and go from there.
This look is easily translatable for cooler months, just swap lightweight knits and sandals for chunky cables and the best Chelsea boots. Known as winter white, an all-white combination looks super chic, particularly if you match different textures for added interest.
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Cos White Oversized Shirt
RRP: $120 / £69 | For a sophisticated execution, add tailoring to your all-white look. The ready-to-wear market is packed with white shirts, many featuring an oversized fit. Pair these with great skinny, or ankle cropped straight jeans to help balance your proportions.
DEMYLEE New York ™ X J.Crew Sweater Vest
RRP: $365 / £408 | Made from merino wool, the sweater vest is spring's surprising fashion hit. If you've wondered how to style a sweater vest, then search no more. Worn over a blouse, printed, or in the same hue and paired with jeans, this is an outfit the fashion pack would approve of.
Theory Oakland Trench Coat
RRP: $781 / £600 | This beautiful crepe coat is an ideal spring layering piece. Whether you're going all white or mixing it up with monochromatic touches, this stylish slimming coat will cinch you in at the waist and look effortlessly elegant, night or day. A great silhouette for those with an hourglass body shape.
2. White Jeans + Trench Coat
Want to evoke the spirit of the best French clothing brands? There are few styles more iconic than the trench coat and this lightweight outerwear piece works brilliantly styled with white jeans. While you can opt for any color, sticking to a neutral palette of camel, cream, black or navy ensures your purchase will remain timeless. To style your white jeans with a trench coat, layer over simpler pieces such as a fine roll-neck knit or a classic Breton top.
Stylist tip: A trench coat is one style of outerwear every wardrobe should have. Belted styles will help to enhance your silhouette, showing off a waist, and ensuring your coat doesn't drown you in fabric.
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Boden Palm Printed Shirt
RRP: $230 / £170 | You can always trust Boden to take something so quintessentially British and add a fun and directional twist. The British clothing brand is known for its heritage style alongside its love of print and this sweet trench doesn't disappoint.
Ted Baker Maaeve Trench Coat
RRP: $675 / £350 | The camel coat is a wardrobe staple and in a classic trench coat silhouette you can't really go wrong. Versatile and timeless, you'll reach for this look again and again. Smarten up casual attire with this tailored design and pair with one of the best crossbody bags for a hands-free finish.
Burberry Kensington Trench Coat
RRP: $2,250 / £1,650 | You can't talk about spring's favorite outerwear style without giving a nod to the Burberry trench coat. The most iconic version of this style, there are plenty of budget-friendly versions at straight-to-market brands, but this piece will always maintain its style kudos.
3. White Jeans + Bright Sweater
One of the best things about white jeans is their versatility, the neutral shade means they’ll go with absolutely everything. Take note of the fashion color trends 2022 and invest in the best cashmere sweaters in mood-boosting brights. The dopamine dressing trend has ensured that both designer brands and straight-to-market labels are full of the best sweaters in bright colors to get you spring-ready. From pinks and purples to oceanic blues, mixing in bold shades is a great way to style white jeans for cooler months too.
M&S Cotton Crew Neck Sweater
RRP: $32.50 / £19.50 | This pastel lilac hue offers spring style in an instant. Soft purples were prevalent on the runway for 2022, covering everything from clothing to bags. In a wear with everything crew neck, this bargain sweater will easily become a favorite.
Me+Em Curved Hem Cashmere Sweater
RPP: $365 / £225 | Already the color of the season, we can't get enough of pink clothing. From the best pink dresses to snuggly cashmere that will look on-trend right now and still offer a cheery pop of color come the winter months.
Mango Striped Light Weight Knit
RRP: $59.99 / £35.99 | Giving a nod to the swimwear trends 2022 with a Missoni-inspired, zig-zag knit, this pretty and sheer sweater goes up to a size 4XL. Ideal for warmer days, pair with white jeans, over a camisole or vest top.
4. White jeans + Monochrome
While the fashion trends 2022 might be all about bright color clothing, black and white pieces still form the basis of many a capsule wardrobe. Making building outfits a cinch, the combination of black and white will allow you to style up numerous combinations. This simple palette offers instant elegance and when teamed with white jeans, has the ability to make denim feel smarter. For a pop of color, add a slick red lip, or a pair of patent pumps for a chic finish.
Stylist tip: When it comes to how to wear white jeans, the simplest answer is to keep to a black and white color palette. Offering instant refinement, this timeless combination will always provide a winning look.
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River Island Striped Cardigan
RRP: $84 / £45 | Slightly longer line, this relaxed fit cardigan is just right for pairing with skinny or straight-leg jeans. With a preppy feel, this cardigan would also be ideal for a memorial day outfit or a fun spring twist on your office attire.
Zara Monochrome Polka Dot Blouse
RRP: $45.90 / £29.99 | With a white base and black spots, this Zara, monochromatic blouse offers timeless style. A print that remains popular season after season, while the design makes quite a statement, you can slot this easily into your wardrobe essentials.
Reiss Single-Breast Blazer
RRP: $390 / £230 | Keeping one of the best blazers to hand is always a smart idea. Adding instant polish to any look, slipping on a well-tailored jacket even over a t-shirt, instantly elevates your look. Take your white jeans from the office to a bar with this handy styling trick.
5. White Jeans + Leather Jackets
Denim and leather have always been a classic combination, but your best leather jacket paired with some new season white jeans offers a directional edge, to a spring favorite. Opt for darker hues of leather such as black, navy and burgundy tones to give a bold contrast. There is no set silhouette here, with bikers, leather blazers or a longline leather trench, all styling well with a pair of white jeans. Great for slightly chiller mornings, this look works across spring and fall before you're ready to dig out your best winter coat.
When it comes to leather you always want to invest in the best you can afford. Leather breaks down over time and starts to mold to your shape, making each jacket entirely unique. Want to avoid real leather and opt for something from a sustainable clothing brand? Vegan leathers have vastly improved in recent years, but the same advice applies: for a piece that will last, invest what you can.
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Mango Leather Biker Jacket
RRP: $199.99 / £119.99 | Available up to a 4XL, this real leather jacket works for plus sizes too. The timeless design ensures that while this is a pricier item, you can wear it for years and better yet, it will only improve with age.
Autograph Leather Biker Jacket
RRP: $435 / £250 | A classic leather biker never goes out of fashion, making this a true investment style. Look out for high-quality leather jackets with silver metal hardware, as these designs are not governed by seasonal trends.
White jeans to shop now
Of course, before you can learn how to style your white jeans and create the best white jeans outfits you need to bag yourself the perfect pair. We've rounded up some of the best white jeans to shop now. Whether you're debating skinny vs straight jeans, or are sticking to high-rise mom jeans, there is a white jean to suit you.
Mango High Waisted Mom Jeans
RRP: $55.99 / £35.99 | If you've finally mastered the perfect mom jeans outfit, it's time to give the style a go in white. This universally flattering, high-waisted style, draws inspiration from '90s nostalgia for a modern look with a retro twist.
Cos White A-Line Denim Skirt
RRP: $120 / £69 | While this feature is all about white jeans outfits, if you're struggling to make the leap, take note of the denim trends 2022 and invest in an A-line denim skirt in white instead. Offering an instantly polished finish, you can dress it up or down.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is a former Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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