Labor Day Schmayborday. The age old rule of no white after September has been debunked by the fashion crowd for ages. Year after year, designers usher winter white inspiration down the runway, yet it is still a rare sight to see someone in real life traipsing around mid-February clad in ivory. Is our grandmother’s negated advise still haunting us, or is it that we just don’t know how to pull it off?
I am here to end the mystery and provide some much needed how-to inspiration so you can be the sartorial snow queen (I swear that’s a compliment). Follow my guide to white and you will be turning heads all season long. The only concern you’ll have is how not to spill coffee down your shirt.
When we think of winter white, we think head-to-toe, and that is not necessarily the case. Inject some tonal colors like ivory, tan, and beige against a true white. Tonal dressing is one of the season’s biggest trends so double rainbow, my friends.
When in doubt, reach for a white statement coat. Pair over shades of white or over an all-black look. It is a one-and-done option to nail the trend with minimal effort.
Texture is key here. Lighter fabrics like linen, cotton, or seersucker read spring. Our job is to make it look like you just walked out of a Christmas romcom (a la Cameron Diaz in The Holiday). Reach for cashmere, wool, shearling, leather, silk, denim, or fur. Playing with texture is totally allowed – mix up your look with different winter fabrications to create interest. Think a nubby turtleneck paired with trousers. A sweater dress against OTK leather boots. A leather jacket under a wool coat…you catch my drift.
If you have one take away from this post, let it be this: there is no better weapon than a thick ivory sweater. Pair it with the same white denim (rugged holes and all) that you have been wearing all summer. A neutral suede boot finishes the look. This layering piece will brighten up your winter wardrobe, basically goes with everything, and is chic AF.
Keep accessories and prints to a minimum. The look is really about the colorway and how the individual pieces come together. Focus your energy on silhouettes and fit, instead of accessorizing. Trust me, the outfit will speak for itself.
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