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White jeans freshen up anything you wear, from a navy blazer and striped tee to an embellished tunic top or bright twinset. They also tend to feel a bit dressier than blue jeans. As for the fear factor, if light-colored pants fit well, they will not make your butt and hips seem bigger. As you may know, I prefer bootcuts or straight legs, not extreme skinnies, with added stretch for comfort. And so what if they show the dirt sooner than dark denim? Just toss them in the machine (you might even invest in dry-cleaning for an ultrapressed dress-whites look).
Above: Jeans clean up nicely when white five-pockets (Fidelity Denim, $168) team with an embroidered blouse (Irving & Fine, $375). Touches of color come from a diamond-motif belt (Boss Orange) and beaded sandals (Patricia Green).