BY YUWA VOSPER
One major fashion myth is that you cannot wear white after Labor Day. Whether or not you adhere to this rule is no matter — It is after Labor Day, and spring is here. Break out your white jeans, maxi dresses, and white shorts! It’s time to feel light and airy now that the sun is finally shining.
For now, I want to focus on white jeans in particular. White jeans are the most difficult color to fit and purchase, but they are easily paired with flowing, floral sleeveless tops or any bold, vibrant color shirts.
When purchasing jeans, the first thing to determine is fit. What is the style of denim you prefer? A classic boot-cut, skinny, boyfriend, or bell-bottom flare? White jeans are unforgiving. Unlike other shades of denim, these do not tend to wear over time. The size that you buy will not “get bigger” as you wear them. Don’t tell yourself this lie.
One trick to determine if your jeans are too tight is to put your hands in the pockets. Denim should never be so snug that you can’t put your hands inside the pockets. Even more, if you can see the outline of the pockets through your jeans, they are too tight.
Now that you know how to purchase white jeans in a great fit and style, how do you wear it? The reader response to my last styling column was substantial, so I will style ‘white jeans’ in a similar format.
White jeans. My favorite styles are boot-cut and skinny. The intended look should be classic, clean-cut, and sophisticated.
The Building Blocks:
Opt for a floral sleeveless top or a tiered ruffled sleeveless top in a bold color. If you want to be more modern, pair the white jeans with a navy sweater. For a more classic look, choose a Polo shirt or a button-down worn under a denim jacket, or a light seersucker blazer to pair with the white jeans. White jeans can be matched with almost any shoe from ballet flats, sling backs, sandals, or wedges.
The Je Ne Sais Quoi:
The transforming touch or ‘the how you wear it’ is purely up to you. I like to wear my white denim jeans in a French hem. For this style, all you have to do is cuff your denim under instead of over. It is the perfect trick to prevent the hem from becoming dirty. Also I love to half-tuck shirts into my white jeans similar to Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt, who is the reigning queen of the half-tuck. The half-tuck is a business in the front and a party in back shirt manipulation that is unexpected and different.
The End Result:
Any of the building block choices creates a fresh, springtime look easily worn for any occasion. Depending on your style from classic, preppy, or bohemian, white jeans are a perfect choice for spring and easily transitions into the dark heat of Louisiana summer.