White Jeans for Every Age

For the Ages: White Jeans - The well Dressed Life

Continuing our conversation about age-appropriate dress, we’re talking about white jeans. This time of year, nothing brightness up a look like a crisp, well-tailored pair of white jeans. Interestingly, we’ve received many requests for not only recommendations on the best pair, but questions about what age is too old to wear them.

So let’s dive into the later. You’re never “too old” to wear anything. If you want to rock a tube top and booty shorts, and you have the body and a place to wear that, be my guest. But, chances are, you’re style has evolved since those days, and you’re more interested in looking modern and stylish. The most important factors to consider when “dressing your age” is your body type, and then your lifestyle, and then the occasion.

Age is never a real factor.

But with age comes changes to our body and lifestyle, and hopefully, a little more budget.

For the Ages: White JeansJeans, $178

When it comes to white jeans, I spend.  I find the quality so much better.  You’ll get coverage, proper pocket placement, fabric and overall fit. All of which are super important because white jeans can look bad real fast. In my early 20’s, when I didn’t have hips and a full bottom, any old $20 pair of jeans from H&M worked.  I didn’t even have to try them on in the store.  These days, I need a little more to accommodate my grown woman body.

Generally, a straight leg will give you the most tailored look and go with any style top.  My favorite style is DL1961’s Mara jean in “milk.” They give you a long slim leg without clinging to your body, and a higher waist for some added support and better fit.  They’re not cheap, but you just need one pair, and with proper care, will last season after season.  Alternatively, these NYDJ are slightly slimmer through the thigh, but wider in the calf and available in missy and plus.

If you’re looking for something a little less expensive, you can try these under $100 ankle length jeans from Talbots in a wide range of sizes, or  these classic Levi’s for under $60 .

Do you have to only wear straight leg?  No, but they are the most universally flattering.  I still wear skinnies, and also have a pair of skinny distressed .




Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. My goodness Megan, how do I ever thank you for all of this advice and help! I was just thinking this week “I need help! It’s time to own a pair of white jeans and I don’t want to buy them annually. I need a good pair that will last.”

    Thank you! Truly, if there is any way to further show my support of all that you and your team do, please let me know.

  2. Every year I have aspirations of owning white jeans and every year I order them and return them – I have bought all 3 to try and find a pair that will work for me thank you for helping us find the perfect pair of white jeans – they feel like a unicorn to me right now.

  3. Megan what is the secret to having white jeans last for many season? What do you do to ensure they stay white and spot free?

    1. Hey Jenna, A couple things will helped. If you get a stain, treat it immediately. I wash them alone, and turn them inside out. Then I lay them flat to dry and use a steamer to get wrinkles out. I wear my clothes pretty hard, have two kids and a dog and they have stayed bright white for years.

  4. Megan, you are blessed with long legs, but do you think these will work us under-5″1″ with “athletic” thighs? Tailoring is easy for length but thigh diameter is another thing altogether. It’s so difficult to tell based on pictures.

    1. Hey Shannon, while I have long legs my thighs are rather athletic and these work for me. You could try these Talbots jeans that have a slightly fuller cut and come in petite.

      These from Macy’s are another really affordable option to try with a wider leg and petite sizes.
      Hope that helps!

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