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Best White Denim for Women Over 50

White denim pants have become a staple in my wardrobe all year long. The first time that I wore a pair of white denim pants before Memorial Day, I expected the fashion police to come knocking on my door. But with age comes confidence, and fashion rules are meant to be broken! White denim is so versatile that it looks great with just about anything. Here are six pants of the best white denim for women over 50.

My absolute favorite time to wear denim pants is during the spring and summer because they are the perfect backdrop for all of the bright, colorful tops I tend to select for those times of the year.

In an effort to find my new favorite pair of white denim for 2023, I ordered 6 different pairs to try. They include a wide variety of styles ranging from slim fit to wide leg. Check out the try-on session below, and let me know which pair is your favorite in the comments. P.S. My dog wanted to be a part of the try-on, so you may see a cute little guest in the photos below!

You may also be interested in reading these posts: What Are The Best Pairs of Women’s Jeans Under $50, and What Are The Best Jeans For Women Over 50

White Denim For Women Over 50 – Flare Jeans

#1. Spanx Flare Jeans in White

The first pair I am trying is the Spanx Flare Jeans in White. You girls know that I love clothing from the brand Spanx (like these Perfect Dresses I recently reviewed and my favorite bra). When I saw these flare jeans, I clicked add to cart right away!

These jeans are constructed without a button or zipper, so you pull (or shimmy, as their website says, haha) them on. This helps the front to lay flat without any added bulk. They are high-rise, and the best part is that the fabric has built-in tummy shaping to help hold the stomach area in.

I grabbed them in a size large, and they fit true to size. They are available in an XS to a 3x. You can also grab them in petite and tall lengths. I am 5’6″ and ordered a regular. They are the perfect length when paired with a heel, but if I wanted to wear them with a flat sandal, I would probably need to grab them in petite. My white denim for women over 50 post would be incomplete without a pair of flare jeans.

#2. Spanx Ankle Straight Leg Jeans

The second pair of denim you see is also from Spanx. These are their straight-leg ankle jeans in white. They have several similarities to the first pair, like the no-zipper, no-button pull-on design, and built-in tummy shaping. The fabric has just enough stretch making them super comfortable without feeling like they are going to stretch out too much by the end of the day.

I really like the versatile style of this cut, especially for the warmer months. They can be dressed up with an elegant top and a heel or dressed down with a more casual shirt and flat sandals. I ordered my regular size large in these, and they fit like a glove.

#3. White Denim For Women Over 50 – Wide Leg Pants

If you’ve ever wondered if a woman over 50 can wear wide-leg pants, the answer is YES! These are the Wide Leg Jeans from Talbots. I would probably consider them more a trouser than a jean. I’ve been wearing a lot of wide-legged pants over the last year. I like this style of pants because they conceal the shape of your legs, so they’re great for camouflaging heavy thighs. I also think that wide-leg pants add balance to my broad shoulders.

I always consider proportions when I am styling an outfit. The rule of thumb is wide on the bottom, and tight on the top. Basically, that means that when you are wearing a flowy skirt or wide-leg jeans, you should wear a top that is fitted.

I grabbed these in a size 8. The relaxed fit is very comfortable, and the fabric has plenty of stretch. I think these may be a bit too short on me to wear with heels this high, but they would be a great length on me for a flat shoe. These are great examples of how white denim for women over 50 looks fabulous.

#4. Talbots Slim Ankle Jeans

Up next, we have the slim ankle jeans from Talbots. I really like jeans like these that show a little ankle, and the length also helps to show off your shoes. This pair has a built-in invisible slimming panel to help slim and smooth, which I appreciate, and I bet you all will as well!

When looking for a new pair of pants, I suggest trying on a variety of styles. No matter if you prefer wide-legged pants like the last look or a slim fit like this pair from Talbots, both styles can have a place in your closet. I find the slim fit style of these pants super versatile as I can just as easily pair them with sneakers to run errands as I can with a pair of espadrilles for church or a lunch date!

I’m wearing them in an 8, and I think they fit a little loose, so I would be interested to see how a size down fits. My dog was really getting interested at this point in the try-on, haha. I thought this picture was so funny but also so cute!

#5. The Wide Leg Pant by Ann Taylor

I also wanted to try these high-rise wide-leg pants from Ann Taylor. I ordered an 8, but I definitely needed to size down, so these photos don’t accurately do the pants justice. They aren’t truly denim like the other pants in the try-on, but I think they feel like a modern and fresh take on white pants.

They also come in navy and tan if you love the look of these but don’t need any new white pants. Remembering what I said about the rule of proportions earlier, you will want to balance the width of these pants with a tighter blouse or top. Since they are high-waisted, you can even tuck in the top to accentuate your waist.

The above picture is a great visual of how long I like my pants to fall when I’m wearing heels. As I mentioned earlier, I am 5’6″. I don’t like my pants to drag to the ground; I like to show off my shoes.

#6. On-the-Go Ankle Slim Straight by Spanx – White Denim For Women Over 50 You Can’t See Through

I decided to try one more style of pants by Spanx. These are their ankle slim straight pants. If you like to wear flowy blouses or tunics, this pair of pants would pair beautifully with them.

I grabbed them in a medium, but I should have gone with my regular size large. I found out after the fact on their website that sizes L-3X run large and sizes XS-M run small. If you would like a little more or less ankle coverage, they do come in different lengths. Spanx claims that these pants have ultimate opacity technology, which prevents them from being see-through. I have to say that they succeeded! Finally, a pair of white pants that you can’t see through at all!

The material on these pants is a little thicker, which would make them a great option for smoothing any lumps, bumps, and cellulite on your legs. These pants are also button and zipper free, which require you to pull them on, like the other Spanx styles above. This results in a completely smooth front and a flattering tummy region. For being too small for me, I think they did a pretty good job of holding everything in!

Which pairs of these white denim for women over 50 are your favorites? Do you have any favorite pairs of white denim, and if so, where are they from? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Spank and Talbot’s looked the best.

  2. Cindy Phipps says:

    I liked the first two on you personally. I would like to try the spank brand too.

  3. Thank you for this post. I love white jeans! my favorite jeans are French Dressing Jeans, as there are different sizes for every body style. I have a very long rise, so their “Suzanne” style is for long and thin women. (what I was before menopause). The “Peggy” cut is a high rise as well but for curvy woman, like I am now.

  4. Wish the Spanx weren’t so expensive-I’d love to try them but couldn’t spend that much for 1 pair of pants.

  5. I love white pants/jeans- but always feel the need to be careful when wearing them, LOL.
    I like the look of the Spanx pull on pair- I may need to investigate a pair for this summer.

  6. I really liked the Spanx straight leg, not too tight, not to roomy. As far as a wide leg, I preferred the Ann Taylor. Thanks for modeling white pants. They are such a great item for Spring/Summer (all year!), but it’s hard to find a pair that checks all of the boxes. It was nice to see these choices on you.

  7. my favorite are the flare white denim. I would like the length of petite. I wonder if I order my normal size in petite? When I was in Talbots they told me to size up when moving into petite size. Not sure if all stores are the same.

  8. The Spanx Straight Leg Jean looks the best in my opinion.

  9. Karen Lunde says:

    Love the different options and white pants that are not see through!!!

  10. Roberta S says:

    I love the look of white pants unfortunately I shy away from them because I just can’t keep them clean.

  11. Spanx straight. Talbots slim. The others have too much fabric.

  12. I like all the Spanx ones. I’m a big fan of the pull-on style.

  13. I like the Spanx pants best. I’m thinking about getting an Ecru/off white pair of pants this season. I just don’t think I can do white-white 🙂

  14. Big fan of the ankle slim straight jeans. I’ve been buying Spanx denim for sometime now and love the quality and fit.
    I thought the ankle skin looked great on you! Great post today!

  15. I do not like the Spanx white denim jeans on you Tania. The fabric pulls, wrinkles and grabs your thighs and knees in a very unflattering way. Look closely at the view on the outer edge of the photos. It’s not a straight line, it grabs and ripples. I agree the fabric is not transparent, which is a plus.

    My favorite pair on you is the Talbots slim ankle pant. I also liked the Ann Taylor wide leg trouser for a different look.

    Truthfully you look cute in everything. Just providing feedback from a friend with problem thighs-lol.

  16. I like the flared leg Spanx, and the wide legged Ann Taylor chinos, which surprised me as I usually don’t like wide leg denim. Probably the model was impressive 😉
    Never have done a spray tan. Years ago I used a tanning lotion (50 yrs ago!) but I really don’t care if I am pale or tan. I’m whatever shade I am in that season of the year.

  17. Hi Tanya. Can you find any white jean in a more affordable price? I’m looking for some that will hide the bumps etc on the thighs. Thanks.

  18. I did like the pull on white jeans. They looked very good on you. I also liked the Talbots ankle jeans. Not a fan of the wide leg styles.
    Truly love your Bible verse of the day. Gives me a great start in the right direction with God right next to me.
    Great boost for the day.

  19. Lynda Brown says:

    #1 gets my vote. They make your rear look fantastic! Just ask Joe. Lol! #5 comes in next.Didn’t think I’d care for a wide leg, but those look great. Btw, what are you wearing to get the spray tan? Thanks!

  20. I think I like the first pair the best because I’m in a wider leg jean phase. I didn’t know Spanx had jeans so that makes them even better. Plus, the pull-on style and holding everything in is awesome. Thanks for sharing 😍

  21. My favorite is the Spank Flare. A great proportion on you. I do a lot of walking, so I generally avoid heels. I wonder if the pants would look as nice with flats?

    1. I have the blue denim version of these too, and they look great with everything.

  22. Great post!
    Thank you!
    I am looking for a pair of nude or Neutral colored, shoes to wear with spring dresses.

  23. Ginger Hiller says:

    I have added a pair of white, full length, wide legged jeans from Banana Republic to my closet that I really like. They are the only white bottoms I own because the majority of them just make my full backside look even fuller, which is not what I want. The ones from BR are a tiny bit big in the waist, but that’s not a deal breaker for me. I’ve never had a spray tan nor do I use any at-home tanning products. I just let my Snow White legs shine.

  24. I love them all! Thank you for showing so many options! I love all Talbot’s pants. I’d love to try Spanx!

  25. I like the wide leg and flare jeans. I’m one of the few petite women who likes wide leg. The key is finding the right fit in the torso and length. Also wearing them with a fitted top or tucked in or short jacket. I can’t wait to wear mine with my tweed crop jacket.

    You look good in all the pants. Definitely size down on the Ann Taylor wide legs.

  26. I like them all. What is is favorite pair of white jeans?

  27. I would like to try a pair of white, wide leg, jeans this year. Cropped if can find them.
    Thanks for a great post. I love when Lucy Lou joins you.

  28. Sherrie Garcia says:

    I have had really good luck with Democracy and Flying Monkey Brands!!!

    1. I’ve tried Democracy, but not Flying Monkey.

      1. Sherrie Garcia says:

        I’m pretty curvy and they seem to fit curvy bodies without having to buy the “curvy” labeled jeans.

    2. I love Democracy; I wore a 14 but have lost a lost a lot of weight. I’m now not certain what style or brand to go with. I like Tania’s Spanx flare and the Ann Taylor wide legs… What to do!? Though, I’ve hidden behind bigger clothing for a few years now so I am thinking probably the Spaxn.

  29. Dawn Milburn says:

    I’m really liking #4- the straight leg by Talbots. I agree that it’s nice to have a pair that you can wear tennis shoes, sandals or heels with. Love the versatility. I’m 5’4 with narrow shoulders and wide hips. Not sure I can do a wide leg. Thanks for all the tips!

  30. Debbie Titus says:

    I honestly liked them all!

  31. Perfect timing on the white jeans/pants article. I bought the Talbot’s wide leg white jean this week, and am looking forward to wearing them, when the rains stop and weather clears up. Have a blessed week!

  32. Thank you for the post! I think I need to go try on some white jeans.

  33. I like the last pair-thanks for lots of options!

  34. I think Spanx won. I can’t get behind flares and wide legs. Does Spanx have a boyfriend Jean?

  35. Pamela C. says:

    I love that your pup is always there making sure your photo shoots are done right. He is a great creative content director give him an Oscar.

  36. Catherine says:

    I love the Spanx pants but the pull-on aspect gives me pause. What if you want to do a half-tuck? Wouldn’t that look weird?

  37. I like the white flare jeans on you. Very slimming.you mentioned spray tanning. I used to but though about the chemicals I was breathing and stopped.

  38. Thank you Tania for styling all of these and showing us how they look. My #1 favorite is the Spanx Flare and my second favorite is
    #2 Spanx Ankle Straight Legs.

  39. Melissa Palmer says:

    Once again, you totally read my mind. I have gained a bit of weight since last year and was just thinking yesterday that I need to get a new pair of white jeans for the summer. And, sure enough, you have come through for me again. I definitely think I’m going with the Spanx flares. You look absolutely stunning in all of them. It makes it hard to decide. 🙂 Thanks so much for this timely post. Oh, and seeing your little pup in the pics made me smile. I love when he (she?) is in there!

  40. #4 and #6 seem to bag a little oddly at the knees. #2 is a more current straight fit and drapes beautifully. All the wider legs are stunning on you and it would be very hard to choose which ones to keep!!

  41. I like the slim ankle the best can’t get use to the wide leg style although they look great on you since you’re tall. I’m only 5’1” so wide leg pants look silly on me! Never had a spray tan have only used self tanners, Jergens works for me!

  42. Oh definitely 2, 4 or 6. They look really good. Not a fan of the wide leg pants.

  43. I just can’t get used to the flares on me–on you they look great but on me…not lovin it yet!

  44. Mary Kinard says:

    The last pair of Spanx jeans are my favorite. At 5’2″ it is hard to find jeans that are the right length so I tend to navigate to ankle length. And pull-on styles are awesome!

  45. I love the straight leg pair from Spanx!! Not much of a fan of the wide leg style. They all look nice on you! Love the suggestions!

  46. Rosalinda says:

    I really love the Spanx wide leg jean and the Talbot wide leg jean as well. I have never actually had a spray tan. I’ve done self tanner only. Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  47. Julie Rowan says:

    I think my favorite on you is the wide leg chinos. They look great on you. I’m on the short side in height so not sure they would be as flattering as they are on you! But I do have an interest in what you think of your spray tan. I am in my early 70’s and have quite a few age spots and I worry that they might really show up with a spray tan.

  48. Michele B says:

    Thanks for showing such a great selection. White pants are something I cannot seem to find to look good on me. I am short and have a pear shape and my thighs have a hard time with!

  49. Karen Campbell says:

    You look great in all of them! If I had to pick, I would choose the wide leg Talbots.

  50. Dana Smithmier says:

    They all look great on you! I like #2 best!

  51. I like the first two the best. I want to like the wide leg, because I love wide leg, but the pockets seem like they would stick out, I’m really picky about pockets. I have a white wide leg from NYDJ that I like a lot. I’m glad you tried on the Ann Taylor. I put them in my cart the other day.

  52. The Spanx straight leg ankle jeans are my favorite. And I always love seeing Lucy Lu in your photos. She’s so adorable!

  53. Talbots for the win! Both the wide and slim legs look great!

  54. I like the Spanx Flare the best!

  55. I like the flare and some of the slim leg jeans. The wide legs seem to add pounds…sorry.

  56. The Ann Taylor wide leg was my favorite. Thanks for sharing!

  57. Tammy Roark says:

    I like the slim ankle jean

  58. Julie A Crudgington says:

    My favourites on you are the Spanx wide leg, they are the most elegant. The slim leg ones tend to get caught up around our knees and don’t hang nicely. Thank you for showcasing although I am in the UK its useful to see the silhouettes and plan for summer.
    Also in the UK getting a spray tan is quite an event (and expensive ) so most of us do our own in the places on show lol

  59. I love the straight leg pair from Spanx and Talbots. I have been jumping on the wider leg and flare leg styles. But for your try on, these were the classiest styles.
    I have a pair of white jeans I got from Pennys I just love and they were even on clearance. (Pennys has upped their game recently! )
    I think Lucy Lu is trying to tell you she wants some doggie clothes to try on (when I order dog food, I cannot believe the pet clothing pop ups I get!)

  60. I think Spanx WON the day!!! My favorites are the first pair and last pair!! Both totally different looks- they both look great on you. I haven’t ever ordered any Spanx clothing but I will now that I see them compared to other brands I buy regularly!!!

  61. I always go for the slim leg style. But seeing these wide leg jeans has me wanting to try some of them. I have never tried a spray tan, but curious to see how yours turns out. I was always afraid it would like to fake as my skin is very pale. I have learned to just embrace my natural color. We can’t afford vacations, so I just don’t worry about a tan anymore.

    1. I’m very pale too and just embrace my natural porcelain color skin. You are not alone, Janine!

  62. Connie r. says:

    I have to say you are so lucky that you can wear any style. They look great on you! Talbots have always been my favorite! They last forever. Lucy is precious. Wants to be a model too.

  63. Thanks for the white jean try-on!! I’ve been curious about the Spanx jeans and your tips on sizing have convinced me to try them. And I only wear pull-on anymore so even better!!