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2023 White Denim Guide

White jeans are practically synonymous with spring fashion, and I always get tons of requests for white denim recommendations this time of year, so today I’ve got my 2023 white denim guide for you!

MOTHER The Hustler in Fairest Of Them All (29) // Evereve blouse (S) // Marc Fisher sandals (7.5) // YSL bag (similar for less) // earrings // necklace

I’ve tried lots of white jeans this year, in lots of different styles and price points, and these are my favorites so far. I debated about how to structure this post, and I finally I decided to divide it up by price point, and premium denim (which is the largest category) is organized by style.

Best White Jeans Under $50

My favorite white jeans under $50 are these high rise flares from Gap Factory. Flares are a great option for those who don’t care for the wide-leg silhouette, but want to update their denim wardrobe for spring 2023. This pair has a classic fit, with front patch pockets for a little extra style value.

Gap Factory High Rise 70’s Flares (6) // Gap Factory top (S) // Kork-Ease heels (8)

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These jeans have a 32″ inseam and just a hint of stretch, and they run true to size. I’m wearing the 28, but they were pretty snug. so I kept the 29 instead. (I always order both sizes these days, because I never know which is going to work.)

For a straight leg style, Gap Factory also has a good pair of classic straight leg jeans in a clean white wash. I’m impressed by the weight of the denim and the easy fit. For the price point, you can’t beat it!

Gap Factory Mid Rise Classic Straight Leg Jeans (8) // Gap Factory V-Neck Top (S) // Kork-Ease Hutton heels (8)

They also come in short and tall sizes, so you can choose the length you prefer. This is the size 8 regular, and it has a 29″ inseam, so it’s a full length style. I would get the short if I wanted ankle length.

And Gap Factory has some good wide leg white denim, as well! These high rise side-leg jeans are 100% cotton, and they’re cut slim through the hip and relaxed through the thigh, with a wide leg and a 30″ inseam.

The raw hem allows you to give them a chop, if you want a shorter length, and like most Gap denim, they also come in short and tall sizes.  I love that these are more of an off-white wash, which is on trend this spring.

Gap Factory High Rise Wide-Leg Jeans (28) // Gap Factory t-shirt (S) // Gap Factory Icon Denim jacket (S) // Kork-Ease heels (8)

I realize all the jeans in this under-$50 category are from Gap Factory, but they’re the ones I have the most experience with at the moment, and I’ve been very impressed with the quality for the price point.


Best White Jeans Under $100

In the under-$100 category, the best jeans I’ve found are these Good American straight leg jeans with the raw hem.

Good American denim is known for its figure-hugging, stomach-smoothing fit. Their jeans also have a gap-proof waistband designed to fit women who have a larger waist to hip ratio. While that is not my issue, they fit my body extremely well too.

Good American Good Straight (8) (also at Bloomies and Saks) // LOFT blouse (S) // Marc Fisher heels (7.5)

This pair has a 27 1/2″ inseam with a 14 1/2″ leg opening and a 11″ front rise; and the fabric is 72% cotton, 20% recycled cotton, 6% elasterell-p, 2% elastane.

The denim is nice and thick and has a good amount of stretch, so it’s very comfortable  and doesn’t show through at all.

For a bootcut jean under $100, I really like the KUT from the Kloth Stella. In fact, I also have the MOTHER Weekender on my hanging rack, and I’m debating returning them and keeping the Stella instead.

KUT from the Kloth Stella Fab Ab Flare (also at Evereve) (6) // 525 Cableknit Cotton Sweater (S) // Taos sneakers (8.5)

These have a 31″ inseam with a 20″ leg opening and a 10 1/4″ high rise; and the fabric is 98% cotton, 2% spandex, so they have just the right amount of stretch. This is a really nice classic bootcut style to have in your rotation this season!


Best White Jeans: Premium Denim Brands

Since premium denim is my wheelhouse, I’m going to divide this section up by style of denim. (Spoiler alert: most of these are PAIGE or MOTHER.) I actually did a whole MOTHER Denim Guide a while back, and I recently updated it with my newest additions, if you want more details on the various styles and washes.

My Favorite White Straight Leg Jeans

I have two pairs of white straight leg jeans in my closet at the moment (actually, three, if you count the Good American Good Straight) but I reach for the MOTHER Dazzler the most because I find them most comfortable.

MOTHER The Dazzler in Fairest Of Them All (29) // RAILS Charli button-up (S) // Tory Burch ballet flats (8)

These jeans have a 9 3/4″ mid rise and a 27 1/2″ inseam with a 13″ leg opening and a clean finished hem, for a slim straight fit. I got these at Anthro early last year, and I’ve worn them a ton since. I haven’t seen this exact pair anywhere else, but you can find them with a raw hem at motherdenim.com.

Here’s how these jeans look with heels. As you can see, they’re highly versatile.

MOTHER The Dazzler in Fairest Of Them All (29) // RAILS Charli button-up (S) // Dolce Vita slides (7.5)

Fairest Of Them All is MOTHER’s bestselling white denim wash. The fabric composition is 78% cotton, 16% modal, 4% polyester, 2% elastane; so they have a good amount of stretch. MOTHER denim is known for molding to your body but never bagging out. If in doubt, size down.

I also like the Frame Le High Straight in Blanc; I actually had these first (they’re two years old), and I ordered the MOTHER Dazzler last spring because I wanted a pair that was slimmer and more of an ankle than a cropped length.

Frame Le High Straight in Blanc (also at Nordstrom and at Saks) (28) // Caslon tank (S) // denim jacket (S) // Dolce Vita sandals (8)

These jeans have a 10 1/2″ front rise and a 27″ inseam with a 14″ leg opening and a clean finished hem. The fabric is 92% cotton, 6% polyester, 2% elastane; so it has a good bit of stretch. It’s also slightly thicker than MOTHER’s white denim.

Frame Le High Straight in Le Blanc (also at Nordstrom and Saks) (28)// CeCe ruffle blouse (S) // Sam Edelman heels (8) // Coach handbag

I tend to wear these when I want a more polished, somewhat dressier look, but I probably don’t need both in my closet… especially now that I’m wearing a wider variety of denim styles and silhouettes. I still wanted to include them because they might work better for women with more athletic legs, since they’re slightly wider than the MOTHER and Good American pairs.


My Favorite White Flares

For a cropped flare (it’s actually more of a cropped boot, but for the sake of simplicity, I’m using “flare” and “bootcut” interchangeably in this post) my favorite white jeans are the MOTHER Insider.

MOTHER The Insider Crop Step Fray (also at Bloomies) (28) // old t-shirt // old sandals

I first discovered the MOTHER Insider style in the Dancing On Coals wash at Nordstrom, and soon afterwards, I noticed a woman in the airport wearing white ones. I thought she looked so effortlessly chic and summery, so I went online and ordered a pair. They quickly become my most worn white jeans, second only to the MOTHER Dazzler.

MOTHER The Insider Crop Step Fray (also at Bloomies) (29) // SUNDRY tee (1=S) // Kork-Ease sandals (8)

I love the raw step hem for casual looks, and the cropped length looks great with sandals and sneakers all summer long.

SIZING INFO: Since purchasing my first pair in the spring of 2021, I’ve had to size up to the 29 in these jeans. I would say they run true to size, or size up if in between. I currently have the 29 in all my white MOTHER denim.

Since I like The Insider in Fairest so much, last summer, I added The Hustler in Fairest to my closet.

MOTHER The Hustler Ankle Fray (also at Nordstrom and at Bloomies) (29) // eyelet top (S) //Marc Fisher heels (7.5) // earrings // bracelets one & two // similar Kendra Scott necklace // YSL Lou (option)

These are a high-rise, ankle-length flare with a raw hem. They have a 11″ high rise and a 27 1/2″ inseam with a 16″ leg opening, and I usually wear them with a heel.

For a full-length white bootcut jean in the premium denim category, I recommend the MOTHER Weekender or FRAME Le High Flare.

 MOTHER The Weekender in Fairest Of Them All (also at Bloomingdale’s and Saks) (29) // 525 Cableknit Cotton Sweater (S) // Taos sneakers (8.5)

The MOTHER Weekender has a 9 1/2″ mid rise, 31-inch inseam with a raw cropped hem and 20″ leg opening.

If you need a longer inseam, the Frame Le High Flare in Blanc has a similar silhouette with a 33″ inseam. I haven’t tried them in white, but I’ve tried that style in other colors, and it looks fabulous on. They’re just too long for me, without hemming.

As you probably know, I love my MOTHER Weekenders in A Groovy Kind of Love and wear them a ton, so I ordered this white pair. They’re amazing jeans, but I wish they weren’t cut quite so close to the knee.

When comparing them to the much less expensive KUT from the Kloth Stella, I like how they’re a little looser at the knee, and I also noticed that you can’t see the front pockets as much through the denim. Here’s a side-by-side to compare.

KUT from the Kloth Stella (6) // MOTHER The Weekender (29)

Both are good jeans, but given the cost difference, I might keep the Stella instead.


My Favorite White Wide Leg Jeans

Wide leg jeans are trending this season, and I’ve tried quite a few pairs in a variety of denim washes. For white jeans, my current favorites are both from PAIGE.

The PAIGE Leenah is more of a trouser jean, so it lends itself to dressier looks. These would be nice for work wear, if they fit your dress code.

PAIGE Leenah Wide Leg Trouser Jeans in Crisp White (also at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s (29) // J. Crew t-shirt (S) // Dolce Vita heels (7.5)

I can’t really improve upon the description at paige.com:

Crafted in comfort stretch white denim with a high-rise waist, this wide leg reflects the sailor styling trend that we’ve been seeing on the runway with front patch pockets. This long and lean silhouette is ultra chic in crisp white, finished with clean faux welt pockets in the back.

These jeans are so sleek and slenderizing, and they look amazing on. My one caveat when recommending these jeans is the rear welt pockets. I find them to be a little more revealing than typical denim patch pockets. Definitely wear smoothing shorts or full-coverage seamless panties in a color that matches your skin tone when wearing this style of pant.

For a cropped wide leg pair, the PAIGE Nellie is a nice choice. Again, the description at paige.com sums them up nicely:

Our classic culotte silhouette, this cropped, wide leg pair is designed with a high-rise, loosely tailored shape that feels timeless in crisp white. This white denim provides plenty of coverage and is soft to the touch with the perfect amount of stretch.

These are as polished as the Leenah, but more versatile because you can wear them with flats or heels. They also give off more casual vibes, but they can be dressed up as well.

 PAIGE Nellie Cropped Jeans in Crisp White (also at Anthro and Bloomies (29) // J. Crew t-shirt (S) // Tory Burch slides

These jeans have a 10 3/4″ high rise and a 26 1/2″ cropped inseam with a relaxed fit and a 19 1/2″ wide leg opening. The fabric is 92% cotton, 6% elastomultiester, 2% elastane; and they have a slight texture to them, which I like.

I also want to give a quick shout out to the MOTHER Rambler. These are sort of in between a wide leg and a relaxed straight leg silhouette, but I included them with the wide leg jeans because that’s how I’ll style them.

MOTHER The Rambler Zip Ankle (also at Nordstrom and at Saks) (29) // LOFT blouse (S) // Kut denim jacket // Kork-Ease heels (8)

These jeans have an 11 1/4″ high rise and a clean 27 1/2″ ankle-length inseam with a wide straight leg and a 17 3/4″ leg opening. The Nordstrom website describes these as “relaxed yet perfectly polished” and I think that sums it up nicely! I found them a little tricky to style; I’m pretty sure I’ll always wear them with a heel, but I need to play with them a bit more.

Of course, there are plenty more good options for white denim. In fact, there are so many out there right now, it is positively overwhelming! But these are my favorites and best recommendations, based on the ones I’ve tried so far this season.

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22 thoughts on “2023 White Denim Guide

  1. Thanks…..my favorite post of white jean options/styles yet and I like that blue and white floral top with jeans for a summer option (has just a smidgen of sleeves).

  2. Wow what an informative post! Great variety of style, cut, and price points. Thanks so much for this!

    1. Yay or nay? 🙂 I saw someone do the white denim with white sneakers, just brushing the tops like this and I thought it looked kind of fresh. Funny b/c I would have said it was a no bueno just a year ago. Fashion is funny.

  3. As usual, a very thorough post from you. I admit I am a little overwhelmed. I can’t remember exactly what I have from last summer, and my white jeans are packed away. I am one who really enjoys white denim, and I did order the Gap Factory wide leg, because I know I don’t have any like them. I am waiting for them to come in, so I don’t know how they will work. I want to save this post so I can see what I already have first, and see what fits, too (unfortunately, I am a size up from normal due to inactivity before and after my back surgery in December, but I am walking again—the only exercise I am allowed until my restrictions are over, hopefully when I see the surgeon next week). So I really don’t want to make any purchases just yet, but I love so many of your selections. I am only 5’1”, so they need to be cropped or have a raw hem. But I am so excited!

  4. Since you normally prefer premium denim, it’s great to see you recommending GAP Factory white denim as a viable option. Even though I don’t need additional pars of white or ecru denim, I perused this post and was happy to see you wearing wider legged pants with sneakers. I know that we need to watch the length so that they barely touch the top of the sneaker. Have a great day!

  5. I have a pair from Talbots that I love (although they are a couple of years old, so I can’t vouch for current offerings). They are straight, but not skinny, and slightly cropped on 5’3” me. They are a good weight and not see-through.

  6. Hi Jo-Lynne,

    I want to send a big THANK YOU your way. I fall in that category of “curvy” with a more extreme waist/hip ratio (I think 13″ difference) and have been 100% AG jeans for some years now, and they could often be a miss. Reading your reviews on GA jeans and the gap-proof waistband – I ordered, and I love!!! It is SO nice to find a pair of jeans that fit! I know you said a drastic waist/hip ratio is not an issue for you, so I appreciate all the more you making recommendations that help all different body types. I have also tried some of your Kut recommendations and have been having some luck there, as well. I will be honing in (and likely ordering) more from both GA and Kut when you share/style. Thank you! 🙂

  7. Can you recommend a no show lines panty to wear with the white jeans? So many say seamless but they’re not!
    Thank you

  8. This doesn’t have anything to do with today’s post but…….I just got in the mail today a pair of 1822 denim that you recommended as an alternative to Mother Insiders. OH MY GOODNESS!!!! These jeans are so good! I am so excited to have these jeans in my life and so grateful you found this alternative. Not only are these jeans 1/5 the price of Mother, they fit me, as a petite, WAAAY better. I tried the Mother Insiders this summer and the distressing/hole in the knee just didn’t work for me at 5’2″. (The whole in the knee was below my knee!) I’ve been jealous of your Insiders since the 1st time you posted them on the blog. Jealous no more! I know what I’m wearing tomorrow! 🙂

  9. I know I say this often, but I really do mean it. THANK YOU! You work so hard, and it is so appreciated. I have learned so much from you. ❤️

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