Now that we’ve moved into the warmer months (for many of you), it’s time to think about updating your white denim – you’ll find some of the best white jeans for women below to add to your closet.
A pair of white jeans can be the perfect way to add some extra style and a feeling of freshness to your outfits during the summer. But, of course, you can wear them anytime of year.
How to wear white jeans
While denim trends may change, white jeans are a style staple every summer. But I’d also consider wearing them in colder seasons too to give your outfit a point of difference.
Before I look at the best white jeans to choose this season, first here are a few tips on wearing white jeans.
1. Check they aren’t see-through
Okay, I know this is an obvious one. But, sometimes when we are looking in the mirror at home or the store changing room, we concentrate on our front view.
Make sure that your underwear isn’t showing through from behind. You may have to invest in some thong style or short style white or nude underwear to make sure you can’t see it. You’ll find no-show underwear recommendations in this article.
2. White jeans are for any season
The old saying used to be that you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day.
But, this “style rule” has fallen by the wayside. There’s no reason you can’t rock a pair of white jeans during winter.
Natalia @nodin.stylish.me above shows how you can wear your boots with white jeans.
Check out this similar tank top, shirt (another option here), jeans, shoes, tote, necklace and earrings.
3. Make sure the fit is perfect
White, more so than black denim, for example, does tend to emphasize if the fit of your jeans isn’t quite right.
So, try on as many pairs as you need to make sure yours are the right ones for you, whether you choose skinnies or a wider fit.
Want to see how to wear white pants in general? Check our extensive guide on how to wear white pants and see lots of examples!
Below are the some of the best white jeans available in stores right now
Just as with blue denim, or any color denim for that matter, there are so many different styles of white jeans to choose from, that you are sure to find the perfect match for you to fit and flatter your figure.
White skinny jeans are a style staple which will look great tucked into boots for transitional dressing. Find more tips on how to wear skinny jeans here. If you have great legs, but feel self conscious about your tummy area, you can always wear with a tunic.
The Levi’s skinny jeans (below) are designed to hold their shape. Reviewers say they like the amount of stretch and that they aren’t see-thru.
If you don’t want to go for skinnies but like a slim fit, the NYDJ jeans (below) could be worth considering. They are a timeless style which is ideal for summer, and are designed to tuck in the tummy and lift the butt.
NYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle Jeans
White cropped jeans
A pair of white cropped jeans can be an incredibly stylish option for spring and summer.
It’s unlikely you will go from wearing long jeans and boots straight to shorts and sandals. Showing off a little bit of ankle is a great way to start to reveal a little bit of skin as the weather warms up.
Plus, for many women, the ankle can be the slimmest part of the body, so it can be really flattering to show it off.
You can try on a few pairs to see which one is most flattering. This will generally be if the crop ends at the slimmest part of your leg. Check more tips on how to wear cropped pants here.
Democracy Ab Solution Crop Jeans
Greetje @no_fear_of_fashion above (read her style interview here) shows how you could create a flattering column effect with your white jeans. Wearing the same color pants and t-shirt, and then adding a duster jacket or kimono over the top can have an elongating effect. There are more tips to look taller and slimmer in this article.
Get her look with this similar top, shirt topper, jeans, pumps, handbag, belt and earrings.
A straight leg pair of jeans will never go out of style. They were last bang-on-trend during the 90s and are definitely making a comeback this season. Straight leg jeans tend to look more flattering worn with a heel rather than sneakers.
While bootcut fell out of favor for a few years as skinny jeans seemed to be the only style on trend, they are definitely making a comeback, and can be a very flattering shape.
Bootcuts are great for so many different body shapes. They can add balance to your figure if you are a pear shape, for example, or create curves if you are a rectangle.
When worn with a bit of a heel, they can be very lengthening if you want to create the illusion of having longer legs.
Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans
Cello Juniors Mid Waist Skinny Fit Bootcut Pants
White wide legged jeans
Wide-legged pants are definitely back in style for 2023, after what seemed like season-upon-season of skinny jeans.
This is great news if you are looking to create the illusion of longer legs. If you tuck your top in to your jeans and wear a pair of heels underneath, you can make your legs look like they go on for miles.
PAIGE Leenah High Waist Wide Leg Jeans
Sylvia @sylviacolella above (read her style interview here) shows how you can combine white with gold accessories for a luxurious look.
Steal her look with this similar top (another option here), wide jeans, pumps, shoulder bag and belt.
High rise jeans
A high rise is not only on trend right now, but it can help you if you want to tuck in your tummy a little, or disguise a muffin top.
I definitely prefer a high rise rather than the kind of low rise jeans worn by Brittany Spears in the 90s!
If you are an hourglass or a pear shape, or example, it can be tricky to find jeans which fit at both the hips and the waist. This is because if you find the right fit for curvy hips, they can gape at the waist.
Boyfriend (or girlfriend) jeans
A style staple of Jennifer Aniston, who wears her boyfriend jeans all the time, you can add a blazer if you would like to add a more refined look to your outfit.
Riders by Lee Indigo Fringe Cuff Boyfriend Jean
If white is, well, too white, either because of the reason I talk about below when looking at winter white jeans, or because you feel an ivory suits your skin tone better than a bright white, you can always look for a pair of off-white jeans which are more of a cream, or which have pink, beige or gray undertones.
Bandolino Mandie Signature Fit High Rise Straight Leg Jean
If you want a pair of white jeans to wear longer tunic style tops with, a pair of jeggings could be the way to go. The No Nonsense jeggings (below) have a smoothing waistband.
No Nonsense Stretch Denim Leggings
Check out our article on how to wear leggings for more style ideas.
You’ll have seen that many of the options above are designed to slim the tummy area or lift the rear. The Levi´s jeans (below) are another well-reviewed shaping option.
Levi’s 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans
If you’re enjoying some warmer weather, or you’re lucky enough to be heading away on a staycation or vacation, a pair of white denim shorts could be perfect to add to your summer wardrobe.
Also take a look at the most flattering shorts for women over 40 for more inspiration.
What to wear with white jeans
Really, it might be easier to answer what not to wear with white jeans, because there are so many different ways you can wear them.
They look beautiful worn with taupes and metallics for spring and summer, but you can also wear with black booties for winter – although I’d balance this out with a darker top. You could wear your white skinnies with tan or gray knee-length or over the knee boots.
You can tuck in your casual tee shirts, you can wear with tunics or you can opt for a more formal top and heels for an evening out.
They are particularly great for summer vacation wear. But, I also love to wear white jeans during winter as this adds an unexpected element to your outfit.
The possibilities for white jeans are endless. They really are one of the hardest working pieces in your closet.
Prefer blue jeans? Check out article on the best fitting jeans.
Tops to wear with your jeans
You can wear any color at all with your white jeans, but you’ll see that I’ve stuck to a color palette of red, white and blue.
COS Linen Shirt – COS Oversized Shirt – J.Crew V-neck Soft Gauze Popover – Eileen Fisher Brushstroke Print Silk & Organic Cotton Tank
COS Oversized Shirt – NYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle Jeans – Toni Pons Caldes Linen Wedge Sandal – Kurt Geiger London Small Shoreditch Crossbody Bag – Kate Spade New York Leather Woven Hoop Earrings
jackets & cardigans
Unless you live somewhere very warm, you’re likely to need outerwear, even during the summer. You could look out for blazers, cardigans and a denim jacket.
ANINE BING Quinn Blazer – J.Crew Collection Alfie Blazer Striped Jacquard – J.Crew Emilie Patch-Pocket Sweater Lady Jacket – J.Crew Louisa Denim Lady Jacket
Fonda @savvysouthernchic above wears her white jeans with a floral top.
Recreate her outfit with this similar top, jacket, jeans, flats, clutch and earrings.
J.Crew Collection Alfie Blazer Striped Jacquard – COS Linen Shirt – NYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle Jeans – AGL Sade Sneaker – HOBO Jewel Leather Crossbody Bag – Brook and York Maisie Set of 2 Initial Layering Necklaces
Shoes to go with your white jeans
Any shoes at all will go with white, whether you want to add a pop of color or choose an all-neutral look.
Naturalizer Havana Pointed Toe Flat – Munro Mel Metallic T-Strap Sandal – Toni Pons Caldes Linen Wedge Sandal – AGL Sade Sneaker
J.Crew Louisa Denim Lady Jacket – J.Crew V-neck Soft Gauze Popover – NYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle Jeans – Munro Mel Metallic T-Strap Sandal – Rebecca Minkoff Large Megan Soft Denim Tote – Kendra Scott Ember Beaded Stone Necklace
Accessories to wear with your jeans
Again, your choices are limitless when choosing accessories to wear with your white jeans. You can choose any color at all. I’ve stuck to a palette of neutrals, gold, red and blue.
Rebecca Minkoff Large Megan Soft Denim Tote – Kurt Geiger London Small Shoreditch Crossbody Bag – HOBO Jewel Leather Crossbody Bag – Kendra Scott Ember Beaded Stone Necklace – Brook and York Maisie Set of 2 Initial Layering Necklaces – Kate Spade New York Leather Woven Hoop Earrings
Susan @susan_unefemme above (read her style interview here) wears an all neutral look. You can get more tips how to wear beige over 40 in this article.
Get her look with this similar blouse, cardigan, jeans, mules, handbag (another option here) and necklace.
ANINE BING Quinn Blazer – Eileen Fisher Brushstroke Print Silk & Organic Cotton Tank – NYDJ Sheri Side Slit Slim Ankle Jeans – Naturalizer Havana Pointed Toe Flat – Kurt Geiger London Small Shoreditch Crossbody Bag – Brook and York Maisie Set of 2 Initial Layering Necklaces– Kate Spade New York Leather Woven Hoop Earrings
A capsule wardrobe featuring white jeans
Below you can see how you can put your white jeans capsule together in a palette of reds, blue, and other neutrals.
shop SOME OF THE items above here:
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More white jeans outfits inspiration
Take a look at these past season white jeans capsules for more inspiration. Although these clothes are no longer available online, you may find similar pieces in your wardrobe to mix and match outfits.
Or how about whites and pinks?
Not sure how to create your own capsule wardrobe? Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
What do you think are the best white jeans for women? What are your favorite brands? how do you style your white jeans?
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Thanks for featuring me. I love those white jeans. I also have a high rise white one. I need one like the Cello skinny bootcut. I have been looking for one like that for years. Still haven’t found it.
It’s from Essential Antwerp https://www.instagram.com/essentielantwerp/ but I don’t think it’s available any more.
I love that bright pink top wit the tie. Any idea where I could find that ?
You may be able to find details on this instagram post https://www.instagram.com/p/CMytnzJF3su/
Greetings, I am petite, 4’ 10”, and pear shape. I have been looking for a nice pair of white boot cut jeans. Because of my shape I don’t want to fit to be too tight. Any recommendation?
The rule was no white SHOES before Memorial Day or after Labor Day. People always wore white all year around. Think of white shirts, wedding gowns, etc. etc. I remember white wool pants when I was a trendy teen, and I’m waaaay over 40.
Sylvia it’s so difficult for me to find white jeans ugh I am a rectangle body type and the Curvy NYDJ are too baggy, I love high rise to tuck in the menopause belly haha but in all honesty I have tried many brands and I have yet to find a pair.. 🙁
I’m a rectangle and I’ve had a lot of success with Paige Jeans. Have you tried those? https://rstyle.me/+b5ycG3mC86pSOCY3fYVHWA
I struggle with white jeans. Every year I try though! My issue is that I have bigger/athletic thighs. At 51, they are not as smooth as they used to be, and it’s really tricky to find a white jean to look Flattering and not accentuate this flaw (dimples) Maybe a wider leg? thicker fabric? Any suggestions? I love this blog! Thanks Sylvia!
It’s best to go for models that skim the skin rather than hug it. Yes a thick enough fabric will help with this too. It will take some effort finding them but the perfect white pants are out there for you Christine!
I love getting your newsletter- so full of ideas and well put together. Thank you so much for this.
I notice most of the models you use have lovely flat tummies. The reality though for most of us over 40 is that we don’t have flat tummies anymore and I think we need to be more ok with this! It would be great to see some models with rounded tummies to see how you dress to camouflage that (or ignore that!), and well, just to make the ideas more relatable to those of use who are more rounded in this area and help make it ok to look like this.
I would like that too but this why we are limited with that. Read more on that at https://40plusstyle.com/fabulous-40-plus-women/ We do feature women that use the #40plusstyle tag on instagram though and I encourage all women of all shapes, colors and size to use it so we can feature a variety of women over 40 here.
The best white jeans I have found are Old Navy High Rise Secret Slim Pockets White Rockstar jeans. They are light weight fir summer and fit like a dream. They have built-in tummy control too. They come in a lot of colors.
Thanks for the feedback Cathy!