the annual white jeans search

If the title sounds like I'm a bit over this white jeans shopping thing, it's because, yes, I am. I went through quite a trial last year to find the perfect white jeans, and this summer they don't fit. It's a combination of small amount of weight gain (every little bit shows in jeans!), and that I'm wanting a slightly roomier fit this year.

I'd like to have a pair of white boyfriend jeans that can be worn full-length or a straight leg that is slightly slouchy.
I'd also like a bootcut that is flattering.
I think I may have found both, but please tell me honestly what you think.

Here are the contenders:
1-2: White bootcuts (Lucky, Lolita). I'm planning to keep these, unless you see something that I'm missing.
3-4: White boyfriends (Kut from the Kloth, Catherine, sized up).
5-6: White boyfriends (Kut from the Kloth, Catherine, in the larger of my two usual sizes).
7-8: White cropped boyfriends (Lucky, Sienna).
9-10: White cropped straight legs (JCrew, Reid).

What I currently have, for comparison/info:
11-12: white cropped boyfriends (Eddie Bauer)--these fit, and I wear them.
13-14: white bootcuts (NYDJ, Barbara)--last year's, too tight.
15-16: white straight legs (AG, Stilt)--last year's, too tight.

Thanks for looking and helping me decide what to keep (if any). Collective wisdom is so useful!

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  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    You have done a thorough search! Jeans shopping is always a trial. White jeans shopping, more of a trial. 

    I really like the bootcuts and think you should keep. 

    Both sizes of the Catherines seem to work well, so I guess it just depends on how much slack you want in them. As well as on stretch. Since I don't own these, I can't comment on that. You might also want to compare how they look rolled, if you plan to wear them that way at all. And styled. I sometimes find with K/R that I get my answer by styling the item. I know better which one *feels* right. 

    I also like both versions of the cropped jean. Again, I'd go with the one that feels best. They both look decently substantial and are flattering. 

  • Beth Ann replied 5 years ago

    Love the bootcuts -- this shape is terrific for you, and will work with your wardrobe.  I also like the regular size Catherine's in 5/6 (all reports are that they stretch, and it would be nice to have a bit more structure than in your Eddie Bauer's), and the JCrew in 9/10.

    Excellent hunting and gathering!

  • replied 5 years ago

    I like your finds! I hope you can decide soon and enjoy your white jeans again!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Okay! I LOVE, love, love the first boot cuts. They look spectacular. I love the second, more tapered pair as well. Those will be perfect for flat shoes. Of the cropped pairs, I prefer the leg shape of the J. Crew because they're more tapered. For the two sizes of Kuts, it's hard to say. I had a pair of Kuts and they stretched. A lot! So keep that in mind. From the pictures, both sizes look great. Oh, and hang onto the too tight jeans. If you're like me, you loose a few pounds every summer and you might be into them again in no time. I'm back into the white jeans I gave my daughter last winter when I was heavier. I hope she doesn't miss them, lol!

  • Caro in Oz replied 5 years ago

    The stand outs for me are your current ones,  the white Eddie Bauer. Next is #3 then #1. 

  • shiny replied 5 years ago

    I vote

    11-12 - your current ones. If your weight is fluctuating, do you need a second pair? 

    1-2 - a different look, dressy.  Can imagine with pointy toed shoes. Fits you well - especially rear view!

    7-8.- more casual, lower rise. May want to get them tapered a bit if you plan to cuff. Not sure? Seem to fulfill same role as 11-12.

  • Jjsloane replied 5 years ago

    Firstly, I believe you cannot have enough white jeans and different lengths, fits and weights are fine. I do not see anything off here on any of them, I would prefer to choose based on how you'd wear them (ie with belt) I find I don't like any I have without a belt, but with they are good. 

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Thanks, everyone--it's really helpful to have extra eyes on these. I appreciate your thoughts and will have time to respond more fully later.

  • sarah replied 5 years ago

    I vote for:

    Catherine's sized up
    Your current Eddie Bauers

  • Joyce B replied 5 years ago

    You have a tough decision to make because you look great in all of those.
    My favorites are first one and the Kuts but all look fab. That's the problem you get when you have a great figure.

  • Sal replied 5 years ago

    I think the white bootcuts are the best and would purchase them.
    I would not get any more - you already have great crops, weight often drops over summer, and I think any more would be overkill.  I think how often would you want to wear them - maybe twice a week over summer, you have lots of choice beween one new pair and your existing.
    I hope that does not sound negative because they all suit you and look fabulous - I just think you may as well enjoy what you already have.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Kiwigal, you've got a good point about how many white jeans I'll actually wear.

    Beth Ann
    , you hit the nail on the head--sometimes I want a white jean that is not as baggy as the Eddie Bauer crops after they've stretched out.

    Joyce, that's sweet of you--thanks! I feel like white jeans are harder to get right than darker ones, though.

    Suz and Jjsloane, I do need to do some styling. What I liked about the AG Stilts was that they were a longer length and a close fit. I could wear tunics and ballet flats with them. But how do I want to wear white jeans now? Maybe not the same way.

    Claire, what a funny tale about reclaiming your jeans from your daughter! Kiwigal makes a similar point about weight dropping in summer. I think I'm a little panicked because it hasn't happened yet. But that's not a reason to buy a whole new wardrobe--yet. :)

  • rute replied 5 years ago

    I love 1 and 7

  • Sona replied 5 years ago

    The catherines in  pics 5/6 get my vote.

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    Great to have all these comparisons!  I think 5/6 and the Eddie Bauers look to fit  you the best.  Does EB have a full length white jean by chance?

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    I like the KUTs sized up and rolled best. And the new bootcuts best after that. Super duper fab. xo

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    texstyle, oh, if it were that simple--to get a full-length white BF jean like my cropped Eddie Bauers! No, their full-length white jean is a different cut.

    Thanks for weighing in, Angie. I'm wearing the new bootcuts today--tags are off! And I'm wearing the sized-up Catherines around the house with tags, to see how much they're going to stretch out.

  • susan replied 5 years ago

    I purchased the Catherine's last year per Angie's recommendation on  You Look Fab and still love them! The higher waist is a definite positive feature for me!

  • Susie replied 5 years ago

    I'm glad you are keeping the bootcuts; they would be my first pick as I think that they look great on you. I do think it is nice to have a pair with a close fit as you said. I have a pair of slim fit white jeans that are actually a pull on style (but not skin tight like leggings) and they are the best pick for certain tops. I also have the KUT Diana's that are called skinny but are a comfortable slim fit in the legs for me.

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Go Team White Jeans and Team Wear. I'm wearing my white KUTS right now. 

  • unfrumped replied 5 years ago

    I  think the bootcuts are just made for your figure and long legs. I actually like the curve of the waist better than the Kuts.
    The Kuts would work if you really want a straight long pant. I decided on mine because I can wear them full-length-scrunched or with a roll or 2. They are difficult to wear much higher due to thick fabric and length.
    The EB crops are superb--I would just wear those to death. They are perfecly "easy fit" on you.

    So I might just use the EB's for the summery leg-baring look rather than buy more to roll up. Then use the bootcuts for a slightly more dressy long white pant. They will work tucked or untucked on you.

    The main problem with bootcuts is PPL's--you can't shift shoes much. I was only going to get one pair of white pants so I did the Kuts for some length and shoe adjustments. So, hmmm,then the Kuts might be needed.....

  • jackiec replied 5 years ago

    My favs are the sized up kuts. Having said that, I still like all three of your current white jeans! They don't look too small to me at all, FWIW. Different looks for different purposes.

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    Unfrumped, you identified the issue: I sometimes want a long white jean but not necessarily a bootcut. Like today. If I had had a long white straight leg jean to put on, I would have. (I just didn't feel like wearing crops today--it was cool in the morning.) But I wore my new bootcuts and they were fine, because it did not rain, despite early clouds. Yay!

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