I tried on 15 different pairs of skinny white jeans before I found the keeper.
I know that there aren’t really rules around fashion (a few friends of mine only wear their white jeans from Memorial day-Labor day, but there aren’t rules in my book), but I tend to not wear my white jeans until April. Mostly because if I put them on and then the weather dips back down into the 30s, my warm-weather-loving heart can’t handle it. I busted out my white jeans out a couple weeks ago and last week, we had a morning that was 37 degrees. But I survived. And, as you’ll see below, I have been known to wear my white jeans in the winter since they are really so cute with a sweater. I especially love white jeans with pastel sweaters!
I’ve always thought that white jeans looked SO cute – on other people. Year after year, I would try on a pair in the spring and feel so frustrated since they looked AWFUL on me. I couldn’t figure it out! They made me look MUCH heavier than I actually am or showed every imperfection or just looked frumpy. They all looked terrible, even the ones from brands that I typically love. So I made it my mission a few years ago to find a pair of white jeans that I loved. Naturally, I ordered FIFTEEN pairs to try on and compare. (Only from places with good return policies of course!!!) And I finally found a WINNER–– and now, years later, I have TWO pair of white jeans from Madewell for some variety. I’m sharing both styles in this post!
And the Best White Jeans Ever award goes to… MADEWELL!!!!
Outfit details here
And the second pair…
The Cali Demi Bootcut in white
These are cropped and have a slight flare at the bottom. I tend to pull these out more often than the skinny pair since the cropped cut is a little trendier at the moment. I have a size 25P in both pair and they fit great (for reference, I’m 5″1 and 115-120 lbs).
These are all the brands of white jeans I ordered and tried on:
- 7 for All Mankind
- Articles of Society
- DL 1961
- J. Brand
I currently own or have owned denim pants from all of these brands in the past so I knew I loved them, but it took trying a bunch of white jeans to find a pair that worked for me. I’m petite at 5’1″ and curvier than most petite frames since I have decent sized quads and glutes from running & lifting. So it was hard to find a pair that fit me well.
If you struggle to find cute white jeans, I highly recommend trying on a BUNCH. There was a clear winner in my book. (I ordered the majority from Nordstrom since they have an amazing return policy and we don’t have a Nordstrom in Winston. And some I bought directly from the site, including Gap, J.Crew and Boden.)
Why I love the Madewell Skinny white jeans
They’re the perfect shade of white, not too tight, not too loose, not too thin and not see through (which was shockingly common with many pairs, yikes). Since I prefer a high-rise or high waist, that’s the route I went, but they also have a mid-rise option. (They also come in a button-front style and frayed ankle raw hem style.) Madewell makes so many pairs of white jeans that aren’t skinny too.
I always recommend having your jeans tailored so that they fit your height perfectly. There’s nothing better than a pair of pants that fits you like a glove. Especially if you plan to wear them all season! If you are petite (5’4″ and below) I suggest the petite inseam, here. I like my skinny jeans to hit just above my ankle bone.
They certainly weren’t the most expensive jeans I ordered, so that was a major plus too. They’re also sold at Nordstrom, so if you are a card holder, this is a great situation.
Here are some mirror selfie shots too!
Why I love the Madewell Cali Demi Bootcut jeans
These are a little trendier right now, for good reason! Skinny jeans are classic, but this new cropped style is super flattering, especially on someone petite like me! I actually found lots of non-skinny jeans I love last year. These are similar to flare jeans, but with a crop at the ankle, making them different than traditional bootcut styles.
These are the same perfect shade of white (not cream or ivory) as the skinny pair, not too tight in the thigh or in general , not too loose, not too thin and also not see through. If you are petite (5’4″ and below) I suggest the petite inseam, here. I like my cropped straight leg jeans (or in this case, demi bootcut) it hit above my ankle. This is currently my favorite pair of jeans in my closet because they’re a stretch denim that feels great all day.
Here are some photos!
My Outfit here
How to style white jeans
I feel like white jeans are just as versatile as dark jeans. They’re cute with sweaters, blouses, patterned tanks, a chambray, or even paired with a white tank for an all-white look. I don’t typically pair them with a fitted top and find I’m more drawn to flowy or loose blouses. But, experiment and see what you like best!
Before I finish, I did want to note a few brands that I did NOT try, but I’ve recently loved in other washes. Good American denim makes one of my favorite pair of blue jeans (a dark skinny jean), so I’d love to try their white denim. They have a cute wide leg option. All of their denim is made with organic cotton (or recycled), which is great too.
I’d also like to try this pair of effortlessly cool Spanx pants. I LOVE Spanx, so I have a feeling I’d love these.
What’s your favorite brand of white jeans? And am I the only one who seriously struggled to find a good pair?!?
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