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The Search for White Jeans

White jeans, OMG, what are you doing to me?!? And, btw, it’s Hallie. Why am I OMGing? Because I have been on the search for white jeans this season and it’s efffing hard to find a good pair. Honestly, I didn’t expect it. I’ve always loved my white jeans, they’re a staple. A great way to “summer-ize” an outfit. They go with all of the current spring colors. And, they’re a super good cheat for those places you’re not allowed to wear blue jeans, like the country club, but you still want to wear jeans, because like I said, they’re a staple.

But this search has been painful and prolonged and slightly depressing. My love of pasta and dislike of exercise has finally caught up with me.  I knew I had gained some weight (thank you slowed metabolism) and I knew I had gotten older (thank you gravity). But I had not realized the material on white jeans had become so dang thin!

As we’ve been meeting with clients planning their spring and summer wardrobes, the need for a favorite white jean has been coming up again and again. And so has the frustration in finding a pair. White jeans, sort of like white tee shirts, need to be replaced every few years. Even if you use oxi clean to wash, the white just does not stay pristine after a lot a wear. And wearing yellowed white jeans is just ewww.

So, I’m taking you on my journey because maybe you too are looking for a great pair of white jeans this season. And while some may not work for me, they may work for you. I’m going in depth here folks – I’ll give you the nitty gritty on each pair and the kind of body that seems to work with each. I’ve tried a BUNCH on, and I’ve had clients try a BUNCH on, and I have some thoughts…

What to look for in a White Jean

Finding a favorite white jean is hard. It is a tall order to fill:

-Thick enough fabric that doesn’t show every nook and cranny
-But thin enough fabric that it is warm weather appropriate so you’re not literally sweating your a** off
-Slim in the leg but not too skinny
-High enough rise that it stops muffin top
-But not too high rise that it looks weird in the crotch
-Doesn’t show the front pocket thru the jean – ugh I hate how that draws attention to a woman’s widest part
-And in 2018, hits at the ankle with a bit of a kick

Well the good news is my stress is your gain – For both clients and myself, I have ordered, felt, seen and tried (or seen on) on like 40 pairs of white jeans in the last few weeks. And, thankfully, I have found some winners!

The Jean You Need This Year
Every once in awhile we find something that we are completely obsessing over that ends up not just in our closets, but in many of our clients closets too. That means that the item is so good that it falls under the category of fitting into everyone’s style statement, whether classic, boho, funky, rocker, artsy, you name it. One of those things that is just SO GOOD that we have to share it with you. So ready for it…The Madewell Cali Jean. You guys, THEY. ARE. SO. GOOD and we’ll tell you why.

We don’t really like jean shopping for ourselves.  It’s not as bad as bathing suit shopping, but it’s a close second. We hate when they are too tight, or too loose.  If the rise is too low you get muffin top,  and if the rise is too high you can’t breath.  If the pocket placement isn’t just right the tush can end up looking like a hippo’s rear end, or flat as a pancake. Say good bye to all of these things with the Cali. 

The Best Jean Ever
This sounds like an advertisement, but we swear on our life, it isn’t. In fact, we are pretty sure Madewell has no idea who we are… We’re sharing because that’s what we do. We’re match makers – between clothes and people – and this pair of jeans, so far, has fit EVERYONE!! 

Big/ little, young/ old, tall/short – this jean is working for all…