I’ve always said that fashion rules were meant to be broken with flair and good taste. You know the rules. Your shoes should be darker than the hem of your skirt or pants, unless the shoes are nude. My favorite rule to break, though, is the one that says don’t wear white after Labor Day, unless it’s winter white (cream). Of course you can wear white whenever you want, but there are few tricks to wearing white all winter long without looking like you’ve mixed up your seasons. Here’s how.
White denim. The easiest white to wear all winter long is denim. Heavy, white denim jeans look fabulous when paired with tall, shiny black boots and a brightly colored cardigan. The key is to make sure that you’re white isn’t the slightest bit see-through, and that it is crisp and clean. Better yet, pair your bright white jeans with an all-black top and a shiny belt. Don’t forget the patent leather heels.
Heavy fabrics. You can wear white in any kind of heavy fabric all winter long – think thick fuzzy sweaters, any kind of denim, or even a crisp white blazer. Mix your whites with jewel tones and black for an ultra chic look.
Mixed fabrics. If you want to be a little edgy, you can mix your fabrics. A white lacy dress with heavy tights and a black leather jacket are perfectly acceptable on a cool winter day. Or throw a cashmere cardigan over a lacy lightweight, white top for the perfect mix of feminine and professional. A long white maxi skirt can be topped off with a dark, slim-fitted, belted top and a great pair of riding boots.
White and black stripes. Completely on trend for late winter and early spring are black and white stripes. This ultra chic style can be found in everything from tops to dresses, and will go well with your white denim jeans or a fuzzy white sweater.
Crisp white button downs. A crisp white button down is perfect for work no matter what time of year. Mix it with dark pants and a sweater. Or wear it over a cami and a pencil skirt with tall boots. Just remember to keep it ironed, starched, and perfectly stain free for a look that is classy and professional.
Avoid wearing white shoes in the winter, unless you’re a bride, because the dirt and grime of snowy roads can make them look shabby and sloppy. Also avoid see-through fabrics and lightweight crocheted tops (unless they are layered over turtlenecks, that is). Remember that balance and fabric weight are the keys to wearing white all year long.