Why white jeans are the key to winter chic - and four ways to wear them now

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A showgoer in New York pairs her white jeans with black ankle boots and a suede coat.  Credit: An ode to wearing white jeans in winter - and four ways to make them work for you /Getty  

As someone who plumps for denim most days (if it ain't broke...) I have more pairs than I can count in a range of different shades. Controversially though, my white pair get the most wear, even in the winter months. 

I was wedded to my slim-leg white jeans (£65, & Other Stories) all spring and summer, so why would winter be any different? While tan slides and gingham off-the-shoulder tops suited them nicely back in June, they look just as good now with my mock-croc ankle boots and a chunky knit.

I wore the latter ensemble to the office recently and it raised a few eyebrows. Sure, it takes some consideration: much like you wouldn't wear your pastel-coloured wool coat or suede boots on a rainy day, I wouldn't wear my white jeans for a downpour, either. 

They have however proven to be a versatile basic, and as such I can't justify relegating them to my summer wardrobe alongside cotton dresses and sandals, only to see the light of day six months of the year. Jeans are also hard-wearing, and are likely one of few things in your wardrobe that you can wear in heavy rotation that won't look obviously repeated, or show signs of wear so for me, wearing them for all seasons is a no-brainer. 

In terms of styles, I've found that a high-waisted slim or straight leg in vintage denim is the easiest to wear year round and for most occasions. Contrary to popular belief, this style elongates your legs - particularly crucial for balance if you pair with chunky flat boots or an oversized knit - and add interest to an otherwise dark and dreary winter wardrobe.

Here are four ways to get more wear out of yours this winter...

1. For work

Leandra Medine pairs white jeans with metallic boots and a tailored jacket  Credit: Getty 

While their blue counterpart would be frowned upon in a corporate setting, white jeans have the advantage that they can actually look smart. Granted, this is all in the cut and fit (tailored, straighter styles are best for this) so steer clear of anything too casual: rips, raw hems and tight-fitting styles won't work for the office. 

Wear with a checked blazer, a knitted polo neck and loafers to strike the balance between smart and casual, while a silk shirt, pumps and simple jewellery is a great option, too. 

2. For evening

This stylish showgoer paired her white denim with a spotted blouse and heels. Credit: Getty 

White denim is an edgy and interesting alternative to traditional black trousers for eveningwear. Wear them in exactly the same way you would wear trousers or a skirt: a lurex knit and lace-up heeled boots will take you to festive drinks after work, while a pair of jewelled slingback heels and a printed pussybow blouse are perfect for dinner plans. Opt for slick black accessories to pull all parts of your look together and smarten it up. 

If you're a fan of the classic jeans-and-a-nice-top combo, this is the modern update that'll keep your evening wardrobe interesting.  

3. For brunch 

Gala Gonzalez dresses up her jeans with a statement jacket and kitten heels.  Credit: Getty 

Brunch calls for a mix of smart/casual elements, so your white jeans should be the most relaxed piece and will make anything you pair them with appear less prim. It means you can go all out and wear with a statement jacket or shoe, 'tis the season, after all. 

A navy velvet blazer is a dressy option, and would look particularly chic with heeled mules or patent boots on chillier days. Accessories are key: a satin drawstring pouch bag and statement earrings will work for a formal brunch, while gold hoops and a mini bag can be called upon for a more casual affair. 

4. For weekend 

Kaia Gerber wears her straight leg white jeans with Converse and a T-shirt. Credit: Getty 

Denim is likely your go-to for laidback weekend plans so white iterations will easily translate for off-duty. Wear with an oversized sweatshirt or Fair Isle knit and Converse trainers for a comfortable (but not sloppy) look, then should you need to run errands, throw on a blazer a la Kaia Gerber, and a pair of classic sunglasses with a leather crossbody. 

The best to buy (and wear) now

From left - For tall: Straight leg jeans, £59, & Other Stories; For petites: Madewell cropped high rise jeans, £150, Net-a-Porter; For hourglass figures: Off-white mom jeans, £40, Topshop