Yes it’s after Labor Day and yes, you can still wear white.
Winter white comes into style every winter but few pay it much attention for fear of a fashion faux pas. Unlike it’s summer counterpart pieces that are meant for winter are made with thicker fabrics, knits and are generally a shade or two away from pure white.
To wear this trend the best go for a cream or eggshell color or a pure white piece infused with some sort of sparkle (like a glittery snowflake). Your pure white linen pants should definitely stay in your closet and sheer summer tops should join them.
Winter white is a great color to wear from head to toe and with other softer neutrals like gray and brown. I personally love winter white with a light brown or gray. If you want to add some color go for something with a rosy hue but really, it is a neutral that can be paired with anything.
Here are some of my favorite winter white pieces.
Let’s start off with a great pair of clean, simple trousers. These Drew bootcut pants from The Limited are perfect to wear to work with a neutral or muted top or sweater. The fabric is lightweight with a soft feel, perfect for winter. The off-white color also makes them perfectly on trend.
Looking for a pair of pants that are a little more casual? These skinny cords from Free People are perfect for the season. They are a great winter pant because they are made of a cozy and classic corduroy in ivory. The difference between a winter and summer white is all about fabric and color. Ivory corduroy would never look good in July just as pure white linen would never look good in December.
On top you can find a bunch of great winter white sweaters from a number of retailers. I am loving this basic merino v-neck sweater from Banana Republic. The fabric is soft and cozy, looks great with any color bottom, and is screaming to be accessorized!
Another great look is a winter white top with a little sparkle. This featherlight sequined sweater from The Limited is a great shimmering look. The wide knit makes it light and sheer, great with a cami and great for your holiday look! This is also great for casual wear since the sequins aren’t overpowering. A little reminiscent of a snowflake!
A winter white trench is a perfect classic piece. Cozy up in this rib trimmed wool blend coat from Express. This is sleek and super warm. The wide collar and tie waist are perfect touches to a classic shape.
Winter white also makes great suiting! If you are looking for a head to tow work look try this suit from New York & Company. The jacket also looks great on its own paired with a sparkly top and gray skinny pants (or some color, if you are going for bold!)
A great classic pencil skirt is a must have look. This winter white skirt from New York & Company is simple and chic. This would look great with a colorful blouse or paired with something a little funky like the leopard print shirt pictured.
As far as dresses go you will not find many in an allover white or ivory. This ivory dress by Mango is a great example of an allover winter white dress. The dress is light and chic and would look great with brown accessories like boots and a bag. This look can also be changed by adding a belt or another layering piece like a cardigan.
Winter white is a great look if you know how to wear it. Pure white tops are still fine for winter, like the classic white button-up, but stick with the off-white or stone wash for the bottom if you are going to do a head to toe look. Avoid gauzy fabrics and linen, if you want construction go for a well constructed cotton blend and if you want sheer go for something with a chiffon feel.
Want more? Check out some more of my picks in my Shopcade.