What To Wear With White Jeans

We’re in the heart of winter, which can only mean one thing: put away the light clothes and bring out the darker shades, but not this season. If you’re feeling a bit unsure about what to wear with white jeans, or whether you should invest in a pair, you’ve come to the right place.

Putting the perfect look together can be tricky. Most of us have two key concerns:

  1. Won’t they make my legs look fat?
  2. I’ll probably look like a mess by the end of the day.

Well, we’re here to lay both of those myths to rest, because white pants can be a flattering and practical addition to your wardrobe this season.

The first place to start is choosing the right fabric for you – denim is the most forgiving. In fact, it’s set to become the hardest working item in your wardrobe. Don’t believe us?

Scroll down for our edit of what to wear with white jeans:

Light and Dark

what to wear with white jeans beginner

Fearful of the notoriously unflattering ‘skinny’ white jean style? Opt for an off-white shade instead of super bright white that’s more difficult to wear.

For first-time white jean wearers, this softer shade is much safer – and easier to wear. Pair with a darker printed long sleeve top!

Buy it now: Jeggings, R159 at Jet; Uma Mixed Media Tee, R450 at Poetry

Cotton Chic

what to wear with white jeans cotton shirt

Pair straight leg jeans with a cotton blue shirt and comfy block heels for an easy smart-casual look that will see you through the winter.

Buy it now: White Denim look Distressed straight leg, R1 999 at Freddy; Portia Embroidered Shirt, R799 at Forever New; Black block heels, R90 at Jet

Go Grey

what to wear with white jeans - chunky grey knit

Grey tones work well with white. Team a textured sweater with a pair of white skinny ripped jeans for a cool but comfy weekend look. Throw in some metallic sneakers to highlight your look.

Buy it now: Ripped Denim Leggings, R680 at Nordstrom; Bow Shoulder Top, R395 at Next; Trainers, R379 at H&M

Grown-Up Gingham

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Wondering what to wear with gingham? That’s easy! A gingham shirt and on-trend sneakers’ will polish up your look with a pair of skinny jeans.

Buy it now: White Skinny Jeans, R399 at Woolworths; Gingham Shirt Dress, R169 at Mr Price; Superstar Slip-on Shoes, R1 199 at Adidas

Show Some Shoulder

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Team skinny jeans with a looser, fun, off shoulder top to balance things out. Slip into a pair of wedges which will heighten your legs.

Buy it now: Ankle Grazer Jeans, R1 488 at John Lewis; Off the Shoulder Blouse, R529 at H&M; Peep-toe Wedge, R149.99 at Mr Price

Not sure which look will flatter your shape? Then, check out our guide on dressing for your body type:

What Body Shape Am I?

Dress It Up

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Dress just that little bit too short? Too cold for stockings? Pop a pair of white jeans on!

Buy it now: Vice High Waisted Skinny Jeans, R499 at Superbalist; Vera Dress, R799 at Jane Sews; Wide Sandals, R456 at Next

Denim On Denim

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Double denim can be difficult, but keep your silhouettes relaxed and stick to one white and one blue piece, and it can be done… A chambray shirt is a perfect choice.

Buy it now: Ankle Optic White Jeans, R3 200 at Habits; Chambray Shirt, R799 at Woolworths

Crazy About Embroidery

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White on white? No, it’s definitely not a no-no. In fact, in our book, it’s very much a yes-yes! Find something with a bit of colour, like these embroidered jeans and sweater.

Buy it now: Floral Oasis Ankle Skinny, R2 370 at Miss Me; Embroidered Sweatshirt, R799 at H&M

Work It

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Can you wear white jeans to work? Yes, of course! A subtle flare will balance out curvier hips and thighs, paired with a smart bowler bag.

Buy it now: Low Rise Bootcut Jeans, R524 at Fruggo; Peplum Blouse, R358 at Lipsy London; Betty Mini Bowler Bag, R599 at Forever New

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Red Hot

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This red number is made for white jeans! Just throw on some red killer heels and you’ll be ready to paint the town!

Buy it now: The Stiletto Jeans, R2 219 at Shopbop; Jacqui Asymmetric Longline Cami, R699 at Forever New; Faux Suede Court Heels, R299 at Edgars

By fashion assistant Tiamara Naidoo

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