How to Wear White Jeans with Style

June 15th, 2011

White jeans are super versatile – not only are they easy to pair with just about any color/pattern combination (because of their neutrality), they also have the unique property of looking pristine/”dressy” (because they’re white) and rugged/casual (because they’re denim) at the same time.

Although I could probably put together hundreds of outfits with these, here are three takes on white denim, each inspired by a different NYC neighborhood.

    1. Lower East Side (Casual)



    Young. Relaxed. Expressive.

    Pair them with a nautical striped tee or tank under a washed poplin for a summer look that keeps you looking and feeling cool.

    Bonus Tip: Since they’re primarily a Spring/Summer jean (although I certainly wear mine in the F/W as well) it’s even more important that they be slim through the leg and hemmed with little break. Loose or long white jeans don’t work nearly as well.

    Bonus Tip II: Denim stretches. I know, it sucks. I’ve had these for several years now, and just recently had them re-tailored  (taken-in at the waist and through the leg) because I’ve lost a little weight since my college bball days and they were all stretched out. Sometimes you have to bring pieces back to the tailor for a second nip and tuck as your body, or the garments, change shape.

    Bonus Tip III: Looking for a pant to wear with those tough-to-match colorful shoes? Problem solved.

    • Blue stripe shirt by Steven Alan
    • Multicolored boat shoes by Sebago
    • Straw trilby hat by J. Crew
    • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
    • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker
    • Nato Striped grosgrain watch strap by Corvus

    2. Soho (In Between)



    Fashionable. Chic. Put-together.

    In a laid-back office setting, you can likely throw on a chambray shirt + knit tie and have a Casual Friday outfit that can take you seamlessly from the office to the weekend.

    Bonus Tip: Denim on denim, the clash-free way.

    Bonus Tip II: Everybody is making white denim these days. You can find them for under $50 from brands like Levis, H&M or Urban Outfitters.

    Bonus Tip III: In my opinion the mini tie bar (narrower than the tie) can look sightly more casual than the standard 2 incher, making it more appropriate for a laid back summer outfit sans jacket.

      3. Upper East Side (Dressed Up)

      Proper. Established. Sartorial.

      Yes, they can be dressed up too! Just make sure their silhouette is similar to trousers (and therefore congruent with your jackets) and start by pairing them with traditional items in a neutral palette (blue/white banker stripe shirt, grey lightweight jacket, navy knit tie, brown loafers, etc).

      Bonus Tip: Another bonus of white denim is that they can either be a blank canvas to let something else stand out (like the shoes in look 1) or they can be the item that adds an accent themselves, like here in look 3.

      • Navy stripe shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren
      • White denim jeans by Helmut Lang
      • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker
      • Leather/suede double monkstrap shoes by Scarpe di Bianco
      • Black alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
      • Black alligator watch band by Montblanc

      Thanks for reading.

      Yours in style,

      Dan Trepanier

      Photography by Brent Eysler. 

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      • George Archer

        It is necessary to take care of a white jeans. The tips are useful for taking a perfect care and also a great idea to wear a white denim.

      • George Archer

        White coloured jeans are looking nice but it is quite difficult to choose the perfect one. Thanks for providing such tips which are helpful to choose the correct one.

      • Deloris

        Highly energetic article, I loved that bit. Will there be a
        part 2?

      • siamak.heidari

        its awesome

      • Brighterman

        Love all of these shots, truely amazing.

      • Jay Walker

        Jeans and blazers are always a great combo. I’ve been looking into getting more stylish jeans recently. Fall is approaching so I need to restock on a few pairs.

      • daniel shin

        I have a leather strap watch (similar to yours) and a gold casio digital watch. Up until now i’ve just been going with what i think matches best. Are there any rules or tips on this? when should i wear a leather strap and when do i wear a gold watch? i feel like you can ruin a outfit with the wrong watch. sometimes when i see pictures of outfits i wore, i wish i had worn the other.(most of the time i wear the gold and i wish i had put on the leather strap.)

      • Jonathan

        Dear sb, I’m all the way out in Texas and I need to keep really cool and I wanna get more short sleeved button ups but how do I know which ones to tuck in and which ones not to, you mentioned this earlier but didn’t go in depth with the subject

      • Mountain Dandy

        This guy has a great eye. His photos are beautiful. Styleblogger has a new fan.

      • Cami

        Hey Dan,

        I have a question: Can a dark brown watch strap be used with black (shoes and bag) or it has to be black strap not to be awkward?


        • SB

          Generally I recommend keeping your leathers in the same color family…but if its so dark drown that it can be confused for black, i doubt anyone’s gonna call you on it.


      • Eric

        I really don’t get how you can wear a suit jacket separately? especially worsted wool? It seems you do this all the time. you really need to invest in some sport coats.

        • SB

          I have a handful of sportoats, as featured.

          If a suit jacket is made from a patterned or textured cloth like this hopsack (preferably with patch pockets, top stitching and contrasting or metallic buttons) there really is no difference.

          Thanks for reading,

      • Sindre

        Loving the white pants look, they all look great, number 3 would be my favourite.
        Keep doing what you do best Dan ;)

      • John Scott

        Hey Dan, Does that Blazer has vent wigan?
        Does the blazer has functional buttonholes?
        Does the pocket jets are sewn by hand?
        Did you pad stitched by hand the chest?
        And last what brand fabric you buy for your suits/blazers?

      • anonymous

        Are most of your suit jackets center vent or side vents? Do you think it matters based on body type or just personal preference?

      • Emanuel Iuhas

        Dan , i love the boat shoes!!!
        I have 5 pairs in different colours!
        Like the post , like everything you do!
        Thank you very much!


        Emanuel Iuhas
        Visual merchandiser/Fashion blogger

      • VB


        You mentioned that you have had them altered twice, which I assume means you have had them for ahwhile.

        So a practical question, how do you keep them so white ?


      • JMRouse

        Great post Dan. I love my white denim, but dont wear them nearly enough. Might need to break them out this weekend. Also thinking, based on your tip, that they may be a little long. Guess I am just used to wearing my denim that way.

      • paul fredrick

        Funny I was just thinking about getting some perry ellis white jeans. Were you reading my mind? lol

      • Chris P

        Great looks, particularly the first. I saw the deck shoes in another look but wasn’t too sure but I’m totally sold on them here.

        Looking forward to seeing more of Brent’s work

      • MSDill

        nice post! I also liked your one on the white chino… been thinking of doing white pants for the summer, but my wife says white pants on men is too fey…. looking for ways to show her otherwise :)

      • Filipe Costa

        Great shots and great looks. I love the first look, I want a boat shoes like yours ;)

      • steve

        i’ve been following your blog for about 8 months now, but have yet to leave a comment…until now…this look is brilliant Dan nice work

      • John

        Great looks all around, Dan. Just also wanted to give a shout out to Brent who did a great job for his first styleblogger debut, too.

      • mcr

        I’m a fan of all these looks, Dan. Keep up the good work.

      • Anonymous

        As always, you look very sharp and your haircut looks really nice. =)

      • HarrisonK

        I’ve seen your previous posts on white denim and I’ve liked both of them, but, it always leaves me thinking, why not white chinos? Why do you like white denim more then white chino? Either way, great post!

      • Cami

        Greetings, Please excuse my rude and impolite language but, those are fuc*in’ nice boat shoes to pair with a white denim. simply wonderful great job.

      • HovaLugozi

        To SB and fellow readers…

        What width at the bottom do you typically get your pants tapered to?

        • SB

          Depends on the pants. Generally between 14.5-16 inch leg opening.


      • TO

        Hey Dan, in the last look, the shirt you’re wearing has lines running up on an angle instead of vertically (under the collar). I’ve noticed this detail over the years, especially with Italian men’s shirt choices- it there a better way to explain this? Great looks with the new cut, btw.

      • Paul L.L

        I respect your style and it’s always on point! Love the looks.

        I wanted to try out to be your summer photographer, but I’m going to Korea for business so I didn’t want to waste your time with an email. Hopefully soon there would be another opportunity!

      • Michael

        Fresh cut?

        • SB

          Summer Cut.
          Keeping cool and making life easier.


      • Fran

        Love the look. Summer cool from colourful deck shoes
        to cropped hair. Every shot demands a Gin & Tonic in hand.


        • SB

          Thanks Fran!

      • cam

        dan, nice tip about the 1″ tie bar seeming more casual. agreed

      • Tony

        Always fresh. Nice post.

      • Oli

        Nice post.

      • Dee Tee

        You pull this look off very well. I have been very apprehensive about purchasing white jeans. I went shopping for white jeans (think chain store) last night and am very nervous about the way they look. Chinos, no problem, but jeans? I know they look terrific with a trim sport coat!

      • BryJovi

        Okay. Fine. You’ve convinced me. I’m getting a pair of white denim. God help them with the coffee I drink though, Tide To Go anyone?

        • SB

          Haha. Not ideal for the coffee or wine spillers.
          Thanks for reading,

      • Zach

        Love the Sebagos.