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Summer marks the official season of white jeans. As evidenced year-round by stylish stars, light-hued denim can be pulled off from any day of the year — so long as the fabric isn’t paper-thin, lest you’re into that VPL (visible panty line) look.
Bella Hadid recently wore an all-white outfit including jeans for lunch at The Smile in New York, 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. White jeans in ’90s-inspired baggy silhouettes were also seen all over street style stars in Paris and Frankfurt fashion weeks.
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 vibes, check out our top picks below (and don’t forget to keep that bleach pen handy).
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1. Jonathan Simkhai Standard Elliot High Rise Boyfriend 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 (January Jones, Kristen Stewart and Lucy Hale have been seen in his pieces) for red carpet events and off-duty style. His signature style is translated into these high-rise boyfriend 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.
2. Universal Standard x Erdem Hana Patchwork Jeans
Size-inclusive label Universal Standard has teamed with British designer Erdem Moralioglu’s namesake luxury label (which has been seen on Michelle Obama, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson, and many others) on an eight-piece 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.
3. Levi’s 724 High-Rise Straight Women’s Jeans
You’d be hard-pressed to find a denim devotee who doesn’t own a pair of Levi’s. The heritage brand’s best-selling high-rise straight fit jeans are reimagined with a sleek and skinny leg with light distressing for an edgy look. They’re made with 100% cotton with a button fly and five pockets.
4. 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. 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.
5. Mother The Hustler Ankle Fray Jeans
If bootcut jeans with an edge are more of your thing, try The Hustle by Mother. (Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Kate Moss and many other stars are often spotted in the cult-fave label.) They’re some of the best white jeans for women looking for a high-rise style that offers the perfect amount of stretch for comfort.
6. 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 summer. 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.
7. Frame Le Serge Crop Flare Jeans
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 fit-and-flare pair is great for anyone seeking a subtle ’70s-inspired look while staying comfy, thanks to the low-rise fit and the super-stretch material.
8. Good American Good Boy Ankle Wrap Jeans
Good American, co-founded by Khloé Kardashian, has been seen frequently on the entire Kardash-Jenner family as well as stars including Chrissy Teigen, Ashley Graham, Gabrielle Union. 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.
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 stars who have been spotted wearing the “radically transparent” label Everlane. The brand’s flattering cropped pant is now available in a classic straight leg with 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.
13. 1822 Denim Roll Cuff Jeans
If you’re into skinny fits, these white jeans by 1822 Denim can achieve that painted-on look while still feeling comfortable. This five-pocket style is made from stretchy material.
14. Re/Done High Rise Loose White Jeans
These casual white jeans by eco-conscious label Re/Done will help you pull off that ’90s skater aesthetic. Made from 100% rigid cotton, they still offer a loose fit. The rips add an effortlessly cool finishing touch, too.
15. Lee Women’s Sculpting Slim Fit Skinny Leg Jeans
Some of the best white jeans for a slimming effect include this pair of sculpting skinny-leg denim by Lee. This mid-rise style was designed to sit comfortably at your natural waist, and the material offers a tight fit that won’t sag over time while allowing you to move comfortably.
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