After my recent post about how we struggle to shop, I thought I would carry the theme on by doing the footwork and finding you some great wardrobe staples. This week we are looking at white jeans, as they are so versatile during the summer months. Before we talk about where to find them let’s address the age question. I think they can be worn whatever age you are. It just depends on how you wear them, the cut and the fit. Bear in mind that white does make you look bigger, so I would suggest those of you who don’t feel comfortable showing off your bottom or tummy in white jeans wear them with a long top.
Liz and I have tried on as many styles and shapes as we could find in a morning, so we can give you feedback on the best options. However, despite it being prime time to wear white jeans they weren’t that easy to find (especially as most shops have that jumble sale feel because their sale is on – don’t get me started on that!)
We started in John Lewis so that we could try as many different brands as possible. We wanted to find pairs that came in a range of sizes and that fell in the low to mid price range. The most expensive we tried were £79 and the cheapest £25. Below are the results and our favourites:
John Lewis Weekend Skinny Twill jeans – now £30 in the sale but only left in a 16 online. They weren’t available in Liz’s size but I did manage to try them. If you want a classic pair of jeans that aren’t tight through the leg (despite being called skinny) then these are great. However, I would personally wear a long length top over them.
White Stuff Straight Crop jeans – At £45 these are great quality and value. We both tried these and were both really impressed. They have 1% elastane which gives enough stretch for them to be comfortable but not so much that they stick to the skin and every lump or bump!
Pure Collection Slim Leg Jeans – £79 These are lovely quality and a finer fabric so better for hot days when you don’t want thick denim. They have 2% elastane and are really comfortable, with a neater fit on the waist. Because they are a thinner fabric you would need to make sure you wear flesh coloured underwear.
Mint Velvet Triple Zip Skinny Jean – £79 Despite being available to a size 16 I think you need to be slim for these, they definitely weren’t for me. They are skin tight although incredibly soft and comfortable. They also come in 3 lengths.
Gap Mid Rise Best Girlfriend – These are a stiffer fabric and a relaxed shape which means they don’t cling and are a more casual style. They worked on both of us and are a good price point.
Gap Stretch True Skinny – Another pair that have extra stretch for comfort but what you gain there you lose in fit because like the Mint Velvet jeans you need to be slim so that they don’t cling on the thighs. Again these really didn’t work on me and weren’t the best fit on Liz either.
M&S – We tried about 5 different pairs of jeans here but the only ones that made the cut, and only on Liz were a pair of Mid Rise relaxed jeans with embroidery which don’t appear to be online! These are the same shape but without the embroidery.
Finally a recent purchase for me, The White Company Brompton Boyfriend Jeans. I bought these on my recent weekend away and although they are at the high end price wise I am really pleased with them. They have a relaxed fit and are great for more casual occasions.
So how to wear your white jeans? As I said above the girlfriend and boyfriend styles work best casually with a pair of flat slides or loafers. Crops are great for the day time and on holiday teamed with a kaftan.
Pair a slim or straight leg style with a silk blouse and heels for the evening or with a blazer and loafers for the daytime.
Have I persuaded you to add a pair of white jeans to your summer capsule wardrobe?