The Best White Jeans Spring 2020

I’ve reviewed quite a few pairs of white jeans this spring, but they’re scattered throughout several of my Try-On Hauls, so I’m rounding up the best white jeans for spring 2020 here in one dedicated post.

The 7 Best White Jeans Spring 2020

#1. Madewell 10-Inch High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans

These high-waist skinny crop jeans are my top pick for white crop skinny jeans this spring. They have a 26 1/2″ inseam with an 11″ front rise and an exposed-button fly.

They’re 90% cotton, 8% polyester, 2% elastane, so they have a good amount of stretch with great shape retention, and there is zero show-through.

In addition to all that, the fit is superb. They’re fitted, but not skin-tight, and the 26 1/2″ inseam is the perfect crop length on my 5’5″ frame (a couple inches above the ankle.) They run TTS; I have the 28.

The rear view checks out as well — the pocket placement is almost perfect, perhaps a little high, but they do settle in after wearing for a while.

I’ve worn these jeans so much this spring that it’s hard to narrow down my photos, but here’s a few ways I styled them recently… with a pastel blue top and snake print wedge slides.

And with a floral blouse and nude block heeled sandals.

I’ve also dressed them down with a stripe t-shirt and loafers

and a linen tee and flat sandals.

#2. LEVI’S 724 High Rise Straight Crop

These cropped, straight-cut jeans are made of a thick stretch denim (97% cotton/3% elastane) with one destroyed knee and a subtle distressing at the hem. You can find them at ShopbopNordstrom, and Revolve.

They also have an impressive no-show factor, but they’re more of a straight crop style, with a 25 1/4″ inseam, 9 1/2″ rise, and 12″ leg opening. They run small, which is typical for Levi’s; I have the 29.

The back view checks out too — the pockets are a nice size, a little far apart, but it’s not a deal breaker. They fit close to the body, and the length is perfect for a cropped fit.

These jeans have more of a causal vibe, due to the raw hem and blown-out knee. Here, I styled them with a casual linen tee and metallic slides.

But you can still dress them up if you want to go for that juxtaposition between rugged and polished, as I did here with this floral blouse and strappy sandals.

#3. Everlane The High-Rise Skinny Jean in Bone

These jeans are more off-white, but they’re a solid choice for an under-$100 pair of white skinny jeans. They come in ankle (26.5″ inseam), regular (28.5″ inseam), and tall (30.5″ inseam), and I ordered the ankle length for more of a cropped fit.

The fabric on these is very thick, but it does have some give to it, and they aren’t see-through at all. The premium 11 oz Japanese denim is 98% cotton, 2% elastane.

These rear pockets are higher than I like, but they’re placed well otherwise, and they’re a good medium size. I also like how the jeans fit my legs — not as snug as some of my other skinnies.

The rise is 11″, which is quite high for me, so I’ll usually wear these with a top that I can leave untucked, but here’s a picture with a front-tuck to give you an idea of how the rise looks.

These are a nice, classic style with no distressing at all, so you can easily dress them up or down. I like the 11″ leg opening — it’s slightly wider than most skinnies, so it helps offset my wider hips.

#4. 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Raw Hem Ankle Jeans

These jeans have a straight crop fit with raw-edge hem, and the fabric is a thinner, stretchy material — 94% Cotton, 5% Polyester, 1% Spandex. They have a 9″ rise with a 27″ inseam and a 12″ leg opening, and you can get them for 40% off at 7 For All Mankind. (They’re also at Shopbop and Zappo’s.)

I just got these, so I haven’t played around with them much, but I might cut off an inch to bring them up to more of a crop style.

The pocket placement is pretty good, although the pockets are on the larger side and they don’t seem to quite match. That could just be this particular pair, though.

The 27″ inseam is right between ankle and cropped on me, which makes it a little awkward. I will have to try them with different shoes, though, to be sure. If you’re taller than my 5’5″, you might really like these for a crop straight style.

I styled them here with a floral blouse and wedge sandals, but you can certainly dress them down with a t-shirt and sneakers or flat sandals.

#5. LOFT Chewed Hem Slim Pocket Skinny Crop Jeans

These jeans are the most affordable of the lot, and they’re currently 50% off with code SUNNY! They’re on the thinner side, but it’s not a deal breaker.

They have slimming front pockets that hold you in and a skinny crop fit with a 10 1/4″ rise and 26 1/2″ inseam. The material is 98% cotton, 2% spandex, so they have just enough stretch to keep them comfortable.

I like the chewed hems for a modern, carefree vibe, but you could always cut them off for a clean raw hem if you prefer.

This red blouse and the black floral above are both sold out, unfortunately. I’m wearing gold Miller sandals with the black top, and Stuart Weitzman block heel sandals with the red.

#6. Madewell 10-Inch High Waist Skinny Jeans

Dressy Summer Kimono Outfit for Work or Church featuring LOFT Fern Kimono, Madewell 9" Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pure White, and Marc Fisher LTD Orla Sandals in Blush Leather

If you’re looking for a classic white ankle-length skinny jean, these are very similar to the crop pair with the exposed-button fly in #1, but they have a 28″ inseam with an 10″ front rise and a zip fly.

They’re the same fabulous no show-through 90% cotton, 8% polyester, 2% elastane fabric that holds up beautifully to washing and wearing. (I always hang my jeans to dry.)

These jeans are the perfect ankle length on my 5’5″ frame, and they run TTS; these pictures are from last year when I was wearing a size 29.

Boden Linen Voop Tee in Ultramarine with Madewell 9" Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pure White and Sam Edelman Regis Platform Wedge Sandals

I’ve worn these jeans a ton over the past year, and they’ve held up great. Again, I have a lot of outfits to choose from, but here’s one more of my favorites — with a taupe cashmere sweater and snake print pumps for church on a mild winter day.


These jeans are a crop flare, and the fabric is thin and very stretchy — 50% cotton/41% lyocell/7% polyester/2% polyurethane.

I’m not really a fan of this silhouette on me personally, but since it’s trending, I wanted to include a pair in this roundup, and these are the best I’ve found. They’re currently 30% off at Saks.

These jeans have a 10″ rise with a 26.5″ inseam and a 15″ leg opening, they fit true to size; I’m in the 28. The fabric is a little on the thin side, which I’ve found tends to be the case with AG white denim, but it’s very comfortable, and the fit is good.

The rear view is pretty good too — at least in the derriere. The pockets are a nice size and centered perfectly. I just wish they had a more subtle flare, but some of you may like that.

Also, the raw hem makes them super easy to alter at home if you want them a little shorter. (See how I cut my jeans, if you’re wondering what I mean!)

If you’re looking for a comfortable white crop flare and don’t mind if they’re on the thin side, these are a solid option. I styled them here with a black linen henley and white slides (similar here).

I hope this post was helpful! If you have a great pair of white skinny jeans, let us know about them in the comments.

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32 Responses

  1. These are all great options and certainly cover all the bases. I still have my trusty Old Navy white skinny jeans, which have held up remarkably well, for a white jean. I purchased a pair of the Joe Fresh white straight crop for this year which I haven’t had the chance to wear yet, but they are going to be a fun change with the button closure and the cropped bottom that seems to slightly kick out a bit…they would be similar to your Levi pair. Hope you have a nice day. The sun is shining here again and the temps are warm finally…

      1. Oh nice.. I can’t wait for our time in the pool… Today we are pressure washing our decks and cleaning them to be stained. A project long over due.🤦‍♀️

  2. Okay question: this whole high rise trend… seems that it emphasizes the “pooch”/mom-belly… particularly as the tops go up and the desire to show off the waist by tucking.  Am I finding the wrong pants in every type? Too high?  Not enough structure?  Not happy with the side view with a tuck, and without the tuck, might as well go with (already owned) lower waisted pants!!

    1. It definitely can emphasize that area. I’m also short-waisted and don’t like the super high rises. A mid-rise can look high on some of us, so it works out. The thing to avoid most is really low – like 8.5″ or lower. That can look dated. But they’re hard to find anyway right now.

      The good thing about shorter tops coming back into fashion is there are more options for those of us who don’t care to front-tuck. I leave mine untucked when I can b/c I also don’t care for the side view. Did you see my update to this post? https://jolynneshane.com/mastering-the-front-tuck.html

  3. So helpful. White jeans are the best but not the best fun to find! Where did you bu the wedges you’re wearing with your Roxanne raw hem ankle jeans?

  4. I am 5’3” and short waisted. This high rise, cropped trend does not fit me at all! The high rise waist ends up hitting me just below my bra, and the cropped hems just look like high-waters on me.  And with all the chewed, frayed, etc. hems, I can’t even get by with just cuffing them like I used to. They aren’t for everyone, and I’m feeling very frustrated in my search for jeans (both white and regular) this year!

    1. Yeah, I can’t wear the super high rise styles, either. My favorite rise is 10″. You can cuff a frayed hem, but another option is just cutting them off to the length you like. I also included the classic Madewell style (#6) for those who aren’t into the crop straight and high rises. Maybe they would work for you? I believe the madewell site even has petite sizes.

  5. I am envious of all you girls that can wear the crop style. I have very long legs. My inseam is a 32″ so anything less then a 29″ inseam would not look good on me. They would not hit in the right spot to look right.

  6. I really like the #6 Madewell high waist pants the best, very flattering. I also love the floral top that looks like it has Herons on it, can you tell me where I could find that?

  7. This is such a good round up!  I’m looking for a straight leg full length with a 10″ rise.  That length may not even be in style, but it seems classic to me and skinny jeans make me claustrophobic in warmer weather.

    All this time you’re putting in on puppy duty will result in a well-behaved dog for many years to come.    In case you needed reminding that it’s worth it  ; )

  8. You provided us with some very good options!  Question:  Do you not find that your jeans are stiff after letting them drip dry?  If not, what are your secrets?  I have found that most items I let air dry, end up so stiff feeling, which I don’t like.  Thank you!

    1. I air dry then put in my dryer for about 10 minutes after they are dry. Softens them up beautifully with no shrinking. 

    2. Mine aren’t usually stiff for more than a few minutes, they feel fine after I have them on for a bit. But you can also put them thru the dryer for a few minutes.

  9. I was sad that the Madewell 10″ high waist crop skinnies were a no go for me. They went right back. Have you ever tried Lucky Brand jeans? I generally have good luck with their styles and wear a 28. My white Lucky Lolita Crop with a raw-edge hem from last year are my go-tos. I’d like to find a higher waist skinny jean that works.

  10. Just wanted to let you know before I can even read this I want to tell you how sorry I am to hear about your father in law. Made me sad for you all. When I see the picture of him with your kids I can just picture how great he was as you really told a great summary of him in your Sunday coffee talk. I was behind reading so just catching up. It’s so difficult to not get to gather and have a memorial I’m sure. So hard. I’m sorry. So glad he was surrounded by family when he passed. He sounds so much like my father in law we lost in 2010 at 92 yrs old. Wonderful man like yours. I’ll pray for your family during this difficult time. Thanks for your daily post. It’s brought some normalcy to these days we are in. I was behind as my oldest daughter had her baby… her first…. and we went to meet him for 4 days. They wanted us to come so no virus was keeping us away. He’s wonderful and my heart is full and I already miss him. He’s 3 plus hours away up by Seattle Wa. so too far. 

  11. Hi, I’m thinking of trying the Everlane jeans. My proportions are similar to yours, and I take either a 28 or 29 in jeans. Which size are yours? How do they run? So hard to buy certain things on line. Thanks!

  12. So sorry to hear the very sad news of Paul’s father.  Sorry for late response – unusually I must have missed your post.  A very sad time for all your family – thankfully your closeness and support of each other will be of great comfort.  Thinking if you 
    Jane xx

  13. I really love the way the Everlane pair looks on you, but I know I would hate that 11″ rise. Even 10″ is pushing it for me. I also love the Levi’s with the distressing. I don’t think the distressing is too obvious, but I’d have to cut them off, and I’m afraid the knee distressing would hit too low below the knee since I’m short.

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