Katie Holmes Bravely Travels in White Wide-Leg Jeans and a Matching Canvas Bag

I could never keep these two pieces clean.

Katie Holmes walking in New York City wearing a tshirt and a canvas bag
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Celebrity travel outfits can go a few ways. They can be a cut-and-sewn embodiment of wanderlust, like Kendall Jenner's sheer Khaite dress for a Mallorca cruise. They can stack trends, like Jennifer Lawrence's double denim and mesh flats moment for a trip to the airport. Or they can make closet staples feel like a fashion leap with a precisely chosen colorway, like Katie Holmes's wide-leg white jeans.

En route home from a weekend away, Holmes walked through New York City's SoHo neighborhood on Tuesday, June 4, in a travel outfit with her signature undone ease—plus a pant shade some risk-averse dressers might consider brave for a day of travel (and all the wardrobe mishaps that can come with it). The look started with a butter yellow T-shirt and a canvas weekender bag with leather trim—two pieces you'd expect to see in the boarding area of any major airport or on the Hampton Jitney. Her pants, however, were a departure from the usual travel fare. Holmes wore stark white jeans that, at least where this clumsy editor is concerned, would be a magnet for airplane tray spills and subway scuffs in transit. The same goes for her fresh and clean weekender by Tusting.

But Holmes is a personal style deity come down to Earth, and from the looks of it, her white jeans were fresh-off-the-store-shelf pristine. (Exactly which store remains to be seen—tags for her outfit haven't been identified yet, but this post will be updated when they are.)

Katie Holmes wears a butter yellow t shirt and white wide leg jeans in downtown manhattan

Katie Holmes was photographed returning from travels on Tuesday, June 4, wearing an unconventional travel outfit: a butter yellow T-shirt and stark white jeans.

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Holmes dialed down her accessories in neutral tones, letting her bold white jeans and matching bag do all the work. She coordinated a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses with dainty black ballet flats (and, maybe unintentionally, a black hair tie around her wrist).

Katie Holmes wears white wide leg jeans and black ballet flats with a canvas bag while traveling to New York City

Holmes brought a few of her repeat accessories back into rotation, including cap-toe black ballet flats and tortoiseshell sunglasses.

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Holmes's white jeans are wide enough that they may be as comfortable as plane, train, or car sweatpants. They're also another vote for one of 2024's biggest denim trends. Extra wide-leg, slouchy styles were a runway standout from Ganni to Valentino; after the catwalks in Paris wrapped up, similar puddle jeans made their way to the wardrobes of Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Lawrence.

White jeans can sometimes feel like a gamble (or at least, a beacon for unwanted stains). If Holmes's tonal travel outfit has anything to say about it, they're just as versatile as sweatpants or leggings.

Preparing for the launch of her A.P.C. collection earlier this week, Holmes told me her personal style North Star is looking and feeling "normal." And yes, her definition includes stark white denim.

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Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.