I get asked what my favorite pair of white denim is quite often, and the truth is I don’t have a single favorite – at least not one that isn’t subject to change. And it does change – every summer and sometimes a couple of times throughout the same summer. I’m always testing and trying, always on the hunt for the next best pair. That’s because white jeans are tricky. They just are. You can’t just order the white pair off of your favorite pair of blue jeans. I wish it was that easy but they never seem to look or fit the same as the blue ones. See? Tricky.
This summer’s hunting has led me to three new pairs (four, if you count this pair that I’ve had forever and still really love) that I would mark as favorites. First up: this pair from Frame. I love the straight-leg cut and though I don’t tend to favor stretch (especially in white denim), these have just the right amount, making them super comfortable and easy to wear all day long. My next favorite is one with zero stretch and that’s this pair of 501s from Levi’s. These are cropped at the ankle (note: they look much shorter on the model than they are in real life) so I can wear them with every kind of shoe – sneakers, sandals, ballet flats, even a wedge. Bonus? They’re under $100. The last pair that’s currently in rotation is the newest addition to my closet: this DL1961 pair. I have never found a blue denim from DL1961 that I really loved but, like I said, white denim is a different ball game. This is my go-to of late for comfortable and casual. I love the high-waist and the slightly wider leg (but still cropped) is perfect with a pair of slides. (If you want a similar pair with a more polished hem, this style from Khaite is so good, too.) The color is worth noting here because they aren’t bright white but they’re not super creamy either. The color falls somewhere in between those two, an eggshell shade. It’s interesting. I like it.
The hunt is still on.