White jeans outfits 2022: How to wear your lightest denim all year round

Swap blue denim for these white jeans outfits for the ideal way to step into spring

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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

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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. 

Stylist tip:

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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2. White Jeans + Trench Coat

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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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3. White Jeans + Bright Sweater

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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. 

4. White jeans + Monochrome

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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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5. White Jeans + Leather Jackets

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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

Stylist tip:

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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White jeans to shop now

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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. 

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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