I Used to Avoid Wearing White Trousers—These 8 Outfits Have Changed My Mind

Whenever I see someone sporting white trousers, I'm filled with awe. There's something so chic about this fresh alternative to black, denim and khaki hues, especially in the warmer months. But mostly I'm impressed by the bravery it takes to face the day in white, a colour that invites all kinds of sartorial catastrophes. A rogue drop of coffee or an unexpected puddle would be enough to ruin the effect. I just don't trust myself to keep them looking new! 

It's only recently that I've started coming around to the idea, and when I realised my Instagram saved folder was brimming with white trouser outfits, I decided my subconscious was speaking to me and this pristine trouser option might just be worth the risk. Turns out, this shade is just as versatile as black, and its perfect for our warm weather seasons. Think of all the white linen looks in The Talented Mr Ripley and Roman Holiday—there's no better colour to celebrate the departure of dreary winter days. It goes with brights and neutrals, and it works with both silver and gold-toned jewellery, so the styling options are limitless.

So if, like me, you're starting out on your white trouser journey, I've rounded up some of the chicest outfits I've spotted lately. Scroll on to find out how to incorporate this seasonal staple into your everyday wardrobe with pieces you most likely already own. 

1. Striped Shirt + Ribbed Top + Tailored Trousers

White trouser outfits: @femmeblk wears white trousers with a striped shirt



Style Notes: White and blue is a classic pairing for summer—as the temperature rises, I'll be ditching my outerwear and using a striped shirt as a layering piece over wide-leg trousers.

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This 100% cotton shirt is the staple you didn't know you needed.

I rely on elevated basics like this every day.

You'll feel so smart in these crisp white trousers.

2. Bomber Jacket + Puddle Pants + Trainers

Style Notes: When a jacket is required, dress down your smart white trousers with a relaxed bomber jacket. Some comfy sneakers will complete the laid-back look.

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Perfect for that effortless off-duty look.

A nice change-up from standard white trainers.

3. Crochet Top + White Jeans + Trainers

White trouser outfits: @livpurvis wears white jeans with a crochet top and trainers



Style Notes: I've been seeing so many crochet tops in new-in sections lately, and I can't wait to jump on this trend come summer. I'll be styling mine with white jeans, like Liv Purvis.

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These jeans would also look great with a graphic tee tucked in.

The pastel colour palette is perfect for spring.

4. Linen Trousers + Matching Vest + Raffia Bag

Style Notes: Between the raffia and the linen, this outfit is just waiting to be worn to the beach or for a sun-soaked stroll through the city. White-on-white is a winning combination.

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Next time I travel somewhere balmy, these will be coming with me.

Get ready to see Prada's raffia tote everywhere over the coming months.

5. Beige Blazer + Tailored Trousers + Low Heels

Style Notes: If you consider yourself a minimalist, you'll probably want to stick to neutrals when styling your white trouser ensemble. Look no further than that beige blazer you have hanging in your wardrobe.

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There's no outfit a beige blazer won't make better.

I love the unique moulding on these mules.

6. Colour-Pop Tee + Relaxed Trousers + Loafers

Style Notes: The above look is a masterclass in making your white trousers feel unfussy and casual. Just choose a loose-fitting drawstring style and team it with a boxy tee.

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The longer sleeve length and boxy shape make this tee appear much more expensive than it is.

Personally, I think white and cream look really sleek styled side-by-side.

7. Smart Trousers + Bandeau Top + Heels

Style Notes: Ali's look proves that white trousers are a stylish base for summer evening looks too. Add a bandeau top and glittering accessories and you're set! 

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8. Trench Coat + Wide-Leg Trousers + Converse

White trouser outfits: @_jessicaskye wears white trousers with a trench coat and converse



Style Notes: Now that it's spring, we can't stop talking about trench coats. The proportions of this longline outerwear work beautifully with wide-leg trousers.