2018 White Jeans Review & Comparison

I’ve been teasing this post for quite a while, so I hope it’s worth the build up. White jeans are such a great summer staple, but they also seem to be every woman’s nemesis. Finding a pair that fits well, doesn’t stretch out as you wear them, and isn’t see-through is no small feat, so I’m taking one for the team and trying on a bunch of different styles of white jeans at a variety of price points, and these are my findings!

I did this post last year, but things change — even among the same styles — so I decided to completely start over this year. I’m including a few from last year that are still available, but I’ll let you know when those are last year’s observations, in case they’ve changed anything.

White Jeans Review & Comparison 2018

One question I get a lot is, how do I find white jeans that don’t wrinkle in the back of the thighs? I have determined that there is no such thing. I just try not to think about it. Ha!

That said, I always, ALWAYS take a good look at my rear view before purchasing any pair of jeans, but ESPECIALLY white jeans. Because white is always going to be the lightest color in an outfit, it is always going to draw the eye first. Fit is always important when choosing jeans, but never more so than with white jeans.

For that purpose, I am going to show the rear view in all of these styles, so I apologize in advance for hurting your eyes. Haha! I am not a fan of my rear end; it tends to be wide and flat, so pocket placement can make or break the situation. Some of these pictures are quite unfortunate.

A few disclaimers — I tried to get the same angle in all my pictures, but that is nearly impossible, especially with the rear shots, so take that into consideration when comparing. I also want to point out that I am trying on jeans and wearing them for 3 minutes. You really can’t tell how a pair of jeans is going to fit until you move around in them and wear them for a few hours, but this is the best I can do without investing thousands of dollars in white jeans.

I’m going to give each pair a rating out of 5 stars — 5 stars being “highly recommend” and 1 star being “don’t bother.” The rest are somewhere in between.

Okay, let’s dive in!

White Jeans Under $100

First up, Old Navy Rockstar skinnies. Truly, these look as good as any pair I’ve tried on. The overall fit and pocket placement is very similar to the Paige Verdugo jeans I like so much. The material isn’t as thick, and it has a bit of a sheen to it, but that wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me at this price point. If you’re looking for jeans under $50, these are by far my favorites in that category.

I wore these all day and they held up great. I was surprised they didn’t bag out at all because that has been my experience with Old Navy Rockstar jeans in the past. I’m giving these 5 stars!!!

Old Navy Rockstar super Skinny Jeans (size 8) $34.99
also wearing: Lucky Brand Sweaters & TB Miller Sandals

Whoa, Nellie! The pockets on these jeans are HUGE! These are the Ann Taylor modern skinny jeans, and while the overall fit is nice, the pockets are a deal breaker for me. That said, some women look good in bigger pockets so it’s all about figuring out what works best for you. I’d give these 3 stars out of 5.

Ann Taylor Modern All Day Skinny Jeans (size 8) $89
also wearing: Ann Taylor sweaters & TB Minnie flats

I promised to find some straight leg white jeans, so I ordered these from Gap. They have a nice fit, but they’re too long for me to wear with flats (I’d have to have them hemmed if I were to keep them) so I had to show them with a heel. I tried a wedge sandal, but the hem of the jeans got hung up on the heel of the shoe, so I’m showing them with pumps, but I wouldn’t wear pumps with this outfit as the sweater is fairly casual.

As far as fit, it’s hard to say as I’m not comparing any other straight leg jeans, but I think they fit pretty well. My biggest critique is the pockets are kind of large. I’ll give these 4 stars out of 5.

Gap Mid Rise Classic Straight Jeans (size 29) $69.95
also wearing: Lucky Brand Sweaters & Via Spiga pumps (old)

These next jeans are also from Gap. They’re a skinny style, but I’m not loving the fit on these. The pockets are rather large, and the leg opening is wide and awkward; they almost look like a straight leg jean. That said, they might work well on someone with thicker thighs and calves, so I’ll give these 3 stars out of 5.

Gap Mid Rise True Skinny Jeans (size 29) $69.95
also wearing: Lucky Brand Sweaters & TB Miller Sandals

Next up is the LOFT Modern Skinny. This style is a reader favorite, and I really like them in black, but I’m not loving the white. They’re kind of wrinkly and roomy through the leg, but the waist seems to fit right. This is a size 29, so maybe I need the 28. They’re an inch longer than the Gap skinnies, which works well with flats, but it wouldn’t work so well with booties. Of course, you can always have them hemmed. I’d give these 3 stars out of 5.

LOFT Modern Skinny Jeans (size 29) $69.50
also wearing: stripe tee & TB Minnie flats

These jeans are by Topshop, a brand I’ve never tried before. They’re nice and thick and have a super high rise, which I find very comfortable. However, they do bag a bit in the crotch area, as you can see here. Other than that, I like the fit, but I somehow failed to get a rear shot, and I have already returned them.

They’re definitely worth a try, as every woman is different and they may not do the funky crotch thing on everyone. (I hate that word, but I can’t come up with a more delicate term. Anyone got a suggestion?) I’ll give these 4 stars.

Topshop Jamie High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans (size 30W x 30L) $70
also wearing: stripe tee & TB Minnie flats

I don’t remember who recommended Abercrombie, but someone told me they fit well so I ordered a pair. These are the Simone high rise — there are some others in that style but not this exact pair. Initially, the fit and feel is really good, but the pockets are rather large. Unfortunately they did bag out some as I wore them around for a day, and they’re kind of long in the crotch area, so I’m giving them 3 stars.

Abercrombie Simone High Rise (size 30) $78
also wearing: stripe tee & TB Minnie flats

I also wanted to try Articles of Society jeans, but I forgot to order them. I did have a pair of their white jeans that I liked pretty well. You can see them styled in this post.

White Jeans Over $100

Let’s move on to premium denim. I throw that term around a lot, and I get a lot of questions about what premium denim is. I googled it to be sure I’m giving you the most accurate definition, and this is what I found. Basically, they are jeans that start at $100. That is really the only official definition, but beyond that, they are usually made in the USA with higher quality materials and more attention to detail than the cheaper brands.

A big difference is found in the washes and distressing. Cheaper jeans use machines to achieve those effects, and premium denim often boasts of handmade distressing. For me personally, I can just tell the difference when I look at them, touch and feel them, and try them on. The fit is generally superior, especially the rear view.

Ultimately, more expensive jeans fit better and hold in your jiggly parts better (lol) and the biggest plus for me — they hold their shape and don’t tend to bag out as much throughout the day. They’re often made to lift and shape, which helps too. I wear jeans so much that when I calculate cost per wear, I feel that I get my money’s worth out of the pricer denim.

I always recommend at least waiting for a good sale (25% off or more) plus, once you learn the brands that fit you best, you can often find good deals on premium denim at stores like TJ Maxx (you can now shop online!), Nordstrom Rack, and Saks Off Fifth. Also check thrift stores, if you like the thrill of the hunt.

Okay, so the first pair I tried in this price range was the Paige Hoxton ankle skinny. This is why you always look at the rear view, my friends. I really wanted to love these jeans. My Paige Verdugo ankle skinnies are my all time favorite white jeans, but I was wanting a higher rise version. I have the Hoxton style in dark denim, and I like them, but the pocket placement is a little high and wide. I can deal with it on the dark denim, but on the white, it’s just bad news.

They also fit a little wider in the ankle than I prefer. The leg opening is only 1/4-inch wider than my usual skinnies but it looks bigger than that to my eye. I guess I’ll give these 4 stars because I think they could work for someone else, just not for me.

Paige Hoxton Ankle Skinny Jeans (size 29) $199
also wearing: Lucky Brand Sweaters & TB Miller Sandals

Compare those to my Paige Verdugo ankle skinnies. Let’s face it, no one really wants to see their rear view head-on in white skinny jeans, but I much prefer the pocket placement and overall fit on this pair. They’re a tad snug in the back of the thigh… they fit better when I was 5 lbs lighter, but that’s how it goes… they’re still a size 30, which is a size larger than I normally wear in Paige jeans, and I think they’re the right size. They’re meant to be very snug, pretty much legging jeans.

I have to give these a 5-star rating. They’ve been my go-to jeans for years, they hold up great, and they fit as well as any. I wish they didn’t pull so much through the back of the thighs, but again, that’s mostly because I’ve put on a little weight… ahem.

Paige Verdugo Ankle Skinny Jeans (size 30) $199
also wearing: Lucky Brand Sweaters & TB Miller Sandals

Speaking of legging jeans, these are the AG legging ankle jeans, pretty much my holy grail jeans. I have this style in various shades of indigo but for some reason I never bought the white.

FYI, these pictures are from last year. My comments were as follows: My current favorite blue jeans are my AG The Legging styles, but for some reason, I don’t like them so much in the white. While I feel like the cut is flattering, they’re too thin and see-through for my liking. These are my usual size 28. I’ll give these 5 stars as well. Even though they’re a tad thinner than ideal, they fit really well and I know from experience with this brand that they will hold up and not bag out.

AG The Legging Cutoff Ankle Skinny Jeans $188

Over the years I’ve talked a lot about DL1961 denim. It is the first premium denim brand I tried that didn’t bag out on me and was made to lift and shape the rear end. Before that, I wore a lot of Joe’s and 7 For All Mankind, which do tend to grow as you wear them, for some reason.

In the past, I had the DL1961 Florence skinnies in white, which I liked a lot, but the leg opening was kind of wide and I eventually donated them. I prefer the DL1961 Emma legging jeans now, but I never bought those in white. I did order them once, and I really liked them, but sent them back because I didn’t feel like I needed two pairs of white skinnies. Then I found the Paige Verdugo pair that I currently wear, so unfortunately I don’t have pictures of me wearing either the Florence or Emma.

I did, however, get a picture of this Margaux style at Nordstrom last year. While the quality of the denim is great, I don’t like the leg opening. It’s too wide, and I feel it cuts off my leg at an odd place. You can see the difference if you compare to the Paige Verdugo above. That said, if you have wider calves, you may like these. I also don’t love this rear view. The main reason I’ve started buying more AG and Paige is because they tend to have smaller pockets that are more flattering on me. For size reference, these are the 28. I’ll give these 4 stars because of that funky leg opening. Otherwise, they check all the boxes.

DL1961 Margaux Instasculpt Ankle Skinny Jeans $178

PHEW! That’s a lot, and yet, I always wish I had more to show you. I’m planning to order a bootcut pair to style for the blog so stay tuned for that!

Before we close, let’s discuss underwear. When wearing white jeans, it’s super important to wear underwear as close to the color of your skin as possible. Never wear white underwear under white jeans. Obviously darker skinned women want darker shades of “nude” undergarments. And of course, seamless styles are best because no one wants to see your panty lines, ladies! Can I get an amen?

I actually wear these undies with just about everything. I can’t find anything else that doesn’t create panty lines. Yes, they’re pricey, but I always purchase them on sale. And before you ask, yes, they are actually very comfortable. 

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77 Responses

  1. This is such an awesome review! My favorites on you are actually the two least expensive ones. I know you didn’t like the pockets on the AT jeans but they look great to me. I’m tempted to get a pair of the ON Rockstars after seeing how good they look on you!
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  2. Thanks so much for all this! A few weeks back, I went shopping and fully intended to come home with white skinny jeans. We went to Nordstrom, Gap (which didn’t have any at the time), and a couple of other places. I tried on so many, but came to the conclusion, that maybe skinny white jeans weren’t for me. Maybe it was the dressing room mirrors (I’ll stick with that reason for now, lol), but hated how I looked in all of the pairs I tried on. And I love skinny jeans in practically any other denim or color. I’m going to check out the Old Navy Rockstar jeans though. I have a pair of gray Rockstar skinnies that I love. They never bag, and I feel like they always look good.

  3. What a timely post! I’ve been on the hunt for white jeans and it’s near impossible to find what I want! If the fit is good, then it’s not opaque enough and vice versa. Thanks for the roundup, there are a few brands I’ll have to check out.

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  4. Wow what a lot of great  information on white jeans… thank you 😊 I’ve never really given much thought to pocket sizes or placement  until seeing your rear view lol comparisons. I have the old navy rockstar skinny and love them. I’m not a fan of overly heavy white denim as I wear them in warm weather so these are a great option and I’m on year two with them. You also can’t beat the price if they need to be replaced either. 
    Have a great day

  5. What size are you wearing on that Lucky Brand Pointelle Poncho and is it the Dusty Blue?? It appears much grayer on the Lucky website..

  6. Fabulous post! I have always loved Paige and over the winter took your advice and bought DL and I loved them. I can’t wait to shop for white jeans now. And I’m SO GLAD you told us about the undies. I’m going to try both of your suggestions. BTW, your rear view is great – you are much too hard on yourself!

  7. Such a great post with lots of information.  I always appreciate your honest opinions.  You answered my question right at the end…underwear!  

  8. White jeans are HARD! But my favorite by far are Old Navy!
    So glad they finally jumped on board with some good ones 🙂 Thanks for your hard work!!

  9. Hanky Panky is the only underwear that I will wear and the only underwear I have worn for the past 15 years or so. I get them on sale during the Nordstrom anniversary and half-yearly sales. I have never found anything as comfortable! This post is so helpful. I really need to start taking pictures of my rear view. I guess I just think that if they look good from the front, I hope that they will from the back too!

  10. White jeans – ugh – it took me years to find the right pair, but I finally did (with your helpful post last year!). I ended up getting a pair from Talbots. I am a little heavier on the bottom, so went with the girlfriend style and they are great! Can hardly wait till the weather is nice enough to wear them.

  11. Wow, thank you for your extensive work on white JEANS! And I have several pair that I love, but I can’t wear jeans to work. I CAN wear white pants, so I need some suggestions for that. Chinos, twill, cotton/linen blends? Probably the best places to shop for that would be WHBM, Ann Taylor, Talbots, and the like?? Thoughts??? So excited the sun is shining here in the Philly area!!!

      1. Well since you’ve coined the term “gapeage” — you could always call it “cro-tage” — just make it sound French…and you’ll sound brilliant.

  12. WOW!  Thank you so much for trying on so many different brands and price points in white jeans. I agree with some of the other ladies, there’s not one thing wrong with your rear view!  I have the underwear you referenced, and they are comfortable.  I will have to remember to wear them when I have a pair of white jeans in my closet.  Since I do love my ON Rockstar skinny jeans, I will have to try the white ones again, even though I really want a high waisted pair.  Since I will be near the store on May 1st, I need to plan to go in and try them on, and make sure I have on appropriate underwear.  Have a blessed day!

  13. Years ago I heard the term “smile” for what you call the funky crotch area. Unfortunately I have never found a pair of pants that did not smile in the crotch. I wish I knew why they do that.

  14. I have decided that straight legs are better for me as I have large calves. I like the fit of Talbots for me. I wait til they have a coupon. Love white jeans. What I wear most in the summer. As for wrinkles I think the lighter colors just do that. Great post.

  15. Great post! A few weeks ago I requested a white jeans trunk from Trunk Club. She included Joe’s, AG, Paige and Rag & Bone (typically my favorite jean brand). They were all nice, but it was Paige Verdugo for the win. I may have liked the R&B, but they easily ran a full size small and I didn’t bother asking for the next size up. LIke you I love the pocket size and placement of the Verdugo, and I never have to pull them up, even after hours of wear. I have never tried Hanky Panky brand panties, I will have to check them out at the next semi annual sale. Thanks for the heads up!

  16. Thank you for all the work you put into this post!  It’s very helpful.  I have tried on several pairs of white jeans lately and haven’t loved any of them.  I have some new ones to try now!  And I agree with the other ladies…there is nothing wrong with your rear view. 😊

  17. Great post – I always forget to look at pockets, but they are important.  I was surprised you didn’t include the J Brand distressed skinnies you got a few weeks ago.  They are adorable on you.  I admit, I did not like the AG white jeans on you as much as others – it looks like they don’t accommodate your calf muscles.  Maybe they work for women with super skinny legs?  Anyway, love the Paige’s (that is the one pair I own, and I feel like they are less see through than other brands).  Also really liked some of the less expensive brands (the Abercrombie….haven’t even thought about that store in years).  I’d like another pair of white jeans, so this was helpful.  Saw a pair of Lucky brand at TJ Maxx that look nice (I like their jeans, though they grow during the day), but I’d like a bit of distressing if possible.  I loved those J Brand ones, but am too cheap to pay for them!  Oh well, just another excuse to go shopping… 🙂

    1. I should have included the J.Brand. I kind of forget about them b/c they’re cropped and also distressed. I was trying to compare more classic styles. I know what you mean about the calves of the AG jeans.

  18. Wow – I am sure this post was a lot of work and it is much appreciated! Funny – I think of the ones you featured I liked the Old Navy pair the best on you! I also didn’t notice a difference between how the premium denim looked compared with the styles that cost under $100. If you blindfolded me I don’t think I would be able to pick out which ones are premium? I still swear by the Loft Modern Skinny and my white pair fit well and are not see through. Thank you for the post!

    1. Yeah, the difference really comes into play in how they feel on and how they wear after a few hours. My experience with cheaper brands is that they bag out. I also didn’t love the feel of most of the cheaper jeans, but the Topshop and and Abercrombie are pretty good. I kept the Old Navy ones b/c they fit so well and I want to see how they wear over time. I should throw them on right now!

      1. Please give us update on the Old Navy ones after wearing them for a few hours. I’m interested in buying a pair but hate when they bag out. 🙁

  19. Thanks for doing all the work for us!! For me, I hate a white jean that the material is too thin, shows all the bumps. I’ll have to look at a few you recommended. Can I get a lesson in pocket size? If you have wider hips, should I be buying a smaller pocket or larger?  Thanks!!

  20. Loved reading about all these different brands of white jeans! I love wearing white jeans. They scream spring and summer but I am one to wear them in winter too, just to a lesser degree. I currently have three pairs! I love my Hudson skinny ankles with a released hem, and a distressed pair by William Rast ( I’m not familiar with this designer but they felt great on and fit well) and my most recent pair is the AOS released hem skinny ankles. I am a fan of AOS jeans and live in the others that I have but I will say that I definitely have to try them on because I ended up in a size 27 in the white when my others are all a size 26. Also tried on some other AOS ( not white) and didn’t like the fit as well as the others I currently have. So I was surprised by that! Love reading your posts!! 

      1. Oh! Sorry!!  Articles of Society! ( I just abbreviated!) They had tons of them recently at Nordstrom Rack and I tried on several and that’s  when I discovered some variation with the sizing. Some are amazing but others not so much. 

        1. Ahhhh gotcha. I think in my subconscious, I was thinking of ASOS but that is actually a retailer, not a brand. 🙂 Yes, Articles of Society are hit or miss but they have some good styles.

  21. I bought the DL Margaux last year – love everything about them but the leg opening so I’ve never worn them.  Purchased at Nordstrom do you think they could alter them to be more appealing?  What size opening would you recommend?
    Also thanks for the comment about back of the thigh wrinkles, I thought that was just me! 

  22. Thank you for doing the research and being brave to post. I love my white skinny jeans from ON but they no longer carry that style. Also, my girlfriend and I always joke that the color of the jeans matters in how they fit! looks like that’s what happended here. Weird right? Thank you for reviewing and also using terms that make sense in the buying process such as pocket placement, rise, etc.
    Enjoy the jeans,

  23. I’ve got a white jeans post going up this week too! 😛 I swear by the LOFT Modern Skinnies, and I think sizing down would work better for you like you said. I think I’m a little bigger than you, and I wear them in 28 Petite even though I’m 5’6″. They don’t bag out on me, and the petite fixes the ankle/length problem. Also with Old Navy rockstars I always get two sizes and do a 3-hour stretch test. In my regular size they’ll be too big after 3 hours, but one size down, they start pretty dang tight but fit perfectly after 3 hours and don’t stretch any further for like 5+ wears!

    1. Hey Audrey! Good to know about both ON Rockstars and LOFT Modern Skinny. Sounds like I need to size down in both. They do fit well and feel pretty good for their price point. Looking forward to your post!

  24. I swear just yesterday I searched your site for a white jeans post (I thought I had remembered seeing one). So funny! I spent all afternoon Friday trying to find a pair I didn’t HATE. I think I tried on almost every brand you listed above, including the AG legging jean that I was excited to find at Nordstrom Rack, but were definitely too thin and see through! I ended up settling on the Loft skinny but I think I am going to return them. At the point that I bought them, I just wanted to be done. I bought a pair of Gap girlfriend style yesterday online that had really good reviews and were on clearance for $13 so maybe I’ll get lucky!

  25. Maybe you could say the rise was too high for your shape (hence the jeans didn’t lie flat)…
    I’m a pear shape and have two pairs of Jag Flare raw hem jeans, one pair cut shorter one for four inch platform wedges.  They have thick material and are my absolute favorite.  You can find them on Amazon sometimes.

  26. Thank you for this post! So much good information! I recently purchased the Old Navy white skinny jeans and a pair of Liverpool white skinny jeans so I should be good to go! I have to have more than one pair because I can’t keep white jeans clean for more than one wearing!

  27. I’m tired just reading this.  Lol. Thanks for all your hard work.  

    I’m with the others I don’t see anything wrong with your backside view.  But you are right – we tend to be more critical of ourselves.  Plus I compare  “my” backside view to the advertising pictures of models, who lets face it, have perfect backsides. Ha!  

    I’ll have to try some of these.  

    Have you tried the NYDJ jeans?  They are over $100 but I like the way most of them fit.  But I havent tried them in white.  

    For a cheaper price point, the Charter Club from Macy’s are pretty good. They have a higher rise. They aren’t real thick which is nicer for warmer climates and they don’t show flesh colored undergarments. 

  28. Thanks for the awesome job on this post. You are a true professional at what you do and I have you to thank because now I’m able to shop more educatedly and look for the better brands not just price. And I will be honest, sometimes finding these premium brands at TJ Maxx and Northstrom Rack give me a rush of excitement. Lol. Because I know what they’re worth now and the quality I’m getting. Believe me I have several pair of white jeans that I brought for a cheaper price and they looked good for awhile, until I had to start pulling them up though out the day. Ugh! 

    1. Yes, that is my hope. I know most people aren’t out spending $180 on jeans, but if you know the good brands, you can often find good deals at off-price retailers and even thrift stores if that’s your jam. 🙂

  29. Whew! That was lots of work! Thank you! If my white jeans are not see through why does it matter what color my undies are? Panty lines are my biggest fashion pet peeve.

  30. Great post!  White jeans are tough to shop for. I agree, size of and pocket placement are important, especially on white jeans. If the pockets are large or set too high, it makes my butt look larger than it already is. LOL!  The back view fit is equally important as the front view. 

  31. Wow!!  That was a very long, thorough post.  Thanks for all your work.  I’m soooo glad before you started any of it you said that you have NOT found any white jeans that don’t wrinkle in the thighs in the back. I thought I was the ONLY one. 🙁 I just went shopping for white jeans at LOFT and was so discouraged.  I was in and out of the dressing room with all their styles in white, in many different styles and NOTHING worked.  🙁  I have their curvy, skinnies in denim color, so was hoping the white would be the same but NO.  I just hate the wrinkles like you talked about.  So distracting to me.  A few years ago, I found a really expensive pair of white jeans at ROSS marked down with their price of $22.  I still have them.  They are great except they do stretch out. But, they don’t wrinkle and are thick enough. The brand is called Velvet Heart, which I had never heard of and have never seen since.  I think LOFTS last year white jeans fit better than this year, so should have bought a pair then.  Thanks for the reminder of Article of Society. I love their jeans, as they don’t stretch out on me. I will check to see if they have white ones that aren’t distressed.  Thanks again for your hard work to get this post out.  I know we all appreciate it.  PS We were 76 degrees here today and the next few days is going to be in the 80’s.  This is NW Oregon.  I’m so happy.  🙂  Not the norm for us this time of year.  

    1. Kathy – the white jeans that Loft is carrying (at least in my area Lofts) are the double fringe bottoms and they are terrible! Sounds like the regular Loft Modern skinnies are still favored in the comment section. I was too afraid of ordering them after having many sizing issues there the last few months (hence why I tried on the new version in store and they were scary on me!!)

      1. Yes Kristie.  I tried those on after ordering them and they really have the thigh wrinkles other wise I liked the bottom.  I think the best white ones are the skinny crop but I was in-between sizes. 

  32. Thanks for the summary….. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who has white jeans wrinkles on the back of my thighs 😂
    The summary is really thorough. Good job!! Thanks for all your hard work guiding us and encouraging us as well.

  33. Whew! So much info! That’s a lot of work, girl! I did want to like the Ann Taylor modern skinnies in white, too. But alas, I ran into the same problems. Also, so many white jeans just show or maybe even create a cellulite – sort of cottage cheese – texture. Know what I mean? I guess that’s just because they are white and a little transparent and they’re hugging tight to, well, my cellulite! Ha! But it just always startles me when I try them on and see that because of course you don’t see that with the navy or black denim.

    Thanks for all the info. I’m due a new pair because I’ve lost some weight, but looking for them just seems daunting. But with your info maybe I can forego some painful moments in front of the mirror!


    1. Yeah, white jeans are definitely more revealing in that area than most other colors. I definitely see that cottage cheese in the rear area in these pictures – but part of it may be those Hanky Pankys – the lace I think shows through some and makes it even worse. But I’ll take that over a pantyline any day! 🙂 That’s why I like the thicker white jeans, but the thicker ones don’t give as much and tend to look too big even when they aren’t. It’s a conundrum, for sure!

  34. Hey Jo-Lynne,
    Thanks so much for taking one for the team and trying on all the white jeans!  Jeans are definitely not created equal!  I actually think my favorite pair was the first pair that you showed us from Old Navy……I have never bought anything but dresses, sweaters and sweatshirts from Old Navy but I’m gonna have to give the jeans a try.  I agree with you that it’s important to check the rear view image when trying on jeans and especially true I think with white.  Thanks again for trying on all those pairs and at so many price points and lengths.  You are awesome!

  35. This is such a great post! I value all the time and effort you put into your research. 
    I’ll be interested to hear more about how the ON jeans wear after a bit.  I haven’t had much luck with their jeans. 

    As for the rear view photos, they are helpful to take! I have started doing that and oh my, what works in the front sometimes does NOT work in the back lol! 

  36. I tried on white jeans about a week ago. What I noticed was puckering on the inside seams. That’s a big “NO” for me. 
    Good tip on the white underwear!

  37. Very informative as always! I was seriously shocked at how much I liked my $14 Old Navy pull on jeans. Dare I say I like them more than my pricier pairs? I may try the ones you featured too because an elastic waist doesn’t exactly work for every top, lol.

  38. You are so hard on yourself! And those Old Navy jeans look best of all of them on you, I think. I am so glad high-waist jeans are (finally) coming back. They are SO much more comfortable. 

    1. Thanks, Bonnie. And yes, I am so glad the higher waist jeans are coming back. I just don’t like the super high rise ones, but a 9 or 10 inch rise is so much more comfortable than 7.5 and 8.

  39. Just curious, Have you tried the Universal Threads off white jeans at Target yet? I heard they were very comparable to the Old Navy skinnies but have not tried them yet. Thanks for the review!

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