White Pants. Priced To Get Dirty
Wearing white without the stress of wearing white!
Spring has sprung! And with that, my yearning to wear white. You too?
But as we go about life, getting in and out of the car (or up and down subway steps) nicking, smudging or spilling on pristine pants can put some off the color all together. Today, white pants to welcome in a new season, at price points that you won’t mind sitting on the side of the sandbox. Or sliding into the booth at a restaurant.
Everlane Cargo Pants
I was turned onto these pants last winter by friend of 5 Things Louisa B. She was wearing them to dinner and I just assumed they were The Row. When I asked point blank, I was tickled to find out they were in fact, pennies on the dollar. I immediately ordered. I’ve been wearing all winter with boots and wool but excited to finally bare my ankles with them, a styling element I think really helps with this barrel shape. They are slightly wrinkly but I think that’s part of the “workwear” appeal. I did NOT iron these before shooting them and had worn them for a couple days prior. So this is their real look.
Mine are a size 2. I think if I were doing it again I’d buy a 4 so they sat a little slouchier. But it doesn’t stop me from wearing them all the time.
Zara Wide Leg Jeans
Shoutout to friend of 5 Things Brooke Neidich who sent these jeans to me, insisting I try them. She herself was turned onto them by beauty industry ICON Linda Wells, so credit where credit is due. Their claim: this style is universally flattering. I was hesitant as I’m very wary to endorse fast fashion, but after slipping them on, and easily doing squats in them, I delightedly jumped on the bandwagon. These jeans feel and look great! I love that they are tight (don’t worry, stretchy!) in the waist and only become wide at the bottom, and on my 5’5” frame, they crop just below the ankle. So comfortable to run around with my kid and I’m not afraid of throwing them in the washer/dryer indefinitely.
These are a size 2. I would not size up in these, even though I usually do say size up in white denim. The stretch and the thick waistband make me feel like these will be most flattering in your standard size.
Doen Cotton Trousers
I love a pleat front chino (more on that below!) These pants are a very soft cotton, almost papery. They are slightly see-through due to the fabric’s thin-ness, always a white pant concern, but their voluminous-ness makes this less off-putting. Nevertheless, make sure to wear nude underwear just in case the sun hits juuuuust right. I really like their volume, it makes them feel more like a fashion option than a classic preppy white pant and since we are looking for variety here, these get my stamp of approval. I think they work great with something tucked in for more of a statement, or a jean shirt over the op to bring it all closer to the body, kind of like the styling with the Zara jeans above.
These are a size 4 and I feel like it was definitely the right move.
Cos Drawstring Pants
These pants are the beach-iest pant in the mix. She truly is for summer. Pretty sheer and baggy. And if you are new to this “baggy” revolution, definitely size down. These are a size small and they are enormous. I would have exchanged for an XS but I wanted to wash test for you all and time was of the essence.
So this is them post washed-on-hot and put in the dryer. There was not much shrinkage so don’t fear tossing them in laundry basket. They are great for a super summery white knock around. I plan to wear them this summer to a cousin’s beach mikva for her wedding (among other places). Almost exclusively with sandals though.
A common theme with white pants in the mass market end of the spectrum is the category’s sheerness. This is because mass brands are not usually splurging during production on a heavy weight fabric. (You’ll see this in my chino alternates below as well.) But nude underwear and a roomy fit can usually take care of that, which is why I don’t mind the bagginess here. More on looking for an opaque fabric below (hint: men’s department.)
I think they will be cute this summer with a plain ribbed tee and Birkenstocks …just probably shouldn’t get wet in the Central Park sprinklers. :)
Polo Ralph Lauren Chinos
Now, these are my TRIED AND TRUE Polo Ralph Lauren chinos. I have had them three years and wear them more than any other pant in the summer. They are a great heavy weight, I love the pleats. I cut off the bottom to temper their preppy-ness. I bought them in a size 6 to be super baggy, which is what makes them look so effortless. I am now literally begging Ralph Lauren to reissue these in womens. They did however issue a similar pair in men’s recently and styled them online as unisex. But the size chart is in mens. So, for those who would like to try this, a little tutorial in mens pant sizing. Because men have no hips, you need to size up from your usual about two sizes. So for me, as I wear a 26 in womens jeans, I buy a 28 in men’s trousers.
That’s it for today! Now go get dirty!!
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