We’re all looking for casual fashion ideas once the warm weather hits and one of the easiest summer style recipes starts with a pair of white pants.
For women, wearing white pants in summer is the equivalent of wearing black pants in winter. They can take you anywhere, and they are a key building block in many fabulous casual looks.
Best White Pants for Summer
White pants in cotton, light, stretchy denim and linen are most popular as the summer heats up. You can go for a bright summer white, or choose a softer ivory or antique white if you find pure white is so icy it washes you out.
There’s always a white pant to suit every body type so don’t think you can’t wear white pants because you think they will make you look fat!
White pants are the kind of thing you need to refresh every year or two because white (no matter what shade) does fade and yellow, and although white pants are a classic, the small details about them do change from year to year.
Popular Styles of White Pants – 2018
For example, this summer we’re seeing the focus is on hemlines. We’re seeing white pants with cropped, frayed hemlines, with braid, with pompoms! Side and waist detail is also a focal point. There are white pants with side stripes, with buttons lacing and with ties at the waist.
Whether you like your white pants long and flowy or tight and skinny or cropped skinny or wide, there’s a silhouette to make everyone happy.
How to Style White Pants
This is the fun part. There are many looks that lend themselves to white pants.
White Pants -Nautical Look
Nothing says nautical more than a pair of white pants and a blue top. (Bonus if it’s striped.) It’s a crisp, cute look but you don’t want go ‘overboard’ (get it?) with so many nods to nautical that you look like you’re ready to set sail.
The best way to keep a nautical look casual and hip is to keep it subtle and use modern touches. See how I’ve done it here?
I’ve started with white pants but instead of a wider, ‘sailor’ pant, I’ve gone with a modern white skinny jean. The blue color of the top and front tie play up the nautical theme but in an understated way.
This is a casual summer look so keep your accessories and shoes casual. Slides like these are great for summer, and the tan color is refreshing. A cute pair of white sneakers would also look good.
And ladies, please don’t weight this outfit down with a big, black bag that holds everything but the kitchen sink. It’s summer – switch out your bag for something lighter and brighter.
White Pants – Boho Look
Summer is the perfect time to wear and enjoy an easy, breezy and fun boho look. It’s easy to do this by adding a boho-style top but why stop there? This season it’s all about the hem so a boho-inspired pair of pants like these cropped ones with an adorable pompom hem are a great way to update your summer wardrobe. You’ll be surprised how much mileage (and how many compliments) you get from them.
Add in a fun slide and an on-trend straw circle purse and you’ll be one hot boho-babe.
White Pants – Tropical Look
One of my go-to, no-fail casual summer outfit formulas is to take a pair of white pants and put it together with a summery, tropical-print top.
I love the palm print on this airy chiffon top, but I’m particularly crazy about the sleeves. It has a pretty drawstring that you can use to ruche the sleeves, so you keep cool while looking chic.
And while we’re talking about details, did you notice the scallop hem on the white pants? So pretty!
White Pants – Pastel Look
For those days (and nights) when you want to channel a more romantic look, there is nothing easier in the summertime than adding a flowy blush-pink top and blush accessories to a pair of white pants. It’s a lovely, soft look.
Most styles of white pants will do, but a flared pair look extra chic with this look. Which look do you like best?
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