30 Ways to Wear Your Winter Whites Without Getting Washed Out
One of the oldest fashion “rules” is that white is off-limits after Labor Day. We’re not exactly sure where this concept came from, but it’s clearly nonsense since most of the street style crowd are all about winter whites. While these sartorial stars have pretty much debunked the myth, that doesn’t mean sporting white-on-white looks is easy-peasy. Far from it in fact.
Going head-to-toe white can often wash you out and obviously nobody wants that. The key is to opt for different shades of white — ivory, ecru, off-white, eggshell — to keep things interesting. Or you can insert some strategic pops of color to give your look lots of added dimension. And don’t be afraid to rely on other known neutrals like gray, black and brown or favor statement coats in plaid or camo. Texture is also very important since it can add a little kick to an otherwise stark ensemble.
So are you ready to give it a go? Here’s a street style crib sheet on how to flaunt those winter whites without blending into the snowy background. That way you can wear white all season long.
We’re big advocates of pairing different shades of white. An eggshell coat and coordinating culottes make a bright white top pop. Round out the look with dark cap-toe boots.
White jeans are staples this time of year. Top yours off with a silky shirt in an ecru hue and a brightly colored coat. A black belt and boots help enhance the ensemble.
Polish off a white tee, an ivory blazer and white pumps with a pair of silver trousers.
Mixing different shades of white packs plenty of punch. Try layering a white tee under a creamy suit and an outsize ivory coat. Finish things off with a white bag and coordinating flats.
Add a little personality to a stark crop top, jeans and sneakers look with a colorful scarf tied around your neck. Wrap things up with a brown trench.
Work in a bright white structured bustier into your off-white suit. Incorporate a creamy bag and heels to round out the look.
Dress up a crisp sweat set with a red patterned bandana. Then coordinate your bag with the bandana. A dark coat and black boots complete the outfit.
Show some skin by sporting a black crop top under a white suit featuring a blazer with strong shoulders. Bonus points if you tuck your pants into your combat boots.
Amp up an oversized blazer and complementary button-down with textured leather pants. Off-white footwear will help seal the deal.
Slip a white sweater vest on over a striped shirt that’s tucked into slacks in another shade of white. Style with a bold belt and flashy loafers for a preppy winter look.
A studded biker jacket and flashy kicks make this look white hot.
Interrupt all that white with an oversized chocolate-colored coat. Then work in a pair of black boots to complete the look.
Give a chunky turtleneck sweater some edge by teaming it with a brown leather skirt. Cap off the look with slouchy white boots.
Add an additional layer of insulation by layering a white coat over a white turtleneck dress. Drop earrings draw even more attention to the turtleneck, while orangish sock boots bring a bit of color.
Keep things black and white by highlighting a white top and jeans with a black turtleneck, belt, blazer and lace-up heels. Roll the cuffs of your jeans for extra credit.
There’s no written rule that says you have to wear white from head to toe. Break up the monopoly with a statement blazer and a corresponding bag.
A textured white blouse ups the ante on pale sweatpants, while the snakeskin vest and combat boots are just icing on the cake.
Pop the collar on your crisp wool coat and layer it over a heather gray turtleneck sweater, a white midi skirt HR would approve of and white boots with structured heels.
Double denim done the white way. Tuck a white denim shirt into white jeans and wrap things up with a tonal belt. Feel free to finish things off with white boots.
Make your white furry coat and wide-leg pants pop with a red and navy striped sweater. A navy bag and red and blue Converse keep the ensemble cohesive.
A colorful coat is one loophole when it comes to winter white looks. You can incorporate even more color via your accessories.
Play with proportions by covering up a white top and slightly see-through skirt with a cropped teddy jacket. Plaid boots bring even more personality to the look.
Rock white jeans that feature a bright second shade with your crisp crew-neck sweater. Black boots will ground the look.
Pick a heavy coat with white shearling lining to play up a cable knit sweater and wide-leg denim duo. Match your black boots to your belt and the trim on your handbag.
This is how you do winter whites on date night. Wrap up your lacy blouse and billowing pants with a colorful draped coat. The red lip is also a winner.
Dress up ribbed separates with a jewel-tone blazer and colorful velvet pumps.
Patterned pants are one of the easiest ways to stand out in winter. If you can find them in jumpsuit form, even better. Round out the look with a complementary shearling jacket and sandy boots.
It’s the little touches that make this outfit so covetable. From the striped bandana to the fact that the buttons on both jackets complement those tan buckled boots, it’s all pretty eye-catching.
Make a graphic hoodie winter white-appropriate by working in off-white jeans. Avoid a whiteout with a camo jacket and snakeskin boots.
A white coat with striking blue accents is the perfect complement to a white turtleneck, ivory pants and high heeled combat boots.