Denim Tips: Winter White Jeans 2 Ways

Last week I wrote about pairing your summer denim shorts with tights, in order to get more wear out of them throughout the year. I then started thinking about just how important this idea is to me – to be able to get long-term wear out of as many items in my closet as possible. This is especially key for me when it comes to premium denim because spending around $200 on a single article of clothing – like a pair of jeans – is still a big investment for me. I want to be sure my purchase can go the distance.

Which brings me to this week’s challenge: taking white denim into the colder months. We’ve all pretty much agreed that it’s not only acceptable but totally chic to wear your whites after Labor Day, but what about when the temperatures actually start dropping? I’ll admit it was a little daunting at first to figure out how to make such a distinctly summer-y piece work in the middle of November.

Here are my top 5 styling tips for working white denim into your winter wardrobe:

1. A skinny cut will be more versatile and easier to winterize since you can tuck them in or roll them at the cuff to show off a pair of ankle booties.

2. Pair them with brown or grey shoes, especially in suede, like these Dolce Vita Zela boots. Avoid black only because the contrast can be a little harsh.

3. Give your whole ensemble a soft, luxe look by mixing white with neutrals, creams and espresso hues. I’m currently completely crazy for this Funktional Arctic cable knit.

4. Layer up with classic cold-weather accessories like scarves, cozy hats, or even a ski chateau-worthy headband like this one from Rag & Bone.

5. Don’t go head-to-toe white. I know it sounds glamorous, but you’ll look ridiculous.

Will you be working your white denim into the winter months?

[Photos by Nando Alvarez]


  1. November 15, 2011 / 12:16 pm

    I totally wear mine with boots. Keep thinking I’ll splurge on a pair of Swedish Hasbeens to go the bootie route.

  2. November 15, 2011 / 12:29 pm

    I loved these ideas – especially to pair with gray. I’ve worn mine with brown boots but never thought of gray til now. Especially love that second look!

  3. November 15, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    Super cute! Did you get any weird looks or anyone mentioning the Labor Day rule? I feel like a ton of people would all the sudden take on the role of Fashion Police just because you have white pants on!

  4. November 15, 2011 / 2:03 pm

    The texture of that sweater looks incredible!
    I only have one pair of white jeans that will stay put until spring/summer, but I just bought some cream cords that I can’t wait to wear this winter.

  5. MMD
    November 16, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    Where did you get that sweater! It’s beautiful and the link provided doesn’t go to quite the same one.

  6. November 18, 2011 / 3:52 pm

    LOVE both of these. Pinned them for later inspiration! 🙂

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