It would be wrong to proclaim a single pair of white jeans the best, when really the best white jeans for women vary from person to person. Everyone has a silhouette and shade that make them feel most confident and comfortable. No matter the specific wash, cut, fit, or fabric feel you’re after, we’re here to help end the search for the perfect pair (or two).
Blanched denim was once looked at as an exclusive summer item, a piece with a life span of Memorial Day to Labor Day. However, the old-fashioned rule has been thrown out the window, and white denim has rightfully earned its place as an all-year-long staple, thanks to its variety of silhouettes and sartorial versatility. There are effortlessly cool baggy styles that go swimmingly with a bikini top, flip-flops, and summer-camp jewelry for casual summer days. There are also crisp, tailored, and tapered silhouettes that pair well with button-ups and structured blazers for put-together looks to welcome the fall. And, of course, soft-and-cozy pairs ideal for layering come winter, with chunky cardigans, puffer coats, and the like. White jeans are a seamless substitute for classic blue jeans, trousers, or shorts.
To narrow down the overwhelming options of crops; flares; straight legs; washes; and high-, mid-, and low-rises (yes, low-rise is back), we’ve edited it all down to a handful of our favorite styles that are sure to fit the bill. To add extra variety to the mix, we’ve included more than bleach-white denim. There’s a handful of other shades to consider, like ecru, ivory, bone, and cream. Plus some of these jeans are made with environmentally sustainable practices.
Here, Vogue’s guide to the very best white jeans for women to wear now, next season, and beyond.
Leave it to Rag & Bone to nail the perfect hue of ecru in a natural-colored wash—an understated alternative to bright chalk white. This pair is made from rigid denim, which gives them their vintage treasure look.
Rag & Bone Alex high-rise jeans
You may know Wandler for its accessories, but the brand’s founder Elza Wandler began her career at Levi’s. A denim lover through and through, you can be sure that the silhouettes have been fit and tested to perfection, including this slightly barreled tapered pair.
Wandler Chamomile cropped tapered jeans
With just the right amount of bagginess and tapering, Agolde brings their straight leg silhouette expertise into a very desirable off-white wash pair made with zero stretch.
Agolde baggy straight-leg jeans
Sourcing vintage denim can be tricky between the price tag and finding the right fit, especially in white. Madewell’s “Perfect Vintage” line does all the hard work for you, (the style is made in a range of petite, standard, and tall sizing—no tailoring required!) and goes for under $150.
Madewell Perfect vintage wide-leg jeans
Finding a jean that effortlessly puddles up over your footwear is no easy feat, but Khaite’s ivory wide legs achieve just that, making them the ultimate casual-cool statement.
Achieve the coastal grandmother aesthetic with a pair of jeans that wear more like a trouser. With cuffed hems, pleats, and no back pockets, Mother Denim makes it easy to slip on a pair.
Mother Breaking Waves cuff jeans
When it comes to comfort, the ‘slouch’ silhouette is a favorite among a handful of our editors, so it should be noted that the style also comes in white. For an even more relaxed look, we suggest rolling them up at the ankles. Plus, the pair comes in two lengths (inseams of 27.5 and 29.5 inches) to ensure the perfect fit.
Not everyone is welcoming the return of low rise, but if your sartorial interest is piqued, give Raey’s super wide-leg pair a try. Plus, this low-slung and raw hemmed pair is made from organic cotton.
Raey Gait organic-cotton wide-leg jeans
Citizens of Humanity
The ripped jean trend has come in and out of fashion for several decades now. If you’re going to go for a pair, Citizens of Humanity’s Eva pair is a great place to start.
Citizens of Humanity Eva relaxed baggy jeans
These 100% cotton, high-waist jeans are the ideal way to wear the white jean trend—but with a bit of polish. Treat them as you would a trouser and, yes, you can even wear them to the office.
Nili Lotan Josette wide-leg jeans
The jean that has stood the test of time—and what many other denim-makers reference—this jean needs no introduction; here’s the all-white 501.
White jeans can be stiff (read: uncomfortable for most). This pair will give you the stretch, silhouette and coverage you want. Plus, they’re crafted with 92% organic cotton.
Jeanerica Eiffel cotton straight-leg jeans
For adding polish to your denim look, look no further than Victoria Beckham’s Mia jean. With its pleated straight leg, this pair offers a structured feel similar to Beckham’s tailoring.
Victoria Beckham Mia straight-leg jeans
Lean into the ’70s trend and add a touch of flare to your wide legs. Frame’s Le Palazzo style is full length and wide enough to wear over pointed toe or mid-calf boots.
Frame Le Palazzo wide-leg jeans
For a low-impact option, consider durable denim from Bite Studios. Their minimal white wide leg is produced in Italy from sustainably-sourced materials.
Bite Studios wide-leg eco denim jeans
Goldsign’s heavy duty denim makes them the perfect candidate for when you want a slim fit, but not “skinny”. With a high waist and straight leg, this pair goes with everything.
Goldsign Lawler slim straight-leg jeans
What sets these white SLVRLAKE straight-leg jeans apart from your average pair is the use of contrast stitching. It’s a small detail, however, it adds a subtle difference to an otherwise very monochromatic look.