The Problem With White Pants

If you’ve ever read my 5 Top Summer Style Sins you’ll know that one of the things I warn you about come summer is wearing anything white that has pocket linings showing through.

the problem with white pants

You know how it goes…you finally find a great pair of white pants, but when you try them on they are so lightweight that you can see big heavy pocket linings showing through. Looks bad!

I always recommend  you have a seamstress cut them out, or at least minimize them. Honestly, do you ever really use them anyway?

Recently, I bought a pair of  shorts with no pockets, so no linings, but my son noticed that I had a big fabric care tag showing through just below my hip. So ladies, be on the lookout for those tags too and make sure to snip them off!


It’s the little things like this that make the difference between looking frumpy and fabulous!

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Here’s a gal who got it right! Doesn’t she look fab?

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11 thoughts on “The Problem With White Pants

  1. A nude colored thong or tback does the trick with white pants. Just like in the above pictures. That’s what I wear and I have no issues with visible undies.

    1. Hi Siggie,
      White garments often show lot more than we’d like them to especially if the material is thin. I often go up a size when I buy things in white- white pants for example. No one notices, I still feel comfy because most pants have so much stretch you don’t notice one size up, but they look so much better. Try that. I hope it helps. Cheers, Deborah

  2. Hi Deborah,although I’m only 33 I’m assuming the pocket things goes for younger women as well? A fashion no no that is?I bought these ivory Capri online they are snug in the behind but look good. They were pretty see through due to being non jean weight material. Anyways all I saw was two front pockets and one single back pocket! No matter the color panties they are so see through, so I had this idea to wear my natural color knee length legging under them and that solved the see through to skin issue, just not the pockets.I thought I will treat them as though they are lined. If I cut the pockets is this appropriate? I normally don’t buy white “anything” show stains to easy also.

  3. Hate pants with pockets. I have white pants and don’t wear them so skin tight. Look in the mirror in front , back and sideways. Not too many women look in the mirror. Either they don’t or they don’t see what’s wrong. I do that with all my clothes. I’m 71 and am still looking in the mirror.


  4. I cut the pockets out of white pants and shorts. And I always wear nude colored underwear under them. Even worse than pockets showing through is colored underwear showing through. I recall one time when I was younger seeing the mother of one of my friends at the supermarket. She was a very pretty lady and always dressed so nice. But this day, she was wearing white pants with bright blue underwear, and I didn’t know if I should mention it to her or not. I didn’t, but ever after I wished that I had.

  5. NEVER MIND the pocket lining showing!!!! UNDERPANTS show through! I can quite honestly say that I NEVER wear white pants because of this. I have observed TOO much panties showing through and I say NO thank-you.

    The ONLY white pants one can wear is denim-thick ones. Otherwise- you better be sure to wear nude colored panties.. and full-coverage ones too.

    Gosh, I’m just anti-white pants! hahaha. Even white cotton blouses which I love-I feel the need to wear camis under them. Perhaps I’m just old-fashioned and modest??????

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