5 Things to Consider When Buying White Jeans, According to a Fashion Writer

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I’m a fan of many denim varieties, and as we approach the warmer months, I’m finally rotating my white denim to the front of my drawer. I own two pairs of white denim because the perfect pair is somewhat specific—thick enough, so the denim isn’t transparent, little to no stretch so that it doesn’t pull in the wrong places, and no visible lined pockets. The hunt for white jeans is worth it as they’re a warm-weather outfit essential. And so, I scoured the internet for the best pairs. Ahead, I’ve rounded up 15 pairs of white jeans and a few tips to consider before buying.

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Opt for 100% Cotton

Fabric is undoubtedly an essential factor when choosing out a pair of white denim. I suggest going for jeans that are made from 100% cotton and have minimal stretch. Usually, you’ll see the words "elastane" or "poly," both of which I typically steer away from (very low percentages of either are fine). This is mainly because stretch often results in uneven thickness in some areas of the denim. They tend to start looking like white leggings if you go too stretchy. But if you want a pair that offers a bit more comfort, size up or go for a "relaxed" style.

Push Straight-Leg Jeans
Raey Push Straight-Leg Jeans $150
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Press Straight-Leg Jeans
Raey Press Straight-Leg Jeans $150
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Bae Boyfriend Crop Jeans
Universal Standard Bae Boyfriend Crop Jeans $98
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Consider The Rise

With white denim, I prefer a pair with a high-rise. But if you’re going for the baggy look, low waist jeans can look very cool. 

Wide Leg High Waist Jeans
Mango Wide Leg High Waist Jeans $80
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Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans
Reformation Cynthia High Rise Straight Jeans $128
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High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
Ganni High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans $235
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Look for Clean Hems

Ultimately, I prefer white denim to have a finished hem. If you happen to find a pair you love with an unfinished hem, it is quite affordable to have them hemmed by a tailor. If you want a clean, crisp style, look for a pair of trouser jeans. 

Alan High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
A.P.C. Alan High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans $189
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501® High Waist Crop Straight Leg Jeans
Levi's 501® High Waist Crop Straight Leg Jeans $90
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High-Rise Wide-Leg Pleated Jeans
Dries Van Noten High-Rise Wide-Leg Pleated Jeans $195
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Hold the Rips

I tend to steer away from pairs with distressing. I’m all for distressed blue jeans but prefer my white jeans to be crisp and simple. If you distress them from natural wear and tear, that’s super cool, though. 

Original Twisted-Seam Straight-Leg Jeans
TOTÊME Original Twisted-Seam Straight-Leg Jeans $280
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London High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans
Slvrlake London High-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans $199
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Arts Straight Jean Blanc
B Sides Jeans Arts Straight Jean Blanc $146
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Pick Your Look

With white denim, you’re either going for a super crisp full-length trouser, high-rise non-stretch classic, or a low-rise cool look. So, pick your fit and wear it with a button-down shirt, tank, tee, or bikini top for the duration of the season.

Pleated-Front Tapered-Leg Jeans
Harago Pleated-Front Tapered-Leg Jeans $292
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Holly Asymmetric Straight Leg Jeans
Princess Polly Holly Asymmetric Straight Leg Jeans $74
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90s denim
Nasty Gal Give Us the Low Down Relaxed Denim Jeans $33
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