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How to Wear White Jeans in Winter

Remember that old rule; you can only wear white in summer? Things have changed, but it’s still hard for many of us to get on board this new way of dressing. If you feel unsure about wearing white in winter, here are five style tips to get you past your mental block and make you look wow!

How to Wear White in Winter - all white monochromatic outfit, sweater, jeans, booties

1. Choose Heavier Fabrics

You’re spot on if you think that breezy white linen pants and airy cotton tops look crazy worn in winter. They’re just too thin and flimsy to work.  When it’s cold out, you need heavier white and off-white fabrics. 

The weight/thickness of the fabric will make all the difference to a winter outfit looking silly or sensational. To wear white in winter, winterize white by wearing heavier fabrics like denim, mixed cotton, and wool.

2. Combine Different Whites

It may be hard to imagine yourself wearing white in winter because you are visualizing stark white. Instead, try wearing softer shades of white all mixed. For example:

  • Creamy whites look warmer and weightier and add depth to your look.
  • Wintry whites with hints of yellow feel cozier.
  • Snowy shades communicate richness and elegance.
  • Creamy whites don’t wash you out the way bright white does.

If you have something bright white you want to mix in, you can go ahead. You never want to be matchy-matchy with white. It’s far more elegant to have a tone-on-tone look. Even shades of beige and taupe look fabulously mixed in with various shades of whites.

How to Wear a white dress in winter | White sweater dress, tall black suede boots outfit | styled by Fabulous After 40

3. Mix Textures

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, if you need an idea for wearing a white dress in winter, try this: Start with a cableknit sweater dress, add black suede boots, and a black leather/suede bag.

Or, try a lovely monochromatic look which could consist of a soft, flowing, long white skirt worn with a chunky, cream fuzzy white sweater. And taupe booties. Another outfit to consider: a silky ivory blouse worn with a nubby, white pencil skirt. The variation in texture adds dimension to your all-white outfit and will make you look modern and hip, not like an old lady.

How to Wear White in Winter | white top, black pants or black top, white pants outfit, black booties

4. Pair Black with White

Is it ok to wear white in winter? Many women ask me this because they assume wearing white means all white. But that’s only one way to do it. An excellent way to feel more comfortable wearing white in winter is to combine it with black. Black and white can look incredibly modern and fresh any time of year.

Mix a soft white cashmere sweater with a pair of skinny black jeans and gray suede booties, or try an all-white knit dress with an opaque black hose, high black boots, and a black jacket.

How to Wear White Jeans in Winter | White jeans, lilac sweater outfit | styled by Fabulous After 40

5. Pair a Pastel with White

Many of you have been asking about wearing white jeans in winter, and this year I have a great suggestion. Pastel-colored sweaters are trending at the moment and look heavenly with a pair of your favorite white jeans. For example, a cozy, lavender furry sweater with a couple of white jeans and booties is a lovely winter surprise and transitions nicely into spring.

How to Wear White pants in Winter | White blouse with choker collar, white flare pants, silver accessories outfit

6. Add Some Glitz

If you want to elevate white to a place of total elegance, then a bit of shine goes a long way. A bit of 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 silver embellishment?

Or, try some shoes with a touch of metallic. See how this silver clutch and strappy metallic sandals add a little zing to all white for an evening look.

7. Say Yes to White Jeans, Winter Coat

One of the questions I get asked most is, Can you wear white jeans in winter?  And as you have seen, the answer is an easy, yes! One other idea for you is to team up white jeans with a fabulous off-white coat or jacket in a cozy winter fabric. Add a black turtleneck or boldly colored sweater, black leather boots and bag, scarf, and maybe even a leopard print scarf for a fun and playful look.

How are you planning on wearing white this winter?

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11 thoughts on “How to Wear White Jeans in Winter

  1. Deborah: I am 75 and fashion dysfunctional. Looking online, there are so many websites for building a “capsule wardrobe” consisting of primary neutral colors, e.g., black, white, grey, etc., but what if none of those neutral colors are your best colors… I am supposedly an Autumn; how does one build a capsule wardrobe with Autumn colors without having to go off the charts.

  2. LOVE the winter white pairings! One of my favorites is creamy winter white pants with deep turquoise, or purple sweater. I’m blonde and these are my colors. One of the reasons I love winter white is because very few other people wear it. Love your blog!

  3. I recently bought a pair of Chic white jeans that are decorated with silver around the bottom. I decided to Google and ask the question about wearing winter white. Very glad I did!! Can’t wait to style them. Thanks bunches!

  4. I am a new subscriber to your site and I love it very much.
    I am an avant-garde person in my style in general and I must say that I never came to the idea of wearing white during the winter but from now on I will!!!
    Sonia from Canada Xox

  5. I love winter white and once saw a woman in it head to toe. It was a stunning look even though I usually don’t match everything in an outfit. I have some winter white corduroys that I love. Glad it is ok to wear them.

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