White jeans have enjoyed a renaissance in recent seasons. Not so much the skinny hipsters of Y2K-era Liz Hurley, but a more forgiving straight leg or roomier boyfriend cut, ideally ending at the ankle to wear with boots, loafers or sandals.
If you’re tall, Studio Nicholson*, The Row*, Raey and Toteme* should fit the bill (if you have an equally capacious budget). But I think I’ve hit the white jean jackpot at Arket. Its Rose cropped straight jeans* (below) are a milky-white, mid-weight 100% organic cotton denim, with a higher-than average rise, straight-verging-on-barrelled silhouette and most importantly for the non-statuesque, they hit the right part of the ankle. I’m 5’2 and these fit just-so with a tiny turn-up, or none at all. And they’re £69.
I wear mine with my Grenson loafers (no socks), Muji footbed sneakers (with white socks), Church’s sandals* and ancient black knee-length stack heeled boots for cooler evenings. I bet they’d also look great with Essēn‘s demi-dressy summer mules. As I’m short-waisted, I don’t tend to tuck my tops in. But boxy structured tops, tees and overshirts*, or hip-length knits from Sunspel* and Chinti & Parker* are a good match.
*if you’re 5.2
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WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Carre Otis by Michael Roberts /Vogue Italia; Arket Rose Cropped Straight Jeans
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