Ask Allie: Wearing White Jeans in Winter

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I don’t know why there’s snow on the ground and I want to wear my white jeans but I do. How can I make them work in winter? I’m 45, self-employed and prefer a more classic yet relaxed style.

Get those white jeans out of storage because they are hotter than ever in the winter months! As long as they are denim and not linen, twill, or another summery fabric they can easily be winterized. I’ve written about white jeans before, but you are not the only one who has asked me to revisit this topic in the dead of winter. Below a few outfits to get your sartorial juices flowing and to see how white denim can really rock in winter.

Ideas on how to style white jeans in winter by Wardrobe Oxygen


White jeans look so fresh with soft neutrals. Cream, tan, taupe and grey look so elegant against white. Choose rich textures like suede, cashmere, alpaca, and angora for a rich and seasonally appropriate effect. With this ensemble, I chose shades of pebble and taupe, and highlighted a popular look this winter – tall or over the knee suede boots and slouchy poncho-inspired sweaters. Gold jewelry and a glossy pinky nude lip add just the right bit of shine. To prevent being too matchy matchy, not only is the bag a different shade from the boots it’s a different fabric. It’s more stylish to mix up colors and textures so don’t be afraid to pair leather with suede, or brown with a color.

Ideas on how to style white jeans in winter by Wardrobe Oxygen


When white denim is paired with something obviously wintry, it helps the jeans look purposeful. I love the contrast of a plaid flannel and white jeans. If the shirt has a feminine fit, consider leaving it untucked, maybe with an extra button unbuttoned to show a peek of a camisole or low-necked Henley. A pair of rugged boots in a soft shade keep your feet warm, and the low contrast color keeps the look cohesive. Again, don’t be afraid to mix leathers as I did with a tan leather watch band and gray glazed bag. The choice of three leather/suede pieces is purposeful so it doesn’t look as though you grabbed boots and bag willy-nilly, you made a conscious decision to mix fabrics and did it with style. If you’re a low-fuss woman, no need to apply makeup for your relaxed style; regular application of a balm (this is my current favorite) will keep your lips soft and supple.

Ideas on how to style white jeans in winter by Wardrobe Oxygen


And finally, this look is polished and classic with a modern twist. Considering your personal style you likely already have a gray turtleneck and black blazer in your wardrobe. Balance the dark colors on top with a black Chelsea boot for a classic yet comfortable ensemble, but consider adding a bit of personality with a statement bag and a wash of a sheer red lipcolor (I have this balm stain and swear by it; I’ve had friends of different ages and skintones agree it’s a wearable soft red for most everyone and budget friendly too!).

Hopefully these ideas will show you that it’s okay to wear white jeans in the snow, and you can do it without losing your personal style aesthetic or looking like a fashion victim!

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  • Texas Aggie Mom January 26, 2015

    I’m generally a pretty conservative dresser, but I think I’m going out on a limb and try this. I found a grey and white sweater at Target early in the fall; I think it was actually marked down from summer stock, but it looks more “wintery” to me, even though it has 3/4 sleeves. I’m going to try it with white jeans and my grey suede boots; I know that’s very “matchy” but baby steps, right? Now I’m wondering if I can get away with wearing some white denim mid-calf length pants instead of my full length white jeans. They fit better, are more comfortable and better quality, so I I filled in the lower leg gap with warm socks and wore the knee high suede boots, no one would be the wiser, right???

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen January 27, 2015

      I’ve worn cropped and capri jeans under tall boots many times. They’re less likely to bunch up at the knees and with some taller socks you stay warm. Do it, no one will be the wiser and you’ll give your jeans a second life!

  • crtfly January 26, 2015

    Allie,

    What about a white jeans jacket with dark pants or skirts? Sorry if everybody knows the answer to this except me. You know that fashion is not my strong suit.

    Chris

  • Accidental Icon January 26, 2015

    Winterizing whites, love the look with neutrals! You are an “envelope pusher” also!

    Accidental Icon
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  • Natalie Mikolajczak January 26, 2015

    My white jeans just arrived Saturday. I can’t wait to winterize them!

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