The Dos and Don’ts of Wearing Winter-White Outfits

Thanks to El Nino, most of the country is not going to have a white Christmas. But a lack snow isn’t going to stop you, right? Right. Why not channel your snow-loving side with a winter white outfit. Now, more than trading cotton for cashmere, the rules of wearing white in the winter are way different than in the summer. It’s all about layering, fit, and combining different shades of white, ecru and even beige. Check out our Dos and Don’ts and then try out the look this weekend, and keep it going all winter long—blizzard or not!

1. Do: Mix shades of white and cream in different textures and weights:
Tyler Joe
Add dimension to an all-white look by mixing varying shades of white and cream. Reach for contrasting textures, like heavy denim and super soft cashmere for a cool and casual look.
Don’t: Get too match-matchy.

2. Do: Go for tailored pieces
Melodie Jeng
We love a tailored pant suit or matched set in white. It has a sophisticated dressed-up vibe.
Don’t: This isn’t the time to squeeze into a smaller size or wear a size that’s too big. Everything shows in white, so the fit must be impeccable.

3. Do: Use it as a clean canvas:
Tyler Joe
Take advantage of the clean white canvas and style your trousers and simple blouse with patterned outerwear and statement jewelry. Though we urge you to keep your look as effortless as possible, it’s definitely an opportunity to rock those eye-catching pieces you have been struggling to style.
Don’t: Overaccessorize. Add a few key pieces-sunglasses, a bag, a cape even, but keep the look clean. Think less is more.

4. Do: Wear contrasting shoes
Camille Over the Rainbow
Even when going all-out white, stop when you get to your toes. Go bright and bold in cobalt or cherry red, or reach for basic black shoes.
Don’t: Wear white shoes with a winter white outfit. Ever.

5. Do: Keep it simple:
Tyler Joe
Keep your white outfit choice elegant as can be with classic trousers, a silk tank, and single-breasted coat. Colorless as white may be, opting for head-to-toe monochrome is a fashion statement all on its own, so—when in doubt—keep your look refined and simple in silhouette.
Don’t: Get overwhelmed by combining different silhouettes and styles. A car coat, a knit top and simple trousers is a great starting off point.

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