Each year, as the weather begins to drop so too does our affection for the colour white. Usually reserved for cool summer dresses and breezy linens, most of us unknowingly turn to blacks and neutrals for our winter fashion. But, there’s no doubt that this characteristically fresh and pure tone is synonymous with a clean slate, and the hue has taken on a new life – becoming a go-to for the fashion set when the colder months hit.
From chunky knits for a Sunday picnic to tailored blazers for the office, winter whites are no longer to be feared, but rather embraced. Below, a guide to wearing even the starkest of whites in winter, with inspiration from the world’s most fashionable players.
Stick To What You Know
For many of us, denim is a must for any occasion. Sticking to styles and textures that you know work, such as denim jeans and jackets, is going to help make the transition as seamless as possible. Try mix up your winter wardrobe by ditching the classic blue wash in favour of a lighter shade. Add in a pop of colour through your accessories.
AGOLDE ’90s frayed mid-rise straight-leg jeans, $363.25; net-a-porter.com
SSŌNE Craft organic cotton-blend denim jacket, $637; matchesfashion.com
Experiment With Different Shades And Textures
Wearing white in winter doesn’t have to be as simple as pairing all the same shades together. Add dimension by mixing varying shades of white and cream, and reach for contrasting textures, like heavy denim and super soft cashmere.
JACQUEMUS Woven blazer, $935; net-a-porter.com
Bottega Veneta Cashmere sweater, $1,315; mytheresa.com
Start Easy With Accessories
If you’re not quite ready to commit to head-to-toe white this winter, the best place to start is by incorporating a few key, timeless accessories. Keeping you both warm and stylish, a teddy coat is an absolute must – and a classic leather purse with gold hardware will never go astray in your closet.
MaxMara Teddy Bear Icon Coat, $4,770; maxmara.com
CHANEL small flap bag with top handle, $7,390; chanel.com
Go All In
You can never go wrong with a jumpsuit, and an all-white one-piece elevates the style staple even further. Add in simple accessories, à la the style set on the streets of Paris, for a cool-casual look.
CITIZENS OF HUMANITY + NET SUSTAIN Marta organic denim jumpsuit, $813.81; net-a-porter.com
ETRO Slubbed linen-blend poplin boiler suit, $690; matchesfashion.com
There’s nothing quite as powerful as a Victoria Beckham-worthy all-white suit. From business to black tie, there are plenty of ways to style a pair of white suit pants and matching blazer – and the best part, they can be worn as separates throughout the seasons.
Camilla & Marc Francisco Jacket, $400; camillaandmarc.com
Victoria Beckham Grain de poudre wool straight-leg pants, $1,105; net-a-porter.com