Articles of Society jeans (I sized down), Banana Republic shirt + trench (old). F21 belt (old)
I'm sure many of you would agree that white jeans are one of the more frustrating pieces to shop for! I began my search for the perfect pair months ago and was hoping to report back on a decisive favorite. I wanted: thicker, sturdier white denim with good stretch, no sheerness (you know when you can see an obvious nude undertone), functional front pockets, and a form-fitting skinny cut. I was willing to pay more for the perfect pair, and also did not mind if the length needed a hem – I figured the chances of finding all of the above, and in petite sizing was probably asking too much!
Above with heels for going out, and with BP flats below for running errands:
So far I haven't found any that meet all of my requirements, but the frontrunner (as you can probably tell from their frequent appearances) are these Articles of Society “Sarah” jeans from Nordstrom. Minus the real front pockets, they do have everything else I wanted. I've actually never heard of this brand until my friend let me borrow hers, and I eventually concluded they were a pretty great option and got my own pair. Please note I’m usually a solid 24 in skinny jeans, but sized down to a 23 in these and they still fit a touch looser compared to my Rag & Bone "the Skinny" size 24s. However, these shrunk down a bit in the washer/dryer (these photos were snapped pre-shrinking) and now fit just how I like 'em.
Material is medium in weight, or possibly thick compared to some others that I've tried (like the Topshop ones below). No nude undertones which I really appreciate, but definitely still wear skin-toned underwear with all of your white bottoms. I am bummed about the faux front pockets, but I figured they must’ve done this to eliminate any see-through pocket lining issues that white jeans are usually fraught with.
Length is 3” long on me which I’ve been wearing cuffed up. I actually brought these to the tailor to get a hem, but after some debate, decided I rather liked the casual ankle cuff look. I can always get them hemmed later when I'm tired of this style.
I repeat this outfit quite a bit...each piece is a wardrobe staple and it never gets old! By the way, I'm wearing my latest lipcolor obsession below...Clinique's "Chubby Sticks" which are tinted lip balms. They glide on smoothly and are soo easy to apply, like chapstick, but the color has decent pigmentation and keeps my lips moisturized for several hours. I'm a big fan of no-fuss makeup so these have earned their place in my daily makeup pouch. I'm wearing mega melon below which is like a "my lips but better" shade, and I can't wait to try some more colors.
Before getting these AofS jeans, I tried on numerous other pairs including LOFT, Joe's, CoH, Paige...was unfortunately in a rush most of those times and didn't get to snap photos, but each one had their own fit or white fabric issue and none of them were notably better than the Articles of Society option. I did take some snapshots of the popular Topshop Moto "Leigh" white jeans, shown below in size 25 short. I had been so intrigued by this style because fellow bloggers said it runs small, plus it comes in short inseams!
They did indeed run small, very small - I sized up and it was still like a second skin on me. The size 25s in these fit tighter than the Articles of Society in 23. The material was thin and felt more like a legging pant than a denim.
Also, the thinner material had a definite nude undertone typical of so many white jeans. I felt scandalous even trying these on in my living room because of the hints of skin color you can see at the butt. They are rather sexy on the booty though, so I was tempted to keep them for a second… Although these weren't winners for me, I do see other ladies looking great in these so perhaps give them a try if you're looking for a thin, super skinny jegging. The “short” inseam was good on my 5' height, and the knee holes were spot on for me.
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