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 are feeling unsure about how to wear white in winter, here are 5 style tips to get you past your mental block and make you look wow!
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, simply winterize white by wearing heavier fabrics like denim, mixed cotton, and wool.
2. Combine Different Whites
One reason it may be hard to get into imagine yourself wearing white in winter is you are visualizing stark white. Instead, try wearing softer shades of white all mixed together. 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 fabulous mixed in with various shades of whites.
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 how to wear a white dress in winter, try this: Start with a cableknit sweaterdress, 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.
4. Pair Black with White
Is it o.k. 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. A good 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 a pair of gray suede booties, or try an all-white knit dress with an opaque black hose, high black boots, and a black jacket.
5. Pair a Pastel with White
Many of you have been asking about how to wear 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 pair of white jeans and booties is a very pretty winter surprise and transitions nicely into spring.
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, and 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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