Fashion Over 50: How to Choose White Jean’s

Happy Memorial Day ladies! This weekend is the official start of summer and when we in the USA honor the men and women who died in service to our country. It’s also when the out of date  fashion rules give us permission to begin wearing white! Since I’m not one to believe or follow fashion rules so I wear white year round… including white jeans.

A flattering white jean may seem like an oxymoron and feel elusive but I know they exist. Today I’m sharing some tips for choosing and styling white jeans that you can feel confident wearing.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life styling white jeans


Choose heavy denim that is thicker and opaque. Panties showing through is not a flattering look so always remember to wear lingerie in your skin tone. White lingerie shows through white and pale fabrics.


Avoid overly tight legs which give a sausage casing effect. What works for dark jeans isn’t always as flattering in white. Skinny white jeans can be slimming but look for ones that hug rather than strangle. Straight and flare styles are often more flattering in a white jean

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing white jeans


As with any jean, the rise can make or break the fit of white jeans. The higher the rise the less likely you’ll struggle with any muffin top action.


The lower the back pockets the lower your backside will appear. Back pockets that are set far apart will make your backside appear wider. If you don’t tuck your tops in choose jeans without extra belt loops and pockets that can look lumpy under your tops. Pull-on styles are great options.

-and finally-


Wear your white jeans with a nude, pale neutral, white or metallic shoe. Even a flat shoe in these colors will help elongate the look of your leg for a slimming effect. A dark shoe slams the eye to a halt at your ankle and makes you look shorter than you are. It also draws the eye to your shoe and makes it the focal point of your look.

Do you wear white jeans?


Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!



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  1. Deborah Broughton
    June 3, 2019 / 5:23 am

    I struggled with white jeans for years but as I changed my life style and lost weight I tried some and now have several that I wear often. My favorites that I reach for all the time are from Dress Barn and the Belle by Kim Gravel line from QVC. Which are really a nice weight knit that looks like denim. I love the wide waistband and even on a log driving trip they are not all stretched out when I get there!
    I now am an unstoppable collector of white jeans and will probably try some brands that were mentioned above.

    • June 4, 2019 / 4:45 am

      I need to check out those Kim Gravel pants. Comfort is critical. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. April 16, 2019 / 4:16 am

    I love my white jeans, two pair, from Talbots. They are straight leg, ankle, and the ruse is perfect for my body type.
    However, I don’t wear them year round. Here in the northeast I’ve never thought of keeping them around during our cold, stormy winters. I guess I could! (I do wear a pair of Winter white dressier pant, slight flair) near the holidays…Why not my jeans? No clear answer……

  3. Phyllis Hughes
    May 29, 2018 / 7:06 am

    I have a “thing” about white pants. For me, they are an accident just waiting to happen. Every time I wear white pants or a white skirt I wind up with spaghetti dumped in my lap or baby poop shooting out the side of the diaper to land on my lap. Needless to say, I don’t tempt fate with white pants anymore. I’ll stick with my dark jeans or go to linen pants.

    • May 29, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Lol. I hear you Phyliss! We all have an issue with something.

  4. Suzanne W. Sanders
    May 29, 2018 / 6:22 am

    Jennifer, what size did you buy in that lovely Periwinkle blouse from Purple Poppy? That is my favorite color! A
    Medium might work for me, but I fear a ‘pulled’ look at the buttons, if a bit too tight in the bust. At one time, I think you wrote that a ‘new customer’ who mentions having seen an item on your Blog, might receive a small discount? Well, thanks and I just have to have that blouse! Looks fantastic with your white jeans, too!

    • May 29, 2018 / 7:48 am

      Laid flat, my medium measures 40” across the bust. I measure 36” so it’s a nice roomy fit but not sloppy because of the pleats. The discount code is POPPY at checkout. I hope she still has some for you. I wear mine a lot!

  5. pat valentic
    May 29, 2018 / 5:59 am

    Wow, You look amazing in that periwinkle blue top. I know I am off topic but that is lovely on you. paatval

    • May 29, 2018 / 7:42 am

      Thanks Pat. Compliments are never off topic.

  6. beth byrd
    May 28, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Oh your post is so timely, Jennifer, as I just purchased a pair of white jeans this weekend. They are from Dress Barn and are ankle length. Because I have short legs, ankle length is a more flattering length for me than capris. The jeans I purchased are just the right weight in fabric and fit without being too tight! I know they will be worn often as I can dress them up or wear them for more casual occasion.

    Enjoyed this post and your blog!!!

    • May 28, 2018 / 12:46 pm

      They sound perfect! Thanks for being here Beth

  7. May 28, 2018 / 9:12 am

    I am not n the market for white jeans but your suggestions for how different features can spell win or fail are right on for those.okingto buy. My two favorites are from Kut from the Kloth (both Macys and Nordstrom carry the brand) in the Catherine style. it’s more of a boyfriend cut but very flattering on. Y other fave is. Jag jogging bought last summer.
    And a Happy holiday everyone from MN,where vulinteers helped place flags on every grave in Fort Snelling National cemetery. Very proud of our state to see that effort and all the donations that made this possible. Honor our vets for the sacrifices they have made for all of us.

  8. Elizabeth
    May 28, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Loving my white jeans from Maurice’s for casual wear and crops and ankle pants from Chicho’s. Bought everything when they had a 40% off sale very early in the season. So I am good. Love wearing white pants and I am 69 going to 70 in August.

    • May 28, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Smart lady! It’s always a good idea to stock up when things are on sale. Have a great birthday. Mine is in August too

  9. Jackie S. Middleton
    May 28, 2018 / 7:40 am

    Love the white jeans that you show from Soft Surroundings … are they true to size? You look so fresh!!

    • May 28, 2018 / 12:47 pm

      They are true to size and do shrink a bit in length when you put them in the dryer.

  10. May 28, 2018 / 6:36 am

    I love white jeans because the fabric is heavy enough that undies don’t show through and because they don’t have that Mrs. Thurston Howell III look of a retiree on a cruise, which white polyester pants can do even to someone relatively young and chic.
    My favorite jeans provider is Loft, which has two cuts: Marisa for women with small hips and Julie for women with small waists.

    • May 28, 2018 / 8:08 am

      You’re so right about the Mrs Thurston Howell look! And how funny they we call her that. I’m heading back to Loft this week and will try on the Marissa. My waist is certainly not small these days;)

  11. Joanna
    May 28, 2018 / 6:23 am

    I’m on the look out for white jeans that flatter. I’ll keep these points in mind when shopping.
    I love your top. It is very flattering. There is not much info on the site. Would I be able to find a store near Seattle? We boat down that way in September. I would order online but unsure of size.

  12. Sheila in Garden City, SC
    May 28, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Your look is perfect! Casual, yet comfortable! I am a huge fan of SLIMSATION pants.They are quite reasonably priced for the superior quality. Yes, I bought them in white! ????????

    • May 28, 2018 / 8:29 am

      I will have to try them. They sounds great!

  13. sophia
    May 28, 2018 / 5:40 am

    I wore a pair of white jeans EVER this weekend! Thank you for the nudge in trying something new. Liking my Levi’s and will need to wear a few times, getting used to them (just like red lipstick). Good idea about no dark shoes.

    • May 28, 2018 / 8:28 am

      Baby steps are the best way to branch into a new look. So true about the red lipstick Sophia!

  14. Amy
    May 28, 2018 / 5:33 am

    I adore white jeans! My favorite also come from J Jill, as do a lot of my classic pieces. I also have an ankle jean from Chico’s that are nice. I think white looks so fresh in the summer. Happy Memorial Day to all, and to those who have served, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • May 28, 2018 / 8:26 am

      I love my Chico’s because the fabric is thick and the fit is easy.

  15. Cindy
    May 28, 2018 / 5:25 am

    I don’t normally wear white jeans but I just love both of these outfits! I might have to rethink my aversion to white.

  16. May 28, 2018 / 5:01 am

    I have two favorites …one is a slimsation white pant, and the other is the white Metro legging from Soft Surroundings which fits more like a pant. You are so right Jennifer…fit is everything and the sausage effective is a big problem!

    • May 28, 2018 / 8:22 am

      I love my Metro leggings! Funny they don’t call them jeans because they are.

  17. Susan
    May 28, 2018 / 4:22 am

    My new favorite white jeans are from Macy’s-JM collection pull on white jeans. They tick all the boxes-higher rise, smooth waist, but a fake fly front and pockets, heavy enough fabric, just the right leg width/length. I bought them in a petite so they would be ankle length on me and they worked great. Am tempted to go buy another pair. My other favorite “real” jeans are JJill-nice weight, length, and style.

    • May 28, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Those pull-on jeans sound awesome. I’ll check them out next time I’m in Macy’s. Do buy another pair if you love them!

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