Wear to Work: White Jeans


How to wear white jeans

Jeans: Yummie by Heather Thomson Straight Leg Jeans, $118

Left: J.Crew Merino Wool Tippi Cardigan Sweater, $59.99; Pleated Floral Shell, $59; Vince Camuto ‘Haute Tassels’ Long Tassel Necklace, $38.00

Right: Ivanka Trump Single Button Blazer, $129; J.Crew Perfect-Fit Tee $24.50; kate spade new york ‘idiom – heart of gold’ bangle, $32 and kate spade new york ‘north court’ hinged skinny cuff, $52; Brooks Brothers Silk Blend Lattice Oblong, $99; Vince Rita Leather Block-Heel Sandal, $178; J.Crew Downing Hobo Bag, $160

Many offices have a casual dress code; that becomes even more casual when the temperatures rise. We’re big believers that you should look your best in any dress code and that it’s important to reflect your corporate culture through your dress. You can embrace the casual vibe while still looking pulled together.

White jeans are one of our favorite items for the summer. They make whatever you pair them with look crisp and fresh. We’re often asked if you can wear them to the office. As long as they are within your dress code, go for it. Just follow a few guidelines to keep them looking professional.

Avoid white skinny jeans in the office. I love a skinny jean, but in white, at work, they border on inappropriate. Instead, opt for a pair of straight leg jeans. They are flattering on more body types, and will give you a similar feel. Keep them long instead of ankle or cropped. Finally, pair them with polished pieces.

For the look on the left, we went office casual. If you’ve ever sat through one of my keynotes, you know that I’m not crazy about cardigans. They are often an afterthought. Something to throw on when you need to keep the chill off. However, if you use them purposefully, they can elevate your look. Here, we used a floral print shell and pulled the lavender color out of the shell, into the cardigan. Because the buttons on the cardigan read silver, we used a long silver tassel necklace. Coordinating buttons and jewelry are an easy way to make your look cohesive. Finally, we kept it simple with beige sandals and a hobo style bag. You don’t have to be matchy-matchy with your shoe and bag; you could just as easy paired a silver tone flat and white bag together. As long as they are both neutral-ish and don’t fight with the pattern of the shell.

I would wear this second look to a casual business lunch. This navy blazer could be a true workhorse in your wardrobe. It’s already in my shopping cart. I like the gold button, but if you want to get the most versatility out the piece, or you just don’t like gold, go ahead and swap it out for a navy button. A basic white tee or a tank underneath is all you need. I found these bracelets and thought they were adorable. Finally, a blue and white print scarf adds some interest and keeps the seasonal feel to the look. You could casually loop it around your neck, or tie it to your handbag. Wear the same shoes and bag to keep the look informal and approachable.

Amazingly, there are many options available for a great pair of straight legged white jeans.  Not always the case this time of year! We continue to love Paige Skyline Straight Leg.  CJ by Cookie Johnson offers a slightly looser fitting leg and higher rise. NYDJ Marilyn Straight Leg gives the most coverage and the most sizes, from 0 – 16 including petite sizes.

Plus Size?  Ralph Lauren made a fantastic and well priced option.  Style & Co has a classic 5 pocket style that goes to a size 24..

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.

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