White jeans aren’t just for sailors any more. Even the biggest denim addicts can swap out their beloved jeans for a pair of white pants and look totally rad in the process. They may seem like a specialty item, but white pants are actually surprisingly versatile – they can be dressed up or dressed down, paired with almost any other colour, and worn in all kinds of weather.
How To Wear White Jeans
The Casual White Pant and T-Shirt Look
White often feels like a formal colour, but it can easily be roughed up to become casual on-the-street wear. To take it down a notch, wear your white pants with a lowkey dark t-shirt and a favourite pair of worn-in footwear. Layer with a blazer or open shirt, and mix in accessories like a rubber watch strap or wooden beads. Just because your pants look pristine doesn’t mean the rest of the look has to. (Maybe skip the hat, it’s a bit nowhere.)
The Triple Double (Two dudes, double breasted blazers and double monks)
With a few notable exceptions, two is always better than one, right? This more formal look sees white pants paired up with double monk strap shoes and a double breasted blazer. And note the chic mix of colours: a light blue shirt, tan or cognac shoes, and a darker brown jacket. Black is definitely not the only neutral that can or should be paired with white. (Personal favourite)
The Half Tuck Denim Shirt & White Combo
Denim lovers: you don’t have to totally relinquish your favourite fabric if you’re wearing white pants. The casual-but-considered look of this half tuck denim shirt getup is killer. In fact, you could even opt for white jeans and totally nail the denim-on-denim trend that’s been going around lately. Finish the look by rolling the hems and sleeves and you’re good to go. (Credit: Tokyo Faces)
White & Bright Colour
White is the ultimate neutral. In fact, the only thing you shouldn’t pair your white pants with is a white shirt. Too much of a good thing is never a good thing. Take a leaf out of Lapo Elkann’s book instead, and match your white pants with something bright, patterned, or otherwise eye-catching. Play up the contrast between the colours.
The Rolled Cuff
The rolled cuff is the ultimate way to dress up a less formal outfit. Don loafers, boat shoes, or Oxfords and ditch the socks for fashionable warm weather wear. On top, aim for a casually unbuttoned shirt (think chambray or a print). This look, as with all white pants, is best achieved with a slim jean or pant. The trim silhouette is a must when wearing white pants.