Fabulous After 40 fan Sara Ehrlich sent me this cute photo of herself decked out in winter white that she recently posted on her 40+ style blog.
Doesn’t she look fab?
Yes, white in winter, you’ve probably heard it’s quite acceptable, but how do you actually commit to wearing it when all your life you were told it was wrong?
Here are 5 styling tips to get your head around wearing white in winter and start looking wow!
1. Watch Your Fabrics
You’re spot on if you think breezy white linen pants and airy cotton tops look crazy worn in winter, but heavier fabrics like denim, mixed cottons and wool, are another story. When it comes to wearing white in winter, fabric is key. The weight of the fabric will make a difference to a winter outfit looking silly or sensational.
2. Mix it Up
It’s hard to get that sterotypical image out of our heads of a woman, dressed head- to- toe in summer whites, strolling along the beach with the with the deep blue ocean in the background. No wonder we ask ourselves, “Is it o.k. to wear white in winter?”
One way to make white feel right in winter is to pair white with black. Now at first, this may seem horribly wrong, but it’s actually very modern and fresh. Mix a soft white cashmere sweater with a pair of black skinny jeans, and a pair of grey suede booties, or try an all-white knit dress with opaque black hose, high black boots and a black jacket. Still feels weird? Read on..
3. Go for off Whites
One reason that all white, black and white, or white plus any other color in winter may seem odd is that you are still thinking stark white. To look wow in white in winter, I suggest you try wearing softer shades of white. These look warmer and weightier and add depth to your look. (Not to mention creamy whites don’t wash you out the way bright white does).
4. Vary the Texture
If you’re starting to warm up to the idea of white in the winter, and maybe even a head-to-toe white look , be sure you incorporate some texture into your outfit. For example, a lovely monochromatic look would be a soft flowing long white skirt worn with a chunky cream cable knit white sweater. Another outfit might be a silky ivory blouse worn with a nubby white pencil skirt. The variation in texture is what’s going make you look modern and hip, not old lady.
5. Add Some Glitz
If you want to elevate white to place of total elegance, then a bit of shine goes a long way. Some bling in the way of jewelry, or a touch of hardware on your bag will look luxurious and rich. Want to try wearing white pants in winter? Then how about pairing soft wool white pants with a creamy white sweater with some gold embellishment? Or, try some shoes with a touch of gold. See how these gold cap-toe pumps add a little zing to a prim leather pump.
6. Say Yes to White Jeans and a White Winter Coat
One of questions I’m asked most is, Can you wear white jeans in winter? The answer is easy, yes! But what do you wear with white jeans to make them look year round? One idea is to pair it with a fabulous off-white coat or jacket in a cozy winter fabric. Add a black turtleneck or bold colored sweater, black leather boots and bag and scarf, and maybe even a leopard print scarf for a fun and playful look.