White jeans are super versatile – not only are they easy to pair with just about any color/pattern combination (because of their neutrality), they also have the unique property of looking pristine/”dressy” (because they’re white) and rugged/casual (because they’re denim) at the same time.
Although I could probably put together hundreds of outfits with these, here are three takes on white denim, each inspired by a different NYC neighborhood.
1. Lower East Side (Casual)
Young. Relaxed. Expressive.
Pair them with a nautical striped tee or tank under a washed poplin for a summer look that keeps you looking and feeling cool.
Bonus Tip: Since they’re primarily a Spring/Summer jean (although I certainly wear mine in the F/W as well) it’s even more important that they be slim through the leg and hemmed with little break. Loose or long white jeans don’t work nearly as well.
Bonus Tip II: Denim stretches. I know, it sucks. I’ve had these for several years now, and just recently had them re-tailored (taken-in at the waist and through the leg) because I’ve lost a little weight since my college bball days and they were all stretched out. Sometimes you have to bring pieces back to the tailor for a second nip and tuck as your body, or the garments, change shape.
Bonus Tip III: Looking for a pant to wear with those tough-to-match colorful shoes? Problem solved.
- Blue stripe shirt by Steven Alan
- Multicolored boat shoes by Sebago
- Straw trilby hat by J. Crew
- White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker
- Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus