By: Charley Anne Prescott
Once again, white denim has reemerged as a major fashion trend. This particular year, white jeans are looking better than ever, showing up as one of the hottest styles we have seen in a long time. If you ventured into the mall lately, you probably noticed white denim in stores everywhere this season. For Spring and Summer style, white jeans are definitely “in” for men, and they can add a fresh blast of life to any wardrobe.
You may be wondering if all men can wear this trend. Keep in mind, white has a tendency to make things look larger, and wearing an article of stark white clothing is only going to attract attention to that area. In other words, if you are not fond of your lower body – you may want to skip the white jeans.
Navigating through the many cuts of denim can be a bit overwhelming. Although skinny jeans are all the rage right now, you cannot go wrong buying white denim in a straight leg or boot cut fit, and both will offer you a classic look for Spring and Summer. Fashion is all about embracing a trend and making it your own, so select styles you are comfortable wearing.
True Religion, Vince, Rock & Republic, Royal Underground, and Levi’s Red Tab are a sampling of lines presenting novel variations of white denim this season. Check out eight of our favorite picks.
Vince Vintage Straight Leg Jeans
The LA based company, only recently launched a full men’s collection, but from our standpoint it is certainly making a lasting first impression. These straight leg jeans comfortably provide just the right fit, and have a distinct vintage look. Vince produces a high quality product with their straight leg jeans, also giving consumers the added bonus that they are made in the U.S.A. Saks Fifth Avenue, $220. [Buy it]
‘Ricky’ Straight Leg Jeans by True Religion
A perfect pair of jeans to wear over the summer season. These white-wash jeans offer signature buttonflap pockets and a low-rise fit. The Rail at Nordstrom, $172. [Buy it]
‘Fearless Colburg’ by Rock & Republic
Buttonfly low-rise jeans with asymmetrical pockets. Made with a cotton/lycra blend these skinny jeans are designed for comfort and style. The Rail at Nordstrom, $188. [Buy it]
Valentino Skinny Jeans
An attractive five-pocket style featuring clean back pockets. Designer button front skinny jeans that are the epitome of true fashion. Neiman Marcus, $350. [Buy it]
Levi’s® Red Tab™ ‘501.’
You have to admit that Levi’s consistently produces quality products, at price points that are easy on the wallet. The ‘501’ is a buttonfly, made from a moderate weight cotton that can carry you into the Fall. The straight leg cut is classic and comfortable at the same time. The Rail at Nordstrom, $58. [Buy it]
Ermenegildo Zegna Five-Pocket Jeans
Why do we love these jeans? Over the years, Zegna has represented a global leader in fine men’s clothing. Made in Italy, these five-pocket jeans provide a timeless look that is pure luxury. For the man who gravitates toward a refined European look in apparel, these jeans are made for you. Neiman Marcus, $275. [Buy it]
7 For All Mankind Standard Boho White Jeans
These straight leg jeans offer a standard cut, in the white wash known as Boho. The jeans highlight a five-pocket style, and include the signature stitching we love on the rear pockets. Neiman Marcus, $178. [Buy it]
Royal Underground Faded Jeans
If you are not comfortable going all the way with solid white jeans, Royal Underground offers a happy medium. Softening the look of pure white, these jeans have a nice pale blue faded accent. A low-rise fit with straight legs, these jeans are definitely a winner. Neiman Marcus, $175. [Buy it]
A word on shirts
Now that you have seen the hottest styles of denim, you are probably wondering what kind of shirts to wear. A classic polo is one shirt you can always safely wear with any jeans and look great, without sacrificing comfort or style. When wearing white you need to know how to pair outfits with the proper amount of contrast. To warm up the harshness of white, softly contrast your jeans with a solid polo in a pale shade of blue, gray, pink, or yellow. Go full contrast and wear a top in a dark color or pattern. For a more refined look dress up white jeans by wearing a tailored button-down with or without a structured cotton jacket. Opt for casual cool attire via dressing in a polo shirt and a shawl cardigan. Or go with our preferred Summer ensemble, which involves rocking fresh white jeans, and a retro fit cotton t-shirt.
Key words of advice still involving fashion and what to wear with white denim, but pertaining to the feet. Invest in quality shoes that will last, even during the warm summer months. For this particular season, it is always a safe bet to go with a chocolate brown or deep tan leather shoe. Add a basic comfortable style to your shoe collection like woven slides, thong sandals, slip-ons, sneakers, boat shoes or loafers.
Regardless of where you are in the world, a woman always notices a man’s footwear, so make sure your shoe game is on point at all times.