Staple: White Jeans


They exploded in the eighties, became a cause for reprimand if worn after Labor Day and were sent to the backs of closets for a decade. But the perennial denim de blanc has been resurrected as an unexpected staple in the modern woman’s wardrobe. May I present to you, the white jean, as modeled on the ever-effortless and inspiring French Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Emmanuelle Alt, and her assistant, Geraldine Saglio.



 Photos from The Northern Light.

When worn, white teases false hope of possessing a rare ability to never acquire stains or dirt on oneself. From David Hemmings in 1966’s sexy and fashionable film, “Blow Up“, to Gwyneth Paltrow’s street style, white jeans haven’t changed much since their trendy beginnings in the 1960s.


David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave in “Blow Up”, 1966


Paltrow in an overused paparazzi photo of her shopping.

I propose that white jeans — after enjoying a fashionable, almost fifty-year-long tenure of recurring trend interest — officially be added to the list of wardrobe staples. Worn with neutrals like camel, navy, grey and black in luxurious fabrics like cashmere, silk and wool; white is effortless and refreshing. If everyone from your grandmother (Hi, Grandma!) to your dog (Hi, Karl!) can wear blue jeans, then it’s time to add some variety to the quotidian routine.

High Rise Skinny in Bright White, Rag & Bone, $176, ShopBop

Shopping Wish List:


Top Left to Right:

1. Vadim Chunky Knit, Isabel Marant, $480, La Garçonne

2. Lyra Pocket Shirt, Helmut Lang, $320, La Garçonne

3. Brown Tri-Color Sharklock Wedge Boots, Givenchy, $725, SSENSE

Bottom Left to Right:

4. Playa Espadrilles in Seersucker Blue, Soludos, $36, ShopBop

5. Cabas Phantom Medium in Calfskin Black, Céline