While some staunchly adhere to the “no white after Labor Day” rule, others have been pioneering the opposite approach — donning white from head to toe for the winter months. With celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West leading the way, it may be time to buck the stereotype of black-clad New Yorkers. Check out these five ways to incorporate white into your winter wardrobe.
All Black with White Footwear
A common approach for all genders, this look is perhaps the least flashy way to whiten your outfit. Top off the typical monochrome black look with a pair of surprisingly white shoes for formal occasions, or with a pair of white high-tops for a pop of casual flair. Throw on a pair of charcoal jeans or a heather gray sweater for an en pointe black-to-white gradient effect.
Keep the top half simple and create contrast by donning a pair of white jeans. You can easily transition from formal to casual by switching from a blouse or button-down to a T-shirt. Pair the white jeans with a thick-knit jumper for a play on textures, and top it off with gold jewelry for some flash. Keep it classy with a heavy wool overcoat when the temperature dips.
Spice up any ensemble with a black-and-white patterned piece as either a full outfit with a dress or as an accent piece with a scarf. Avoid overpowering patterns and opt for something subtle to add just a hint of variation to your outfit. Accessories rule here, with black-and-white flecked scarves and gloves adding just enough pop to take your look to the next level. Slightly more daring, houndstooth coats are a classic way of incorporating pattern and keeping to the color scheme.
The White T-Shirt
Little more can be said about the most basic yet essential article of clothing. Yes, it is iconic, and yes, it can be dressed up or dressed down, but many forget that the white T-shirt can also be used as a simple layering piece under crewnecks, cardigans, coats and nearly any other winter piece. If you want to keep the white T-shirt stupid simple, don’t forget your white tee in winter.
Hollywood has made the head-to-toe white out trend popular. Mix it up by incorporating different shades of white and lighter grays into your outfit. A heavy cream-colored jumper paired with a crisp white button-up will ensure chic style without looking like Frosty the Snowman. Top it off with a long gray coat to both keep warm and pull everything together.
A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Nov. 12 print edition. Email Sam Del Rowe at [email protected]