How To Wear White In Winter

How many times have you heard “NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY!”?  I whole heartedly disagree with this age-old rule.  You can wear white ANY TIME of year, including winter, if you follow a few simple rules.

First off, save your traditional summer fabrics such as linen, poplin, and seersucker for summer, and incorporate winter-weight fabrics such as cashmere, suede and wool.  Secondly, layer up!  Don’t be afraid to mix different shades of whites and lights, such as very pale blue, blush, beige and grey.  The combination of the different fabrics and textures, mixed with different shades, will add dimension to the look.  Lastly, be sure that your shoe is seasonally appropriate.  Suede is your best bet, and can be in the form of a pump, bootie, or flat.

Here’s an outfit that I put together using these rules (links below photo).


  1. GAP Boyfriend Pinstripe Shirt.  The light weight is perfect for layering under a sweater.  Choose a longer layering piece for more coverage.
  2. J.Crew Factory Turtleneck Sweater.  Take it up a size in an oatmeal cashmere for an even cozier look and feel!
  3. PURE Winter White Funnel Neck Coat.  This ivory color and funnel neck look so sharp.
  4. Banana Republic White Jeans.  White jeans that resist water, oil and stains?  How about coffee and red wine?  I’m intrigued.
  5. STATE Suede Booties.  I love the “Malt Lux” color and wood detail.
  6.  Tiffany & Co. Pearls.  The Paloma Picasso gold “Olive Leaf” is a beautiful twist on a classic.
  7. GUCCI Small Marmont Bag.   Speaks for itself.

I hope this inspires you to bust into storage, grab your white jeans and break the rules!

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