Summer marks the official season of white jeans, but fashion rules are made to be broken. As evidenced year-round by stylish stars, light-hued denim can be pulled off from winter to fall — so long as the fabric isn’t paper-thin, lest you’re into that VPL (visible panty line) look. Kylie Jenner recently wore an all-white outfit including jeans to pump gas in Calabasas, California, while Jurnee Smollett paired paint-splattered white jeans with a Ronald van der Kemp ruched electric-purple haute couture top and Stuart Weitzman heels to the PGA Awards in March.
That’s why we’ve rounded up some of the best white jeans for women seeking the perfect warm-weather staple, including picks from labels created by Sofia Vergara and Khloé Kardashian and selections by designers Jonathan Simkhai and Isabel Marant.
From workwear-inspired silhouettes that can be dressed up or down to straight-leg styles that channel effortless off-duty style, check out our top picks below (and don’t forget to keep that bleach pen handy).
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1. Levi’s 501 Skinny Women’s Jeans
You’d be hard-pressed to find a denim devotee who doesn’t own a pair of Levi’s 501s. The heritage brand’s best-selling straight fit jeans are reimagined with a sleek and skinny leg with light distressing for an edgy look. Made in 100% cotton with a button fly and five pockets.
2. The Great. The Seafarer Jean
Co-founded by star stylists-turned-designers Emily Current and Merritt Elliot (formerly of Current/Elliott), The Great. has become a cult-favorite staple for its vintage-inspired silhouettes. For spring, the L.A.-based label’s mariner-inspired Seafair Jean brings a modern take on the workwear style in a subdued stone shade. This wide-leg pair “sits ultrahigh on the waist [and] fits slim through the hips,” so they’re great for pulling together a relaxed look.
3. Universal Standard x Erdem Hana Patchwork Jeans
Size-inclusive label Universal Standard has teamed with British designer Erdem Moralioglu’s namesake luxury label (loved by Michelle Obama, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson, and many others) on an eight-piece spring range ($120 to $198) of ruffled floral blouses, denim, skirts, and jumpsuits. These patchwork jeans are finished with frayed accents that add a playful touch to an already chic and relaxed silhouette, which boast a fitted waist that’s balanced with loose-fit legs.
4. Mother High Waisted Looker Ankle Fray Jeans
If painted-on jeans with an edge are more of your thing, try this high-rise frayed-hem pair by Mother, which is frequently worn by Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Kate Moss, and many other stars. They’re some of the best white jeans for women looking for a curve-hugging style that offers the perfect amount of stretch for comfort.
5. Sofía Jeans by Sofia Vergara Melisa High Waist Flare Jeans
Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara’s Walmart line offers plenty of star-approved style for spring. These high-waisted jeans feature a contoured waist, button-up closure, and flared legs that bring a ’90s aesthetic to any outfit. They’re available in multiple colors and inseams.
6. Frame Le Hollywood
Luxury denim label Frame’s aptly-named Le Hollywood jeans lend themselves well to anyone’s off-duty look. (No wonder the the brand is regularly spotted on Jessica Alba, Chrissy Teigen, Kendall Jenner, and others.) This ultra-high-rise, straight-leg style is fitted through the hips and finished with a skin-baring distressed effect that adds edge to casual and cocktail-ready styles.
7. Good American Good Boy Ankle Wrap Jeans
Good American, co-founded by Khloé Kardashian, is favored among not just the entire Kardash-Jenner family, but by Chrissy Teigen, Ashley Graham, Gabrielle Union, and others. The size-inclusive denim label’s Good Boy ankle-wrap jeans are made of heavyweight denim and offer a tapered or flared look (depending on how you tie up the hems). The fabric is made of 60% organic cotton and 40% lyocell, and the metal trim is rust-resistant with recycled zinc coating.
8. Jonathan Simkhai Standard River High Rise Straight Jeans
L.A.-based designer Jonathan Simkhai’s bold, feminine aesthetic has made him a favorite among stylists (such as Monica Rose and Tara Swennen) and stars (including January Jones, Kristen Stewart, and Lucy Hale) for red carpet events and off-duty style. His signature style is translated into these straight-leg, high-rise jeans from his eco-conscious Standard essentials line. They’re made from organic cotton and recycled elastane that allow for stretch, while the frayed-edge hem brings an element of playful rebelliousness.
9. J Brand Side Panel Skinny Leg Maternity Jeans
J Brand’s skinny leg denim proves you don’t have to sacrifice your style when you’re expecting. These maternity jeans are equipped with stretchy side panels that allow the pants to expand at the hip for growing baby bumps. They feature a 30-inch inseam and can be rolled up at the hem for an effortlessly cool finishing touch.
10. Everlane The Straight-Leg Crop
Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle, and Jennifer Lawrence are just a few famous fans of the “radically transparent” label Everlane. The brand’s flattering cropped pant is now available in a classic straight leg. It has a waist-nipping rise and a leg-lengthening cropped cut. The jeans are garment-dyed making for a broken-in feel.
11. Isabel Marant Étoile Corfy High-Waisted Jeans
Leave it to Parisian designer Isabel Marant to bring je ne sais quois to circa-1980s cool mom jeans. This pair of high-waisted white denim has straight legs and a classic five-pocket design, and we envision them with a cropped top or well-fitted button-down for pulling off a casual-chic ensemble.
12. Paige Pleated Leenah Ankle Denim
For more dressed-up denim days, these double-pleated Leenah jeans bring a trouser twist to an everyday cropped ankle shape. The shortened leg allows them to pair nicely with all heel heights, and the strategic back darts and pearl buttons add a luxe finish. These power pants are made of soft denim and the inner waistband features an inspiring “Live Your Dreams” message.