Each season one piece of clothing stands out as the shortcut to style. In summer it’s white pants. White pants are like a blank canvas. They’re the perfect backdrop for so many chic summer looks. Here are some white pants that are popular right now, and ideas for how to wear white pants to look casual and modern.
Best White Pants for Summer
As the summer heats up, white pants in cotton, linen, or light, stretchy denim start flying off the shelves. Most women like a bright white pair, but you may prefer softer ivory or antique white if you find pure white is so icy that it washes you out.
From boho flares to everyday bootcut and sexy-skinny, there’s a style of white pants to suit every body type, so please 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. Also, even though white pants are a classic, the small details about them do change from one summer to the next.
Popular Styles of White Pants
For example, this summer 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, buttons, lacing, and ties at the waist.
Whether you like your white pants long and flowy, tight and skinny, or cropped and skinny or wide, there’s a silhouette to make everyone happy.
How to Wear White Pants
The best thing about white pants is they can be used to create outfits that are very casual or very dressy depending on which pants you choose and how you wear them. There are endless ways to style white pants!
Now the fun part… Here are four white pants outfits, each styled on a different theme, that to take you everywhere this summer. Have a peek.
White Pants Outfits
1. Nautical Style
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 to 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’ pants, I’ve gone with a modern white skinny jeans. 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 weigh 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.
2. 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 is 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.
3. 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 summary, 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!
4. 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?