"I always make sure the fabric is not too thin, as thinner white denim may show imperfections you don't want seen," says ANLO jeans designer Jenna Andreola about her overall shopping strategy. "A heavier denim will hold you in better and hide body flaws."
"Also, undergarments are super important when wearing white denim. You should never wear white underwear under white denim, a nude shade works best to conceal your undergarments."
Here are some more guidelines to keep in mind when buying white jeans.
- Rule #1! Embrace your curves and look for styles that flatter them.
- Styles with a stretch fabric will help to contour your hips, thighs, and butt. Avoid jeans that fit too tight at the waist or styles that cut you off tightly at the ankles. This will add volume to your thighs and hips. Instead look for styles that have extra room in the hips and thighs. And pay attention to how the jeans fit your waist. They shouldn't be a gap between the waist and lower back. The waist should be fitted but should not pinch or be too tight.
- "Gals with a curvy figure should opt for boot cut or flared styles so that the flared bottom balances the mid-section," says Paige Adams-Geller of Paige Denim. "The Lou Lou is a great style for this as the subtle flare helps to balance the figure while the slim leg elongates the frame. Unlike most flares, it stays slim through the knee and calf, flaring just above the ankle."
- There are lots of options if you are petite thanks to one of the biggest denim trends for spring, the "skinny cropped" cut. This style would fit like a cropped jean on a taller figure, but is full length and a great fit on a petite frame.
- James Jeans carries a great skinny cropped jean called the Twiggy. "The Twiggy is great for all body types including petites because the legging look actually has a slimming and lengthening visual effect," says Seun Lim, the line's designer. "You can wear it with heels for extra length, tuck them into boots for an added edge, or even wear with flip flops or sneakers for a casual twist."
- If you are looking for a different style, here are some other things to keep in mind: Choose jeans with a 29 or 30 inch inseam. This will prevent a trip to the tailor. If you are petite and curvy, avoid skinny styles that cut you off at the ankle, making you appear shorter and heavier. If you are petite and slim avoid baggy styles that will drown you and make you appear heavier. If you choose a style that is baggier make sure you add a pair of high heels.
- "There is much more to a perfectly fitting petite jean than just a shorter inseam," says Rosella Giuliani,VP of Merchandising & Design at 7 For All Mankind. "We specifically design all our petite "Lexie" jeans to flatter and enhance a petite woman's figure. Some feature a lower rise and pitch, along with a shorter inseam, while the traditional wide leg elongates and extends the legs. White thread and stonewashed silver hardware keep this wash looking polished."
- Tall women can rest easy that there are jeans out there to fit their proportions and flatter long legs.
- Look for 34 inch or longer inseam, but also pay attention to fit. If you are tall and slim, opt for jeans that hug your legs and thighs and avoid excess fabric that will sag, especially around the butt.
- "Taller women should make sure to get jeans at the right length, there is truly nothing worse than a jean that is too short," says Adams-Geller. "Many companies now offer tall jeans with a longer inseam."
- If you are tall and curvy look for styles that balance out your proportion, a boot-cut or flare will help create an even long lean look. Trouser jeans are also highly recommended for taller women.
- Plus-size women should always remember to stick with clean white fabrics that are not see through. Choose fabrics that provide support and hold you in, so that your curves will be contoured and any imperfections will be covered.
- Shape FX is one company that has developed special fabrics and technologies to provide extra support around the usual problem areas (i.e. hips, tummy and thighs). "Our white jeans were designed with a plus-size woman in mind," says designer Thea Anema. "The tummy tuck inner panel trims inches of the tummy and lifts the rear. The 4-way stretch fabrication gives the same stretch as a comfortable knit pant while looking oh-so-chic."
- Old Navy is another brand that designs with a plus-sized girl in mind. "The fit through hip and thigh is nice and snug, with a flare bottom opening to help balance her overall figure," says Marita Aikonen, Director of Design. "Also, the details in the front are very clean, so no bulk is added. Add a nice heel and the silhouette becomes longer and leaner."