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How to wear…white jeans

02G04GECR_2_largeBecause what we really, really want is to look a little bit like a French Vogue editor…

White jeans are divisive. Some won’t: “too Liz Hurley”. To which I say, what’s wrong with Liz? Charm itself, great fun, would that we all looked so svelte in white jeans. Some claim they can’t: too unflattering; too impractical; too much. To which we say non, non, non – there is always a way. Moreover, we reckon now is the time to try them. Because if you’re afraid of the whiteness, you can off-set it with a chunky knit, blazer and boots a la the French Voguettes (see above) or with a coat shrugged over your shoulders and pointed flats (see below).

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I have it on good authority that the French fashion fraternity (and several other fashion eds I know) swear by Topshop’s Baxter jeans.

However, if you still require convincing, step forward the ecru boyfriend jean. The not-so-Persil-dazzling. Less American A list smile, more Brit girl next door (in a good way). Step forward Topshop’s Hayden jeans, Ecru (the denim shade of the season, according to Toppers). Super-relaxed boyfriend fit and artfully dishevelled and thus that little bit cooler than whiter-than-white skinnies, they are also very easy to wear. Wear them now with a cosy knit; wear them later (soon we hope) to make your boho peasant top that little bit tougher.

To prove our point – we road-tested them for you. Result? They’re ultra-comfortable (size down if you prefer something less slouchy on the hip) and can be dressed up or down. White jeans – not so alarming after all.

Off-duty? Add a jumper, this fine navy knit is very French Vogue. If you’re concerned about the casual factor, off-set it with some smart flats – these are adorable (also available in silver), and consider an outsize watch.

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Crew neck jumper, £35, Topshop; Ankle strap flats, £24, Topshop; Olivia Burton tan watch, £75

Or try dressing it up; we love the whiter shade of pale look (preferably off-set by a tan, but you cannot have everything. Well, you can, but this requires you to find the time to fake it. If I was doing that, I wouldn’t have time to do this). Throw this suit jacket over a simple tee (this one is cashmere blend – we do like a note of luxury). Heels would work here – something spiky adds an edge and a soupcon of Gallic attitude. (And what’s not to like about that?)

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Premium Suit Jacket, £65, Topshop; Cashmere blend tee, £28, Topshop; Strappy shoes, £50, Topshop

 

 

This post was in collaboration with Topshop

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