White jeans – a summer staple or a style nightmare?!

Having taken the outfit shots and having loaded up the photos, I’m now going to be incredibly unhelpful and tell you that the white jeans that I’m about to write about aren’t actually available online. Sorry. However I do have a plan, which you can find out all about later in the post.

Yesterday I bought three pairs of Whistles jeans (I know, ouch) – one white, one navy and one black, all of which had between 60% and 70% off. At full price they would have been £285 (well they wouldn’t because I wouldn’t have paid that) but I ended up paying about £115 which isn’t to be sneezed at but they will last me for many years.

So, back to white jeans in particular. Tricky little beggars aren’t they? And here’s why:

  1. White acts as a highlighter not only drawing the eye to the area on which its worn but also adding pounds in the process. Perhaps not the best case scenario for one’s thighs;
  2. They can be see through;
  3. This means that not only can you see pants and pockets BUT;
  4. Others are able to witness any areas that may not be quite as smooth as they once were (oh all right then – cellulite);
  5. Too tight and they can be a bit yuck and too loose they can wrinkle horribly around the knees – and as you can see above, wrinkles in white jeans really show.

I’ve tried a few pairs of white jeans this season – GAP skinny with rips, GAP girlfriend, Hush and the ones that I wanted to try, Baukjen, had sold out in my size by the time they went into the sale. However with two UK based holidays approaching, I just thought that some white jeans might lift my mood when the rain sets in!

I had nearly given up on white jeans when I came across these Whistles ankle length ones yesterday. They have plenty of stretch, they’re thick and supportive, the rise isn’t too low and so in the end I just threw caution to the wind and went for it. I know, living life on the edge again. 

So if you too are on the hunt for white jeans, it might be an idea to take a trip to a Whistles store. If there’s not one near to you, customer services are usually really good at trying to track items down and they can be sent out to you.  For info purposes the ones that I am wearing are a 26″. The good thing about Whistles jeans is that they come in some in between sizes too, so a 27 (size 9) and 29″ (size 11) too which is handy to know in general.

So, white jeans, yes or no? Too impractical or a great option for a lighter summer jean without losing the warmth that the weather suggests we might need.  


  1. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Beth, I really enjoy your writing style. and you look great in the jeans. White is not for me, as dirt seems drawn to me when I wear it and I feel a bit washed out in it, even in jeans. Rather sad, as it seems to suit everyone else! Cathy

    • StyleGuile
      July 16, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Hi Cathy, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy day to drop me a line. I wonder, have you ever tried some white jeans on and taken a photo of yourself in them just to see how they look from a metaphorical distance? Sometimes that's a good way of being a little less harsh on ourselves. But I know that they're not for everyone. I think that the absence of Liz Hurley in a pair of white jeans at every given opportunity has helped me to get my head around them!!

  2. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Year-round staple for me! I wear them all summer and also love them with a big black jumper and knee boots in the winter. Key is to buy them nice and thick, and wash them often!

    • StyleGuile
      July 16, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      Words of wisdom indeed from a white jeans expert by the sound of it! Do you have any favourite brands to suggest? Top tips are always welcome. x

  3. I won't wear sludge brown
    July 15, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    I have a drawer full of white jeans. I love them. But you're right, you have to be careful…hate it when they're so tight and make your legs look sausage-like. And my pet hate too, when they're so see through that you can see the pocket lining. You've snagged a few bargains there and love your styling x

    • StyleGuile
      July 16, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Hi Donna, lovely to hear from you. It seems that lots of people love white jeans but that fine line between sausage like legs and saggy knees is a hard one to negotiate! And I think that it quite possibly gets harder as we get older!!! x

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