White Jeans, I love you!

A few weeks ago it seemed like all of my friends in the blogosphere were discussing late summer style.  Spring fashion tends to run into summer fashion almost seamlessly: the ethereal floral dresses, bright colors and platform sandals look just as pretty in July as they do in May.  But come August and September many of us start to turn our minds to darker colors and heavier fabrics, even if the temperature outside is still in the 90’s or higher.

While everyone else was discussing what they were wearing, I, for one, was simply not interested in my closet.  It was too hot to walk down the street, let alone be stylish. After some thought, I realized all I wanted was simplicity. These lightweight white jeans, paired with a simple black T-shirt and some fun accessories, have been among my late summer style favorites. White jeans I love you!

Of all the wardrobe staples that I have ever longed for white jeans have been the hardest to find.  There are all sorts of possible problems with this kind of pant.  They can make one look fat and they can be unattractively see-through. So when I tried on this pair by “James Jeans” I knew the credit card would be emerging from my pocketbook once again.

The cardinal rules of white jeans

1 – When shopping for a pair of white jeans, try them on! Finding a pair that look good can be difficult.  Look at them from the front and back.  Choose a style that would normally be flattering anyway.  For me, this means a long inseam and some flare below the knee.  Ask a friend for an honest opinion before you remove the tags.

2 – Find a pair that are lightweight without being see-through.  White jeans are most appropriate when worn in the warmer months, so you’ll want to avoid heavy weight denim. At the same time, you won’t want them to be too transparent.  My jeans have fake front pockets, which means there’s no “you can see the front pocket fabric right through the front of the jeans” effect.

3 – Wear nude-colored underwear.  No explanation needed.

4 – Invest in a light-colored belt. They Lycra fiber that is present in almost every pair of jeans out there these days helps to make them fit just so, but it does tend to mean the jeans will stretch out a bit as you wear them.  A belt will alleviate any droop.  Most of my belts are black or dark brown, which look too heavy, so I purchased an inexpensive narrow white belt to wear with these jeans.

5 – Pair white with black for a sophisticated but casual look. This isn’t really a rule, but white bottoms with a black top is a classic style that looks chic on everyone at any age. I like to wear my white jeans with a slim black knit top as I feel it’s the best on my figure, but I’ve seen loose black tops with skinny white trousers, and dozens of other variations that all feel crisp and elegant in the hottest weather.

Wearing:

  • Jeans – James Jeans
  • T-shirt – Splendid
  • Purse – Target
  • Sandals – Roberto de Carlo
  • Bracelet and earrings – Anthropology

Did you like this article? Here’s another one with more successful shopping tips and what to look for when shopping for flare leg jeans.

Do you like white jeans?  How do you wear them?


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20 Responses to White Jeans, I love you!

  1. SACRAMENTO September 5, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    You have the body to Rock them, so good for you.
    You look absolutely stunning in them.
    Such a powerful and beautiful woman.
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  2. Paula September 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

    You look ravishing, my friend!
    I do not feel good in white jeans. I may go for a red pair this year, as with the trend, but white, no–not my thing.
    Love those sandals!
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    • Heather Fonseca September 6, 2011 at 10:41 am #

      I love the red jean trend, but I’ve yet to find a pair that fit. They only seem to come in small sizes!

  3. Alexis of NorthOnHarper September 6, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    Great white jean advice—- I confess I am always intimidated by them! But your’s look great!
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  4. Catherine September 7, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I love white jeans! I have been wanting to get a pair all season, but haven’t found one that works yet. P.S. THANK YOU for not subscribing to the dumb dumb dumb “no white after Labor Day” rule. I’m astounded that people still follow that! :)
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    • Heather Fonseca September 7, 2011 at 9:53 am #

      Hi Catherine! It’s hard to follow the “no white after Labor Day” rule in Los Angeles. September and October are the usually the hottest months of the year. If I started wearing Fall clothes now I’d suffocate! Thanks for stopping by my blog. (:

  5. Andrea
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    September 7, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Wow you really pull of white jeans! I’m too afraid to wear them.

    • Heather Fonseca September 7, 2011 at 9:58 am #

      So I go to check out your blog and you’re wearing red short-shorts! Don’t be afraid. White jeans would look great on you.

  6. Dress Code: High Fashion
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    September 7, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    OMG, you look super-fab in that shooting! (New, professional camera?)

    I havn`t worn white jeans since ages…don`t know why…maybe because a flattering pair is hard to find and we rarely have summer… anyway, you really pull them off!

    Hugs, Jen
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    • Heather Fonseca September 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

      My husband will be so glad you noticed the photography! He’s having a lot of fun with it. It’s all in the lighting. It makes a world of difference.

      I’m so glad you like my white jeans!

  7. Stacey - Total City Girl
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    September 8, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    I do like them but definitely not brave enough to wear them! My butt doesn’t need any more accentuating!! I like the cut of yours – looks great!
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    • Heather Fonseca September 10, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      Thanks Stacey! I think you’d look great in white jeans. It’s all in finding a pair that look good which does require a lot of looking. I haven’t worn white jeans in YEARS!

  8. Leia September 9, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I adore white jeans, too! You look splendid!

  9. citizen rosebud
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    September 11, 2011 at 5:45 am #

    You look fantastic Heather! great white jean tips…Let me add one: don’t wear while eating fries with ketchup. Just sayin’ .
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    • Heather Fonseca September 11, 2011 at 11:01 am #

      That is a very good tip – and one I should have included! I think my posts might be a little too serious. Still love white jeans, but I’ll keep the ketchup tip in mind for the future. I’m ALWAYS getting food on myself. It’s one of the reasons I usually wear black tops.

  10. andri world news October 12, 2011 at 1:19 am #

    Rather than reading actually i prefer seeing your pictures… very beautiful!

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