I’m dreaming of a white Christmas with every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white!
(Wearing: The White Company & Asos)
Seasons Greetings, ya’ll! Yea, I know I’m a bit Texan…
But, who out there hasn’t wished for a white Christmas? Or if you’re like me and you live somewhere with four seasons, you’re likely already bracing yourself for winter. Crisp temperatures, early sunsets, and an overall chill quickly take hold once these months arrive, but your wardrobe doesn’t have to reflect this gloominess. In fact, what better time to infuse your outfits with a poppy print or, in today’s case, winter white than when you need it most?
Some of ya’ll maybe having a white Christmas while others of us are wishing for it. Whatever the case maybe, you can always make a statement in winter white.
Who else out there love the color white? It goes with everything!? I love the layering of parchment to oyster to cream looks so appealing and cozy, even more so long after the summer sun sets. Skipping all-black in the dead of winter helps give your wardrobe a breath of fresh air. And, who doesn’t love that idea?
Please keep in mind you probably shouldn’t wear your summer whites when it’s cold (i.e., lace dresses, eyelet blouses won’t work), there are still plenty of offerings in cold-weather fabrics and textures.
My best advice is don’t try to match shades; enjoy the subtleties. Select rich fabrics with texture and plush. No white tights! Ladies, please keep that as a number one rule. And ignore questions that foolishly tie white to Labor Day. Enough already with that taboo!
As easy as it is to bundle up in your dark separates at the sign of cold weather, receding into the collar of your go-to wool coat, I’ve got a challenge for you. I dare you to keep those distressed white jeans and low-top sneakers in heavy rotation this season — only finished with a turtleneck, chunky sweater, and knit beanie in the same shade.
(Wearing: Banana Republic, Blanket: Khols)
Yep, there’s nothing as refreshing as styling an outfit full of Winter whites. You’ll feel lighter, happier, and bolder being the girl on the street that everybody’s looking at — and if you work any of the outfit combinations ahead, I promise you’ll be just as warm.
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.
(Pictured: My legs with White Lauren By Ralph Lauren sheets)
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: Over accessorize. Add a few key pieces-sunglasses, a bag, a cape even, but keep the look clean. Think less is more.
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.
(Wearing: Novica, Wht House Blk Market, Charming Charlie)
Not only do I enjoy bending the fashion “rules,” but I also think head-to-toe white looks decidedly fresh in a sea of black, gray, and navy. (A note to the Instagram-obsessed: It looks even better with some snow on the ground.)
Feliz Navidad y un Feliz Año Nuevo!