Winter white is *totally* a thing.
For everyone who’s still haunted by that old-fashioned, “no white after Labor Day” adage, don’t be. Sure, white may be ideal for summer since it reflects heat from your body and keeps you cool, but that 100% doesn’t mean it should end the first weekend of September. Plus, in most parts of the country, it doesn’t actually start getting cool until October, proving that the timing of that “rule” is entirely arbitrary.
But even if the temperatures DID plummet immediately post-Labor Day, that wouldn’t be a reason to rule out white. Because contrary to what some may want you to believe, there ARE ways to style your whites so they transition seamlessly from summer to fall, throughout the winter, into spring, and back again.
1. Pair with muted neutrals
When crisp white denim is accompanied by soft, muted neutrals, the result is a monochromatic look that’s ideal for shoulder season. We’re partial to light gray, mustard, taupe, and even white sweaters, cardigans, and tees.
2. Get cozy in a flannel
There’s nothing that screams fall quite like a well-made flannel, which we love pairing with white jeans for a summer-meets-fall look.
3. Spice things up with a leopard print
Whether you go big with the leopard via a fuzzy, oversized coat or err towards minimalism with a leopard belt or ballet flats, you can’t go wrong. White jeans and leopard were practically made for each other.
4. Boot it up
Your jeans may be holding onto summer, but that doesn’t mean your shoes should. Toss on a pair of wintery suede or brown leather knee boots/booties to shepherd your look into the colder months.
5. Tuck in your chambray
Yes, this is a summertime staple. No, it doesn’t have to end in September. Keep the tried-and-true look alive all year long with the addition of a camel coat for can’t-beat layering.
6. Channel your edgy side with a street-style, cropped leather jacket
White skinny jeans. Black t-shirt. Black leather jacket. Black cross-body bag. Chunky scarf. Rinse and repeat. ALL winter long.
Not sure if a leather jacket is for you? Opt for a blazer instead.
7. Experiment with off-white
Call it what you want — off-white, ivory, “winter white” — but we’re big fans of the slightly grayed-out hue, which is trending big time. Pair with a chunky knit turtleneck or sleek cashmere top for a white-on-white outfit that’ll keep you warm AND stylish in cold weather.
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