July 30th, 2017

Jennifer Ash Rudick’s Favorite White Jeans

Jennifer in Southampton with her daughter Emmy.

I’m on the hunt for new white jeans and asked a few of my uber stylish friends to weigh in with their favorites. Seventh up, Out East author and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Jennifer Ash Rudick:

“Having grown up in Florida, my relationship with white jeans has been long and sometimes sordid. Some had stamina, including basic Levis that saw me through a summer internship at The Norton Museum. Others were poorly thought out, chosen on impulse to fulfill too particular a craving that never translated beyond their circumstance – extremely wide-leg sailor pants purchased in Normandy, France, following an afternoon involving Calvados comes to mind. Throughout the years, I’ve professed ever-lasting love to Lee, Wrangler, Citizens of Humanity, J. Brand, and Helmut Lang. I’ve committed to and eventually grown weary of hip-huggers, high-rise, straight-leg, peg-leg, and super-skinny styles. It was me, not them.

Last Spring, I swore off white jeans for good, buying two overpriced dresses for summer publication parties while on a trip with childhood friends who related to the white pant addiction, “try something more inspired,” they confirmed.” The night of the first book signing, as I slipped on a dress, my husband said, with discernable enthusiasm, “no white jeans for a change?” At that moment, I felt estranged from myself, like an imposter. I retreated to my closet where a brand-new pair of Mother jeans were hidden – just in case.” Jennifer

First “Out East” book signing in Southampton earlier this summer.


What's New


Everett leather tote bag


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Caged satin minaudière


Wool-crepe strapless top


Vokayo high-rise straight-leg jeans


Garcon suede loafers


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Logo-embellished leather loafers

  • Love this post – so much humor in it too. In LA, white jeans are not that commonly worn, although I’m starting to see it more. I finally found a great pair of 100% cotton ones from Mary B’s post, but I’m afraid to wear them because they’ll get dirty – any tips? Love Jennifer’s all white with your all black – such a great photo.

    KathyJuly 30th, 2017  10:44 AM

  • This post proves that white jeans are a classic staple, can be dressed up or down, day or evening. The white top is lovely, would love to know the designer.

    NinaJuly 30th, 2017  2:00 PM

  • The top is Proenza Schouler SS17 and it is indeed, lovely.

    PrestonJuly 30th, 2017  2:02 PM

  • Mother jeans are my favorite this year! I like the Rascal and the Looker Ankle Crop.

    FayeJuly 30th, 2017  5:11 PM

  • In reply to Kathy’s comment: I wear white jeans often and I have a dog. Oxi-Clean keeps them white and fresh so wear & enjoy xx

    BeaJuly 30th, 2017  5:57 PM

  • Thank you Bea! I will now.

    KathyJuly 30th, 2017  10:42 PM

  • These photos are particularly charming! Laundry is simple – The Laundress Stain Solution and Denim Wash/inside out/presoak + delicate cycle/cold-cold/hang dry right side out. Never iron. If something still won’t come out, dot with bleach from your fingertip while still wet, rinse quickly, repeat until it’s gone, followed by a quick wash. And I think Monday is traditionally “wash day.”

    PaulaJuly 31st, 2017  12:15 AM

  • Love stripes and white jeans!

    MenchuJuly 31st, 2017  3:23 AM

  • I don’t usually comment, but this is my favorite post in the “White Jeans Series”. This is how I wear white jeans and will try Mother. The picture on the beach with her daughter is, as Paula said, charming—perfect summer image.

    JaneJuly 31st, 2017  8:22 AM

  • Love this post, it’s hilarious. I often buy clothes for the lifestyle I imagine to live, but in reality don’t. I should focus more on clothes that I actually utilize constantly; I love how she put together her white jeans for the book signing.

    KimJuly 31st, 2017  2:38 PM

  • Hi Preston, I too love this series. Your site is the first site I turn to when I need to know what’s in style and to hone my taste . Right now I am struggling with what the focus on a few select pieces might be for fall? For example, my questions are if some of the big trends will continue… such as, are off the shoulder ( I’ve never much cared for this but I’m open), release/ frayed hem jeans here to stay?

    While I cannot personally afford the pieces on your shop, it does help train my eye to see the items, it’s really fun.

    I know you’ve touched on Fall 2017 some already, I would love a post , if you have the time, on some key piece basics suggestions for fall.

    Thank you for your generous spirit in sharing your talented eye:)

    GraceJuly 31st, 2017  7:02 PM

  • I love everything about this post! Still trying on white jeans!

    LisaJuly 31st, 2017  7:19 PM

  • I saw this post and ordered a pair of Mother White Jean (Spring Website) – the fit is perfect and I am so pleased! I went with my true size and it is PERFECT! I will look for more of your fashion finds and insights – thank you

    KateAugust 7th, 2017  6:27 PM


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