In our latest column, "Ask a Fashionista," you can solicit our strongly held opinions on everything from how to wear a midi skirt without looking like a tree stump to whether a certain retail CEO should go ahead and resign already.
Q: Can I wear white jeans if I have cellulite? -- Claire, Charleston, South Carolina
A: White denim, once reserved for those not-too-hot days between late May and early September, has become a year-round staple. But for those with less-than-smooth butts and thighs -- myself included -- finding a flattering (i.e. not-too-revealing) pair can be a challenge.
As a general rule, you'll want to avoid any jeans that are especially stretchy -- and that includes all skinny jeans. Stretchy fabric, by nature, clings, and unless the fabric is very thick, it makes every contour visible.
That doesn't mean you have to go totally baggy, though. There are plenty of slim-legged options that are fitted in the hips and less clingy -- and thus less revealing -- in the thighs. Look for styles that are labeled "slim leg" or "boyfriend." This cropped, distressed pair from Acne ($350) provides a slim line without the cling. Ditto this $170, non-distressed pair from Current/Elliot, which has a substantially looser fit. If you're looking for a longer leg, this $230 pair from MiH Jeans is a good option.
If you're willing to look outside the denim spectrum, you could seek out a pure cotton alternative, which I generally find more comfortable. Perhaps my favorite -- and certainly my most-worn -- purchase this spring is J.Crew's $90 "Campbell capri" in white, which provides good coverage on the legs (though less on the butt). They're also machine washable -- i.e., just as low maintenance as jeans. Or, if you're looking for something a little more on-trend, this $76 pair of culottes from Asos is worth exploring, so long as you don't mind pleats.
If you still find you need more coverage in the bum area -- or if you opt for the J.Crew capris -- I highly recommended buying a pair of these $38 Spanx "smoother" shorts. They're much less restrictive than most Spanx shorts (and thus very comfortable). Rather than pull everything in, they simply smooth things out.