Rules are made to be broken, right? Well, at least some are anyway, especially when it comes to fashion, with the outdated color guidelines during sweater weather being among them. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as winter white (yes, after Labor Day)—gasp! And it’s catching fire in the fashion world this season. Mixing in lighter and brighter colors, rather than sticking with dark depressing hues during the time change, can actually be good for your mental health and help lift your spirits, according to Vogue.com. Let’s venture out into the wintry white world, sans snow, with a few choice pieces that span the gamut of this wearable trend.
Ponchos are all the rage this season, so what’s better than combining two trends for the ultimate chic winter look. When it comes to layering and choosing your whites this season, a great tip from InStyle.com is to not fret over perfectly matching your shades and to bask in the subtleties of their differences. The white washable wool-stitch poncho from Eileen Fisher pictured above is a great way to achieve this look with a nonchalant-ness that just screams chic. Pair it with white jeans, ivory boots, and a simple bone-colored necklace for a beautiful monochrome ensemble.
Bring the ’70s back in a big way with these white flare jeans from Hobbs. Instead of the typical skinny jean pairing this season, give these bell bottoms a chance. They’re figure flattering by balancing out the hips, and they look great with boots, clogs, and heels. Oversized tops like ponchos, boyfriend sweaters, and trench coats would look superb with these pants. Also team these with a something as simple as a cable knit sweater in eggshell and a pair of suede booties in a creamy parchment hue for a no-fuss outfit that’s on-trend.
A beautiful pair of winter-white shoes is a great way to inject a little brightness into your wardrobe. Lovely with a monochrome look, or with lighter wintry hues like baby blue, pale pink, and mint green, these white Larusso leather wedge boots from Jeffrey Campbell pictured above are the perfect shoe for the season. The tassel detail and subtle hint of neutral color from the stacked heel is enough to prevent these from appearing too stark or cold. Pair them with a sweater dress, skinny jeans, or your favorite chinos.
Handbags are a great way to incorporate additional layers of white, but they can be pretty typical. However, choosing a backpack purse inspired by Lyst.ca will not only add that element, but it will also infuse uniqueness and loads of practicality to your overall look. The gorgeous and ultra-feminine white slot through backpack pictured above from ASOS would look great with your winter outfits. Better yet, it can actually be worn year-round if you please. The dusty pink flap, reminiscent of the popular Pantone color rose quartz, and the gold hardware details add just enough subdued color to bring this beautiful bag and your outfit to life.