White jeans have always seemed like a precarious undertaking with a handsy toddler roaming the house. I mean, I JUST got comfortable wearing white tops every now and then.
But white jeans? That’s something I haven’t messed with in over a decade…
Found: The Perfect Pair of White Jeans (Plus, 3 Ways To Style Them)
…Until I saw these Mid-Rise Cut-Off White Boyfriend Jeans from Old Navy and thought to myself, “well…they aren’t BRIGHT white.” As if a slightly off-white shade would deter a toddler with a fistful of goldfish, yogurt dripping down his grinning mouth.
Despite my original misgivings, I decided to give them a shot. There’s something about white denim that is so fresh. It demands the arrival of spring and summer. It’s a welcomed break from the dark denim I’ve been living in since October. And, since I go everywhere with a Tide To Go pen, what’s the worst that could happen?
What I love about these white jeans is that you can’t see the pocket lines through the material. Also, most colorful undies don’t show through! Panty lines are minimal to non-existent (for zero panty lines, go the thong route; but as we know, I am anti-thong besides the EBY High-Rise Thong Kat influenced me to buy).
Fit notes: Since sizing in women’s clothing is nonsensical, I ordered Old Navy’s Mid-Rise Cut-Off White Boyfriend Jeans in an 8, 6 and 4. I’m typically a 10 in high-rise jeans, but given the boyfriend, mid-rise style, I sized down initially to an 8. I was SWIMMING in an 8. The 6 were a slouchy fit that I could have gotten away with, but the 4 really felt perfect. This is just a reminder to never distill your self-worth to the size on the tag because it’s so inconsistent (not that you should tie your self-worth to your size, even if it was predictable).
Safe to say, Old Navy’s Mid-Rise Cut-Off White Boyfriend Jeans were definitely leaning towards the keeper category, but before I ripped the tags off I decided to shop my closet to see what looks I could create around this particular pair of jeans. It didn’t take long for me to come up with 3 looks using pieces from my closet that felt fresh and current for spring.
White Jeans Outfit Idea #1: Honoring My Inner Prep
Listen, you don’t grow up in a town known for lacrosse and popped collars without taking some of that preppy with you. Long gone are my days of Ralph Lauren Polo button-downs, A&F denim skirts, and UGG boots (I kid you not), but there’s definitely a way to sprinkle in some prep when you’re sporting white jeans.
I’ve been reaching for this Old Navy Boyfriend Button-Down since I purchased it last month. It’s absolute perfection and I love how put-together, yet casual I look and feel when I wear it. I completed the look with my trusty Madewell Frances Loafer Mules, which I can FINALLY break out as there is nary a snow bank in sight (knock on wood, pray to the Gods of spring, etc). I could totally hit up a clam bake a la Elle Woods (where are the social events?!) and fit in quite nicely.
Fit Notes: The jeans run big (they are also mid-rise, so factor that in to fit). I’m wearing a 4 (typically an 8-10 in jeans). The shirt is TTS for me – I like a baggier fit (I’m wearing a large). The mules are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
White Jeans Outfit Idea #2: Running Errands with An Edge
This AllSaints Balfern Jacket (currently on sale!) I scooped up during last year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has been a surprisingly versatile piece that gets a ton of use. The sage green is sort of unexpected and looks lovely against my white Old Navy jeans. I went with a more monochromatic look, opting for my trusty Stevie Nicks tee and Grandcourt Adidas (that I compared to my Superstars, here) as well as my new Gap Recycled Belt Bag that I got for a steal. Perfect for running around town as long as that doesn’t involve, you know, the gardening store or something LOL.
Fit Notes: The jeans run big (they are also mid-rise so factor that in to fit). I’m wearing a 4 (typically an 8-10 in jeans). The AllSaints jacket runs small (I’m wearing a 10, their largest size. It was tight at first, but it does break in with wear). The sneakers are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
White Jeans Outfit Idea #3: Lunch Date
This look is giving me “impromptu lunch date al fresco” vibes. I’m not typically a flutter-sleeve, smocked top kind of gal, but something about this Flutter-Sleeve Floral Top screamed “adddd me to your carrrtt” (it also might be a ghost). I love how it pairs with my white Old Navy jeans and my under $50, iridescent heels that I keep reaching for, for dressier looks (they go with just about everything). Finished off with a straw circular bag, and I’m ready for a spring afternoon.
Fit Notes: The jeans run big (they are also mid-rise, so factor that in to fit). I’m wearing a 4 (typically an 8-10 in jeans). The top is TTS (I’m wearing a large). The heels are TTS (I’m wearing an 8).
While I am, erm, over a decade removed from college where I last rocked some white jeans without a care, I think it’s time to reintroduce them into my wardrobe (strapless tunic tops over skinny jeans and long necklaces and bump-its can firmly stay in my collegiate dorm room (unless they come back in style because – let’s be honest – they will eventually). These Mid-Rise Cut-Off White Boyfriend Jeans make it easy to fall back in love with white denim, both with their boyfriend fit and price point. Watch out world (toddler, the world is my toddler), Meredith is wearing white again.