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1610-Hanneli-Mustaparta-by-Hanneli-Mustaparta-733x521White jeans. How do I love the idea of thee. In theory.

In practice, I am not convinced that mine is the life which accords with their pristine perfection. (Fraternise with children; travel to work by tube; by nature rather clumsy….) However, this does not stop me looking at other people wearing white jeans and feeling wistful. Particularly Hanneli and Emmanuelle Alt, the beyond-chic Editor of French Vogue.

Emmanuelle Alt at Rodarte

Things we must take from the above: white jeans should be worn with heels (I saw a FAB leopard print pair of pointed-toe slingbacks at the Boden A/W press day last week – and will be clicking away come July, when they are available); great accessories; and keep it simple. Witness Alt doing what she does best on another occasion:


See, simple? I reckon it’s doable.

What you need is a perfect, perfectly simple shirt, loosely tucked into your jeans (skinny cropped and boyfriend-fit options below). I seem to have a Donna IDA obsession today – but both these blouses are ideal. IDA – designed by Donna herself – is a fabulous range of wear-anywhere and all-the-time pieces – I LOVE the Mrs Thatcher pussy bow blouse.  (Do also check out Equipment silk blouses, as recommended by Matches’ Kate Blythe.)

Joie Peterson blouse, £190, Donna Ida

Joie Peterson blouse, £190, Donna Ida

Ida Out of Africa shirt, £175, Donna Ida

IDA Out of Africa shirt, £175, Donna Ida











Alternatively, slip on a chic top (perhaps with an interesting detail twist, like this Cos number) and a little jacket – push or roll up the sleeves for Parisian insouciance.

Cotton box pleat top, £55, Cos

Cotton box pleat top, £55, Cos

People tree blazer, Atterley Road

People Tree Sophie jacket, £110, Atterley Road

Jamie jeans, £40, Topshop

Jamie jeans, £40, Topshop

J Brand Aidan, Donna Ida

J Brand Aidan boyfriend jeans, £215 Donna Ida












Banana Republic

Tumbled leather belt, £35, Banana Republic

Sixties, Boden

Sixties Slingbacks, £99, Boden















Just finish with a fabulous necklace – as per Hanneli.

Stone Pharaoh necklace, £45, Asos

Stone Pharaoh necklace, £45, Asos


Images: Hanneli, Pinterest via Gastrochic, Stockhom-Streetstyle

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