White skinny jeans can seem like an intimidating item of clothing, but fear not -- with just a few inventive styling tips, you'll find that they can be paired with just about anything, from solids to stripes and everything in between. Add a dash of creativity, and it won't be long before they become as much of a wardrobe staple as your most well-loved blue jeans.
No item of clothing demands a color quite like white skinny jeans. By adding a top in a rich, solid color like emerald green or ruby, the vibrancy will stand out. For a gorgeous silhouette, choose a top in a feminine cut, such as a peplum or high-low tunic with a thin gold belt tied at the waist. Tops like these, that accentuate the waist while flowing gracefully over the hips and rear, tend to work well for all body types. Add floral heels or flats in complementary colors to finish the look.
One great thing about denim is that you can dress it up or down, and white denim is no exception. Pair your white skinnies with a matching white peplum top, a bold, gold necklace and strappy heels in nude or blush for a classy night on the town, or take a page out of Czech model Karolina Kurkova's book and layer a soft white sweater over a white button down. Choose a simple, well-fitting white t-shirt for an effortlessly cool, casual look, and complete with white Chuck Taylors or strappy sandals in a solid color like electric blue or soft peach.
Make sure your shades of white aren't drastically different. If your white top has faded to an off-white shade or even a dingy gray, head back to the drawing board.
Because they're on opposite ends of the color spectrum, white and black complement each other beautifully. Pair your white skinnies with a black sleeveless button-up blouse, a bold silver necklace and a fitted black blazer -- one with leather lapels will give you an even edgier touch. Tie the look together with black booties or black, thick-strapped heels.
Depending on the colors you choose, stripes can appear either classic or nautical. For a finished, classic look that Audrey Hepburn would be proud of, seek out thin stripes in black and white with boatnecks and either cap or three-quarter sleeves. Keep your footwear understated and elegant with either black or brown flats or oxfords. Thin stripes of navy and cream are another option that never fails -- finish with soft brown flats to keep your outfit from being too matchy-matchy, or choose bold red slip-ons for a quirky, nautical ensemble.
Black-and-white and navy-and-cream are just two suggestions of classic color combinations that work well with a variety of skin tones -- just remember to keep your stripes thin rather than thick to avoid looking like "Where's Waldo." Stripes in just about any color combo can work in your favor no matter what body type you have, as long as you keep the rest of your outfit simple by leaving the jewelry at home and making sure you finish with a solid color shoe.
Patterns and Graphics
White can make an excellent base color for just about any pattern or graphic. For an ultra-girly vibe, choose a floral print in a soft fabric like silk or chiffon; add a tan, knit fringe vest and brown strappy sandals for an instant Bohemian vibe. Plaids, graphic tees and just about any other pattern will also pair well with white skinnies. When experimenting with patterns, the sky's the limit. Just make sure to go for a simple, solid color shoe, and throw on a slouchy cardigan in a solid, coordinating color if you want to instantly tone down any graphic or pattern.
When it comes to rocking white skinnies, men have plenty of options too.
For a finished look that's both casual and polished, tuck a checkered or chambray button-down shirt of any sleeve length into white skinny jeans held up by a simple brown leather belt. Slip into brown boating shoes for a subdued look, or choose a boating shoe or canvas sneaker in a bright color for a look that's more bold.
For something a tad fancier, try a dress shirt in a pastel shade and pair with a gray necktie; the combination of soft tones will complement each other well. Another simple look is to pair a blue checkered button down with a navy blue blazer. To complete both of these looks, slide on brown, wing-tipped oxfords.
For a cool, casual look, layer a short-sleeve button-down over a graphic tee and finish with black or gray canvas slip-on shoes or Chuck Taylors. Choose any shirt color combo you wish, as the solid colors on the bottom half of your outfit will balance everything out.
Black and white is another viable option. Choose a well-fitting black button-down, black leather belt and black dress shoes; leave out the black blazer for a look that's more modern. Men can wear white-on-white as well, by choosing either a simple white button-up or white t-shirt. Just make sure that whatever white top you choose matches your jeans and fits you well; no faded dress shirts or slouchy tees here.