Art of Style

5 Ways To Wear White Denim

When it’s white, denim’s utilitarian origins take on a fresh new guise. As crisp and clean as a cool glass of water on a hot day, white denim will cut through your warm-weather closet to deliver elevated, pared-back style. GEORGINA LUCAS rounds up five effortless ways to wear it…

Double denim
Twin-sister models Amalie and Cecilie Moosgaard know exactly how to work the white-denim look – accessorizing with cool shades, a pop of color and chic leather bags

Flash of color

When the sun shines, there’s nothing chicer than dazzling, head-to-toe white (just take heed to avoid red wine and black coffee). And you can rely on LA native Goldsign to kick-start things with the perfect pair of jeans – high-rise, straight leg, and cut in soft organic cotton. Then, all you need to smarten up the laid-back denim is a classic shirt – such as a crisp cotton style from Nili Lotan, with a loose fit and curved hem. Next, add a shot of intense color – Manolo Blahnik’s suede version of his iconic ‘Maysale 50’ kitten heels in a vivid jade green are just the ticket. Finally, gold jewelry with fresh white separates is a dream combination, so finish with Foundrae’s statement charm design.

Tailored style

Blue jeans and a classic blazer are a perennial work-day pairing. Switch things up this season by swapping blue jeans for white, such as Totême’s straight-leg style. Bleached-out denim is the perfect match for vibrant pattern – and an Etro silk print shirt is an elegant choice; the fluid cut can be worn loose, or tucked in for a smarter mood. Danish brand By Malene Birger excels at tailoring that can be dressed up or down – and the ‘Rosettan’ blazer in a textured cotton-blend is a sleek example. Finish with Gucci’s ‘Blondie’ bag – a contemporary revival of a brand icon, the gold hardware and monogrammed canvas deliver true retro chic.

Two-tone trend
Designer Tylynn Nguyen perfects the classic monochrome look by teaming black pants with a white denim jacket

Modern monochrome

For utility style without the jeans, opt for an alabaster version of the denim jacket. A classic closet refresher, it delivers a magnetic dose of ’80s nostalgia. Look to Loewe for a forever pick; classic details (press-stud buttons, stitched seams, flap pockets) are offset with a vibrant Paula’s Ibiza twist via an embroidered back panel. Wear with The Row’s beautifully cut silk-blend black pants – the brand is an expert at this kind of elevated basic. Let the floor-sweeping hems pool over Khaite’s sculptural rubber slides, while Saint Laurent’s angular cat-eye sunglasses bring a hint of vintage glamour to this monochrome look.

With classic stripes

For its conscious manufacturing credentials and a keen eye for silhouette, Bite Studios ought to be on your radar. And few duos could feel more right for now as the brand’s high-rise, wide-leg white jeans paired with a fresh white tank, such as Agolde’s sporty cut. Smarten up the look with a crisp tailored shirt – pinstripes tread that careful line between bold and pared back with admirable panache, which is what makes them a sleek partner for white denim. Vince’s blue and white style is the pefect choice. Finish off the look with a polished black cross-body bag. Featuring minimal hardware and no insignia, Alaïa’s ‘Le Papa’ epitomizes stealth luxury.

On vacation

Heading for remote shores? Make like the ’90s and plan your wanderlust closet around a pair of white denim shorts. Re/Done can be relied upon for beautifully fitted shorts – such as its high-waisted style with a flattering wide-leg cut. As the established ‘denim plus shirt’ formula is a fail-safe, for warmer days, opt for a short-sleeved silhouette (an SS22 favorite) – Tibi’s navy design, for instance, is cut in crisp cotton to a contemporary boxy silhouette. Layer over beachside favorites, such as Hunza G’s seersucker swimwear, to add the perfect flash of color. Alternatively, Chloé’s blanket-stitched slides give the whole look a bohemian charm.


City slicker
Actor and model Coco Baudelle has earned her sartorial stripes when it comes to the laid-back white-denim look

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