We seem to have reached a place where most guys are comfortable wearing white jeans. Maybe not to work, but definitely in social settings. The fashion-forward crowd has been on board for quite some time, which is usually the case, but as the trend becomes accepted by the general population, let’s re-center ourselves.
Wearing white jeans is actually pretty easy. It’s a great spring/summer/early fall look that is casual but dressy, and can be styled in a few ways. There are a few pitfalls to avoid to keep your look masculine. Done well, white jeans project confidence and style and are timeless.
My go-to is a pair of well-tailored Levi’s 501s. You can usually find these pretty easily at a reasonable price, then spend a little money getting them tailored. Not too tight, but not loose, and very little break (if any). I rarely wear socks with these jeans, and showing off a little ankle is liberating.
If you like a little stretch in your jeans, then you can go straight to the 511s, which are already cut slim.
Beyond that, just about every brand carries white, like Gap and Rag and Bone, and there are some Selvedge options as well. 99% of pulling off white jeans is ensuring that the fit is right. If too loose, you look frumpy. If too tight, it looks like you’ve borrowed your wife’s jeans. Your shoes should be dressy, as not to throw off the outfit. White jeans aren’t ‘athleisure’.
According to Robby Miller of Miller Brothers: “I think white jeans are cool with a simple knit shirt and maybe a ribbon d-ring belt. Also, they look great with a cotton or linen unconstructed navy blazer and a tan suede driving moc. The key is for everything else to be pretty neutral and let the jean be the focal point.”
The Standard white jeans look is the same as with anything else. Pair them with a solid blue oxford, a blue or green sport coat, a good belt, and a pair of loafers (no socks). You really can’t go wrong here. The white jeans are really just additive, and you will look like you know what you are doing.
The Argentinian white jeans look is Polo centered. Pair them with a gingham sport shirt, a La Matera polo belt, and suede boots (chukka or Chelsea will do). This look is great for a day party, so include a great pair of sunglasses to round it off. And if the day party includes a horse, you’ll be dressed the part. The boots look may be a bit strong in the warm summer months, so save those for early Spring or in the Fall.
The Casual Friday white jeans look takes advantage of a polo shirt. This is the ‘happy hour to dinner date’ look – pair white jeans with a darker polo shirt, a leather belt (cool buckle), and bit loafers. A good watch will round out the look. Have a beer at happy hour, then a vodka tonic at dinner. Neither will ruin your jeans if you spill.
Are you on the white jeans train? How do you like to wear them?