White Jeans. When did you last wear a pair? If you are like me, not in about 12 years. I think it was that post baby, I cannot squeeze myself into my old skinny white jeans that I wore on my hen weekend in 2003. I mean seriously the overhang and also practically, with children, your going to look fresh for about 28 minutes.
Many of you, I know, have many variations of white jeans and like your summer frocks, they come out to play in the Spring. Like ice-cream and pimms they become part of the summer calendar routine. 'Oh its warm and sunny evening. I'll put on my white jeans from 2004, they still be fine because they are my white jeans and like my summer hat they will never date, because its summer'
However, particularly for the maturer readers among these days they are easy to get so wrong. Spray on Liz Hurley variety are so 1995 darling and if worn, should remain on a 22 year old who's size 6-8. Full length white bell bottoms look amazing IF you are Elle Macpherson. We need to be realistic about this trouser AND if we want to wear this summer staple, we've got to get current and to do this is to understand the new shapes, the new whites and the new ways to wear.
So, what is it about the white jean that we love? Well, its amazing what a white pair of jeans can do to your ordinary grey t-shirt or your boring Boden breton. Suddenly they are refreshed and lifted into another classy dimension. Crisp, on season, now. They are fresher than your blue denims, smarter, sophisticated and can look a bit Kings Road if you get it right.
So this is why I'm excited about white jeans this season. Why? this season the new styles can be age appropriate ones. Differently to spray on skinnies, they are 'off white' or 'cropped flared' or have a bit of zing about them (like a rip or flower). They are more relaxed, in lots of different shapes to allow us to play around more and ultimately wear a style that suits us. One big similarity about the 2017 white jean is they are ankle revealing.....which most of us can do!
Here are my favourites.
Go crop and floral with these pretty ones from Zara - a perfect pair to wear out with your kitten heels and also with ballet flats. Brilliant to show a bit of ankle and I love the rip at the side (just to get more sun to legs when the sun comes out!)
Or how about high rise mom jean also at Zara ? These lend themselves to the casual variety and would look fabulous with flat espadrills and trainers. Note, they are white but not tight.
Whistles - these high waisted straight jeans have nearly sold out online. A simple straight pin stripe blazer and belt could take these into the the 'smart casual' office. £95
For a looser boyfriend jean try Me & Em - these are in a subtly Ecru colour (thats off white) They have a turn up with a bit of fraying so are casual and relaxed. £119
Madewell have gone high waist, fitted with a crop flare and added a little rip. These are made for mature fashionistas who want to do the 'I'm wearing white jeans but in a scruffy cool way' - worn here with khaki, I could see these also looking fabulous with a biker jacket and big knit and trainers on a cooler summer day. £165
Jigsaw never fails to give us a safe, classic option. Here we have an off white leg, rather 'sailor style' Still a statement though, but classical worn here with Breton stripes - just add some summer loafers and a fitted linen jacket and smart enough for parents evening. £89
MIH have gone for a similar style but with frayed bottoms - my favourite ones so far. So far away from the Liz Hurley days but the cool off white denim would look fab with a slogan t-shirt and biker jacket. Love these! £245
So before I show you mine, heres some more inspiration and looks you can work towards.
From Life is Simple when you live Simply blog. Pairing white wide length jeans with a summer knit and loaders is a minimal, very french way to do the trend. This simplicity won't let you down and will always look chic.
Fab look here by sheer luxe.com - boyfriend jeans, rolled up, tan accessories and espadrilles with a hint of bronze. A great every day way to wear the jeans now.
Kendall Jenner, model does the rock chick look with her white jeans. Perhaps the lace ups are a bit much for us, but the high waist mom jean style worn with a biker and rock t-chirt and trainers is fabulous look.
Love this look from blogger Leandra Medine from Man Repeller. Chuck over your old summer dress on top (they won't get so dirty) and its a fabulous layered 90's grunge look. You could smarten the look by just placing you more subtle floral dress over or long shirt worn open. Again jeans are wide and short.
And here am I. Mine are from good old Next! they are fabulously soft, cropped (even on me!!) wide (I prefer this trend right now and are never doing white skinnies again) and very good value at £30. For me, there not an investment piece so I didn't want to spend a lot. I am wearing size 8 which feel roomy and comfortable.
Here are my 4 looks.
Look 1 - Bright Florals - I've teamed with a bright floral vintage blouse, tucked in and used a fabric belt from a vintage dress to clash the florals. Big earrings and orange pumps.
Look 2 - Black and white minimal. A simple black statement sleeve t-shirt from M&S, Sandals from TopShop (last season) Jacket from Instant Vintage (previous season) and necklace by Primark.
Look 3 - Crisp blue and whites. This wrap around blouse by Instant Vintage, White Heels Topshop and Vintage earrings.
Look 4 -90's layering. My vintage khaki dress years ago look cute topped over the jeans with bronze heels.
Enjoy! Now to take them off to walk my dogs...
P.S don't forget your flesh coloured underwear !! xx