Basics Building: White Jeans

If you could only buy one item to update you summer wardrobe,  I would tell you to pick  up a pair of white jeans. I wear mine all the time. You can pair them with just about anything, and instantly create a crisp, summer look that is always classic and always appropriate. 

Today, I’m continuing our Basics Building Series, with great fitting white jeans in straight or skinny legs in all sizes. 

Basics Building: White Jeans

Basics Building: White Jeans

My favorite white jeans, not only for me but for clients, are by NYDJ. Their fit is on point, they are comfortable, NOT see-through, and reasonably priced.

Let’s talk about price for a minute. White jeans range in price from $25 for Old Navy, to multiple hundreds of dollars.

I see no reason to spend an exorbitant amount here, but you might want to spend a bit more to get a quality pair.

NYDJ averages $119.  You can find them on sale throughout the season so keep an eye out. 

In terms of styling, straight or skinny leg is the way to go. Skip trouser or boot cut because they end up looking sloppy, and the whole point fo white jeans is to create a clean and tailored look.

The most important sizing note, specifically for NYDJ is to SIZE DOWN. These run full and stretch out.

Straight Leg


Basics Building: White Jeans

Straight Leg: Petite and Regular, On Sale for $83 and Plus, $109

A straight leg white jean is a nice alternative to a skinny while still creating a long, lean line of the leg. You want these to hit around your ankle, either just at or slightly below. This way, you’ll be able wear them with a low heel or flats. 

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These are available in petite and regular from a 00P to a 16 here and plus size here up to a 26W.

Skinny Leg

Basics Building: White JeansSkinny: Petite and Regular, $119 and Plus, $99

Then there is the skinny. Remember that while you’ll feel these on your body, they are not the same thing as a legging. If they are too tight, especially in white, you’ll be showing off everything. You still need to size down in these, they run a full size big. 

Here, I’m featuring the petite and regular also in 00P – 16. There are two plus options to highlight. The first is the denim plus option here, and above is a stretch cotton pull on pant that is a nice alternative to denim. 

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Basics Building: White Jeans

4 thoughts on “Basics Building: White Jeans”

  1. I’m a big fan of NYDJ and have them in white (Sheri Slim) in addition to shades of blue but I have to point out that the Marilyn Straight Leg you are focusing on in your post is 34″ long so your suggestion, “you want these to hit around your ankle, either just at or slightly below. This way, you’ll be able wear them with a low heel or flats. ” would not work for the average height woman.

    I am 5’7″ and I would have to wear these with a heel or wedge or have them hemmed to wear with flats. At my height I find a 31″ length best for heel or flat.

  2. I bought the Marilyn in size 10. For reference I am 5’ 10”, 165 lbs. Size 10 fits my hourglass figure perfectly. Husband approved!
    The inseam on me is long enough for either flats or a low heel. I vary between sizes 10 and 12 in many major brands, I.e. Ann Taylor, WHBM, so the recommendation to size down for these worked for me. This is my first pair of white jeans, so I look forward to wearing them this summer!



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