Thursday, July 12

white jeans

After I posted about white jeans last week, many of you emailed me asking to share my favorite brands for white jeans. Well, I am glad you asked. Because white jeans can be tricky to shop for: some styles can be overly sheer, or too long, or uncomfortably rigid, or just plain unflattering--or all of the above!  For starters, fit-wise, white jeans should NOT be skintight. I don't care how skinny you are, tight white jeans look super cheesy. White jeans should skim the thighs and hip (not strangle them). The style you wear--cropped, flared, skinny or straight--is such an individual choice (often driven by body type). I personally like all of the styles, but if you have short legs I do think cropped jeans can make your legs look shorter, whereas flared jeans are pretty much universally flattering. As far as styling white jeans go, I take my cues from Emmanuelle Alt, pictured above, who typically pairs her pants with boyfriend shirts or t-shirts and Balmain blazers. (P.S. Note how her jeans are slightly loose.) The French Vogue editor in chief lives in white jeans year round and, like me, swears by Topshop's Baxter jeans (as does her equally stylish co-worker Geraldine Saglio). Below is a rundown on my most beloved white jeans and why I like each one. And if you are weary of buying jeans online since you can't try them on before buying, just choose a store (like Shopbop) that offers free shipping and free returns.

Topshop MOTO Baxter jeans
Topshop's Baxter jeans have a cult following, and it's no wonder: they're comfortable, elegantly low-slung, and curve-flattering. They're not super skinny in the lower leg either (I dislike that calf-bulging legging effect), and for me, they're the perfect length (I'm 5'8"). They're the ultimate day-to-night jean. Topshop offers free shipping on orders over $100, but you will have to pay return shipping, which is usually under $10 for my typical return.

The cut of these Madewell Rail Straight jeans is fitted, straight-leg and mid-rise. They give you a nice long, lean line. They're so flattering I bought them in blue, black, and white. Madewell offers free hemming in-store, plus free shipping and free returns on all jeans.

J. Brand's Zoey jeans are my favorite cropped jeans. They're perfectly stretchy and, therefore, perfectly snug (they manage to somehow hold everything in, in all the right places!). They also have a distinct waxy sheen, which makes them look a little more high fashion, and the zippers add an edgy, biker-esque vibe. Shopbop offers free shipping and free returns on all merchandise.

Mother's wide-legged jeans are extra long (I have to wear my highest heeled sandals with them) but they make my legs look like they go on for miles. The flare cut also yields a serious slimming effect. The denim is very stretchy and lightweight, so they're also uber comfortable. They're also as versatile as can be.

Hope that was helpful, and please let me know if you have some favorite white jeans I should know about! 


evillecville said...

I *love* my white cropped skinny jeans from fiancee hates them...because he thinks they're too big. I'm a 28, but got a 29 because i didn't want that too-tight-look, especially in white skinny jeans. What say you about white skinny jeans? Buy a size larger or buy your size?

Jojo said...

My fav is the AG Stilt - Cigarette Jean in white. It's got a comfy mid rise and a super flattering shape from top to bottom, front to back.

Pamela RG said...

For me, my favourite and perfect white jeans are from the Gap. Not see through and love the cut.

Lisa said...

MiHs Paris in white also a great fit. Cropped, perfect for summer. And very flattering - hard with a white jean as you point out!

Kristen said...

I recently tried the CofH Ava cut and fell instantly in love! I must admit, I haven't always felt this way about their jeans...but these were just right.

Anonymous said...

I've tried many and I found that Sanctuary The Charmer Skinny Jeans are PERFECT. Pockets not too small and put in just the right spot. Overall sizing is spot on, I am 120lbs 5' 7" and a size 28. The fit is not too tight and certainly not loose.