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How to Wear White Jeans and Pants 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!

 

1. Choose Heavier Fabrics

denim and wool pants, not cotton and linen

You’re right 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.

 

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

2. Replace bright white with off-white and cream

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 cable knit 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 form 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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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 how to wear white in the winter, here are five style tips to get you past your mental block. Plus, some “wow” winter white outfits from 40+ influencers.

 
 

1. Choose Thicker, Heavier White Fabrics 

Breezy white linen pants and airy white cotton tops are too thin and flimsy to work in winter. To nail a winter white look, you need to wear thicker, heavier fabrics like wool, and denim. White wool pants look stunning in winter, and yes, you can absolutely wear white jeans in the winter. One of my favorite looks is a pair of white jeans worn with a chunky knit sweater, a neutral top, or anything with animal print. 

 

winter-whites-sweater-dress

 

2. Go For Softer White Shades

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.

The key is not 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 fabulous when mixed in with various shades of whites.

 
 
 

@carmen_gimeno

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, try a cable knit sweater dress with black suede boots, and a black leather/suede bag. Or, for a lovely monochromatic look pair a soft, flowing, long white skirt with a chunky, cream fuzzy white sweater, and taupe booties.

Another outfit idea: 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.

 

 

 

 

winter-white-shawl

 

5. Pair Black with White

Is it ok to wear white in winter? Many women assume wearing white means all white. But that’s just one way to do it. An easy way to feel comfortable wearing white in the winter is to combine white with black. This classic combo looks incredibly modern and fresh when it’s cold out. Try wearing a soft, white cashmere sweater with a pair of skinny black jeans and gray suede booties, or slip on an all-white knit dress, and add opaque black hose, high black boots, and a black jacket.

Winter Whites - Lilac Sweater

 

6. Wear a Pastel Color with White

Many of you have been asking about how to wear white jeans in winter, so here’s a suggestion. Try wearing them with a pastel-colored sweater. For example, a cozy, lavender sweater with white jeans and booties is beautiful and transitions well into spring.

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

7. Add Some Sparkle or Shine to White

If you want to elevate white to a place of total elegance, then a bit of shine goes a long way. A bit of jewelry or a touch of hardware on your bag, or any metallic accessory makes a winter white outfit look luxurious and rich. Silver looks especially beautiful because it gives your outfit an icy look. See how this silver clutch and sandals add a little zing to all white for an evening look?

 
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11 thoughts on “How to Wear White Jeans and Pants 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. I LOVE the white winter 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 decorated with silver. I decided to Google and ask the question about wearing winter white. Very glad I did!! I can’t wait to style them. Thanks, bunches!

  4. I am a new subscriber to your site and 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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