How to Wear White Jeans After Labor Day

Do you wear white after Labor Day?  I sure do!  I like to think of it as “winter white” and really love mixing white denim with colors like camel, olive, navy and leopard print for fall and winter.  White jeans truly are one of the most versatile pieces in your closet, so today I’m sharing 5 ways to wear them as the weather gets colder.  The pair I’m wearing are these Amazon Essentials Pull-On Jeggings that are under $30 and run true to size.  I’m 5’5″ and just over 130 pounds and typically wear a size 4 most places and I am wearing the size 4 long in these pants (size 4 was not available when I purchased them) and I cuffed them twice to make them work.  They’re incredibly comfortable and don’t seem to stretch out or get baggy when you wear them.  They’re limited in sizes in white (though they are made in lots of other colors too), so another similar option would be these high rise white jeans from J.Crew Factory that are currently under $15.  I don’t own them but they get great reviews and that price is amazing!

To make white jeans work for fall I’ve traded my sandals for loafers and mules, tank tops for layers and turtlenecks, and bright colors for more traditional fall hues.  Don’t miss my IGTV session for a more entertaining peek into how I put these outfits together, and keep reading for links and why I think these pieces work well together as the weather cools down.  Happy almost fall, y’all!

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rug | sandbacken sofa (IKEA) | similar ladder (I painted mine myself and shared the DIY blog post here) | coffee table (Marshall’s) | Stockholm mirror (IKEA) | cane wrapped vase/hurricane | lidded basket (IKEA) | navy velvet pillow cases (IKEA) | floral pillows (TJ Maxx) | large sheepskin rug (old from IKEA) | brass floor lamp (vintage, similar)

5 Ways to Wear White Jeans After Labor Day

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white jeans with dudley stephens park slope fleece turtleneck and brown mules

Outfit #1.  white jeans (similar here) | Dudley Stephens Park Slope Turtleneck in Navy | large Penelope Pearl studs c/o Julie Vos | brown faux leather mules (size up half a size, or here is a similar genuine leather option that’s fully stocked) | Longchamp Le Pliage Tote (mine is 9 years old and is such a timeless staple)

My Dudley Stephens Park Slop Turtleneck is going to be one of my favorite new pieces for fall.  I’ve wanted one for 3 years but had no need for one when we lived in Hawaii, but I know it’s going to be a practical yet stylish fall wardrobe staple now that we live in Virginia.  Dudley Stephens makes fleece out of recycled water bottles and their pieces are incredibly comfortable (obviously, because they’re fleece) but the silhouettes of their tops are incredibly sleek and stylish, so they look elevated rather than casual.  I also have the longer Cobble Hill Turtleneck style in camel that I can’t wait to wear with leggings!  I’d say these run true to size, and I got a small in both styles (and I’m typically a small most places).  The sleeves on the Park Slope are slightly snug, so size up if that’s something that might bother you.  My brown mules look similar to the Gemma Mules from Madewell, but they’re from Amazon and are less than half the price.  They aren’t genuine leather but so far they look like they are going to be really great shoes for fall.  I sized up half a size and they fit perfectly.  (Typically an 8 but I got the 8.5.)  Looks like they’re currently out of stock in most sizes but hopefully they will come back soon!  The bag I’m using is my navy Longchamp Le Pliage Tote that I’ve had since 2011.  This is a workhorse of a bag and it will never go out of style.  It’s made of nylon so it’s easy to clean (the top and handles are leather though) and you can fold it up so it’s a great travel bag too.  Mine is the small size with shoulder straps.

white jeans with striped shirt puffer vest longchamp tote and brown mules

Outfit #2.  white jeans (similar here) | large pearl studs c/o Julie Vos | striped boatneck t-shirt | puffer vest with snap pockets | brown faux leather mules (size up half a size, or here is a similar genuine leather option that’s fully stocked) | Longchamp Le Pliage Tote (mine is 9 years old and is such a timeless staple)

A blue and white striped t-shirt has year-round versatility, in my opinion.  To make it work for fall I topped it with a puffer vest from J.Crew Factory.

white after labor day with camel sweater

Outfit #3.  white jeans (similar here) | large Pearl Studs c/o Julie Vos | camel Teddie sweater | leopard print loafers (old, similar here and here)

I love camel and white together.  Camel is one of my very favorite colors and it works especially well in the fall.  This cotton-wool Teddie Sweater from J.Crew Factory is really comfy and is a great price at under $30 (most of the time, depending on the sale).  It runs true to size and I got a size small.  My leopard print calf hair loafers are 7 years old and they are always on heavy rotation on the fall.  Here is an affordable pair of pointy-toe calf hair leopard print flats that would get you a similar look, or these Rothys loafers would be a comfy option.

winter whites jeans with olive field jacket and chambray shirt

Outfit #4.  white jeans (similar here) | large Penelope Pearl Studs c/o Julie Vos | chambray button down shirt (current version) | olive field jacket | brown faux leather mules (size up half a size, or here is a similar genuine leather option that’s fully stocked)

Chambray button downs are a fall wardrobe must-have!  Mine is somewhere around 5 years old and I love layering it with jackets and cardigans.  This is the current version.  My requirement for a chambray shirt is that the front pocket does not have a flap.  Those tend to get funky in the wash and because I refuse to iron they always end up sticking up if I forget to hang them to dry.  If you get one without a pocket flap you easily avoid this wardrobe malfunction!  I’m wearing an olive field jacket over my chambray shirt and jackets like this are incredible layering pieces!  J.Crew Factory is my favorite source for them because they style never really changes from year to year and they’re significantly cheaper than the J.Crew version.  This affordable olive one I’m wearing is new but I have a navy one from 2013 that I can’t wait to wear once the temperature drops.  I suggest washing before wearing so that the color doesn’t rub off at the armpits onto the shirt you’re wearing underneath.  Speaking from experience with my blue one!

white jeans for fall and winter with sweater blazer

Outfit #5.  white jeans (similar here) | large Penelope Pearl Studs c/o Julie Vos | white button down sized up to medium (similar) | camel sweater blazer | leopard print loafers (old, similar here and here)

An oversized white button down shirt is so easy to throw on yet it gives you such a sophisticated look.  The one I’m wearing is a few years old from Walmart (currently $2 if you can track it down in stores!) and it’s truly one of the most worn pieces in my closet.  (Works as a swim cover up too.)  This white popover tunic would give you a similar look and it’s currently $32.  I’m wearing a camel sweater blazer over it and this style of sweater is near and dear to my heart.  They are comfy like a casual cardigan but they look elevated due to the blazer cut!  I own 4 different sweater blazers (camel, light pink, navy and leopard) and camel will likely be my most worn one this fall.  I’ve had it for a year or two and even though they’re pricy they are definitely a worthy investment that will last you for years!

Alright now, who is ready for fall?!

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