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).
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.
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?)
This post was in collaboration with Topshop