6 Things to Get Right When You Wear White Jeans

Don't Make These Fashion Mistakes in White Jeans

White jeans are a fashionable, versatile closet staple in any woman's wardrobe. You can style white denim to look chic for the office, going out on dates, and casual weekend wear. You can even wear white jeans through the winter months, if you know how to style them right. That's not to say that white jeans are foolproof, though. In fact, many stylish women have been foiled by not thinking everything through before heading out the door in white jeans. (Hello, your underwear is showing!) We're here to clue you in to the things you absolutely need to get right before you strut your stuff in white denim, so you can  be sure to look your best.

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Check the See-Through Factor

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White jeans should be chic — not reveal your cheeks. However, that's not always as easy as it sounds. Since not all white denim pants are made from thick, high-quality denim fabric, it's super important when you wear white jeans that you don't neglect the rear view.

This is especially true of stretch denim jeans, which are often made of a thinner denim-cotton than traditional jeans. That means taking the time to check out how your bum looks in a full-length mirror, whether you're trying on jeans in the store, or at home.

Besides transparent fabric, you should also know that seams from your underwear can ruin your rear view in white denim. So after you’ve pulled on your white jeans, do turn your back to a full length mirror and make sure there are no visible panty lines (also known as VPL) showing through the fabric.

Because white jeans can be more or less see-through, depending on the lighting situation, we highly recommend doing the check mentioned above in a room with plenty of natural sunlight. Or, you can take a friend or family member outside and ask her/him to do a quick check for you.

No matter how thick your white denim pants are, do take the precaution of wearing nude (not white or brightly colored) underwear beneath them, to prevent unwanted glimpses of your underthings.

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Pay Careful Attention to Fit

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White is a notoriously unforgiving fashion color, meaning that too-tight white jeans can highlight every jiggly bit on your body. However, if you were thinking of choosing an overly baggy pair, in hopes of camouflaging your less favorite body parts, you should be aware that doing so can actually end up making your lower half look shapeless, or bigger than it actually is. That's why it's essential to make sure that any white jeans fit your body perfectly. That means no gapping at the waist, a comfortably snug (but not too tight) fit through the hips and seat, and the correct fit through the thighs.

If you're slender, consider wearing a classic skinny style of white jeans, or a slimmer boyfriend jean (this style is sometimes called a girlfriend jean). It is worth noting here that while you can look great in slouchy boyfriend jeans in darker denim shades, this is not recommended when you're wearing white jeans, unless you don't mind if people to mistake you for a house painter.

Curvy women will look great in slim or straight leg jeans that closely skim over their generous proportions. You're looking for a fit that's snug enough to show off your womanly silhouette, but not overly tight (which can look tacky on any figure). Your best white jeans are a slim pair that follow your curves closely, without squeezing too tightly, and hug your legs lightly through the thighs, falling to narrow or medium hems.

For all women, don't forget you can always take your jeans to the seamstress or tailor, to tweak the length, fix gapping at the waistband, or correct other minor fit issues. Here are some tips for what's easy to alter in a pair of jeans (and what's not).

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Style Your Outfit for Figure Flattery

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White jeans are a great, go-to denim style for creating fashionable outfits. If you're not model-thin though, pulling them off without making your bottom half look bigger can feel like a challenge. Keep in mind that dark tops can make your top half look smaller than it actually is. This can visually magnify your lower body, so if you're on the curvy side, stick to lighter colored tops when you're wearing white jeans.

Dressing in white from head to toe is a great solution, as this monochromatic palette is surprisingly slimming and looks good on just about everyone.

Or, style a classic all-American outfit like the one pictured here, by layering a classic denim jacket over an easy outfit of white jeans and a slim white tank top or t-shirt.

Finally, do give your body a chance to breathe in white jeans. If you have a tummy or wider hips, you can wear a tunic top that flows gently over your less-favorite areas, to smooth or camouflage them. You can also wear white bootcut jeans that help to balance wider hips, and can be more forgiving on pear shape figures than skinnier styles.

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Choose the Right Shoes

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When wearing white jeans, it's important not to wear dark shoes that can stumpify your legs, especially if you're petite and/or curvy. Always pair white jeans with a neutral colored shoe or boot, in shades such as cream, bone or camel. Or, go for a shiny metallic shade of footwear, such as the gold ankle boots pictured here, to add edgy style to your outfits.

High heels are best for the longest visual line but you can wear a wedge sandal, too. You'll probably want to skip wearing flats with white jeans unless you're tall (or don't mind looking shorter).

Do avoid wearing bright white shoes or sandals with your white pants, as this can look a bit too "nursey".

Get more tips on which shoe style go best with your favorite jeans.

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Keep Things Looking Fresh

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Nothing will spoil your look in white jeans like a dingy or yellow cast. Keep your white denim looking fresh and crisp by washing them after every wear and, as needed, using an oxygen-based bleach (such as OxiClean or Clorox 2) to lift their whiteness.

Hanging white jeans to dry, instead of machine drying, can also help to prevent yellowing over time.

Get our sneaky tips on how to clean jeans without washing them!

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Don't Wear White When It Isn't Right

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White jeans are a classic summer wardrobe essential that can be dressed up or down for many occasions. But some summer occasions just aren't friendly to white bottoms, no matter how stylish they might be. We're thinking of picnics where white jeans can easily pick up grass stains if the picnic blanket isn't capacious, or backyard parties when you can't be certain all the outdoor seating will be meticulously wiped down.

When in doubt, save your white jeans for wearing to indoor occasions this summer — and even then, consider the event. For instance, you wouldn't want to wear your favorite white skinny jeans to dinner at a spaghetti restaurant, would you?

If you do stain your jeans, try these tricks for making it better.