White Jeans Intimidate Me, So I Wore Them for a Week Straight

Anna LaPlaca

White jeans intimidate me. There, I said it. I know that as someone who prides themselves on experimenting with weird outfit combinations and trends most others would shy away from, I should reasonably be on board with white denim because it's really not that strange of a garment. But I can't deny that white jeans scare the crap out of me. I see them as something only modelesque people get away with wearing. That and maybe anyone summering in a New England beach town? Both of which I am not. So why exactly are they so frightening to me? Because they showcase everything. They put all my insecurities on display. They're the opposite of the safety that comes along with adhering to an all-black palette. That is to say, they're risky.

In an effort to tackle some of my deepest fashion fears, I picked up a few new pairs of white denim and challenged myself to wear them every day for a week. I didn't know what this would teach me or if I would learn anything all, really. What I did know was that I kept on seeing the most stylish white jeans outfits and I knew I had an irrational fear I needed to just get over. I didn't discriminate when it came to fit and cut, either. I tried everything from skinny jeans to kick-flare to straight leg, hoping to land on a pair of white jeans that I didn't actually want to run away from.

Right off the bat, I went for what felt scary to me because, as they say, life happens outside your comfort zone. We've established that I'm going out on a limb wearing white jeans as it is, so why not throw in another style element that intimidates me while we're at it? Thus, skinny jeans were the first pair to kick off my week of white jeans outfits. Disclaimer: I haven't actually worn the slim-fitting style in years, so trying on this pair set off all the alarms in my head. I didn't feel like myself at all, that is to say, someone who prefers slouchier fits at all times. Read through to see if I survived or if I let my crippling fear of the denim take over.

I hope by now I've inspired you to tackle the fashion pieces that intimidate you the most. You'll get more out of your wardrobe and you might even learn something along the way, too.

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