If you've seen the fashion forecast for spring, you know that it's all about white! Adding a pair of white pants to your spring wardrobe will take your closet to a whole new place... if only you could decide if they're a splurge or a steal!

AG Stevie Roll-Up pants


Featured^AG Stevie Roll-Up Pants ($162, Anthropologie)

If this is your first time you're dipping your pretty pedicured toes into the pool of white pants, this is a fantastic place to start! Made of denim with just a hint of stretch to keep them fitting well all spring long, these Stevies (as they're lovingly known to fashionistas) can handle a pair of hot heels for date night, a pair of cute flats for the end-of-school barbecues, a pair of flip-flops for those over 50-degree spring days and even a cute little pair of retro tennis shoes for weekend trips to the zoo. We're also adoring the length of these white pants — also available in petite — they should hit just above your ankle, just before your calf, making your legs look long and lean.

Life in Progress Straight Leg Jeans


Featured^Life in Progress Straight Leg Jeans ($25, Forever 21)

At just over $20, it's hard not to try out this pair of white pants! And, if you're a mom of little ones who is cringing at wearing white pants around those cute little fingers that are usually covered in peanut butter or paint (or both), these pants will be a good solution. Cropped right at the ankles, a length that you can easily leave long for a dressier look or roll-up to be fun and playful, you'll get a ton of use from just this one pair of pants. Of course, we can't forget about the pockets — wearing white pants is one thing, but wearing white pants that don't have pockets on the rear end is just asking for it! The perfectly plain pockets will complement (not highlight) your backside when you're sporting these with a top that hits at the waist.

The verdict

For the first time in splurge or steal history, we have a verdict that doesn't depend on how often you're going to wear the trend in question or how you're going to style it. When it comes to purchasing white pants, spend as much as your bank account will allow you! While it's not necessary to spend as much as the splurge pair that we've featured here, we promise that you'll regret going cheap as soon as you wear a pair of less expensive white pants outside of the dressing room.

It comes down to a few factors

  • White pants are already a fashion risk and can be borderline tacky, if they aren't worn right. When you add a poor quality material or a bad fit on top of that? Yikes.
  • A good pair of white pants will take you from season to season and will last for years. Consider splurging on white pants as an investment piece in your wardrobe.
  • You're going to wear them more often that you think. Buy a pair in a cut that can take you from the office to a backyard dinner party without blinking an eye and you'll be glad that you spent a little more on them.
Looking for a pair that is somewhere in between our splurge or steal suggestions? Try the 1969 Legging Skimmer Jeans ($70, GAP), the Skinny Skinny Ankle Jeans ($99, Madewell) or the Big Star Kate Mid Rise Straight Leg Jeans ($90, Piperlime).

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