Basics Building: The Best White Jeans

I know, I know, it’s only February. Many of us are still buried under a blanket of snow, and spring seems so far away. But over in our Private Facebook Group, there has been lots of talk of white jeans. So today, I’m sharing what I think are the BEST pair of white jeans. And you can head over to the group to read everyones recommendations. 🙂 

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

Before we jump in, a few things to remember. I’m never one to create a sense of urgency. We are only talking about clothes. Keep in mind, though, that the spring and summer retail season goes by in a blink. While you may have warm temperatures for a decent amount of time, you don’t have a ton of time to shop for what you need. 

Shop early for specific categories, like swim (kill me now), shorts, and white jeans. 

Especially now that we’re entering the first retail season after a year of pandemic life, the depth of inventory that retailers carry is going to be much different than seasons past.  

Let’s continue our Basics Building Series, with great fitting white jeans in straight or skinny legs in all sizes that are NOT SEE THROUGH! 

The Best 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

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. 

Here are my best picks: 

NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans, 00-18, $119, Plus Size, 14 – 28, $119

Skinny Leg

Basics Building: White Jeans

Skinny: Petite and Regular, on sale $44

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. 

Alina Legging Jean, Petite, 4P – 18P, On Sale, $44. 

Ami Skinny Jean, 00 – 18, $119

Amin High Waist Skinny Jean, 14 – 28, On Sale, $50


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Basics Building: The Best White Jeans

12 thoughts on “Basics Building: The Best 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!


  3. I wish they made the white Jean in the raw edge hem that is curved. I have a denim NYDJ Sheri slim and they fit perfect and I like the detail at the hem. Is the ragged but diagonal hem still in? I will search to see if they still male and if I can buy in white ! Thank for this article. I need more white jeans.

  4. I don’t often comment but I want to say I love your humor…cracks me up. I know we aren’t the only women thinking “kill me now” regarding swimsuits. Lol For some women that would be the response for shorts too. I can tell you I bought Coolibar swimwear because I live in Florida and skin cancer is a big part of Florida. Their swimsuits cover all of my parts and I love it.

  5. Hi Megan,
    Yes, check out Coolibar. I live at the beach in Southern California and wear the tops and joggers all the time.
    Always looking for UPF50 clothing. Would love your opinion and a future post.


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