White Jeans Can Pop the Other Colors

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Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Winter Whites for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Just Jeans

Quote of the day: “If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.” Mark Rowse

My personality is such that I’m constantly trying to figure out the whys about issues! In fact, my husband will say to me “your poor mother” because I’ve been know to ask why more than once in a conversation so he concludes it must have annoyed my mother when I was growing up! But come on, isn’t that how you learn?

I say this to because I was wondering why I love white jeans so much–even in the winter! And I think it comes down to the fact that they make the other colors pop so much better than either blue jeans or darker ones. Just think about the outfits above. If each of us had blue jeans on with these tops, the outfits would feel much more muted. And maybe that’s your preference. But at least I think I figured out my obsession with white jeans!

And of course, these same white jeans got styled in our other posts about winter whites. You can see them with all white, here, or mostly white, here. And I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

I thought about the variety for the 3 of us in this white jeans post. You can see in the collage above that my mom is wearing a dark top, Nancy is wearing a muted color tunic, and I wore the bright colored shirt! And don’t forget to peek and see what our blogette is wearing at the bottom of the post!

Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: My white jeans got paired with my bright sweather. The pink/purple color is very flashy, but, of course, that’s what I love about it. I just recently purchased it when the Limited had their going out of business sale. I wasn’t too sure about the style, but my husband like it!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I’ve decided that I’m a crew neck snob, meaning I rarely wear a crew neck by itself. Like in this outfit, I had to layer a collared shirt under it!  So I reached for my dark chambray shirt (we had a series on them here, here & here) since it basically matched the blue in the sweater.

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

This sparkly necklace is one of my favorites! It’s basically beige so it really works with any color and since it’s also quite blingy, it adds some sparkle! I’ve had these earrings for a couple years, and since they were the same color as the sweater, I added them to the outfit!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I’m not sure you can tell by the pictures, but the blue hanging out of the bottom of the sweater is attached. It creates a flowy shape to the sweater, which is not my first impulse when I get dressed. But I thought it might work with the skinny jeans? Especially since there is a white stripe in the sweater, I really like the contrast the white jeans provide.

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Jeans: LOFT (here remember, the LOFT has sales almost continuously—I usually pay around $30 for these)~~Denim top: Boden (similar here in a medium wash)~~Sweater: The Limited (similar here with other colors too)~~Boots: Coolway (similar here with shearling inside!)~~Necklace: BaubleBar (similar here)~~Earrings: BaubleBar (similar here very reasonable, but check these out–oh la la!!)

Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: Nancy & I wanted to style her tunic that she just bought when we were in Vegas for Christmas. I thought it’d stand out wonderfully with our winter white theme as the focal point.

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Nancy’s tunic has a lot of fun bling along the top portion and looks great with her coloring! The earrings are a silver hoop but they also have rhinestones in them. I know my mom grew up with the rule of “no rhinestones before 6 pm”, but luckily that’s out the window!!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

It’s not a super thick warm piece though, so we added in a scarf. I know I’ve styled a scarf this way for mom in the past, but never for Nancy. But it’s a great way to add in a little warmth around her neck, but not take away the focal point in the front. I could have used a small neck scarf, but Nancy didn’t have one where the colors looked as good as this one!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Even though most of us think of tunics as an item to wear with leggings, I’m experimenting by having Nancy wearing it with jeans. Her jeans aren’t necessarily skinny, but I did keep the color of her shoes very neutral so they almost match the white jeans.

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Jeans: Chicos (similar here in an ankle length version)~~Tunic: Vocal (similar here solid colored or here in a country version)~~Shoes: Ecco (here)~~~Scarf: (similar here as a long one)~~Earrings: (similar here)

Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: This is one of those outfits for mom that is not her first choice! She’s been patient with me for styling her white jeans in the winter, but it’s certainly not her first choice. And then this sweater has 3/4 length sleeve, so we just added in her arm warmers!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

I was proud of mom for picking out the earrings for this outfit. Because you can probably see that they really don’t exactly match the burgundy of her arm warmers or shoes. But I think they are far enough away to pick up the burgundy vibe and besides they are amusing, right?

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

My mom has a footwear problem just like I do!! She love shoes, and especially ones that are so interesting! But I will tell you, she used to always wear these booties with burgundy tights and a burgundy dress! And you really never noticed how cool these shoes were because they blended in with everything else! Leave it to me, to make them stand out and be noticed!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

As for the arm warmers, I put together a blog post about how to make your own here. It’s a relatively easy project and can be truly economical. They may not be an item you wear all the time, but I’ve found that when I need them, it’s heaven on earth!

Winter White for 3 Generations of Women over 40.

Jeans: XOXO (similar here)~~Sweater: Romeo & Juliet (similar here way more fitted or here with two colors)~~Boots: Donald Pliner (similar here in a solid burgundy)~~Arm Warmers: Mom made them (similar here in a brighter color or here more muted)~~Earrings: (similar here in a tassel variety)

Mireille (Blogette): Mireille went with a muted top too (like Nancy’s) to pair with her white jeans. Considering Mireille’s top is a lighter color, the jeans really make you sit up and pay attention to the sweater!

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In Mireille’s words: “I don’t know how you all get such nice pictures for your blog. I wasn’t satisfied with any of mine for the last look so I ended up with a top down selfie.  I paired the pants and black booties with a long tunic sweater I found at a consignment store this fall. The sweater is not very thick and I really like how it fits.”

Mireille’s comment about the photos actually made me feel good. Hopefully my blog pictures are getting better and better, but I will admit, it’s not always easy!!

I am so appreciative of all of you reading and commenting! Thank you!

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Of course I put together some options for winter white jeans in almost every variety. Even distressed! The Land’s End jeans say they are stain repellent–now isn’t that a great idea?

  • i am Zoe Watson

    Looks like the weather has warmed up there! Another great week of outfits!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Patty!
      We always laugh that our weather is bipolar. Today we broke a record for the warmest day in February ever!! Craziness!!

  • Jodie,
    I recently purchased a pair of white jeans, love them. I think I wear more white here in southern Florida, but your outfits are amazing.

    Thanks for sharing at Over The Moon Party,

    Bev

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hi Bev—I’m sure it helps that you’re in Florida and you don’t get the snow and slush like many of us in the Northern states!!
      Don’t you just love the white jeans, though? They really make an outfit looks so crisp?
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I think your are right about the white really making other colors pop! I love your sweater. The colors are so pretty and stripes never seem to go out of style. Nancy’s tunic is right up my alley. I love the bling! And I think it works well with the wider leg pants, especially since you paired the pants with the lighter shoes. Your mom is so stylish, no matter what she has on. That sweater is really unique and cute. The arm warmers are the perfect add on! Mirreille’s outfit is really pretty too. Yay for white pants. Now I need to wear mine! Thanks for the inspiration! – AMy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much for such a positive comment, Amy!!
      I know white pants can be either a love them or hate them item—but they are so crisp looking , that I just can’t give them up!!

  • I totally agree. This is one of my favorite reasons to wear white!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!! I just love how it’s brighter which makes me feel happier!! 🙂

  • Kirsten Wick

    It’s true, white jeans do make the other colours pop and I think it looks great on you, also in winter. I think white jeans are always the perfect choice for preppy outfits that I so love. Kirsten x

    http://www.thelifbissue.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re the second person that has said that about them being preppy, Kirsten. It’s funny, that I never really thought about that angle. But it makes sense since I grew up in the preppy times!!

  • Josie, if you haven’t proven how perfect white jeans can be in winter, I don’t know who else could! All three looks are great and each is as good as the others. Thank you for sharing these inspiring styles with my Fine-Whatever link up.

    Rena
    http://www.finewhateverblog.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a great comment, Rena!! Thanks for the vote of encouragement!!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    Never thought to wear my white jeans in winter, but they do make the colors pop. Great ideas!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really find they are my go-tos, Cathy!! I wonder if it’s because I like to stand out?? Ha ha!!

  • I was just thinking how I’ve worn my white jeans a ton this winter. They just seem fresh and modern. I also don’t care for crewneck sweaters and usually make sure it’s covered by a scarf because I think I look like I’m being choked! I love clicking your links and seeing what you choose as similar items since a lot of your items are handmade or thrifted or older. It’s crazy how accurate they are, especially for some of your vintage jewelry!

    Julia
    http://www.whenthegirlsrule.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that loves my white jeans, Julia!!
      So funny that you noticed that with my links–I’m always amazed when I can find some of the similar items. Don’t you wonder what that really means—that everything comes back in style like my mother always professes???
      Or maybe that some things never go out of style??!!
      Happy Monday!

  • Vanlun

    Great outfits you all picked out. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Vanessa!!

  • I think you look gorgeous Jodie. Love how you’ve styled the stripey top and linking with your glasses. The top of Nancy is fabulous. I’m quite jealous of it. White jeans in winter don’t work in the UK. It’s too grey and gloomy. The streets are muddy and then there’s the rain too. We tend to wear them a lot once spring and summer comes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, yes—there is that realism part that gets in the way of wearing white, Anna, LOL!!
      I guess we are very lucky here in Denver, that there are many dry days!
      Thanks for the kind words!!

  • Swati Sharma

    wow…..I loved seeing women of different ages posing in white jeans…All three of you look great….I personally am a fan of white jeans too…

    http://www.crazyaboutcolors.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Swati!!

  • These are wonderful outfits! I adore white jeans all year, and you three look great. Your mom’s burgundy shoes are indeed the BOSS. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Patti!!
      I do love mom’s shoes—I may have to “borrow” them myself, LOL!!

  • Anna Marcus

    I always saved my white jeans for summer or spring but seeing how you style them for the cooler period gave me confidence to do the same. Your mom’s shoes are to die for and I love the way you added a sub layer to lengthen up the sleeve of her top,
    https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com.au

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do think it’s fun, Anna, to wear the things at different seasons!! Then they almost feel “new” to me!! I know that mom’s jeans are more lightweight, so we added hose under them for warmth!
      Thanks so much for the love!!

  • I’m getting rather tired of dark colors so these white jeans and colorful tops make me so happy right now! Great styling! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think that is truly part of it Laurie!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    Love white in the winter! It looks so fun with bright sweaters!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    Stylin In St. Louis

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly what I think—thanks Jacqueline!

  • I’m loving White trousers for winter! I might have to style mine. Your’e right the White does make the colours pop! Hope your weekend has been good x
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Laurie!!
      I know that the white jeans aren’t always practical depending on the weather—but I do love how they look!!

  • Bernadette Laganella

    It is hard to get over that dictum of no white pants after Labor Day but I think especially your Mom’s outfit shows how stylish they look with winter ear. Oh, and I adore those shoes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It is hard to change our thinking about these things—especially after you’ve heard it for ages and ages, Bernadette!
      But I was talking with mom the other day, and we were discussing this. If it’s so hard for us to change our thinking about fashion & style (which is not an ethical or value judgement), just think how hard it is for (say) men (back in the day) to be okay with women in the working world, right? Interesting thought, huh?
      Thanks for the love and Happy Sunday!!

  • Rosy Flynn

    I love white jeans but I’ve never owned any, I seem to attract mud wherever I go and so I’ve always been terrified of white jeans, I love the earrings your mom packed, they’re really pretty and different!

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
    My Instagram | Instagram

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I can’t believe you’ve never had a pair of white jeans, Rosy!! I used to buy a new pair at the end of every season because they’d be such a great deal. I have to admit, that is one aspect that isn’t as good now that it’s okay to wear them all year—they never go on sale like they used to.
      I did see that Land’s End has a stain repellent pair—(they were one pair in the shopping collage at the bottom of my post)—now that’s a fabulous idea, huh?

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Now that I have slimmed down, I may get a pair of white jeans. These are beautiful stylings, Jodie, for any time of year! Gorgeous and fresh!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Of course you should have a pair of white jeans!! I’m always amazed at how many times I reach for them to style with a top or sweater because they are so bright & crisp! I don’t know if you saw in my shopping collage at the bottom of the post, that the Lands End pair is stain repellent, which intrigues me beyond belief!!

  • You ladies look amazing and white pants really does make colors, great idea for a post.
    Rachel xo
    http://garaytreasures.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Rachel!!

  • All lovely as always Jodie.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gilly!!

  • Great looks!!
    Dora xx
    http://www.BangsBang.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Dora!!

  • I think I prefer white jeans in winter Jodie.
    They are slightly unexpected and look great with boots and cosy layers.
    White jeans in summer are nice but winter provided many more stylish ways to wear!
    XXX
    Samantha
    http://www.fakefabulous.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      The fact that they are more unexpected is probably the first reason I love them so much if I really evaluate it, Samantha!!
      XOXO

  • I love whites and brights. You all look so cute in these outfits!

    Annessa
    http://www.seekingsunshine.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Annessa!! That’s so nice of you to say!

  • Babies to Bookworms

    You all look beautiful! Rock those jeans! #fdflinkparty

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks!!

  • You all wear white jeans well! Love this! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Cielo!!

  • I asked why so much as a kid my dad coined the phrase “to make you ask questions.” ha! Loving the white jeans with another statement color. Perfect pairing for anything really.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s good to hear that I wasn’t the only “why” kid out there, Amy!!
      Thanks for stopping by and happy weekend!!

  • Ooh Jodie you look amazing in purple and white! I love how vibrant your outfit is.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Gemma!!
      Happy Friday!!

  • Love the bright colors with the white jeans! Such a fun winter look

    michellespaige.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Michelle!!

  • Mireille

    I love your mom’s outfit! Those shoes are beautiful and I love her sweater and arm warmers? What a cool idea!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t the arm warmers so interesting, Mireille? They are super easy to make!!
      Thanks for the lovely words on mom’s behalf—I forwarded the comment so she can smile too!!

  • White jeans are my favorite jeans! You look absolutely adorable in this. That orchid color suits you well! Happy Friday!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Liz!!

  • I’ve been wearing a lot more white this winter, too. And I especially like it against orchid purples like you and Nancy are wearing. You’re right that whites can make an outfit pop more by providing contrast. It’s the same principle as wearing all black with a pop of color, but the whites makes an outfit brighter and more cheerful in my opinion. Loving that interesting contrasting panel and side slit on your top, too! It makes it feels sporty. A fun piece!

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      An outfit does seem brighter with white paired with it instead of black!!
      I must really like it with the purples too since that’s what I grabbed for both Nancy & I. Luckily I realized it and grabbed something a little different for mom (since she was the last of us to get her photos for this series!!)
      Thanks for the love, Liz!

  • I love how all these colors pop against white! Dying over your striped top and wanting Charlotte’s poncho sweater!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Kathrine!!

  • White jeans really make your colorful tops stand out! I love Nancy’s scarf!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jill!!

  • I never thought of it like that but they do pop the other colors!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      🙂

  • Nicole Mölders

    Charlotte’s shoes are so cool!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they fabulous, Nicole?
      Now you can see where I get my shoe addiction, LOL!!

  • Marci Vaughn

    I love seeing all the options for one item! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marci!

  • I like that you went preppy – which I tend to associate most with white jeans, while your mom and nancy went for a more boho style, and that really showcases their versatility!
    http://www.iamchiconthecheap.com/

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Hmmmm….that’s so interesting that you categorized our outfits that way, Lydia!! I rarely even think about the style like that, but you’re totally right!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Laura

    White jeans can make any color pop! I love how they look with all of these outfits! Your bright sweater is so pretty and so is Nancy’s scarf! The arm warmers are such a great idea! I have a few 3/4 sleeve sweaters I don’t wear much because my arms get cold. I need to make some!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laura!!
      I have to admit, that I love my arm warmers (I made a pair too)! It’s not that I wear them a ton, but it’s super nice to have them those occasional times!!

  • Judy Gramith

    Who doesn’t need a pop of color against a white basic at this time of year!! You all look really fresh and pretty here and this post leaves me asking, “WHY NOT????”
    The truth is that I never wear my white jeans in the winter!! Maybe it’s because the weather here in Minnesota just makes white pants counterintuitive? They are bound to get yucked up by the abundance of slush and dirty snow along with the salt and dirt on our cars. This sounds like the plausible explanation. The milder winter in the Denver area is clearly easier on the winter whites.
    I LOVE your cool striped top Jodie! Nancy’s tunic is so fun with the tiny studs! What a perfect Vegas souvenir. Charlotte is pulling off a great pattern mix with her top and shoes and Mireille’s selfie experiment give us a unique angle on her great style!
    I’m inspired to reexamine my white jean in winter prejudices!! =-)

    • Jodie Filogomo

      What you say about the weather is totally realistic Jude! I mean, it’s not like you want to tiptoe around when you’re wearing them!!
      So you’ll just have to remember to bring them when you come visit Denver—there are usually tons of opportunities with our weather to rock your white jeans!!
      Thanks for the lovely compliments!!

  • Love the outfit! I love white jeans! Although I am always a paranoid mess when I wear them because I am a huge klutz and have a little one. You all look lovely.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Stephanie!!
      My mom always says that they are the easiest to clean because you can bleach the entire piece!! Makes sense to me!! 🙂

  • jess

    Jodie, first..I love your mom’s burgundy pointy shoes.. cool. also, I have I think 3 pairs of white jeans from Ann Taylor and Loft, I love white jeans too.. can be tricky to keep them bright white. You all look great in the bright colors.and I think I have the matching earrings to your necklace, pretty!
    Have a great weekend
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantldyressedandstylish.com

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s funny, Jess, because I think all of my white jeans are from AT & LOFT—-we’re like twins!! 🙂
      But I don’t even think about keeping them bright. I guess when they start to get dingy, I just buy another pair, but I probably could bleach them?
      Thanks for the love and happy weekend!!

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    They definitely add a bright, fresh look, rather than dark jeans for a change. Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jocelyn!!

  • La Veine

    Love a good pair of white jeans! They really do make the other colors pop 🙂

    LA VEINE

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Marta!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    So funny, Jody, I was just telling someone the other day that my mother use to buy us books called “Tell me Why” with answers to all kinds of questions on educational things as we never took anything that was taught , we all wanted more. She was also guilty of telling us we could always ask why when she told us no, lol As for the white jeans, you are quite right any combination that are high contrast have a great effect, but there is truly something about white that creates an even more vibrant contrast. Sometimes people think white washes them out, so not wearing it near your face and sticking with bottoms is the perfect solution.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think the why’s of life are what make it interesting—it’s so nice to hear someone else is like me in that respect, Tracey!!
      I have heard a ton of women say that about white near their face!! I always think that is the trouble with black, but I guess white can do the same thing!!
      Happy Friday!!

  • I am going to appreciate White jeans more and more now! I don t own one…yet! Have a great weekend Jodie!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m shocked you don’t have any white jeans Nancy!! I feel like I live in mine!!
      Happy Friday!!